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Novel Coronavirus Updates
Posted on 04/06/2020
Novel Coronavirus Updates

MONTCLAIR COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Visit the township COVID-19 updates section for the latest information on township operations.
  • The township Health Department reports that as of 04-05-20, the confirmed number of COVID-19 reported cases in Montclair is 165; the number of individuals who did not survive the illness is 20.

    In order to respect the privacy of these individuals and their families, no further information can be provided regarding cases or deaths that have occurred in Montclair.
  • For the latest information from the state of new jersey visit the nj information hub or text njcovid to 898-211


Friday, April 3, 2020

 

County to Continue COVID-19 Screenings in Weequahic Park

Essex County officials announced today that testing for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) will continue in Weequahic Park. Three additional dates have been scheduled for Monday, April 6; Wednesday, April 8 and Friday, April 10.

Screenings are for Essex County residents only who are symptomatic of the Coronavirus and are by appointment only. They will be scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon; 250 tests will be available each day. Residents must arrive by car.

The screenings are being offered to Essex County residents only who are symptomatic of COVID-19. This means anyone wishing to be tested must meet specific testing criteria, which includes a fever of at least 99.6 degrees and respiratory symptoms of shortness of breath. Those who do not meet the criteria will not receive an appointment.

If you are exhibiting severe symptoms, please contact your local health care provider or local health department for guidance.

Residents can visit www.EssexCOVID.org, where they will be required to complete a short online screening process before an appointment is scheduled. Residents will be asked several health-related questions and detail any symptoms they have related to the coronavirus. Upon completion of the survey, they will be informed if they are eligible for the screening. If they are eligible, a confirmation number will be provided; residents must bring the confirmation number with them to their appointment.

If someone does not have internet access, they can register by calling the Essex County Office of Emergency Management at 973-324-9950. The call-in center will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. An operator will help them complete the initial survey and issue the confirmation number. Residents must bring the confirmation number with them to their appointment.

Tests are being offered free of charge to Essex County residents. Having health insurance is not a requirement. Follow up contact will be made to assess the continuing health of the person who completed the screening.

Medical personnel from RWJBarnabas Health System, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, University Hospital, Hackensack Hospital, Essex County Hospital and nurses from public schools in Essex County are staffing the testing sites and call-in center. Security at the site is being provided by the Essex County Sheriff’s Office and Newark Police Department.

Essex County will continue to administer the virus screening as long as supplies of test kits, gowns, facial masks and gloves last.

Residents can help stop the spread of Novel Coronavirus by washing their hands frequently, using hand sanitizer after touching hard surfaces, staying home if they feel sick, practicing social distancing and avoiding spending any time in crowds of people. Residents are also reminded to adhere to restrictions enacted by Governor Phil Murphy, which include a curfew between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. and restrict their traveling unless it is absolutely necessary.


Bulk Waste Collection, Community Services Yard Drop-off Suspended

In order to comply with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s Executive Orders to ensure mandatory social distancing, to conserve municipal resources and for other good cause, effective immediately and until further notice:

  • all bulk waste collection is suspended
  • drop-off of materials of any kind at the Department of Community Services 219 North Fullerton Avenue complex is suspended – this includes but is not limited to recycling, bulk waste items, light iron, clean metal and electronics
  • curbside recycling pick-up and trash collection will continue as scheduled

Updated Thursday, April 2, 2020

Notice to Water Consumers: Spring Hydrant Inspection and Flushing Program Underway

The Montclair Water Bureau is currently conducting its 2020 Spring Hydrant Inspection and Flushing Program. You may see some discoloration in your water– this is temporary and should clear up within a short period of time. Go to Water Bureau page for more information.


 

Updated Monday, March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Testing Facilities

Below is a list of locations in Essex County and others offered by the State of New Jersey where residents can be tested for COVID-19. You must be symptomatic to be tested. In the facilities where no appointment is required, please call ahead to tell staff you are coming and to make sure they still have tests available.

Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Road
Paramus, NJ 07652
No appointment, drive in only

PNC Bank Arts Center
Garden State Parkway, Exit 116
Holmdel, NJ 07733
No appointment, drive in only

American Family Care Urgent Care
480 Pompton Avenue, Suite 6, C
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
973-239-2300

CityMD Newark Urgent Care
617 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102
862-201-4596
Walk in, no appointment

The Doctors’ Office Urgent Care of West Caldwell
556 Passaic Avenueaa
West Caldwell, NJ 07006
973-808-2273

American Family Care Urgent Care
464 Eagle Rock Avenue, Suite C,
West Orange, NJ 07052
973-669-5900


Friday, March 27, 2020

 

This morning township public works employees were greeted with a heartwarming message as they entered the Department of Community Services yard.

"THANK YOU" in chalk on driveway


Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Essex County COVID-19 testing site will open Thursday, March 26, 2020 from 9am - 3pm.

 

  • The testing site is located in Weequahic Park in Newark.
  • The testing will be done by appointment only.
  • The testing is for Essex County residents only.
  • Appointments can be made on the Essex County COVID-19 testing website at: essexcovid.org
  • The only entrance to the testing site will be at the intersection of Meeker Avenue and Empire Street, Newark NJ 07112.

A call center for any Essex COVID-19 Testing related questions has been established. 


Essex County to Open COVID-19 Test Site

Testing to be available to County residents only.

Essex County will open a drive-through testing site for Essex County residents who are symptomatic with Covid-19. The testing site will open on Thursday, March 26 and Saturday, March 28 in Weequahic Park, Newark where 100 tests will be administered on each testing day.

Next week the testing site will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with 150 tests to be administered on each testing day.

The testing site is for Essex County residents only; appointments are mandatory. Residents must arrive by car.

The screenings are being offered to Essex County residents only who are symptomatic of COVID-19. This means anyone wishing to be tested musty meet specific testing criteria, which includes a fever of at least 99.6 degrees and respiratory symptoms of shortness of breath. Appointments will be scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those who do not meet the criteria will not receive an appointment. If you are exhibiting severe symptoms, please contact your local health care provider or local health department for guidance.

To make an appointment residents can visit www.EssexCOVID.org, where they will be required to complete a short online screening process before an appointment is scheduled. Residents will be asked several health-related questions and detail any symptoms they have related to the coronavirus COVID-19. Upon completion of the survey, they will be informed if they are eligible for the screening. If they are eligible, a confirmation number will be provided; residents must bring the confirmation number with them to their appointment.

If someone does not have internet access, they can register by calling the Essex County Office of Emergency Management at 973-324-9950. The call-in center will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. An operator will help them complete the initial survey and issue the confirmation number. Residents must bring the confirmation number with them to their appointment.

Tests are being offered free of charge to Essex County residents. Having health insurance is not a requirement. Follow up contact will be made to assess the continuing health of the person who completed the screening.

Medical personnel from RWJBarnabas Health System, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, University Hospital, Hackensack Hospital, Essex County Hospital and nurses from public schools in Essex County are staffing the testing sites and call-in center. Security at the site is being provided by the Essex County Sheriff’s Office and Newark Police Department.

Essex County will continue to administer the virus screening as long as supplies of test kits, gowns, facial masks and gloves last.

Residents can help stop the spread of Novel Coronavirus by washing their hands frequently, using hand sanitizer after touching hard surfaces, staying home if they feel sick, practicing social distancing and avoiding spending any time in crowds of people. Residents are also reminded to adhere to restrictions enacted by Governor Phil Murphy, which include a curfew between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. and restrict their traveling unless it is absolutely necessary.

Montclair May Election: Mail-in Ballot Only

Monday, March 23, 2020

Below please find important information from Essex County Clerk Christopher J. Durkin.

Montclair will hold an election for Mayor and Council on May 12, 2020. The election will be conducted through an all mail-in ballot election.

The Governor issued Executive Order 105, which will now govern the May 12, 2020 elections. See attached.

All registered voters, including inactive voters (those voters whose Sample Ballots have been returned to the County as undeliverable) will be mailed a Vote-by-Mail Ballot.

In order to allow candidates enough time to campaign, and to also allow for enough time for the voter to receive the ballot, vote the ballot, and return the ballot; the County Clerk’s Office will commence the mailing of Vote-by-Mail Ballots on April 21, 2020. This will allow 29 days from today for candidates to connect with voters the best way they see fit under this very serious health crises.


March 21, 2020

Governor Murphy Announces Statewide Stay at Home Order, Closure of All Non-Essential Retail Businesses

Order Also Prohibits All Social Gatherings, Mandates Work From Home Arrangements for Employees When Possible, and Invalidates Any Conflicting Local and County Regulations

NEWARK – To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and protect the capacity of New Jersey’s health care system for the state’s most vulnerable, Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 107, directing all residents to stay at home until further notice. The order provides for certain exceptions, such as obtaining essential goods or services, seeking medical attention, visiting family or close friends, reporting to work, or engaging in outdoor activities.

“From day one, we’ve made a commitment to be guided by the facts and take any action necessary to protect the health and safety of New Jersey’s nine million residents,” said Governor Murphy. “We know the virus spreads through person-to person contact, and the best way to prevent further exposure is to limit our public interactions to only the most essential purposes. This is a time for us all to come together in one mission to ‘flatten the curve’ and slow – and eventually halt – the spread of coronavirus.”

In effort to strengthen the existing social distancing measures in place, the order also prohibits all gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, unless otherwise authorized by the Order. When in public, individuals must practice social distancing and stay at least six feet apart whenever possible, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners.
Governor Murphy’s Executive Order further directs the closure of all non-essential retail businesses to the public, with the exceptions of:

  • Grocery stores, farmer's markets and farms that sell directly to customers, and other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists at a grocery store;
  • Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries;
  • Medical supply stores;
  • Gas stations;
  • Convenience stores;
  • Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities;
  • Hardware and home improvement stores;
  • Banks and other financial institutions;
  • Laundromats and dry-cleaning services;
  • Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years;
  • Pet stores;
  • Liquor stores;
  • Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics;
  • Printing and office supply shops;
  • Mail and delivery stores.

Nothing in the Order shall limit 1) the provision of health care or medical services; 2) access to essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks; 3) the operations of the media; 4) law enforcement agencies, or 5) the operations of the federal government.

Additionally, the order mandates that all businesses or non-profits, wherever practicable, must accommodate their workforce for telework or work-from-home arrangements. To the extent a business or non-profit has employees that cannot perform their functions via telework or work-from-home arrangements, the business or non-profit should make best efforts to reduce staff on site to the minimal number necessary to ensure that essential operations can continue.

Examples of employees who need to be present at their work site in order to perform their job duties include, but are not limited to, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, other first responders, cashiers or store clerks, construction workers, utility workers, repair workers, warehouse workers, lab researchers, IT maintenance workers, janitorial and custodial staff, and certain administrative staff.

The Order continues existing bans on recreational and entertainment businesses, requirements that all restaurants operate by delivery and takeout only, and the directive that all pre-K, elementary, and secondary schools close and all institutions of higher education cease in-person instruction.

Governor Murphy also signed Executive Order No. 108, which invalidates any county or municipal restriction that in any way will or might conflict with any of the provisions of Executive Order No. 107.  Municipalities or counties cannot 1) make any additions to or deletions from the list of essential retail businesses; 2) impose any additional limitations on businesses beyond the Governor's Order; 3) impose any additional density or social distancing requirements; or 4) impose any additional restrictions on freedom of movement.  The only exceptions are two categories over which municipalities or counties may impose any additional restrictions: 1) online marketplaces for arranging or offering lodging and 2) municipal or county parks.

All additional county and municipality restrictions, subject to the provisions above, are not only invalidated, but, going forward, municipalities or counties may not enact or enforce any rule or ordinance which will or might conflict with any of the provisions of Executive Order No. 107.

For a copy of Executive Order No. 107, click here.
For a copy of Executive Order No. 108, click here.

The orders shall take effect on Saturday, March 21 at 9:00 p.m.


UPDATE:

The Township is working on holding the March 25 Housing Commission meeting remotely via WebEx. Additional information will be posted on the Housing Commission agenda page. Call-in information and links to join the WebEx session will also be provided.

The following meetings have been canceled:

  • April 6 Planning Board