Leaving the safety of home and going out to shop for essential household items is creating new challenges for us all as we continue to learn how to adjust our typical routines during the COVID-19 outbreak.
“For most of us there is no way getting around going out to buy groceries and run other essential errands such as banking, take-out food orders or doctor visits,” explained Daniel Regenye, Ocean County Health Department Public Health Coordinator/Health Officer. “The only way to accomplish these tasks and feel safe from catching the COVID-19 virus is to strictly adhere to following all the social distancing measures. We’ve been sharing the measures from the very beginning but now the Ocean County Health Department feels it’s time for a second push to get the message out as we face new challenges.”
The following are some tips on how to meet your essential shopping needs;
“It may be a bit of an inconvenience but following these guidelines can really help save lives,” said Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health. “We really are all in this together. Let’s not only think about protecting ourselves but let’s follow these measures for our neighbors and community while we attend to these essential errands.”
What about protecting ourselves from running other essential errands such as paying bills, doctor’s visits, postage and deliveries or picking up prescriptions? OCHD provides the following guidelines;
“The measures haven’t changed as much as the evolving scenarios we all have to adjust to. That means we need to keep coming up with new and improvisational plans and protocols to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus and keeping our residents safe and sound,” added Regenye.
The NJDOH hotline is available for questions around the clock at 1-800-222-1222 or by dialing 2-1-1.
Additional information can be found at:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at
or New Jersey Department of Health website at: