The Bloomfield Information Project’s Coronavirus Information Center and its daily email newsletter aims to help you stay informed about your community and engaged in helping support it during this crisis.

You can reach us with questions or suggestions at connect@bloomfieldinfo.org. Or you can call or text us at 973-370-3998.

Updated daily, Monday through Friday. Last updated 4/3/2020 at 2:55 PM EST.

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Township status


Total confirmed cases

Infections

Bloomfield

180

+18%

Essex County

3,067

+17%

New Jersey

29,895

+16%

Deaths

Bloomfield

10

+100%

Essex County

118

+19%

New Jersey

646

+20%

State, county, and township cases updated 4/3/20 at 2:55 PM EST. Percentage indicates day-to-day change from 4/2 to 4/3. Sources: State of New Jersey and Essex County.



Testing sites

This list includes private and public testing centers near Bloomfield. They are all currently testing symptomatic patients only. You can see if you qualify for testing with the State of New Jersey’s symptom checker here. You can also see other public testing sites in the state here.

Newark – Newark’s Weequahic Park at the corner of Elizabeth Ave and Meeker Ave is the location of Essex County’s drive-thru testing center. County residents can go to EssexCOVID.org for a self-assessment and schedule a test.

Newark – CityMD Newark Urgent care is providing testing at 617 Broad St in Newark. Call 862-201-4596 for more information.

West Orange – American Family Urgent Care is providing testing at 464 Eagle Rock Ave in West Orange. Call 973-669-5900 for more information.

Cedar Grove – American Family Care Urgent Care is providing testing by appointment only at their facility at 480 Pompton Ave in Cedar Grove. Call 973-239-2300 to schedule a test.

Secaucus – Riverside Medical Group is providing drive-thru and walk-up testing to their patients at 714 10th St in Secaucus. Call 201-863-3346 or email ccc@riversidemedgroup.com to confirm you’re eligible for screening and for more information.

Paramus – The State of New Jersey has partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to open a drive-thru testing at Bergen Community College at 400 Paramus Rd in Paramus. It opens daily at 8 AM and is first-come, first-serve for symptomatic individuals.

West Caldwell – The Doctors’ Office Urgent Care of West Caldwell is providing in-vehicle testing at 556 Passaic Ave in West Caldwell. Call 973-808-2273 for more information.

Morristown – Atlantic Health System is providing drive-thru testing at its corporate headquarters at 465 South St in Morristown. Call 855-862-2778 to see if you qualify for screening and to schedule an appointment.

Holmdel – The State of New Jersey has opened a drive-thru testing site at the PNC Bank Arts Center at 116 Garden State Parkway in Holmdel. It opens daily at 8 AM and is first-come, first-serve for symptomatic individuals.


Background

In 2019, a new form of coronavirus now known as COVID-19 was discovered in Wuhan, China. COVID-19 is one of a family of coronaviruses that cause infections that lead to everything from the common cold to more severe respiratory diseases.

This coronavirus spreads from person to person when small droplets from a carrier’s nose or mouth are spread through coughing, sneezing, or exhaling. Its symptoms mimic the flu: fever, tiredness, dry cough, aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, or diarrhea. But it’s nearly twice as contagious. And while the illness is generally mild for most, 1 in 5 people will need hospitalization as a result of a COVID-19 infection. Seniors and those with chronic health conditions are even more susceptible. They’re nearly twice as likely to need a ventilator or die, according to one study from Chinese researchers.

Now that the coronavirus is spreading through our community, Bloomfield Township, Essex County, and New Jersey officials have implemented policies to slow down the virus and prevent new infections from overwhelming the healthcare system.


Resources

More about COVID-19

You can read more about COVID-19 from the World Health Organization here and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here.

The New Jersey Department of Health has more information here. If you have general questions about COVID-19, call 211 or 800-962-1253 to reach the State’s hotline. You can also text NJCOVID or your zip code to 898211 for live text assistance.

Food assistance

Contact the Bloomfield Health and Human Services Department at 973-680-4017 or email humanservices@bloomfieldtwpnj.com.

Mental health

Mental Health America and Shine have partnered to create VirusAnxiety.com, a toolkit for dealing with anxiety and stress during the coronavirus outbreak.

Crisis Text Line is provides a free, confidential text-messaging support line for people in crisis. You
can text HOME to 741741 tp connected with a live, trained crisis counselor.

For parents or caregivers of children

See Bloomfield Public School’s Virtual School Instruction Plan here.

The National Association of School Psychologists have published resources for talking to children about the coronavirus here.

Parents and caregivers from across the country have come up with hundreds of ideas for spending time at home with your children. You can see their lists of activities here, here, and here.

For workers and employers

New Jersey’s COVID-19 website provides resources for businesses and organizations here.

The New Jersey Department of Labor published guidelines here outlining state benefits and protections for workers amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has highlighted worker safety standards that apply to COVID-19 here.

For survivors of domestic abuse

The National Domestic Violence Hotline has published guidelines for survivors of domestic abuse here. They advising anyone quarantined with or near their abuser to call 800-799-7233 or text the phrase LOVEIS to 22522 if they need support.

For drug use and recovery during COVID-19

The Harm Reduction Coalition has published guidelines for legal and non-legal drug use amid the coronavirus outbreak here. If you need to use alone, Never Use Alone is a free service that can provide remote supervision to make using safer. They can be reached at 800-484-3731 or 931-304-9452.

For those in recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous is hosting meetings daily at 10 PM EST. Find out more here. RecoveryAudio.org also provides access to thousands pre-recorded AA speakers here.


Help your neighbors

Volunteer

The Bloomfield Health and Human Services Department is looking for volunteers to deliver food to homebound residents. Contact the Department by calling 973-680-4017 or at humanservices@bloomfieldtwpnj.com.

Donate

The Bloomfield Health and Human Services Department is working with the United Way of Bloomfield and Toni’s Kitchen to coordinate assistance to those in need.

You can support the United Way of Bloomfield by donating here.

You can support Toni’s Kitchen by donating money here, sending them something from their Amazon wishlist here, or dropping off food or clothing at the times listed on their website here.