Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 5/21/2020

From Mayor Linda H. Schwager
Coronavirus Update 5/21/2020

Coronavirus Positive Tests in Oakland:

Today the Borough of Oakland was notified by the Bergen County Health Department that there are a total of 228 individuals in Oakland who tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Bergen County has a total of 17,578 positive Coronavirus Cases, and the State of NJ has 151,472 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 Tennis Courts to Re-Open Saturday May 23, 2020:

The Oakland Tennis Courts will re-open this weekend, for single matches only, no team tennis/groups, as that is not allowed due to the Governor’s Executive Order.  Everyone must have a badge, if you have not purchased a badge yet, you may do so by printing out the tennis badge application form on the Borough Website, mail it in with a check written out to the Borough of Oakland and a self-addressed stamped envelope, and the Borough will mail you a badge or you may drop off the form, check and envelope in the drop box in the front of Borough Hall.

Guidelines Released on Medical and Dental Procedures:

The New Jersey Department of Health has issued guidelines on the conditions for hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers to begin resuming elective surgeries, pursuant to an executive order signed last week allowing elective surgeries and invasive procedures, both medical and dental, to resume on Tuesday, May 26.

Pharmacists Allowed to Administer COVID-19 tests:

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has authorized licensed pharmacists to widely administer COVID-19 tests to customers, paving the way for thousands of pharmacies statewide to serve as testing sites. There are 2,239 pharmacies in New Jersey, including retail chains and independent businesses.

Certain Outdoor Recreational Businesses & Community Gardens May Open Tomorrow:

An executive order has been signed allowing certain outdoor activities at recreational businesses, including archery ranges, batting cages, golf driving ranges, horseback riding, shooting ranges, and tennis clubs as well as community gardens to open with required social distancing measures in place. The order takes effect on Friday, May 22 at 6:00 a.m.

  • Outdoor Recreational Businesses: To limit physical interactions, the order requires outdoor recreational businesses that reopen to limit capacity to 10 people at one time and implement reasonable restrictions.
  • Community Gardens: Community gardens may reopen so long as they comply with the same restrictions implemented at parks.
  • All-Terrain Vehicle and Dirt Bike Rental Businesses: All-terrain vehicle and dirt bike rental businesses to reopen to the public for “curb-side” pickup.
  • Golf Courses: The order relaxes four of the restrictions on golf courses, allowing them to expand tee-times to four players, allow the use of forecaddies, offer club and equipment rentals, and reopen restrooms with disinfecting and hygiene protocols in place.
  • Mask Recommendation: The order also recommends, but does not order, that people wear a face covering while in public settings at outdoor recreational businesses and community gardens when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Amusement Parks & Arcades: The order further clarifies that amusements parks and arcades, and other places of public amusement located at these businesses remain closed, including places of public amusement that are located at a place otherwise authorized to be open by any executive order issued after March 21, 2020, such as a boardwalk.

NJ to Launch Online Grocery Shopping for SNAP Recipients:

New Jerseyans enrolled in the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be able to use their benefits to order groceries online starting next week. Online shopping will be available through Amazon and participating Walmart’s, Shop Rites and The Fresh Grocers. NJ SNAP recipients will be able to use their benefits card to order groceries from Amazon starting on May 27. Walmart’s, Shop Rites and The Fresh Grocers that that provide online shopping will also accept online ordering with SNAP benefits starting on May 28.

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.