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Hunterdon County declares state of emergency


Hunterdon County Freeholder Board Director Shaun C. Van Doren on Monday signed a declaration of a state of emergency in the county to protect the health and welfare of county residents during the national public health emergency and announced the suspension of some county activities.

County offices are open.

The state of emergency declaration enables the county’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to request assistance from the State of New Jersey and the federal government for material resources from the Strategic National Stockpile, such as personal protective equipment to support the Hunterdon Medical Center, other health care facilities, other health care workers and first responders in the county.

It also grants authority for the activation of local Emergency Operations Plans, and providing the County OEM Coordinator with authority to direct resources where needed.

Like many private businesses, the county has implemented more aggressive and frequent cleaning of facilities for the protection of both the public and staff members. In addition, the county has taken steps to limit large public gatherings in accordance with the guidance that has been issued by the Department of Health and CDC.