Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 5/12/2020

From Mayor Linda H. Schwager
Coronavirus Update 5-12-2020

Coronavirus Positive Tests in Oakland:

Today the Borough of Oakland was notified by the Bergen County Health Department that there are a total of 214 individuals in Oakland who tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Bergen County has a total of 17,060 positive Coronavirus Cases, and the State of NJ has 140,743 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.

Oakland Carnival Cancelled:

Due to the #COVIDー19 Pandemic, the Oakland Carnival and Fireworks have been cancelled this year. We know this is extremely disappointing, but with the health and safety of our community in mind, including our first responders, we thank you in advance for your understanding.

Bergen County Mobile Testing for Symptomatic and Asymptomatic County Residents:

Starting tomorrow, May 12th, the County of Bergen in partnership with Bergen New Bridge Medical Center will begin offering mobile testing for symptomatic and asymptomatic residents in several communities throughout Bergen County. No appointment is necessary to receive testing for COVID-19 and the COVID-19 antibody test.

Upcoming dates and locations include:

  • Wednesday, May 13 - M&M Building, 116 Holt Street, Hackensack, NJ (Hackensack Recreation Center Parking Lot)
  • Thursday, May 14 - Ascension Greek Orthodox Church Parking Lot, 101 Anderson Avenue, Fairview, NJ
  • Friday, May 15 - 111 Outwater Lane, Garfield, NJ (Parking lot located behind Municipal Hall)
  • Monday, May 18 Lodi – Location TBD
  • Tuesday, May 19 - 540 Main Street, Fort Lee, NJ

Arrive Between 10 am and 3:30 pm. First responders only: 9 am-10 am. Do not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum 30 minutes prior to arrival for saliva COVID-19 testing. Bring identification, proof of Bergen County residency and insurance card if applicable. Visit for details in the event of inclement weather.

This Week in Oakland Episode 4 to Premiere Tonight at 6:30 p.m.:

The next episode of This Week in Oakland will premiere tonight on Oakland TV at 6:30pm and will be replayed at midnight, 9am, and 630pm every day for the next week. This episode, as well as other previous episodes, will be posted to the Borough YouTube page. If you have optimum, Oakland TV is on Channel 77. For Verizon customers, tune into Channel 45. Thank you to our volunteers for making this program possible

Is there charge to the patient for COVID-19 Testing?

If testing is done at the NJDOH public health lab under strict guidance from public health officials, there is no charge for the testing. Additionally, county-run testing sites do not charge a fee.

However, at private clinics/commercial labs, there may be a charge for the medical care provided, assessing patients, writing prescriptions, and collecting the specimen. These costs would be the responsibility of the patient. Some facilities do not accept insurance and are self-pay only. Call the facility before you get screened and ask about the cost of the testing.

Click here for testing information.

NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Adds More Online Services:

The NJ Motor Vehicle Commission announced yesterday that they are adding to their growing web based transactions, expanding the types of vehicles eligible for online registration renewals and replacements. The Commission is also assisting eligible drivers with restoring suspended licenses by using email instead of phone or in person transactions. Drivers who have been notified of suspension for failure to maintain insurance may get more information by emailing Other drivers who believe they are eligible for restoration should email  

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.