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Confirmed cases

Note: We’re adjusting our publishing schedule from the afternoon to the morning. In order to make this adjustment, the numbers we’re reporting here are from yesterday, May 12.


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

Bloomfield releases map of confirmed COVID-19 infections, plans testing for town residents
Mayor Michael Venezia

Here’s New Jersey’s plan to expand contact tracing to track and slow spread of COVID-19
Gloucester Township Patch

SSI recipients will receive COVID-19 relief checks electronically by May 13, paper checks will begin to be mailed May 15

15k CityMD patients in N.J., N.Y. mistakenly told they were immune to COVID-19 after antibody test

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Local news

Bloomfield Schools to receive $965k in federal aid to offset COVID-19 costs

Lovlee Art Studios to host virtual doll and clubhouse building summer camp July 6-10
Lovlee Art Studios

Bloomfield Schools offering educational workshops for parents, caregivers of students
Berkeley Home and School Association

Bloomfield Animal Shelter accepting donations of critical items listed on Amazon wishlist
Bloomfield Animal Shelter

Brandon’s Coffee Shop in Bloomfield reopens
Community contribution on Bloomfield Pulse

Cheng’s Garden in Bloomfield reopen for pickup only
Community contribution on Bloomfield Pulse

Preliminary results from Newark Board of Education election announced
TAPinto Newark

Brookdale Pet Center in Bloomfield raises $1,000 to donate pet food to Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair
Bloomfield Patch

Other news

How local health departments conduct contact tracing, explained

Coalition of 400 pastors support N.J. bill to provide cash assistance to undocumented residents
TAPinto Newark

Anti-semitic incidents in N.J. hit an all-time high in 2019

N.J. orders car, business insurers to cut premiums, give refunds due to COVID-19 restrictions

Governor Phil Murphy says all residents in state’s nursing homes will be tested for COVID-19 no later than May 26

What it’s like to get tested for COVID-19 with the saliva-based test recently approved for at-home use
New Brunswick Patch

82 NYC children are confirmed to have “pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome” or PMIS, a condition linked to COVID-19

Models predict at least another 21k COVID-19 deaths in U.S. by June 6 as national confirmed death toll stands at 82k

Federal government warns airlines to provide refunds for canceled flights due to COVID-19

CDC reopening plan shelved by White House was safer, offered key guidance on easing COVID-19 restrictions
Associated Press