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.

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Confirmed cases


Bloomfield: 714 (+5%)
Essex County: 11,811 (+4%)
New Jersey: 99,989 (+4%)


Bloomfield: 39 (+8%)
Essex County: 932 (+5%)
New Jersey: 5,368 (+6%)

As of 04/23/20 02:35 PM EST. Percentage indicates day-to-day change from 4/22 to 4/23 02:35 PM. Sources: State of New Jersey and Essex County.

Top news

N.J. launches portal for unemployment complaints
Congressman Donald Payne Jr.

Mountainside Medical Center seeks plasma donations from those who have recovered from coronavirus to aid others in treatment
Mountainside Medical Center

Asymptomatic coronavirus testing in Bergen, Monmouth counties was premature as state seeks federal waiver to expand testing at those sites

Two house cats test positive for coronavirus, officials offer guidance on human-pet interaction amid coronavirus

Workers’ questions on N.J. unemployment, answered

Essex County relaunches shuttle services for low-income residents with additional coronavirus precautions in place
County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr.

Vaccine for coronavirus is at least 18 months away as Centers for Disease Control director warns of second wave

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Local news

Violante’s meat market reopened on April 21, now taking online orders, offering curbside pickup only amid coronavirus
Violante’s Meat Market

Bloomfield’s Good Guy Vapes to reopen for 3 days per week, taking call-in orders only amid coronavirus
Good Guy Vapes

Newark police to set up informational coronavirus checkpoints at 7 locations in Irvington and East Orange
Newark Patch

Other news

Earliest N.J. could begin reopening is May 25 if widespread testing, contact tracing, other coronavirus preparedness measures were in place
University of Washington

Nearly 1 in 10 N.J. students lack the technology at home to participate in distance learning amid coronavirus closures
NJ Spotlight

NJ Transit cross-training staff, focusing resources on payroll as paychecks are delayed due to staffing shortages from coronavirus

As federal government fails to provide enough aid to state governments, N.J. seeks to use wartime-borrowing power
NJ Spotlight

N.J. to begin using new saliva-based coronavirus test developed by Rutgers at state’s developmental care centers
Governor Phil Murphy

N.J. unemployment claims reach 858k

1 in 6 U.S.workers have lost their job due to coronavirus, highest rate of unemployment since Great Depression
Associated Press

NYC council proposes “Essential Workers’ Bill of Rights” to expand protections, provide hazard pay to hourly workers working amid coronavirus

Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg to donate $10m, hire 35k in tri-state area to track coronavirus spread, critical component of lifting lockdowns

Why incarcerated people are at higher risk for coronavirus, explained
The Conversation

Drug touted by U.S. president for coronavirus treatment – hydroxychloroquine – has no benefit, may lead to increased deaths
Associated Press

Researchers seeking to understand why coronavirus is more likely to kill men than women

European, Canadian coronavirus response sees fewer job losses as governments pay worker salaries