HACKENSACK, N.J. – Bergen County Health Officer Hansel Asmar releases the following statement on regarding current air quality conditions in Bergen County:
"Attention residents of Bergen County, the National Weather Service has issued an air quality alert for the State of New Jersey. Due to smoke conditions stemming from the ongoing wildfires in Canada, the Bergen County Health Department strongly advises all individuals to remain indoors and limit outdoor activities until further notice. The Northern New Jersey and NYC Metro region is anticipated to experience some of the most severe air quality conditions in the country as a result of smoke drift. This poses a significant health risk, especially for those with respiratory conditions, children, and the elderly. The Bergen County Health Department strongly urges the cancellation of all outdoor activities to be rescheduled at a later date. Please keep doors and windows closed, utilize air purifiers if available, and seek medical attention if experiencing breathing difficulties or related symptoms. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities, and we appreciate your cooperation during this critical time."