In a post on Facebook Thursday afternoon, Dale said the community is seeing more and more cases confirmed of the COVID-19 virus each day, and that she is asking residents to limit trips to the store to help slow the spread.
“Every time you go to the grocery store, you are putting yourself and others at risk,” Dale’s post said. “Starting today, Thursday, March 26, 2020, please voluntarily limit your trip to the grocery store to once a week, according to the following alphabetical schedule. Again, at this time, this is a voluntary effort.”
She said the idea came from a resident.
“Please try to follow this schedule while shopping in our community, whether it is the ShopRite in West Milford, the Acme in Oak Ridge, or any store in a nearby community,” she said in the post. “The more people who follow this schedule, the more we will prevent overcrowding in our grocery stores, and the safer our entire community will be. If we find certain days are much more/less crowded, we can adjust this schedule accordingly. Thank you for giving this a try.”
Of the nine official cases, three had contact with the high school, including a 42-year-old man that attended a school play on March 12, a female cafeteria worker related to the man, and a man that accompanied the girls and boys lacrosse teams to a training event in Florida, according to schools Superintendent Dr. Alex Anemone.