Category Archives: COVID-19

Two Trenton Police officers & Director test positive for COVID-19

Trenton police director Sheilah Coley is one of three police officers who tested positive for coronavirus. The City of Trenton learned of the director’s positive results Monday afternoon.

Mayor Reed Gusciora confirmed that three Trenton Police officers tested positive for the coronavirus.

Mayor Gusciora said the officers were asymptomatic and they didn’t know they were infected until the results came back. None of the officers are hospitalized and they’re being quarantined at their residence.

13 employees who worked in close proximity with police director Coley, and the two other officrs who tested positive have been quarantined. Those include top Police brass Captains. Mark Kieffer, Chris Doyle, James Slack, Peter Weremijenko, Stephen Varn, who is also the Police director’s chief of staff, and a civilian who worked in the directors office . Five Police officers from patrol were also quarantined as a precaution after coming into contact with the two positive officers, who last worked the week of March 16 and March 23.

Trenton also set up a Mercer County Covid-19 testing site up for first responders

Trenton’s Covid-19 testing site is running from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday on North Clinton Ave in a parking lot near Trenton Police Headquarters.

COVID-19 Drive Up Testing site at Quaker Bridge Mall for Residents

The Covid-19 Testing site opened Tuesday March 31.

The Testing center is by appointment only for symptomatic Mercer County residents age 18 or older who have a prescription from their primary health care provider. If you are symptomatic for Covid-19 and want to be tested, contact your Health care provider.

The Testing center, which initially will be open weekdays from 8 A.m to 4 p.m, is a collaborative effort between the County of Mercer, Robert Wood Johnson University hospital Hamilton,Capital Health, St. Francis medical center in Trenton and the Trenton Health team.

No one should be tested without being symptomatic. If the Primary health care provider deems a test is necessary, they will fax a prescription to the Mercer County call center with the patients phone number. Staff will then call the patient, take registration information and schedule an appointment,providing testing site instructions.

For the health, safety and security of the staff at the site, patients will not be permitted to leave their vehicles. Walk-ups are not permitted.

Ewing Police Break up“Rona House party” involving 47 people


Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri and Ewing Police Chief John P. Stemler III reported today that a 54-year-old Ewing Township man was issued two disorderly persons citations for hosting a party in his apartment Friday evening.

Ewing police were called to an apartment on Concord Avenue at approximately 1 a.m. Saturday morning, March 28, on a noise violation.  Upon entry, they observed 47 people having a party that included a DJ with speakers, alcohol and the smell of marijuana.   Police broke up the party and released everyone except for the tenant, who was issued disorderly persons citations for obstruction and violating an executive order.  Police noted that the apartment was 550 square feet with one bedroom and one bathroom.  Almost all of the people at the party were squeezed together inside, with a handful outside of the residence.

Prosecutor Onofri praised the response of the officers and the decision to disperse the partygoers rather than charge everyone in attendance.  “The goal was to break up the party and send everyone home.  Based on safety and resources, police made the right call to only issue citations to the host,” he said.

But the prosecutor also gave a stern reminder to the public to heed the Governor’s executive orders.  “These are mandates, not suggestions.  Mercer County and the entire state of New Jersey will not tolerate such irresponsible, criminal behavior, and violators will be prosecuted.  Not only are these actions illegal, but in a time where such reckless conduct could endanger family, loved ones, first responders and the community at large, they are also unethical.”

Trump approves disaster declaration for state of New Jersey

TRENTON: President Donald Trump approved a disaster declaration for New Jersey Wednesday, paving the way for federal funding and assistance to the state for all areas impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.New Jersey, at least 62 people have died from the virus, and nearly 4,400 have tested positive. New Jersey is expanding its drive-thru testing centers for coronavirus, especially in the northern part of the state.

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