Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 5/1/2020

From Mayor Linda H. Schwager
Coronavirus Update 5/1/2020

Coronavirus Positive Tests in Oakland:

Today the Borough of Oakland was notified by the Bergen County Health Department that there are a total of 206 individuals in Oakland who tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Bergen County has a total of 15,801 positive Coronavirus Cases, and the State of NJ has 121,190 positive 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.

2nd Quarter Grace Period Extended to June 1, 2020:

The governing body acted this morning to extend the grace period for the 2nd quarter Tax Payment to June 1, 2020.  The intent of this action is to provide additional time for those people who are having financial difficulties due to the coronavirus pandemic to receive much needed financial assistance from the Federal Government or through Unemployment.  The due date for taxes is still May 1st and the Borough is still required to make payment to the Schools and the County who combined receive 75% of every tax dollar that we collect.  IF you are able to pay on time, we ask that you continue to do so.

Borough Parks Re-Opening:

The Borough’s Recreation Facilities for will open for passive recreation only starting tomorrow, Saturday 5/2/20 at sunrise, in accordance with the terms of the Governor’s Executive Order. This covers all locations including the main recreation complex, Wells field, Truman Field, Great Oak Park and the Potash Lake Boat Launch. 

The following will remain closed for the time being:

  • Playgrounds
  • Exercise Stations
  • Restrooms
  • Tennis Courts
  • Batting Cages
  • Roller Hockey Rink

The following conditions also apply:

  • No picnicking or group / organized sporting activities are allowed.
  • Parking will be limited to 50% of maximum capacity.
  • Visitors should wear masks, unless they cannot for health reasons.
  • Visitors must practice social distancing and remain at least 6 feet apart, excluding ‘family members, caretakers, household members or romantic partners’
  • The walking path at the Recreation Complex will be one way only.

Paper Shredding Event for Saturday May 2, 2020 Still On:

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

Upcoming Board, Committee, Commission Meetings:

  • Communications Commission (5/4 at 7:30 p.m.)
  • Shade Tree Commission (5/4 at 7:00 p.m.)
  • Environmental Commission (5/5 at 7:30 p.m.)

For public access credentials, visit the Borough Website.

Bergen County Parks and Golf Course to Re-Open:

Bergen County Executive James Tedesco III announced today that all Bergen County Parks and Golf Courses will re-open at sunrise on Saturday May 2, 2020 in accordance with State of NJ Executive Order 130.  Read here for further details.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Payments to Start Today:

The New Jersey Department of Labor announced that recipients of federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) to the self-employed, independent contractors and others who are not usually eligible for unemployment insurance benefits have started being notified of their PUA eligibility and the Department will begin making payments today, Friday, May 1.

Testing for NJ Transit Employees:

Beginning next week, COVID-19 testing will be available daily in East Rutherford to all NJ TRANSIT employees. NJ TRANSIT employees will be accepted for appointment-only testing at the site which opened on April 13 and is currently geared toward first responders and frontline healthcare workers. Online registration access for NJ TRANSIT employees will be available beginning on Sunday, May 3. NJ TRANSIT is also working to expand access to similar testing sites in central and south Jersey.

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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