Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 4/15/2020

From Mayor Linda H. Schwager
Coronavirus Update 4/15/2020

Coronavirus Positive Tests in Oakland:

Today the Borough of Oakland was notified by the Bergen County Health Department that there are a total of 137 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.

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.

Virtual Budget Meeting 4/16/2020:

Due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the Borough of Oakland is holding a Virtual Budget Meeting on Thursday April 16, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Members of the public who wish to participate in the meeting may do so by joining online or over the phone at 10:00 a.m. Individuals will be able to fully participate in the meeting, including providing public comment.

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Meeting ID: 911 5348 3502

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Participating during the public comment portion of the meeting:

During public comment parts of the meeting, if you would like to speak, please click the “Raise Hand” button, and we will be notified of your request to speak. Mayor Schwager will recognize you, and your microphone will be un-muted to allow you to speak. Once you have completed speaking, your mic will be re-muted.

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On computers, the “Raise Hand” button can be found in the webinar controls section, typically at the bottom of your screen. If you raise your hand on accident, feel free to “Lower Hand”.

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Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Expand Family Leave Protections during COVID-19 Outbreak:

Governor Phil Murphy today signed legislation (S2374), which expands protections of the Family Leave Act to allow employees forced to take time off to care for a family member during the COVID-19 outbreak with up to 12 weeks of unpaid family leave in a 24-month period without losing their jobs. Under the bill, employees will be eligible for leave to care for a family member as a result of an epidemic of a communicable disease, or efforts to prevent spread of a communicable disease. These job protections will extend to employees requiring leave to provide care or treatment for their child if the child's school or place of care is closed in response to a public health emergency. Read more here.

Labor Department Update on Improvements to Unemployment Claim Processing:

The New Jersey Department of Labor provided an update on computer technology upgrades, added personnel, new phone capacity, and a streamlined filing process that have been implemented to allow unemployment claims to be processed faster and to answer questions more quickly.

Testing Sites for First Responders & Healthcare Workers:

The New Jersey State PBA in partnership with Accurate Diagnostic Labs, has opened multiple drive-thru testing sites for both career and volunteer first responders and front-line health care workers. Testing is by appointment only. Click here for more.

Update from NJDOL:

Assistance is available to self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig and platform workers who are impacted by COVID-19. Click here for more information.

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: There are currently 57 COVID-19 testing sites across the state, including State-sponsored and private facilities. 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.

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