Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic Updates
Dear Citizens of Hudson County & Abroad,
As you know, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is currently spreading across the United States at alarming rates. Over the past week, the country and the way we are accustomed to functioning have changed drastically. COVID-19 has affected the way businesses are operating. Schools across New Jersey are closing, and events are being postponed or canceled. Further, a State of Emergency has been declared in New Jersey, and large gatherings have been banned. Accordingly, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Rho Kappa Omega Chapter, has decided to postpone all programs and events through at least March 31, 2020, including "Strike Out Against Bowling" fundraiser and "Secure The Bag Financial Literacy Workshop". These events will be rescheduled at a later date.
Our highest priority is taking great care of the communities we serve, including the health, safety, and well-being of our sorority members, community partners, supporters and residents of Hudson County. We will continue to monitor and follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health officials. We will post updates affecting Hudson County here on our website. However, if you need further information or resources regarding COVID-19, please visit CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.
We ask and encourage ALL to please take the necessary precautions to protect yourselves and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hudson County community. We are faithful that we will emerge from this pandemic stronger, wiser and more resilient than ever.
Yours In Service,
Sobandé F. Afolabi
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Rho Kappa Omega Chapter
Governor Murphy Announces Statewide Stay at Home Order, Closure of All Non-Essential Retail Businesses
To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and protect the capacity of New Jersey's health care system for the state's most vulnerable, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 107, directing all residents to stay at home until further notice. The order provides for certain exceptions, such as obtaining essential goods or services, seeking medical attention, visiting family or close friends, reporting to work, or engaging in outdoor activities.
"From day one, we've made a commitment to be guided by the facts and take any action necessary to protect the health and safety of New Jersey's nine million residents," said Governor Murphy. "We know the virus spreads through person-to-person contact, and the best way to prevent further exposure is to limit our public interactions to only the most essential purposes. This is a time for us all to come together in one mission to 'flatten the curve' and slow -- and eventually halt -- the spread of coronavirus."
In an effort to strengthen the existing social distancing measures in place, the order also prohibits all gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, unless otherwise authorized by the Order. When in public, individuals must practice social distancing and stay at least six feet apart whenever possible, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners.
Governor Murphy's Executive Order further directs the closure of all non-essential retail businesses to the public, with the exceptions of:
• Grocery stores, farmer's markets and farms that sell directly to customers, and other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists at a grocery store;
• Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries;
• Medical supply stores;
• Gas stations;
• Convenience stores;
• Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities;
• Hardware and home improvement stores;
• Banks and other financial institutions;
• Laundromats and dry-cleaning services;
• Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years;
• Pet stores;
• Liquor stores;
• Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics;
• Printing and office supply shops;
• Mail and delivery stores.
Read more here.
Steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus:
Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid contact with people who are sick
Stay home while you are sick and avoid contact with others
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
Practice social distancing
Currently there are no vaccines available to prevent novel coronavirus infections.