Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 3/27/2020

From Mayor Linda H. Schwager
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update March 27, 2020

Coronavirus Positive Tests in Oakland:

Today the Borough of Oakland was notified by the Bergen County Health Department that there is a total of 9 individuals in Oakland who tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Bergen County Health Department is no longer providing towns with patient details such as gender and age so we are not able to provide that information to the community.

The Bergen County Health Department is the lead agency for investigation of cases involving a positive COVID-19 person, including all close contacts. If it is determined that a resident is in close contact with someone infected with COVID-19, the Bergen County Health Department will reach out. Close contact is considered being within a 6-foot radius of the person for a minimum duration of 10 minutes. People who are outside of this are not considered a close contact. It is important for everyone to monitor their health and consult a primary care physician if exhibiting symptoms.

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.   

Updates will be provided as they become available.

Closure of Borough Facilities:

​As a result of the ongoing emergency, all Borough facilities will remain closed to the public until further notice.  For assistance, please reach out to us via, phone, e-mail or through our online service request portal.  Details and contact information can be found at

Senior Services:

During this time of maintaining social distancing, the Borough has identified options available to seniors to safely obtain food, supplies, and prescriptions.

Shoprite of Oakland offers Shop from Home services to all seniors for a small fee. Seniors can call in their order and Shoprite staff will do the food shopping for you. You can either drive up to pick up your groceries from the front without ever having to leave your car or have them delivered to your door. For more information, please call Shoprite at (201) 337-3900.

Stop & Shop offers special Senior shopping hours prior to opening daily from 6:00-7:30am

Market Basket offers special Senior shopping hours every Sunday, Tuesday, and Fridays, 6:30 a.m. until opening. 

If any of these options do not meet your needs, we are still offering our volunteer matching with members of the community. Please call the Senior Center at (201) 405-7731 or email at for assistance.

Oakland Public Library:

As the Oakland Public Library remains closed during this difficult time, we would just like to remind all of our residents that your digital library is open 24/7. Library card holders can access and download eBooks, digital audiobooks, TV shows, movies, graphic novels, and more all from wherever they have an internet connection through Libby, Hoopla, Kanopy & RB Digital. In addition, anyone looking to learn new skills or brush up on anything can log into LyndaPro for free and get professional instruction. We can't wait to reopen, and as soon as we know when we'll be letting all of our patrons know. Don't have a library card but would like to borrow econtent? Not a problem. Email and we will get you a card.

Bergen County Accepting PPE Donations:

Bergen County will begin accepting donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such asrespirator/surgical masks, medical face shields/goggles, protective medical gowns and latex gloves at the Bergen County Annex Building in Paramus. located at 220 East Ridgewood Avenue in Paramus, N.J. (located behind Bergen New Bridge Medical Center off Pascack Road and Ridgewood Avenue) beginning Thursday, March 26th. The site will remain open every weekday, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. NOTE: This is a drive-thru donation site and residents are asked to have donations readily accessible in the trunk or back area of their vehicles so County staff can unload the items. Businesses and residents can email should there be any specific questions about PPE donations.

Click here to view full donation letter 

Bergen County Community College Testing Site:

COVID-19 Testing at Bergen County Community College on Saturday, March 28th is limited to symptomatic healthcare workers and first responders.  Proper credentials must be provided.  Please do not go for testing if you are not symptomatic – save the limited testing resources for those who need it.

Please Stay Home!

​Finally today, we ask all of our residents to please stay home and practice social distancing as much as possible.  The number of cases in New Jersey increased by almost 2,000 today to 8,825.  1,505 of those cases are in Bergen County.  While the increase is not unexpected, it does show that there is still a ways to go yet before things can return to normal.  The more diligent we are now, the quicker that will happen.  Stay well.