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: 592 (+6%)
Essex County: 9,672 (+6%)
New Jersey: 78,467 (+4%)

Deaths

Bloomfield: 29 (+7%)
Essex County: 684 (+7%)
New Jersey: 3,840 (+9%)

As of 04/17/20 05:09PM. Percentage indicates day-to-day change from 4/16 to 4/17. Sources: State of New Jersey and Essex County.


Top news

Bloomfield property taxes due May 1, no interest on late payment will be charged until June amid coronavirus
Bloomfield Pulse

Bloomfield community gardens to open with coronavirus precautions in place, still accepting applications for plots
Bloomfield Community Gardens

Questions about coronavirus relief payments, answered
NJ.com

N.J. Department of Children and Families urges residents to report child abuse amid decrease in reports, likely increase in incidents
N.J. Department of Children and Families

How New Jersey funeral homes are providing services while following coronavirus precautions
Star News Group


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Local news

Owner of Bloomfield antique store, John Sheridan, passes from coronavirus
Community contribution on Bloomfield Pulse

Apna Punjab Indian Restaurant to be open only for pickup, takeout, hours now 5 PM to 9 PM
Apna Punjab Indian Restaurant

Bloomfield police providing drive-by birthday parties for children amid coronavirus social distancing
Bloomfield Public Safety

Virtual mother’s support group available from maternal wellness center Montclair B.A.B.Y.
Community contribution on Citizens of Bloomfield

Union City mayor orders residents to cover faces in public, expanding on N.J. rule that requires face covering inside businesses
NJ.com


Other news

N.J. unemployment claims rise to 718,000 as of Aprill 11, state sees most jobs lost since 1987
NJ Spotlight

As state’s addiction-support hotline sees increase in calls, support groups go online
Asbury Park Press

N.J. attorney general issues 514 cease-and-desist letters, 89 subpoenas to business price gouging, violating other consumer protections
NJBIZ

Relaxing coronavirus precautions without mass testing, vaccine could lead to second wave of infections in N.J.
NJ.com

Workers at luxury apartment buildings in N.Y., N.J strike for increased protections after Jersey City building porter dies from coronavirus
Gothamist

N.Y. rule requiring face covering when in public begins at 8 PM Friday
Gothamist

West Coast, Midwest governors follow governors in Northeast, form regional collaborations to coordinate health, economic recoveries
CNN

Glitches from tax preparers like H&R Block, TurboTax lead to delayed, incorrectly calculated coronavirus relief payments
New York Post

USAA veterans bank suspends collection of relief checks Treasury Department loophole allowing debt collectors to seize payments remains
Gothamist

22 million Americans have people filed for unemployment as of April 10, job losses expected to continue
NPR