Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 6/3/2020

From Mayor Linda H. Schwager
Coronavirus Update 6-3-2020

Coronavirus Positive Tests in Oakland:

Today the Borough of Oakland was notified by the Bergen County Health Department that there are a total of 226 individuals in Oakland who tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Bergen County has a total of 18,455 positive Coronavirus Cases, and the State of NJ has 162,068 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.

Governor Murphy Announces Outdoor Dining to Begin on June 15:

Today Governor Murphy announced he is signing an Executive Order to permit restaurants and bars in New Jersey to allow in-person, outdoor dining starting June 15, 2020. Tables seating individual groups must be six (6) feet apart, and other safety and sanitation protocols must be followed. Furthermore, the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control will be issuing a special ruling to allow liquor license-holders to apply for a one-time permit to expand their premises for service. Local ordinances must be complied with and Borough approval will be a requirement.

Special Virtual Council Meeting 6/4 at 5:30 p.m.:

There will be a Special Virtual Council Meeting on Thursday June 4, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss outdoor dining. If you are a member of the public and wish to comment or provide public input, please email [email protected] to receive the ZOOM meeting link, otherwise the meeting will be broadcast live on Oakland TV Channel 77 and FiOS 45, and on the Borough’s YouTube Channel.

Plastic Film and Styrofoam Collection Still Suspended:

The Plastic Film and Styrofoam Collection at the Oakland First Aid Squad is still temporarily suspended until further notice. An announcement will be made when the collection is back up and running.

Upcoming Board, Committee, Commission Meetings:

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

  • Sustainable Oakland Green Team 6/4 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Recreation Commission 6/8 at 8:00 p.m. (Special Meeting to discuss Spring and Summer Sports Programs)
  • Board of Health 6/16 at 7:30 p.m.

This Week in Oakland Episode 7:

This Week in Oakland Episode 7 will premiere tonight at 6:30 p.m. on Oakland TV Channel 77 and FiOS 45. The Episode will also be posted to the Borough’s YouTube Page. The Oakland Communications Commission and Oakland TV Committee have been putting their extra time to good use and are excited to continue to air This Week in Oakland – a helpful, informative, and interesting program made in Oakland, by and for Oaklanders. Segments over the next few episodes will span from art, to cooking, to nature, interviews, to pet care, and many other things in between!

Communications Commission Seeking Your Graduate Photo’s:

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.

Reminder: Oakland Senior Center Hosting Virtual Fitness Classes:

The Oakland Senior Center is hosting online assorted fitness classes each week. To register for a class, visit www.register.capturepoint.com/OaklandBorough.

New Jersey Economic Development Authority Announces Phase 2 of the Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program:

Applications for the expanded Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program will be available at 9:00 a.m. on June 9, 2020 in both English and Spanish. NJEDA staff will process the applications on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no application fee.

To assist businesses with application preparations, translated copies of the application are available now in the following languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, and Tagalog. Because the live application will only be available in English and Spanish, please contact NJEDA at [email protected] should you require translation assistance.

Your organization may use Phase 2 grant funding to…

Reimburse revenue lost as a result of a business interruption caused by COVID-19. Funding cannot be used for capital expenses, including construction.

Phase 2 Grant Award Amounts:

Businesses will receive $1,000 per full-time employee, (based on WR-30 filing). Sole proprietorships or other companies with no full-time employees will receive the minimum grant amount ($1,000).

  • Minimum grant amount (per application): $1,000
  • Maximum grant amount (per application): $10,000 (for entities with more than 10 FTEs)

Your organization is eligible for a Phase 2 Emergency Relief Grant if…

  • You have 25 or fewer full-time employees, as reported on most recent WR-30 filing with the New Jersey Department of Labor
  • You have a physical commercial location in the State of New Jersey
  • Home-based businesses must be based at a home located in New Jersey
  • You are a non-profit organized as 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), and 501(c)(7) organizations
  • Your CEO certifies that your business: 1) Was in operation on February 15, 2020; 2) Will make a best effort not to furlough or lay off any individuals from the time of application through six months after the end of the declared state of emergency; 3) Has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 declared state of emergency on March 9, 2020; 4) Has a material financial need that cannot be overcome without the grant of emergency relief funds.
  • Your Business: 1) Is registered to do business in the State of New Jersey; 2) Does not have any outstanding tax liabilities; 3) Is in good standing with the New Jersey Department of Labor

You can learn about other NJEDA programs and see what you may qualify for using the NJ COVID-19 Business Support Eligibility Wizard. Explore how NJEDA determines grant size with the Grant Size Estimator.

FREE Webinar to Assistant Your Application to NJEDA’s Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program:

Thursday, June 4, 2020

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Location: You’re Computer

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has received $50 million in additional funding via the federal CARES Act. The money is being used to create Phase 2 of the NJEDA’s Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. Hear from Tim Sullivan, CEO of the NJEDA, and Assembly Speaker Coughlin about who will be eligible for this new round of funding, when the application process will open and how municipal officials can assist your businesses as their reopen

Schedule: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Webinar Topic and Discussion

Presenters: Tim Sullivan, CEO of the NJEDA and Hon. Craig Coughlin, Speaker, NJ General Assembly, Assemblyman, District 19.

To Register:

  1. Click on the Registration Link Below
  2. Fill out the form and click “Register”
  3. A Confirmation E-mail will be sent to you right after registration (save this e-mail, it contains a link that will connect you to the webinar on the scheduled date).
  4. At the scheduled time of the webinar, click the link provided to you in the confirmation e-mail and you will be automatically directed to the virtual classroom. Please note, in order to connect to the webinar, you may be required you to install the GoToWebinar Codec. To do this, hit “run” or “launch “or “allow” when prompted and the codec will automatically install.
  5. Once the webinar program has been installed, turn on the speakers on your computer and then sit back and enjoy the webinar!

Registration for Webinar Click 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: 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.

Special Council Meeting June 4 2020