Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 6/5/2020

From Mayor Linda H. Schwager
Coronavirus Update 6-5-2020

Mobile COVID-19 Testing this Monday June 8, 2020:

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center in partnership with the County of Bergen present Mobile Testing for those with or without symptoms on Monday June 8, 2020 at the Franklin Lakes Community Center, 1 Vichiconti Way, Franklin Lakes, NJ. This is open to all Oakland residents. In cases of inclement weather, click here. Arrive between 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. for testing for the general public and/or municipal employees. First Responders dedicated time is 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Must Bring:

  • Identification (Driver’s License, ID Card, Social Security Card, Passport, and/or Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Bergen County Residence or employment with a municipal or county government.
  • Insurance card, if applicable

This is a saliva COVID-19 test, therefore, please do not eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum 30 minutes prior to your test. COVID-19 antibody testing is available for first responders, Bergen county healthcare workers, or Bergen county residents who had a prior positive COVID-19 test result. Must bring a copy of your test result. Limit of 100 tests per day.

Questions or more information, click here.

Upcoming Board, Committee, Commission Meetings:

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

  • Recreation Commission 6/8 at 8:00 p.m. (Special Meeting to discuss Spring and Summer Sports Programs)
  • Zoning Board of Adjustment 6/9 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Board of Health 6/16 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Environmental Commission 6/16 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sustainable Oakland Green Team 6/23 at 7:30 p.m.

Stage 2 of Reopening:

The governor has announced that New Jersey will enter Stage 2 of reopening on June 15th, with additional openings, including:

  • Outdoor dining (beginning June 15th)
  • Limited in-person retail (beginning June 15th)
  • Hair salons and barber shops (beginning June 22nd)
  • Youth summer programs (beginning July 6th)
  • In-person clinical research/labs
  • Limited fitness/gyms
  • Limited in-person government services (e.g. Motor Vehicle Commission)
  • Museums/libraries

Outdoor Dining Protocols & Liquor Licenses:

An executive order was signed permitting outdoor dining starting on Monday, June 15th, with an accompanying Executive Directive from the New Jersey Department of Health that lays out health and safety standards that food or beverage establishments are required to follow. In addition, the governor announced a special ruling by the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control creating a pathway for liquor license holders to expand the premises on which they may serve alcohol. 

MVC Announces Plan to Re-open in Stages:

In order to limit crowds and speed services during the phased reopening, some agencies have been designated as Licensing Centers and some as Vehicle Centers. Lists of Licensing Centers and Vehicle Centers (attached), as well as information on transactions, can be found at NJMVC.gov.

Drop-off and pick-up transactions will be processed starting June 15, but only the following:

  • At designated Licensing Centers, MVC will be processing and validating permits from driving schools and high schools on a drop-off basis.
  • At designated Vehicle Centers, MVC will be processing registration and title work from dealers. License plates can also be surrendered by drop-off at these agencies in a designated area.

MVC will also be processing registration/title transfers for private sales by a new combination online and mail-in procedure. Customers will be able to sign up for this option at NJMVC.gov. More detail will be provided in the next few days.

These activities will clear a three-month backlog from our March 15 closure.

  • Road tests and the issuing of new licenses and permits are tentatively expected to start on June 29 (subject to change), with some additional transactions like out-of-state transfers and private sales registrations, but still on a limited basis to prevent crowding.
  • At designated Licensing Centers starting June 29 (tentative), MVC will be processing new licenses and permits, out-of-state transfers, and REAL ID for those whose appointments were canceled.
  • At designated Vehicle Centers starting June 29 (tentative), MVC will be adding individual registration and title transactions.
  • Transactions that can be done online will not be available in person at this time.

The Commission continues to urge customers to use NJMVC.gov to renew or replace licenses, renew or replace registrations, or change their address. Customers can also contact MVC by email for help with a suspension.

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.

United States 2020 Census:

New Jersey’s response rate to the 2020 Census is currently 62.5%, while Oakland is 80.2%. The Census is of vital importance to our state and to our communities. Because we were under counted in 2010, New Jersey has not received billions of dollars that it was otherwise entitled to from the federal government. If you have not responded yet, you can complete the Census online 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.

Coronavirus Positive Tests in Oakland:

Today the Borough of Oakland was notified by the Bergen County Health Department that there are a total of 227 individuals in Oakland who tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Bergen County has a total of 18,516 positive Coronavirus Cases, and the State of NJ has 163,336 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.

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