The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel coronavirus (nCoV) in Wuhan, China that first emerged in December 2019. Please visit the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 page at www.covid19.nj.gov and the Centers for Disease and Prevention at www.cdc.gov for more information. This is a rapidly changing situation and additional information will be provided as it becomes available.
NJ Department of Health has established information resources. Call: 2-1-1; Call (24/7): 1-800-962-1253; Text: NJCOVID to 898-211; Text your ZIP code to 898-211 for live text assistance.
Gov. Phil Murphy's Executive Order on Business Closures:
Governor Phil Murphy issued Executive Orders 106, 107 and 108, which among other provisions outline essential businesses. The Executive Orders prohibit counties and municipalities from adding restrictions above the governor's order. Please visit NJ's new information site at www.covid19.nj.gov where you can pose your question and get further clarity. To report violations or ask questions about the mandate, please call 609-963-6817.
Mercer County Board of Social Service Employees:
Pursuant to Governor Phil Murphy's order that essential social services remain accessible in Mercer County, Mercer County Board of Social Services' employees are to report back to work in accordance with the Return to Work Plan developed by the Director of Welfare.
Most Mercer County facilities are closed
While many functions of government continue, physical buildings that are closed to the public include:
- Office of the County Clerk, 209 South Broad St.
- One-Stop Career Center, 26 Yard Ave.
- Cooperative Extension of Mercer County, 1440 Parkside Ave., Ewing
- Mercer County Connection, Route 33 at Paxson Avenue, Hamilton
- All branches of the Mercer County Library System
- The Mercer County Improvement Authority, 80 Hamilton Ave.
- CURE Insurance Arena, 81 Hamilton Ave.
- Arm & Hammer Park, 1 Thunder Road
- The Mercer County Surrogate’s office as of March 20 has been closed to public and staff for all matters. You may contact the Surrogate’s office by email firstname.lastname@example.org for general information as to how to proceed with any business conducted in the Surrogate’s office during this period of closure. For any emergent matters in Mercer Chancery you should call (609) 577-4200 extension 76019 or email MercerChancery.email@example.com
- With respect to the County Clerk's office, operations for timely recording of documents can continue via e-recording at njcountyrecording.com. However, due to the office closure, you will need to sign up using an outside vendor. Both Simplifile and CSC are established and responsible vendors -- contact Simplifile at 1-800-460-5657(simplifile.com) or CSC at 1-866-652-0111(firstname.lastname@example.org.) Property searches can be done remotely atpip.mercercounty.org. All other services that the County Clerk’s Office usually offers such as county identification cards, in-person property recording, passports, notary commissions, etc. will not be available to the public until further notice. For future alerts, go to www.mercercounty.org/government/county-clerk
- The McDade Administration Building,640 South Broad St. and the Mercer County Board of Social Services are open on a limited operational basis but closed to the general public. For MCBOSS, please visit www.mcboss.org for more details or call (609) 989-4320.
- All Mercer County Park Commission facilities will close but open spaces will remain available for passive recreation with patrols by Park Rangers.
- The Correction Center, Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Services Communications Center will remain open.
- The Criminal and Civil Courthouses will be open only for emergency court proceedings, and the Office of the Surrogate will be open only for cases deemed emergent.
- As of March 18, 2020 and until further notice, there are no in-person Superior Court and Tax Court proceedings (except for extremely limited emergent matters and certain ongoing trials). As many matters as possible (including case management conferences, motions, and hearings) will be handled by telephone or video conference.
- Essential services that will continue operating include TRADE (Transportation Resources to Aid the Disadvantaged and Elderly), which will suspend transportation for shopping but continue service for medical appointments, including dialysis, and meal delivery; emergency roadway operations and other functions deemed essential.
- Since the Trenton-Mercer Airport is a public-use facility, the Federal Aviation Administration requires it to be open to accommodate medivac, military and state police operations. The FAA has not yet placed limitations on commercial travel or general aviation. For Frontier Airlines flight information, visit www.flyfrontier.com