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Confirmed cases


Bloomfield: 863 (+4%)
Essex County: 13,994 (+2%)
New Jersey: 121,190 (+2%)


Bloomfield: 46 (+2%)
Essex County: 1,240 (+5%)
New Jersey: 7,538 (+4%)

As of 5/01/20 at 02:34 PM EST. Percentage indicates day-to-day change from 4/30 to 5/01. Sources: State of New Jersey and Essex County.

Top news

Governor Phil Murphy warns N.J. parks will be closed again if public does not take coronavirus precautions during opening weekend
Governor Phil Murphy

Mayor Michael Venezia to host video call with public to discuss how to assist local restaurants on May 4
Mayor Michael Venezia

Make the Road New Jersey asks community to call legislators in support of coronavirus relief
Make the Road New Jersey

1 in 5 N.J. workers have filed for unemployment benefits as of April 30
Asbury Park Press

N.Y. schools to remain closed for rest of academic year

NYC tenants begin rent strike as 44% say do not have the money to pay rent amid coronavirus

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Local news

Bloomfield Little League awaits guidance from state for upcoming season amid coronavirus, will offer refunds or credits if canceled
Bloomfield Little League

Bloomfield Total Health Centers shares modified hours for May 4 to 10
Community contribution on Citizens of Bloomfield

Bucco Restaurant re-opens after temporarily closing due to coronavirus
Bucco Restaurant

Belleville to re-open township parks after state guidance, coronavirus precautions limit parking to 50% capacity, prohibit gatherings
Belleville-Nutley Patch

Montclair church accepting peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, ingredients to donate to Toni’s Kitchen
Community contribution on Bloomfield Pulse

Montclair State University student suing school for tuition refund amid virtual instruction, seeks others to join suit

Newark landlords evicting tenants despite moratorium, community expects flood of evictions after state, county lift ban on evictions
TAPinto Newark

Brick Education Network hosting donation drive for Clinton Hill community in Newark’s South Ward
KinderSmile Foundation

Rutgers Newark professor seeks participants for study on how local residents are coping with coronavirus
Community contribution on Bloomfield Pulse

Essex County LGBTQ youth shelter accepting donations amid coronavirus
West Orange Patch

ICE prohibits Essex County from reporting coronavirus cases, deaths among detained immigrants
TAPinto Newark

Other news

South Jersey coronavirus cases spiking as testing expands
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Crowded NJ Transit bus routes are prohibiting riders from practicing physical distancing to protect against coronavirus transmission

Jersey City to offer free coronavirus testing to all residents, including those without symptoms

Jersey Shore amusement parks await state guidance, plan to take coronavirus precautions in order to open this summer

N.J. shipping ventilators to hospitals in other states as coronavirus hospitalizations fall, new infections slow
Politico New Jersey

Navy hospital ship leaves NYC after treating 182 coronavirus patients

Essential workers across the U.S. stage May Day protest for humane working conditions amid coronavirus

30m people, roughly 19% of U.S. workforce, have filed for unemployment as of April 30

American, Delta, and United Airlines will require passengers wear face coverings on flights

U.S. Senate expected to reconvene despite lack of quick coronavirus testing for senators, staff
Associated Press

Coronavirus was not manufactured in a Chinese lab, is of natural origin
Associated Press