Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 6/22/2020

From Mayor Linda H. Schwager
Coronavirus Update 6-22-2020

Yard Waste Collection:

Due to staffing issues, yard waste was not collected today 6/22. Please leave your bags out curbside and the hauler will be back during the week to collect. Thank you for your understanding.

Revised Metal Collection:

Town-wide metal collection has been moved to July 9, 2020, due to the July 4th Holiday.

Casinos and Indoor Dining:

Today, Governor Murphy announced that on July 2, 2020 Casinos may reopen at 25% capacity. Governor Murphy also announced that on July 2, 2020, all indoor dining may resume at 25% capacity. 

Personal Care Services Open Today:

An executive order has allowed personal care service facilities to reopen to the public this morning at 6:00 a.m., provided the facilities comply with standards issued by the Division of Consumer Affairs and Department of Health, including limiting services to appointment only, performing health screening, requiring the use of PPE, distance/barrier requirements, and enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices. The order allows the opening of:

  • Cosmetology shops
  • Barber shops
  • Beauty salons
  • Hair braiding shops
  • Nail salons
  • Electrology facilities
  • Spas, including day spas and medical spas, at which solely elective and cosmetic medical procedures are performed
  • Massage studios
  • Tanning salons
  • Tattoo parlors

Outdoor Visitation with Long-Term Care Residents:

Starting yesterday, residents of long-term care facilities can have outdoor visits with loved ones in designated outdoor space under a directive issued by the New Jersey Department of Health. The directive applies to: dementia care homes, long-term care facilities, pediatric transitional care homes, assisted living residences and programs, and comprehensive personal care homes.

  • Prior to transporting a long-term care resident to a designated outdoor space, visitors must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms - including a temperature check – and facilities must follow safety and infection prevention and control measures in order to allow visitation.
  • Only two visitors will be permitted at a time and must stay six feet apart from the resident. Visitors and residents are required to wear face coverings, and a staff member—wearing a surgical mask—must remain with the resident during the visit.
  • A resident who is suspected or confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 or quarantined for an exposure cannot have visitors. A resident who has tested positive can have visitors after they have met the criteria to discontinue isolation.

Indoor Shopping Malls:

An administrative order has been signed which permits indoor portions of retail shopping malls to reopen to members of the public, effective at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, June 29.

  • Retail businesses located in the interior of shopping malls are permitted to reopen to the public, as long as they comply with the requirements contained in Executive Order No. 122.
  • Restaurants within the interior of a retail shopping mall are restricted to offering takeout and delivery services, except that they may also provide in-person service at outdoor areas outside the shopping mall pursuant to Executive Order No. 150.
  • Retail kiosks located within malls may operate subject to the applicable requirements contained in Executive Order No. 122, and must ensure that customers remain six feet apart at all times.
  • All areas with communal seating shall be removed or cordoned off. Isolated seats or benches available for individual use may be accessible, in order to provide customers with a place to rest.
  • Businesses located within the indoor portions of retail shopping malls that remain closed to the public by any Executive Order, such as entertainment and recreational businesses including gyms, fitness centers, movie theaters, amusement parks, water parks, and arcades, shall remain closed.

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.

Reopening Standards for NJ Colleges & Universities:

The Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) has issued standards for institutions of higher education as they begin restarting campus operations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They provide a framework of critical standards, additional steps institutions should consider when formulating plans, and examples of safeguarding practices in 10 key on-campus functional areas: instruction, residential housing, computer laboratories, libraries, research, student services, transportation, dining, international travel, and athletics. Beginning on July 1st, they being Stage 2 of the reopening plan, which includes:

  • In-person instruction mostly remains limited to instances where a waiver is obtained from the Secretary. However, in-person instruction of curricula that require labs, technical, clinical, or hands-on instruction and therefore cannot be readily taught other than through in-person instruction can resume with adherence to strict health and safety protocols.
  • On-campus residential facilities for a limited number of students (based on capacity restrictions). Full occupancy of buildings is not acceptable for restart plans. Institutions must reduce density of residential living spaces to the extent practicable. Institutions should be mindful of students for whom residential housing is necessary for an equitable education. Common areas are closed, and outside visitors to residence halls must be limited to those present for delivery, maintenance or an emergency.
  • Computer laboratories remain closed. Curbside pickup or delivery of remotely-requested printed materials is available. This should be done by appointment.
  • Libraries may open in a limited fashion in accordance with the applicable state health and safety requirements.
  • Dining: Takeout or “grab and go” options should remain available. Outdoor dining only is allowed pursuant to statewide occupancy, health, and safety requirements

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.

  • 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)

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.
  • Borough Council Meeting 6/24 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Recreation Commission 6/29 at 8:00 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 237 individuals in Oakland who tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Bergen County has a total of 19,024 positive Coronavirus Cases, and the State of NJ has 169,415 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.