Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 6/19/2020

from Mayor Linda H. Schwager
Coronavirus Update 6-19-2020

Oakland Senior Center Opening Monday June 22 for Outdoor Programs:

The Senior Center will be opening on Monday, June 22nd with a limited schedule of outdoor programs on the patio. The patio will be covered with a tent for shade. A calendar for the remainder of June as well as a newsletter with updated policies and procedures are available on the Oakland website. Hard copies are available to pick up outside of the Senior Center 24/7 as well.

3rd Quarter Taxes due August 1, 2020:

3rd quarter estimated tax bills have been mailed. Estimated tax bills are to be paid as any other tax bill, due August 1, 2020. Payments received after Aug 10, 2020 will accrue interest dating back to Aug 1, 2020.

Oakland’s Sporting Fields & Roller Rink to Open on Monday June 22:

All of Oakland’s Fields including the Oakland Recreation Complex, Truman, and Wells Fields will re-open on Monday June 22, 2020 in accordance with the newly released guidelines.  In addition, the Roller Hockey Rink will re-open for non-contact open skate. Furthermore, the Oakland Tennis Courts will allow doubles play starting Monday June 22, 2020. Social Distancing must be adhered to at all facilities.

Bergen County Ballot Drop Boxes Available:

Ballot Drop Boxes can be found outside in the following locations:

  • Demarest - 118 Serpentine Road, Demarest, NJ (Borough Hall)
  • Fort Lee - 1355 Inwood Terrace/Anderson Avenue Circular Driveway (Fort Lee Community Center)
  • Hackensack - One Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack, NJ (County Administration Building)
  • Ramsey - 30 Wyckoff Avenue (Library - in rear of building)
  • Ridgewood - 131 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ (Village Hall)
  • Rutherford - 176 Park Avenue, Rutherford (Borough Hall)

Ballot Drop Boxes are available 24-hours.  Ballots must be in the Drop Box by 8:00 p.m. on election night.  Ballots left after 8:00 p.m. on election night will be considered late and not counted.

Governor Murphy and Superintendent Callahan Announce Indoor Portions of Retail Shopping Malls May Reopen on June 29:

The inside portions of indoor malls, will be allowed to operate again with restrictions starting Monday, June 29, under an administrative order signed by Col. Patrick Callahan, superintendent of the State Police. Restaurants and stores at malls with their own outside entrances had already been permitted to reopen on Monday, at half capacity.

When indoor portions reopen, capacity will also be 50%. Plus, all customers and employees will be required to wear face coverings at all times while inside, except for those with medical conditions that make that impossible and children under 2. The mall must deny entry to customers that refuse to wear a face covering, the order says.

Under the order, common areas — such as communal seating and food courts — must be closed. Isolated seats and benches are allowed. Kiosks can operate, though customers must remain 6 feet apart at all times. Restaurants and eateries at malls can offer takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining, but indoor dining remains banned, as it is throughout the state. Indoor entertainment businesses, such as movie theaters and arcades, will remain closed, as they are statewide. Also off limits: valet parking, vending machines, stroller rentals, and communal play areas for kids. Read the full order here.

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Allowing for Limited In-Person Instruction at Institutions of Higher Education and Trade and Training Schools Beginning July 1:

Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 155, which will allow in-person clinical, lab, and hands-on programming at institutions of higher education to resume as of July 1, 2020 with enhanced health and safety protocols. Executive Order No. 155 will also allow trade and training schools to reopen on July 1 provided specific health and safety polices are in place.  As part of this process, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education has issued Restart Standards for all New Jersey Institutions of Higher Education that can guide the reopening and assist institutions as they prepare for next steps.

To read Executive Order No. 155, click here.

Upcoming Bergen County Mobile Testing Schedule:

Below is an updated schedule of Mobile COVID-19 Testing hosted by the County of Bergen. Arrive between 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for testing, and 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. for first responders. All mobile testing sites are weather permitting. You must bring identification and proof of Bergen county residence or proof of Bergen county municipal employment/county employment. Copy of driver’s license is required and/or utility bill. Please bring insurance card if applicable. This is a saliva based test, therefore, please do not eat/drink/smoke 30 minutes prior to arriving.

  • Thursday 6/18 – Tenafly, Cresskill, and Alpine (100 Riveredge Road – Tenafly Borough Hall)
  • Friday 6/19 – Hasbrouck Heights (264 Oldfield Ave – Swim Club)
  • Monday 6/22 – Ridgewood and Glen Rock (259 North Maple Avenue – Ridgewood - Graydon Pool Parking Lot)
  • Tuesday 6/23 – Rutherford (Memorial Field – Darwin and Washington Avenues)
  • Wednesday 6/24 – Hillsdale, Emerson, Washington Township, and Westwood (183 Cedar Lane – Hillsdale – Stony brook Swim Club)
  • Thursday 6/25 – Demarest, Closter, and Haworth (150 Knickerbocker Road – Demarest - Northern Valley Regional High School)
  • Monday 6/29 – Old Tappan, Norwood, Northvale, Harrington Park, and Rockleigh (150 Central Avenue – Old Tappan – Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan)
  • Tuesday 6/30 – Fair Lawn (Location TBD)
  • Wednesday 7/1 – Ramsey and Allendale (Location TBD)
  • Thursday 7/2 – Rochelle Park (300 Rochelle Avenue – Midland School Parking Lot)

Communications Commission Seeking Your Graduate Photo’s…Due Tomorrow:

Graduation 2020 will be the most unique graduation in decades. The Communications Commission and the volunteers behind the new weekly series, This Week in Oakland, want to make it a special one for our Oakland graduating 5th graders, 8th graders, 12th graders, and college students. Parents are encouraged to email a photo of each of your graduates (in graduation or professional attire), their name (as it will appear on diploma), the grade they are graduating from, and the school which they are graduating from to [email protected] by June 20th. This slideshow will be included in an upcoming episode of This Week in Oakland airing in late June on Oakland TV and it will also be posted on the Borough’s YouTube channel.

Upcoming Board, Committee, Commission Meetings:

Meeting Links and Passwords for upcoming Board, Committee, and Commission Meetings are posted here. 

  • Sustainable Oakland Green Team 6/23 at 7:30 p.m.

Coronavirus Positive Tests in Oakland:

Today the Borough of Oakland was notified by the Bergen County Health Department that there are a total of 240 individuals in Oakland who tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Bergen County has a total of 18,952 positive Coronavirus Cases, and the State of NJ has 168,496 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.

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: 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.

Outdoor Dining Click Here