Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 5/8/2020

From Mayor Linda H. Schwager
Coronavirus Update 5-8-2020

Coronavirus Positive Tests in Oakland:

Today the Borough of Oakland was notified by the Bergen County Health Department that there are a total of 213 individuals in Oakland who tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Bergen County has a total of 16,653 positive Coronavirus Cases, and the State of NJ has 135,454 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.

Unemployment Benefits:

In the seven weeks since COVID-19 hit New Jersey in mid-March, 1,018,785 unemployment claims have been filed, by far the most ever recorded for a similar period. With more than 642,000 now receiving unemployment in the Garden State — and an additional 72,000 federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims processed last week — the Department of Labor has created online guides to walk people through the weekly certification process. The certification questions have been an obstacle for tens of thousands of claimants who have answered a question incorrectly and had their payments delayed.

MVC Agency, Inspection Station Closures Extended:

All New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agency, road testing, and inspections facilities will remain closed until at least Tuesday, May 26. Most renewals of driver licenses, non-driver IDs, and registrations – including some commercial registrations – can be processed online at Customers can also change their address, pay fees, and access other services online.

Retail Businesses and Schools:

Governor Phil Murphy and Superintendent of the State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan today announced an Administrative Order clarifying that recreational and entertainment activities prohibited under Executive Order No. 107 (2020) are also prohibited from taking place within the brick-and-mortar premises of essential retail businesses that are permitted to remain open.

Under the order, recreational and entertainment activities are also prohibited within the facilities of public, private, and parochial preschool programs, or elementary and secondary schools, including charter and renaissance schools that remain closed to students.

The Order will take effect immediately. A copy of the Administrative Order can be found here.

Nursing Students Given Waivers to Help in Nursing Homes:

New Jersey’s long-term care facilities (LTCFs) need help responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. NJ’s nursing students are primed to step in to lend critical support to care for one of our most vulnerable populations. Through the NJ Student Nurse Strong Initiative, nursing students can now be hired by LTCFs as temporary nurse aides per waivers recently signed by the NJ Department of Health.

Oakland Library Hosting Virtual Qigong:

The Oakland Public Library is hosting Virtual Qigong Classes every Monday until June 15th at 11:00 a.m. There is no class on Memorial Day. Click here to register.

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.