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March 25, 2020
Dear Westwood Residents,
The Borough of Westwood continues to monitor the evolving situation surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). With that, I would like to update you with some of the events surrounding our response to this crisis:
On March 7, Borough officials – the Borough Administrator , Board of Health Director, Police Chief, Borough Council’s Health Department Liaison, and I met with administrators at the Pascack Valley Medical Center. They briefed us on what we might expect during this pandemic, and on their procedures/preparations for handling COVID -19 admissions while keeping in house staff, as well as Westwood Ambulance Corp members, First Responders, and other patients - safe from the virus.
Since Governor Murphy’s declaration of a Public Health Emergency (E.O. #103 on March 9th), our Office of Emergency Management Command staff has met regularly to ensure interdepartmental operational responses are coordinated, complimentary and seamless. Items discussed and decided during these ongoing meetings have included:
Keeping First Responders available for duty is a critical element of our COVID -19 defenses. We must keep them safe, in order for them to keep us all safe. I especially want to commend OEM Coordinator Darren Blankenbush, OEM Deputy Coordinator Janet Dunn, Board of Health Director Sharon Blehl, Fire Chief Kevin Woods , Ambulance Corp. Captain Robert Simak, Police Chief Michael Pontillo and Borough Administrator Ben Kezmarsky for their extraordinary leadership in preparing our Emergency Services to serve our the residents of our community during this public health crisis.
For more specific information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov or call the CDC hotline – 1-800-232-4636. Links for more information can also be found on our website www.westwoodnj.gov.
Mayor Ray Arroyo