Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 12/14/2020

From Mayor Linda H. Schwager
Coronavirus Update 12-14-2020

Recycling Collection Update:

Due to the impending snowstorm, recycling collection scheduled for this Wednesday December 16, 2020 will be collected very early in the morning so our contractor can stay ahead of the weather. Therefore, please put your recyclables out on Tuesday night to ensure that they are collected on Wednesday morning.

Reminder – On Street Parking, Sidewalks Shoveling and Cleaning Fire Hydrants during a Snow Storm:

The Borough is closely monitoring the winter storm as forecasted by the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS). As a reminder, according to Borough Code 7-10, parking on Borough streets is prohibited during snow storms. This parking restriction is in effect until the storm has ended and the streets have been sufficiently cleared of snow. This ordinance is in place to allow DPW employees to properly plow the streets without interference and to ensure the roadway is clear of snow and ice well beyond the end of the storm. As a reminder, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to clear the sidewalk and fire hydrant located on your property of all snow and ice. By shoveling your sidewalk and clearing snow from around the fire hydrant, it creates a safer walkway for children and other pedestrians. It also gives our volunteer fire personnel easier access to the hydrant in case there is a fire emergency in your neighborhood. For further details, please refer to Oakland Borough Code 12-5. Thank you for your cooperation.

Bergen County Mobile COVID-19 Testing:

Bergen County’s third week of COVID-19 drive-thru testing at Bergen Community College (400 Paramus Road, Paramus - Lot A) begins tomorrow! This test site will offer COVID-19 Nasal Swab Antigen tests, which allows for rapid results in just 24 hours. Testing is available to all County residents free of charge, regardless of health insurance status.

Residents must schedule their test through an online portal at

Pre-registration is required. No walk-ins are permitted.

  • Monday, December 14, 2020 (9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, December 16, 2020 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
  • Thursday, December 17, 2020 (9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
  • Saturday, December 19, 2020 (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Please remember to bring a form of identification, proof of Bergen County residency, and insurance card if applicable.

It is important to continue practicing cautionary measures including wearing a mask when going out, keeping social circles small, and getting tested, especially if you have been exposed to larger group settings.

Post-Holiday Styrofoam Collections:

The Sustainable Bergen HUB is hosting two (2) post-holiday Styrofoam Collections:

  • Saturday December 26, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Borough of Hillsdale, 441 Hillsdale Avenue, Hillsdale, N.J. First hour is for Hillsdale residents only. Remaining hours are for Bergen County residents.
  • Saturday January 2, 2021 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Fair Lawn Recycling Center, 20-05 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, N.J. First hour is for Fair Lawn residents only. Remaining hours are for Bergen County residents.

Both collections are for Styrofoam/Expanded Polystyrene Foam / EPS packaging only. No food containers or packing peanuts.

This is a contactless drop off. Attendees are advised to stay in your car, pop the trunk, and the HUB will remove items. Please wear a mask when in car.

Help Fight the Spread of COVID-19: Download the COVID Alert App:

COVID Alert NJ is New Jersey's free and secure mobile app that anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app also provides users with up-to-date information on New Jersey reopening news, key COVID-19 metrics, and a user-friendly symptom tracking tool. COVID Alert NJ uses Bluetooth proximity technology. The app will never record any identifying data. All users will remain anonymous.  

For more information, click here, or download the COVID Alert NJ app from the App Store or Google Play Store.

Coronavirus Positive Tests in Oakland:

The Borough of Oakland has been notified by the Bergen County Department of Health that there are no new positive cases of COVID-19 reported in Oakland. Once the Borough receives updated figures from the Bergen County Department of Health, they will be released immediately. Governor Murphy has reported that there was 4,805 new positive COVID-19 cases reported today, bringing the state-wide New Jersey total to 405,448 cases.

If anyone has questions about COVID-19, you can call the 24-hour New Jersey Hotline at (800) 222-1222. You can also visit the State of NJ Coronavirus Website Here.

Important Resources:

  • The latest data on coronavirus infections in New Jersey are available on the New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard. The dashboard has been updated to provide more information on scope of the virus and hospitalizations, including the number of patients hospitalized, discharged, in critical care, in intensive care, and on ventilators, along with data on statewide ventilator capacity, numbers of positive/negative tests, and more.
  • New Jersey’s COVID-19 Information Hub includes valuable resources and information for families, workers, and employers who have questions or needs arising from the current crisis.
  • Testing Sites: To locate a testing location, specifics on how to get a test, and the hours of operation, click here.
  • Information for businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Coronavirus Update 12-14-2020

Coronavirus Update 12-14-2020