Today, I was made aware that a Dumont resident had tested presumptive positive for the COVID-19 virus. This is preliminary information, and as we receive more updates, we will provide them to the public.
The resident has been interviewed, and is currently quarantined.
Throughout the afternoon, I have been working with our County Executive and County Health officials. I will work with our COVID-19 emergency response team in Dumont to discuss next steps while we await results from the Bergen County Department of Health.
Like many communities around New Jersey and our nation, we had already taken steps to do all we can to limit the transmission of COVID-19. Earlier this week, we closed our senior center to protect our residents that are most vulnerable. Yesterday, we took further steps by announcing the postponing of all recreation programs and public meetings. We also closed our Library and DPW building to the public, and limited public access to our borough hall and police station.
We will continue to work with County Executive James Tedesco, County Health Officials, and our COVID-19 response team as we move forward in protecting the lives of our residents.
A State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency has been declared by the State of New Jersey to ramp up New Jersey’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.
As your Mayor, please know that any information shared is not to create panic but to ensure we are prepared and our community is informed. Early today, I met with our Council President, Borough Administrator, Department Heads, and First Responders.
We've decided in the interest of public health that the Borough of Dumont will take the following actions to minimize the potential transmission of the COVID-19 virus in our community.
The following Borough facilities will have limited access to the public until further notice:
The following Borough facilities will be closed to the public until further notice:
All vital day-to-day operations will continue to remain the same at this time.
Public Meetings Postponed:
Once again, Borough operations and services will continue as usual at this time. If you need assistance with any Borough department, please call (201) 387-5022 and you will be guided through the proper process. Please check for further updates and follow all recommended safety guidelines during this time.
If you have any further questions, the New Jersey State Department of Health, in partnership with the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System, has made available a 24-hour hotline, you can contact them at 1-800-222-1222.
Our decision to make these adjustments is not to cause panic but to ensure we are taking the proper precautions to preserve the health and safety of our residents and employees. To be clear, we have no confirmed cases in Dumont we feel it is essential to be proactive as opposed to being reactive.
Thank you and God Bless
As your Mayor please know that any information shared is not to create panic but to ensure we are prepared and our community is informed.
A State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency has been declared by the State of New Jersey to ramp up New Jersey’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. Executive Order No. 103 declares a state of emergency and public health emergency across all 21 counties in New Jersey. Bergen County has also declared that a health emergency exists regarding COVID-19. The County Health Officer and all County Departments and Divisions shall work collaboratively to determine and execute effective strategies, initiatives, protocols and procedures to prevent, mitigate and combat the spread of COVID-19, particularly among the most vulnerable and at-risk populations, including but not limited to senior centers and nursing homes; and take all action to the extent necessary to maintain the public health with respect to treatment or containment of persons with or possibly exposed to COVID-19. As a further reminder, The New Jersey State Department of Health, in partnership with the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System, has made available a 24-hour hotline to answer the public’s questions. You can contact them at 1-800-222-1222.
Temporary Closing of The Dumont Senior Center:
Cancellation Non-Essential Borough Meetings:
Dumont Mayor and Council has established a Celebrations Committee to help host and develop new Borough events for our children, families, and all residents. If you would like to serve on the committee, please apply below.
Deadline is 4/8/2020.
Dumont BOE Superintendent Triggiano and I have been in contact regarding the Coronavirus. Any information shared is not to create panic but to ensure we are prepared and our community is informed. Superintendent Triggiano has confirmed the Dumont BOE employee, and the employee's son that was previously reported is asymptomatic but has self-quarantined as a precaution. Please find the Superintendent's letter to parents below.
We will continue to provide pertinent information and updates.
Mayor Andrew LaBruno
The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. The Borough of Dumont and Dumont Board of Health has been in active communication with Bergen County and State officials and will continue to work closely with public health officers as we monitor COVID-19. The Board of Health has met with borough officials and Mayor Andrew LaBruno participated in a conference call with Governor Murphy and The New Jersey Department of Health. It is vital that accurate information is dispensed to the public and necessary updates will be provided as appropriate and when available.
Public Hotline and Information
The New Jersey State Department of Health, in partnership with the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System, has made available a 24-hour hotline to answer the public’s questions. You can contact them at 1-800-222-1222.
You may find the latest information from the Federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New Jersey State Department of Health and Bergen County.
CDC Prevention Recommendations:
For the general public, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure, including but not limited to Fever, Cough, Shortness of breath.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
On February 18th, the Borough of Dumont was made aware that on January 8th, the Bergen County Department of Health performed a limited lead hazard assessment in four classrooms at Grant Elementary School. The results of the test determined the presence of lead hazards. The Borough has contacted officials from the Dumont Board of Education and Bergen County Department of Health to learn that the Board of Education is compliant in this matter and will be performing a lead abatement remediation during the week of April 6th. In the interest of public awareness and transparency, we are notifying the community. For more information, please contact the Dumont Board of Education Business Administrator at 201-387-3070. Please find the correspondence from the Bergen County Department of Health below.
1/21/20 Dumont, NJ – Dumont Mayor Andrew LaBruno and Dumont Council President Carole Stewart announced the selection of Christopher Tully of Bergenfield, NJ, for the position of Borough Administrator and Issa Ahmad Abbasi of Mahwah, NJ for the position of part-time Chief Financial Officer.
Tully currently serves as a personnel administrator for the County of Bergen and represents the 38th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly. Before his involvement in state and county government, he served seven years on neighboring Bergenfield, NJ’s Borough Council, and as District Director for United States Representative Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ 5th).
“Chris’ knowledge of government – municipal, county, state and federal – will be a great asset to this administration and the residents of Dumont,” said Mayor LaBruno. “Having known him for many years, I have always been impressed by his strong communications skills, ability to grasp complex issues, and commitment to constituent services. Bottom line, he gets it.”
Dumont Council President Carole Stewart added, “Chris is exactly what Dumont needs right now, an experienced and dedicated individual who can focus both on big and small problems. His sharp mind and ability to learn quickly will serve us well.” Tully will pursue municipal management certifications during his personal time.
Abbasi currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the Township of Teaneck, NJ. Prior to his current position, Abbasi joined the Township in 2010 as an executive assistant and quickly rose to the position of Acting-Township Clerk then Township Clerk until his appointment as CFO in 2019. He is a graduate of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and holds a Master’s in Public Administration, and is a Registered Municipal Clerk and Certified Municipal Financial Officer.
“Issa’s rapid career advancement and certification represent exactly what we are looking for in filling these key positions. His ability to grasp the Borough’s finances and administer them efficiently will be for Dumont taxpayers’ benefit,” said Mayor LaBruno. Council President Stewart added, “Ensuring that every penny of Dumont’s roughly $20m annual budget is accounted for is no small task. I’m confident Issa’s up for the job and will serve our residents well.”
Resolutions appointing Tully and Abbasi will be on tonight’s Borough Council meeting to be held in the Dumont Senior Center located at 37 Dumont Avenue, Dumont, NJ, at 6:30 PM.
For press inquiries, please contact Dumont Borough Clerk Susan Connelly at (201) 387-5024.
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