Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 4/27/2020

From Mayor Linda H. Schwager
Coronavirus Update 4-27-2020

Coronavirus Positive Tests in Oakland:

Today the Borough of Oakland was notified by the Bergen County Health Department that there are a total of 192 individuals in Oakland who tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Bergen County has a total of 15,036 positive Coronavirus Cases, and the State of NJ has 111,188 positive cases. 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.

Upcoming Board, Committee, Commission Meetings:

Paper Shredding 5/2/2020:

The Borough of Oakland is hosting a Paper Shredding Event on Saturday May 2, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Borough Hall Parking Lot, 1 Municipal Plaza, Oakland, NJ 07436. To ensure social distance rules we ask that all residents remain in their vehicles and the DPW attendants will remove the items from the trunk. Everyone will be wearing masks and gloves.

SBA Paycheck Protection Program:

The U.S. Small Business Administrations started accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications again from participating lenders today.

A list of participating lenders in PPP has been posted by state:

Governor Murphy Announces “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health through Public Health”:

Governor Phil Murphy today announced his vision, “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health through Public Health,” to restart New Jersey and put the state on the road to recovery. Governor Murphy outlined six key principles and benchmarks to guide the process for restoring New Jersey’s economic health by ensuring public health.

Governor Murphy’s stay-at-home Executive Order, which has been in effect since March 21st, will remain in effect in its entirety until further notice. The following six principles and key metrics will guide the process for lifting restrictions and restoring New Jersey’s economic health through public health.

  • Principle 1: Demonstrate Sustained Reductions in New COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations
    • 14-day trend lines showing appreciable and sustained drop in new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and other metrics reflecting decreasing burden of disease;
    • Hospitals stepping down from functioning under crisis standards of care.
  • Principle 2: Expand Testing Capacity
    • At least double current diagnostic testing capacity;
    • Prioritize testing for health care workers, essential personnel, and vulnerable populations;
    • Create a flexible testing plan accessible to all residents;
    • Expand partnerships with institutions of higher education, private-sector labs, and the federal government;
    • Ensure that those who test positive are linked to a health care provider.  
  • Principle 3: Implement Robust Contact Tracing
    • Recruit and deploy an army of personnel who will identify and follow-up with contacts;
    • Leverage technological data and innovative solutions to increase efficiency;
    • Coordinate the approach of local and state health officials, which will have a coordinated county/regional component.
  • Principle 4: Secure Safe Places and Resources for Isolation and Quarantine
    • To the greatest extent possible, provide individuals who do test positive in the future with a safe and free place to isolate and protect others from COVID-19;
    • Ensure that quarantined contacts are provided supportive services, if needed.
  • Principle 5: Execute a Responsible Economic Restart
    • Create the Governor’s Restart and Recovery Commission to advise on the process and recommend responsible and equitable decisions;
    • Plan for a methodical and strategic return to work based on level of disease transmission risk and essential classification;
    • Continuation of social distancing measures, requirements for face coverings, and work-from-home directions where feasible and appropriate;
    • Leverage any available federal funds and programs to support health care, individual, and small business recoveries.
  • Principle 6: Ensure New Jersey’s Resiliency
    • Learn from the lessons of COVID-19 and prepare for the possibility of a resurgence;
    • Ensure hospitals, health care systems, and other health delivery facilities have inventories of personal protective equipment and ventilators;
    • Build our own state personal protective equipment and ventilator stockpile;
    • Create a playbook for future administrations for the next pandemic.

For a one-page summary of Governor Murphy’s plan to restore New Jersey’s economic through public health, click here.

Remember to Certify for Weekly Unemployment Benefits:

If you are collecting unemployment benefits, you must certify weekly that you remain eligible for payments. The NJ Department of Labor has posted a helpful guide with information to help answer the questions to ensure that your weekly payments are not delayed.

Short-Term Support for Renters:

An executive order was signed to help tenants who are struggling financially due to COVID-19. They will be permitted to direct their landlords to use their security deposits to offset rent or back rent.

Help is at your fingertips:

Caring for children & family members while staying at home can create added pressure, stress and tension. Social Distancing shouldn't mean social isolation.

Call for help:

  • Family Helpline: 1-800-843-5437
  • Mom2Mom: 1-877-914-MOM2
  • CSOC: 1-877-652-7624
  • Report child abuse or neglect call: 1-877-652-2873

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.

The Road Back