The Bloomfield Information Project is a nonprofit community media project dedicated to helping people living and working in Bloomfield live their best life. In response to the pandemic, we’ve launched the Coronavirus Information Center and these daily updates to help you stay informed and engaged 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.

Confirmed cases

Infections

Bloomfield: 481 (+5%)
Essex County: 7,634 (+3%)
New Jersey: 64,584 (+4%)

Deaths

Bloomfield: 25 (+0%)
Essex County: 433 (+1%)
New Jersey: 2,443 (+4%)

As of 4/13 03:42 PM EST. Percentage indicates day-to-day change from 4/12 to 4/13. Sources: State of New Jersey and Essex County.


Top news

IRS launches coronavirus relief payments portal for those who have not filed taxes, need to update bank information
IRS

Montclair YMCA accepting applications for free childcare for essential workers during coronavirus crisis
YMCA of Montclair

N.J. asks renters to file complaints about landlords who are not lenient during coronavirus
NJ.com

N.J. Pandemic Relief Fund begins providing grants of up to $500k for nonprofits serving the public during coronavirus
N.J. Pandemic Relief Fund

Governor Phil Murphy expands face covering order, anyone in store and bars or restaurants must wear face coverings
NorthJersey.com

Governor Phil Murphy signs order to prohibit Internet and phone providers from shutting off, downgrading services for nonpayment, backdates change to March 16
Governor Phil Murphy


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Local news

Bucco Restaurant in Bloomfield to temporarily close for 2 weeks as of April 13 out of concern for staff amid coronavirus
Bucco Restaurant

Bloomfield College to host virtual orientation for new students
Bloomfield College

Newark distributes 1,200 free face masks to local residents
Newark Patch

Montclair landlord waives rent for April, May to provide relief to tenants during coronavirus pandemic
NJ.com

Montclair YMCA will not be charging monthly membership fees starting in April due to coronavirus
YMCA of Montclair

Amazon’s Audible, based in Newark, donates $1m to help local restaruants provide free meals to residents amid coronavirus
Newark Patch


Other news

Hundreds of childcare centers reopen to care for children of essential workers due to N.J. program
NJ Spotlight

Governor Phil Murphy orders NJ Transit, all private transportation providers to limit capacity on trains, buses, light rail, paratransit to 50%
Governor Phil Murphy

Models suggest coronavirus could be at peak impact on N.J. healthcare system as state at 55% of ventilator capacity
NJ Spotlight

Federal government to reimburse costs of housing healthcare workers, people infected with coronavirus in N.J. hotels
Governor Phil Murphy

New Amazon Fresh, Whole Foods Market customers will be placed on waitlist as company seeks to increase capacity amid coronavirus demand
NPR

New coronavirus test developed by Rutgers uses saliva, to be used for the first time at Middlesex County testing site
Edison-Metuchen Patch

Ocean, Morris County coronavirus testing sites delayed one day due to potential of extreme weather April 13
Point Pleasant Patch

NYC to move 6,000 shelter residents at-risk or infected with coronavirus to hotels
Gothamist

NYC mayor calls for rent relief as Connecticut institutes 90-day grace period for rent payment, allows tenants to use security deposit to pay
Gothamist

NYC schools likely to remain closed for the rest of the academic year despite quarrel between mayor, governor
NPR

Google, Apple partner to launch software that will inform users if they’ve been in contact with someone with coronavirus
Bloomberg