Vernon closes senior center

Vernon. Vernon Township Mayor Howard Burrell has announced on Friday afternoon that the Township Senior Center will close as of 4 p.m. Friday, to minimize exposing Vernon Township senior citizens to the COVID-19 virus. Arrangements have been made to ensure meals will be provided for those who depend on the Nutrition Center

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| 13 Mar 2020 | 03:37

The Vernon Township Senior Center will be indefinitely closed starting at 4 p.m. Friday, March 13, to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Mayor Howard Burrell announced on Friday.

"Our most vulnerable residents are our senior citizens and to gather them all in one place isn't smart," Burrell said.

In a statement, Burrell said the senior center will remain closed until township officials are told by the Dept. of Health that it is safe to reopen.

For the senior citizens who rely on the Nutrition Center meals served at the Senior Center, Burrell said arrangements have been made to ensure meals will be provided at their homes when the Senior Center is closed. Anyone who knows of a senior citizen that needs assistance is asked to call the non-emergency Vernon Township Police line at 973-764-6155.

As of noon Friday, there were no confirmed cases of the virus in Sussex County.

"During the almost 40 years that I have lived in Vernon, I have learned that we are a strong, proud and resilient town,." Burrell said. "And, by working together and looking out for each other, we have gotten through other difficult times, and we will get through this crisis also."