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Updated March 26, 2020

 

Worried you might have been exposed to Coronavirus?

Call the 24/7 Hotline for Jersey City Residents:

(201) 547-5208 

If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, call this number before visiting any healthcare facility.
A trained professional will help you decide on the best course of action.

 

Toll-Free 24/7 Healthcare Q&A Hotline:

(800) 222-1222

Trained healthcare professionals are standing by to answer your questions about COVID-19. This call is toll-free.

 


 

THE LATEST UPDATES AS OF MARCH 26, 2020:

 

  • All library buildings are closed to the public until further notice.

  • All public programs are suspended through March 31.

  • Get a digital library card at bit.ly/JCFPLDigitalLibraryCard

  • All overdue fines are suspended. Due dates for all materials (including books, movies, and hotspots) are extended to June 1.

  • All Interlibrary Loan and inter-branch loans are suspended.

 

PLEASE CHECK THIS PAGE AND LIBRARY SOCIAL MEDIA FOR THE LATEST UPDATES.

 


 

A Note from Library Director Trzeciak

Library Director: Jeffrey Trzeciak

To All Library Patrons and the Jersey City Community:

The Jersey City Free Public Library (JCFPL) is taking steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Our highest priority is the health and wellness of our patrons and staff. Consequently, all library buildings will be temporarily closed. Despite the temporary building closure, JCFPL will continue to provide the maximum level of services and informational resources through our website. We are working closely with other city agencies to coordinate our response, and we are staying updated on state and federal recommendations and requirements as well.

The Library has a special mission in confusing times, to be a source of relevant and accurate information. Below we have compiled links and information to help you stay informed. Please don't hesitate to chat with a live librarian via our Virtual Reference Service with any questions. Feel free to also refer to our expanded Digital Services for your information needs.

 

What the Library is doing:

  • keeping the community informed: Keep an eye on this page for information about the spread of COVID-19 and the local response.
  • working with other local agencies: The Library's response is closely coordinated with other city agencies, schools, and local organizations.

 

What you can do:

  • keep your hands clean: Wash your hands frequently and make use of the available hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth if you haven't washed your hands recently.
  • ask questions: Do not hesitate to ask staff any questions about COVID-19 and the Library's response. We are available on the web and social media (links at the bottom of this page).
  • stay tuned for updates: We are committed to keeping you updated with more information as it becomes available.

 

Thank you as always for your support! We are in this together.

 

Jeffrey Trzeciak, Director - Jersey City Free Public Library

 




Below is a list of websites with updated information on the virus and prevention:
 

Here’s What You Can Do to Stay Safe: 

Learn More About COVID-19: 

 

Click here to see COVID-19 information in other languages https://wwwn.cdc.gov/pubs/other-languages?Sort=Lang%3A%3Aasc 

 

How to Prepare:

Know the signs and symptoms https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html 

Know how it spreads https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/transmission.html 

Practice good hygiene  https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/hand-washing/art-20046253 

Clean and disinfect household surfaces https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/cleaning-disinfection.html 

 

Here’s What’s Happening Locally: 

Local Updates

Jersey City https://www.jerseycitynj.gov/CityHall/health/coronavirus 

Hoboken https://www.hobokennj.gov/news 

Hudson County https://www.hudsonregional.org/ 

New Jersey https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml 

New York City https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/coronavirus.page 

 

Local Medical Resources: 

Local Medical Resources:  Before taking a trip to a local hospital or Urgent Care facility, please call the 24/7 Hotline for Jersey City Residents at (201) 547-5208

Local Urgent Care locations https://www.citymd.com/urgent-care-locations# 

Drive Thru Testing Centers: Please note that this information is subject to change as more information is released. Contact the organization/testing facility before visiting.

  • Bergen County
    • Bergen County Community College in Paramus. A date has not yet been announced for the FEMA-run facility to open: (201) 447-7100.
  • Hudson County - Secaucus:
    • Riverside Medical Group located at 714 10th St.:(201) 865-2050. By appointment only.
    • Hudson Regional Hospital located at Meadowlands Pkwy: (201) 388-1097. By appointment only.
  • Jersey City - By appointment only. Please note that you must have symptoms and proof of Jersey City residency (recent utility bill or ID) to be tested. Appointments will be available from 9am - 5pm, 7 days a week by calling (201) 547-5535.
    • 465 Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 (Walk Through Testing)
    • Former DPW Complex, 575 NJ-440, Jersey City, NJ 07305 (Drive Through Testing)
  • Mercer County:
    • InFocus Urgent Care located at 100 Campus Town Circle Suite 100: (609) 799- 7009.
    • InFocus Urgent Care located at 64 Princeton-Hightstown Road: (609) 799- 7009.
  • Middlesex County - New Brunswick:
    • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital: (732) 828-3000
  • Monmouth County
    • Holmdel: PNC Bank Arts Center on the Garden State Parkway. A date has not yet been announced for the FEMA-run facility to open: (732) 203-2500.
    • Marlboro: Immediate Care at the Marlboro Medical Arts Building located at 479 County Road 520: (732) 218-7550.

 

Here’s How You Can Help:

Organizations to donate time or funds to https://docs.google.com/document/d/17sR_459l6SvXC0VOYNKsOYFQq3EbNofrhsxNRubeEig/edit

 

Mental health resources:  

Tips for managing stress https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fcoping.html

Dealing with stress during outbreaks https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4885.pdf 
Mental Health Association of New Jersey: https://www.mhanj.org/

Domestic violence assistance https://njcedv.org/covid19/

 

Resources for High Risk and Special Populations:

High risk groups (the elderly, immuno-compromised people etc.):

What to do to stay safe https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

 

Special populations (pregnant women, children, homeless):

What to do to stay safe https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/pregnant-women-and-children.html

What to do to stay safe https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/homeless-shelters/index.html

How to talk to children about COVID-19 https://adaa.org/learn-from-us/from-the-experts/blog-posts/consumer/how-talk-your-anxious-child-or-teen-about

Calming your children’s fears https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200320/calming-your-childs-coronavirus-fears#1

 

Resources for New Jersey Businesses:

https://faq.business.nj.gov/en/collections/2198378-information-for-nj-businesses-on-the-coronavirus-outbreak