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For Immediate Release:

July 20, 2020

Contact:

Michael Pagan

201.336.6972

Emergency Cooling Center to Open Tuesday at One Bergen County Plaza to Address Heat Index

Hackensack, N.J. – Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco has announced that an emergency cooling center will open on Tuesday, July 21st in the first floor cafeteria of One Bergen County Plaza from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to help residents stay cool during the duration of the current heatwave. Social distancing will be required and the location will be closely monitored by County security. One Bergen County Plaza will otherwise remain closed to the public due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. Residents should consider visiting municipal cooling centers before travelling to the County facility to help avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

It is also recommended that residents stay indoors if possible from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the sun is at its strongest and burns and heat strokes are more likely to occur.  All age groups are at risk for heat stroke so please take necessary precautions if you have to be outdoors, including wearing sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and staying properly hydrated.

It is NOT okay to leave a child or pet in a locked vehicle even for a moment as temperatures can rise quite quickly.  It is also imperative to lock all parked vehicles so children cannot accidentally lock themselves inside while playing games like hide and seek.

Below are some of the COVID-19 guidelines for the emergency County cooling center:

  • All individuals, including staff, must wear face masks. If the individual does not have a face mask one will be provided to them;
  • Seating will be arranged at a minimum of 6 feet apart. Only immediate family members will be allowed to sit together;
  • The capacity of the room shall not exceed 50% of the posted occupancy and may be less based on the required 6 feet of social distancing;
  • All individuals will have their temperature taken prior to entering the building;
  • Hand sanitizing stations have been placed in the cafeteria; and
  • For contact tracing purposes, individuals who wish to use the cooling center must provide identification or any document containing their name, sign in and leave their best contact telephone number.

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