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Last updated 9/14/2020 at 7:13 PM EST.


Township status

Municipal Buildings

Open as of May

Parking Regulations

In effect

Parks and Playgrounds

Parks, playgrounds open with restrictions

Public Transportation

Weekday service for essential travel
DeCamp buses suspended


Confirmed cases

Infections

Bloomfield: 1,192
Essex County: 19,121
New Jersey: 196,968

Deaths

Bloomfield: 64
Essex County: 2,123
New Jersey: 16,034

As of 9/13/20 at 7:14 PM EST. Sources: State of New Jersey and Essex County.


Testing sites

This list includes public testing sites in and around Bloomfield. You can also find doctors’ offices or pharmacies offering testing near you on the state’s website here.

Bloomfield – Bloomfield is offering free COVID-19 testing to residents by appointment-only. See upcoming dates and locations on the health department’s website here. And call them at 973-680-4057 to schedule an appointment.

Newark – Newark’s Weequahic Park at the corner of Elizabeth Ave and Meeker Ave is the location of Essex County’s drive-thru testing center. County residents can go to EssexCOVID.org for a self-assessment and to schedule a test.


Resources

More about COVID-19


You can read more about COVID-19 from the World Health Organization here and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here.

The New Jersey Department of Health has more information here. If you have general questions about COVID-19, call 211 or 800-962-1253 to reach the State’s hotline. You can also text NJCOVID or your zip code to 898211 for live text assistance.

Food assistance


Contact the Bloomfield Health and Human Services Department at 973-680-4017 or email [email protected]

Mental health


Mental Health America and Shine have partnered to create VirusAnxiety.com, a toolkit for dealing with anxiety and stress during the coronavirus outbreak.

Crisis Text Line is provides a free, confidential text-messaging support line for people in crisis. You
can text HOME to 741741 tp connected with a live, trained crisis counselor.

For parents or caregivers of children

See Bloomfield Public School’s Virtual School Instruction Plan here.

The National Association of School Psychologists have published resources for talking to children about the coronavirus here.

Parents and caregivers from across the country have come up with hundreds of ideas for spending time at home with your children. You can see their lists of activities here, here, and here.

For workers and employers

New Jersey’s COVID-19 website provides resources for businesses and organizations here.

The New Jersey Department of Labor published guidelines here outlining state benefits and protections for workers amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has highlighted worker safety standards that apply to COVID-19 here.

For survivors of domestic abuse

The National Domestic Violence Hotline has published guidelines for survivors of domestic abuse here. They advising anyone quarantined with or near their abuser to call 800-799-7233 or text the phrase LOVEIS to 22522 if they need support.

For drug use and recovery during COVID-19

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The Harm Reduction Coalition has published guidelines for legal and non-legal drug use amid the coronavirus outbreak here. If you need to use alone, Never Use Alone is a free service that can provide remote supervision to make using safer. They can be reached at 800-484-3731 or 931-304-9452.

For those in recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous is hosting meetings daily at 10 PM EST. Find out more here. RecoveryAudio.org also provides access to thousands pre-recorded AA speakers here.


Help your neighbors

Volunteer

The Bloomfield Health and Human Services Department is looking for volunteers to deliver food to homebound residents. Contact the Department by calling 973-680-4017 or at [email protected]

Donate

The Bloomfield Health and Human Services Department is working with the United Way of Bloomfield and Toni’s Kitchen to coordinate assistance to those in need.

You can support the United Way of Bloomfield by donating here.

You can support Toni’s Kitchen by donating money here, sending them something from their Amazon wishlist here, or dropping off food or clothing at the times listed on their website here.


Background

In 2019, a new form of coronavirus now known as COVID-19 was discovered in Wuhan, China. COVID-19 is one of a family of coronaviruses that cause infections that lead to everything from the common cold to more severe respiratory diseases.

This coronavirus spreads from person to person when small droplets from a carrier’s nose or mouth are spread through coughing, sneezing, or exhaling. Its symptoms mimic the flu: fever, tiredness, dry cough, aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, or diarrhea. But it’s nearly twice as contagious. And while the illness is generally mild for most, 1 in 5 people will need hospitalization as a result of a COVID-19 infection. Seniors and those with chronic health conditions are even more susceptible. They’re nearly twice as likely to need a ventilator or die, according to one study from Chinese researchers.

Now that the coronavirus is spreading through our community, Bloomfield Township, Essex County, and New Jersey officials have implemented policies to slow down the virus and prevent new infections from overwhelming the healthcare system.