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

Infections

Bloomfield: 730 (+2%)
Essex County: 12,115 (+3%)
New Jersey: 102,196 (+2%)

Deaths

Bloomfield: 42 (+8%)
Essex County: 974 (+5%)
New Jersey: 5,617 (+5%)

As of 4/24/20 03:51 PM EST. Percentage indicates day-to-day change from 4/23 to 4/24. Sources: State of New Jersey and Essex County.


Top news

Bloomfield to distribute emergency food aid at Carteret Elementary school on May 1 at 5 PM
Bloomfield School District

Governor Phil Murphy to sign executive order allow renters to use security deposits to pay rent
Governor Phil Murphy

Do not ingest or inject disinfectants to treat coronavirus
NPR

Coronavirus was unknowingly spreading through U.S. cities as early as January
Gothamist

1 in 5 NYC residents, 1 in 7 New Yorkers have coronavirus antibodies indicating exposure to virus, recovery
Gothamist

Saliva-based coronavirus test developed at Rutgers to begin testing 10k per day, doubling daily testing in state
NJ.com

Federal government expected to provide additional funds for hospitals, coronavirus testing, small business loan program
New York Times


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Local news

Bloomfield library adapting to coronavirus, electronic resources continue to be available, staff can be contacted through live chat
Essex Daily News

Local resident seeks donations for funeral expenses for father-in-law who died from coronavirus
Community contribution on Bloomfield Pulse

Bloomfield police warn of coronavirus scam targeting grandparents
Bloomfield Public Safety

Bloomfield’s Immedicenter to remain closed for several months as doctors to see patients at Clifton location
Community contribution on Citizens of Bloomfield

Newark parents worry about rush to re-open schools amid coronavirus, sign petition asking for closure through remainder of school year
Newark Patch

Suburban Essex Chamber of Commerce accepting college scholarship applications for residents of Bloomfield, Belleville, Glen Ridge
Suburban Essex Chamber of Commerce

Essex Special Skaters to put on virtual talent show on Facebook on April 26 at 4 PM
Essex Special Skaters


Other news

Elements of N.J. plan to ease coronavirus lockdowns will include robust testing, contact tracing, plan to isolate infected
Bloomfield Patch

N.J. to re-open municipal courts to some proceedings, extends ban on criminal and civil trials, grand juries to May 31
Asbury Park Press

N.J. civil liberties union releases contract detailing requirements for incarcerated people temporarily released from state’s prisons amid coronavirus
NJ.com

N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission extends closure of facilities to May 10 amid coronavirus
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission

Rutgers University freezes tuition, halt projects, as senior staff take minor pay cuts amid expected financial shortfall due to coronavirus
NJ.com

N.J. officials estimate state needs to conduct up to 30k coronavirus tests per day to track virus
NJTV

N.J. congressional representatives seeking additional aid for state, local governments as Newark mayor warns of potential for furloughs
Newark Patch

N.J. seeking rule change so mortgage lenders cannot ask for lump sum payment after grace period ends
Governor Phil Murphy

Port Authority consolidates operations at Newark airport and NYC bus terminal, reduces PATH service due to reduced traffic, lost revenue from coronavirus
NJ.com

Native Americans tribes suing U.S. government over aid to for-profit companies as rate of coronavirus infection in the Navajo Nation is third behind N.Y., N.J.
NPR

White House order blocking new green cards for 60 days does not apply to those already in U.S. or seeking temporary visas, among other exceptions
New York Times