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Confirmed cases


Bloomfield: 964 (+1%)
Essex County: 15,658 (+<1%)
New Jersey: 140,743 (+1%)


Bloomfield: 53 (+2%)
Essex County: 1,444 (+1%)
New Jersey: 9,508 (+2%)

As of 5/12/20 at 4:27 PM EST. Percentage indicates day-to-day change from 5/11 to 5/12. Sources: State of New Jersey and Essex County.

Top news

File for electronic disbursement of federal COVID-19 relief checks by 12 PM on May 13

As illness linked to COVID-19 emerges among children, officials urge prompt medical care for children with persistent fever, rash, stomach pain, and vomiting
Associated Press

Pop-up food pantry at Carteret Elementary continues every Friday from 5 PM to 6 PM
Community contribution on Bloomfield Pulse

NJ Transit trains between Bay St, Glen Ridge, Bloomfield, Watsessing Ave stations will be replaced by buses May 16-17
NJ Transit

NYC prosecutors won’t prosecute social distancing arrests as enforcement is racially biased

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Local news

Bloomfield Recycling Depot at 230 Grove St to reopen on May 16, visitors should wear face coverings and practice distancing
Bloomfield Public Works

Bloomfield High principal outlines plans for grading, celebrating graduating class, and more as N.J. closes schools for remainder of the academic year
Bloomfield Pulse

Bloomfield Schools to follow state guidance, hold virtual graduation celebration
Bloomfield Schools

La Santa Columbia Bar & Restaurant has reopened for pickup and delivery
Bloomfield Center Alliance

Bloomfield College students should complete their FAFSA before June 1 to receive financial aid
Bloomfield College

Glen Ridge police officer, Charles Roberts, dies from COVID-19

Immedicenter in Bloomfield to reopen on May 18 following COVID-19 closure
Community contribution on Citizens of Bloomfield

Oakview Home and School Association postpones tricky tray to November 11 amid COVID-19
Community contribution on Bloomfield Pulse

Newark mayor to host virtual town hall to discuss how easing COVID-19 lockdowns will have an outsized impact on people of color
Congressman Donald Payne Jr.

Newark residents voted for their school board on May 12 by mail-in ballot only amid COVID-19
Chalkbeat Newark

Essex County COVID-19 testing site in Newark to remain open 3 days per week until at least May 29
County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr.

Other news

N.J. plans to increase testing capacity to 20k per day, hire 1k contact tracers in order to ease COVID-19 lockdown

State accepting applications for COVID-19 contact tracers
State of New Jersey

N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission expands services available online amid COVID-19
State of New Jersey

Drive-by wave parades don’t violate coronavirus rules if you stay in cars, don’t congregate, N.J. State Police clarifies

Bill to furlough 100k public workers in N.J. passes state senate committee

N.J. state legislators introduce bill to provide cash assistance to tax-paying immigrants left out of federal COVID-19 relief
Insider NJ

More than half of South Jersey farmworkers are infected with COVID-19 as hospital begins testing migrant farmworkers Gloucester, Salem counties
NJ Spotlight

Bill to include COVID-19 in disability and death benefits for N.J. first responders passes state assembly committee
NJ Spotlight

Nursing homes in N.J. are under investigation as they account for 1 in 2 COVID-19 deaths in the state

Broadway theaters extend COVID-19 closure to September 6