Two Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Related Deaths, 5/7/20
Mayor Carolyn Blackman and the Town of Dover Health Department jointly announce the unfortunate confirmation of the death of two (2) additional Dover residents as a result of COVID-19.
Mayor Blackman stated, “It is with a very heavy heart that we, as a community, have now lost thirty-four (34) members of our community in this world-wide pandemic. The Board of Aldermen and I extend our hearts and our hands to the surviving families, friends, and other loved ones who are suffering due to their loss; I offer them my support, thoughts and prayers and wish them peace as they cope with this tragedy. I ask the family to contact my administration via the COVID-19 Hotline at 862-210-4036 if we can offer any assistance.
I cannot stress enough that everyone is susceptible to COVID-19. The tragic death of these individuals demonstrate the critical importance and understanding how impactful COVID-19 is to each of us.”
Now, more than ever, as the number of our confirmed positive cases continue to increase and our death toll is rising, I implore everyone in our community to follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders for our collective safety:
- Stay home
- Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet
- Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your face
- Sneeze or cough into your elbow or a tissue, which you then throw out
- Disinfect frequently used and touched surfaces
If you are sick:
- Stay home; Do not go to work
- Isolate yourself from others
- Call a healthcare professional if you have symptoms and follow instructions
If your children are sick:
- Stay home
- Contact your medical provider and follow instructions
Until a vaccine is developed, these are the best tools available to reduce the spread of infection. Blackman also recommends wearing a mask when leaving the home to conduct essential business, such as obtaining food or seeking medical care.
Blackman continued, “On behalf of the Board of Aldermen and the entire administration, I want to thank everyone who is staying put and venturing out only for essential business. I also want to thank our business owners who have been diligently enforcing the Governor’s Orders and CDC guidelines. ”
“It is imperative that we all remain calm, informed, and united during these challenging times. While I cannot physically embrace you, I embrace you nonetheless, with my caring, support, and prayers as together we navigate the troubled, uncharted waters of this pandemic.
While there is no doubt this crisis will have a long-lasting impact on the culture of our nation, I am confident that ultimately as a nation, state, and town, we will prevail and make necessary changes to our lifestyles and preparedness to limit future outbreaks; however, at least some of that begins now. Please stay safe by staying home.”