Update from the Library Director: May 18, 2020
State and Local Resources
New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub: The State of New Jersey has put together a list of resources about the COVID-19 virus including testing sites, signs and symptoms and FAQs about social services. From this hub you can access COVID-19 specific unemployment information and information on employees that might be hiring during the crisis and much more. https://covid19.nj.gov
The Department of Health 24-hour hotline for coronavirus-related questions and concerns: 1-800-222-1222
Highland Park Updates – click the link for Highland Park specific information.
COPE Program– HP Residents in need of assistance from the COPE program should send an email to HPCOPES@hpboro.com or call 732/819-0052. Please include your phone number in any message.
The COPE program, overseen by members of the Borough’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Highland Park Department of Community Services, assists residents in need by delivering groceries to those who can not or should not leave their homes, checking in with isolated residents by phone or email, and arranging transportation to medical appointments.
What the program needs now is financial support, to underwrite the cost of groceries for those who can not afford them and transportation fees when outside services are used. Checks (payable to “Borough of Highland Park,” with “COPE/Covid-19” written in the memo) can be mailed to the HP Community Center at 220 South Sixth Ave or placed in the exterior mailbox. Donations in the form of credit cards can be made through the recreation department’s online software .
Middlesex County Updates
Resources from the New Jersey State Library
NJ Dept of Health information for schools and businesses www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_schoolbusiness.shtml
NJ Parent Link – Navigate Parenthood, Navigate New Jersey Updates on Covid-19 and many other topics geared to parents and caregivers.
NJ Division of Taxation- following the federal government the state is working to extend the filing until July 15. Check their website for up to date information. https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/
Federal and Other Resources
MEDLINEPLUS – Consumer health site of the National Library of Medicine
MedlinePlus in Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, and Mandarin Chinese
Centers for Disease Control- CDC pages with links on how disease is spread, symptoms, prevention. The site also provides updates including U.S. and global hotspot locations and travel risks. www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
World Health Organization- FAQs from WHO, the United Nations public health agency (available in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, and Mandarin Chinese)
Internal Revenue Service- The IRS has information on Coronavirus tax relief. The deadline to file your Federal Income tax has been extended until July 15, 2020. https://www.irs.gov/
End of Life Care– The New Jersey’s Quality Healthcare institute COYL program has a digital toolkit with some great resources to help open up the discussion on End Of Life care and make the topic of advance care planning much more comfortable for all. Five Wishes, a great document that helps you prepare for the end of life is being provided for free.
2020 Census– Take 10 minutes to answer the confidential questions that will direct billions of federal funds to us in the next 10 years for important things like, health care support, family planning, education and other public services.