Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today declared a State of Emergency for the City of Trenton following the recent outbreak of COVID-19 throughout the Garden State.
The declaration reads as follows:
“To all City of Trenton residents, as of 12:01am today, March 14, 2020, in consultation with the City’s Emergency Management Coordinator (OEM Coordinator) and the Superintendent of Schools, the City has declared a State of Emergency within the City of Trenton as we continue to deal with the local and regional presence of the COVID-19 virus, commonly known as Coronavirus.
This decision is consistent with the State of Emergency declared by the President of the United States, by New Jersey’s Governor, and by the Mercer County Executive, and is the result of ongoing collaboration and consultations between my office, the OEM Coordinator, City Administrative Departments, Trenton Public Schools Superintendent, County of Mercer OEM Coordinator and other local, regional, state health and emergency management officials, and federal representatives; and is intended to help contain the spread of COVID-19 as the number of cases in the state and region grows. A State of Emergency in the City of Trenton has been deemed necessary to ensure the continued provision of essential services to our residents during this ongoing and developing health emergency.”
The declaration also puts forth guidance and actions for City departments in preparation. Many of the steps outlined were taken in the weeks prior.