October 28, 2020
By the Numbers:
1,682 new cases in New Jersey; 232,997 total
186 new cases in Union County; 20,106 total
29 new deaths in New Jersey; 14,531 total
3 new deaths in Union County; 1,204 total
Rate of Transmission: 1.25
26 active cases (19 VPI, 7 community)
336 closed cases (147 recovered from LTC, 57 LTC deaths, 4 community deaths)
Total of 362 cases
1,010 people remain hospitalized
194 people are in intensive care
80 people are on ventilators
Where You Can Trick-O-Treat in NJ - For a list of communities where you can trick-o-treat this Saturday, check out the following article.
NJ Mandates COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rules - With cases spiking and the transmission rate rising to 1.25, Governor Murphy has mandated new safety rules in the workplace. Some of these require employers to provide masks and sanitizing materials, as well as require daily health checks of workers.
Over 10,000 Cases In Last Week - It has now been the 11th straight day that NJ has reported over 1,000 daily cases. With a transmission rate above the safe number 1, Governor Murphy urges residents to wear a mask, wash their hands, and social distance to stop the spread.
Only 15 States/Territories Not on NJ Travel Advisory List - With California and Massachusetts added to the quarantine advisory list, there are now only 15 states/territories not on the list. The safe states/territories include the American Samoa, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Washington, and Washington D.C. New Jersey expects individuals who travel to states on the advisory list to quarantine for 2 weeks.
$50 Fine For Not Wearing a Mask on PATH - Starting November 2nd, individuals will be fined $50 if they do not wear a mask on a PATH train, Port Authority Bus Terminal, or airports.
October 25, 2020
There are now 29 active cases in Berkeley Heights. Please wear masks in Berkeley Heights AND when travelling, and practice proper health protocols.
By the Numbers:
1,140 new cases in New Jersey; 228,468 total
109 new cases in Union County; 19,559 total
17 new deaths in New Jersey; 14,496 total
2 new deaths in Union County; 1,201 total
Rate of Transmission: 1.19
29 active cases (22 VPI, 7 community)
328 closed cases (142 recovered from LTC, 56 LTC deaths, 4 community deaths)
Total of 357 cases
868 people remain hospitalized
164 people are in intensive care
72 people are on ventilators
NJ Reports 1,140 New COVID-19 Cases - For the 8th day in the row, NJ has reported over 1,000 daily cases. Additionally, the transmission rate has risen to 1.19. Governor Murphy is urging all residents to wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands.
How to Volunteer and Donate - For a list of places to volunteer and donate to during this pandemic, please read the article.
October 22, 2020
A Berkeley Heights woman in her 70s, a resident at Runnells Hospital (LTC), has died from COVID. Another female in her late '40s has tested positive.
Meanwhile, residents have been notified by the Berkeley Heights School district that a younger child has tested positive. Those numbers have not been reflected in the daily health report Mayor Devanney received because patients may receive their test results (and report them to agencies such as the school district) before the laboratory reports it to the communicable disease reporting and surveillance system (CDRSS).
The Health Department is conducting contract tracing and those individuals in very close contact have been notified. Please know that with any Berkeley Heights case, you will be contacted if the positive individual was in close contact with you. We will provide continual updates as we receive them.
PLEASE: Continue your vigilance: Wear your mask, wash hands frequently, use hand sanitizer frequently. And insist your kids do the same!
Covid-19 Update 10-21-20:
14 active cases, 11 of them in Vulnerable Population Institutions (VPIs)
** NEW CASE ** - Female late 40’s
325 closed cases
Latest New Jersey Travel Advisory
On October 20, Gov. Phil Murphy advised individuals traveling to New Jersey from states or territories with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state or territory. The updated advisory includes the addition of Arizona and Maryland, bringing the total to 39 states and territories. The travel advisory applies to any person arriving from a state or territory with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.
As of Tuesday, October 20, there are currently 39 states and territories that meet the criteria stated above: Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; Colorado; Florida; Georgia; Guam; Iowa; Idaho; Indiana; Illinois; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri; Mississippi; Montana; North Carolina; North Dakota; Nebraska; New Mexico; Nevada; Ohio; Oklahoma; Puerto Rico; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Virginia; Wisconsin; West Virginia; and Wyoming.
Neighboring states Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware now meet the criteria for New Jersey’s travel advisory. Due to the interconnected nature of the region and mode of transport between New Jersey and the three states, a 14-day quarantine is not reasonable in all instances. Non-essential travel to and from these states, however, is highly discouraged at this time. New York and Connecticut are also discouraging non-essential travel to and from New Jersey, but are not mandating that travelers quarantine due to the interconnected nature of the region and economy.
Download the Exposure App
Download New Jersey's free COVID Alert NJ exposure notification app. Help protect yourself and your family while ensuring your privacy. Learn more and download here.
Drive-up Food Drive
Union County will hold an emergency drive-up food distribution for Union County residents to aid those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday, October 24, beginning at 9 a.m. at Kean University, located at 1000 Morris Avenue, in Union. The distribution will take place in the parking lot located at the intersection of North Ave. and Morris Ave. The food distribution will be first-come, first-served and no registration is required. More here.
PBA Trunk or Treat This Saturday
The Berkeley Heights PBA Local #144, the union for our Berkeley Heights Police Department, is sponsoring its annual Trunk or Treat this Saturday, Oct. 23, from 12-2pm at a NEW LOCATION: Connell - near The Grove and 100 Connell. This new location gives residents much more space to park and decorate their cars for this fantastic event for our kids. So come, decorate your trunk and have your little ones enjoy some trick or treating in a safe space. Social distancing protocols will be in place, plus all trunk or treaters will have to visit cars while walking in the same direction. Crowds at each car will be discouraged, parents are encouraged to have their children frequently use hand sanitizer. Participants are encouraged to spread out candy in their trunk for children to take, instead of having their hands dig into a bowl. We can't wait for this event - it's a community favorite!
October 19, 2020
There are now 11 active cases in Berkeley Heights. The two newest community cases involve a male in his late 40s and a woman in her late 70s. Please wear masks in Berkeley Heights AND when travelling, and practice proper health protocols.
By the Numbers:
1,192 new cases in New Jersey; 221,205 total
109 new cases in Union County; 18,815 total
20 new deaths in New Jersey; 14,425 total
0 new deaths in Union County; 1,196 total
Rate of Transmission: 1.14
11 active cases (9 VPI, 2 community)
324 closed cases (141 recovered from LTC, 55 LTC deaths, 4 community deaths)
Total of 335 cases
758 people remain hospitalized
166 people are in intensive care
62 people are on ventilators
NJ Towns That You Can Trick-o-Treat In - For a list of NJ towns that you can trick-o-treat in, please check out the following article. In Berkeley Heights, trick-o-treating is on, which will run from 3 to 8 PM!
Private Indoor Gatherings Among Top Causes - According to the NJ health commissioner, 17% of COVID-19 outbreaks were caused by private parties and 16% from home gatherings. With the weather becoming colder and holiday season approaching, please continue to keep in mind proper health protocols to keep people safe.
COVID-19 Cases Climb In 17 Of 21 Counties - While New Jersey is faring better than other states in the nation, 17 of 21 counties have seen COVID-19 cases climb. Sharp increases have been observed in Ocean, Monmouth, and Passaic County.
22 COVID-19 Outbreaks in NJ Schools- 22 outbreaks have occurred in NJ schools, involving 83 students and teachers.They have either contracted the virus on school property or in school extracurriculars. There have been no outbreaks in Union County.
October 17, 2020
Berkeley Heights case update:
For Berkeley Heights Restaurants...
The Berkeley Heights Township Council on Oct. 6 introduced an ordinance extending outdoor dining through April 2021. Any restaurant wishing to extend their outdoor dining through the winter will need to follow certain protocols as it pertains to outdoor tent strength and heat. All of the information is here.
Trick or Treating is On For Now
Halloween is ON in Berkeley Heights! We want the kids to enjoy the holiday but we cannot emphasize enough the importance of making sure both kids and adults practice safe COVID protocols. Trick or treating will be from 3-8 pm on Saturday, October 31. In addition, our Berkeley Heights PBA Local 144 will sponsor their annual Trunk or Treat for kids, this year at Connell (for extra space). More information on both events can be found here.
COVID-19 Transparency Website
Governor Phil Murphy on Friday announced the launch of New Jersey’s COVID-19 Transparency website, providing oversight and public confidence in the expenditure of federal recovery funds as the State continues to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. The website tracks the State’s eligible and planned uses of any funds disbursed by the federal or State government to help New Jersey residents, businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and other entities respond to or recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. It will provide a list of the contracts involving the allocation and expenditure of recovery funds, in addition to providing information on the various disaster recovery resources available to residents, businesses and government entities.
“New Jerseyans deserve to know how the State is addressing the COVID-19 crisis and how their taxpayer dollars are being spent,” said Governor Murphy. “This website represents a crucial step in our commitment to transparency during the ongoing pandemic.”
The website can be accessed here.
Travel Advisory List
The New Jersey travel advisory list is updated weekly and can be access here.
Pandemic Relief Stimulus Checks: The IRS has extended the deadline to apply for economic impact payments until November 21st. Additionally, incarcerated individuals may have until October 30th to mail in applications and until November 21st to apply online to receive their stimulus checks.
Social Security: To adjust for cost-of-living expenses, the Social Security Administration announced that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income will increase by 1.3% for 2021.
Small Business: The SBA and Treasury Department released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program loans of $50,000 or less.
NJ Childcare Assistance Grant: Families in need of full or part-time child care due to their child’s remote learning schedule can apply for a childcare/tuition grant HERE. The grant program reserves up to $250m from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund and is administered by the State of NJ.
October 14, 2020
There are now 6 active cases in Berkeley Heights. Please wear masks in Berkeley Heights AND when travelling, and practice proper health protocols.
By the Numbers:
953 new cases in New Jersey; 216,023 total
52 new cases in Union County; 18,375 total
19 new deaths in New Jersey; 14,402 total
1 new death in Union County; 1,195 total
Rate of Transmission: 1.15
6 active cases (3 VPI, 3 community)
317 closed cases (137 recovered from LTC, 55 LTC deaths, 4 community deaths)
Total of 323 cases
699 people remain hospitalized
168 people are in intensive care
58 people are on ventilators
NJ to Provide $100M Business Relief - Governor Murphy is giving out $100M in federal aid to restaurants, small businesses, and families. Businesses will be able to apply for loans. There is also an additional $12M in rental and mortgage assistance for struggling families.
Updated Quarantine Advisory - NJ has added Ohio, Michigan, and Virginia to the Quarantine Advisory list. The new state list: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming . All individuals travelling to NJ from these states should self-quarantine for 14 days.
What’s Reopening - For a summary of the arts/entertainment venues and other recreational destinations throughout NJ, please read the following article.
October 11, 2020
There are now 8 active cases in Berkeley Heights. The newest case involves a woman in her 50s. Please wear masks in Berkeley Heights AND when travelling, and practice proper health protocols.
By the Numbers:
751 new cases in New Jersey; 213,628 total
42 new cases in Union County; 18,206 total
15 new deaths in New Jersey; 14,386 total
2 new deaths in Union County; 1,194 total
Rate of Transmission: 1.17
8 active cases (1 VPI, 7 community)
312 closed cases (137 recovered from LTC, 55 LTC deaths, 4 community deaths)
Total of 320 cases
170 people remain hospitalized
60 people are in intensive care
13 people are on ventilators
Murphy Says Indoor Dining Not Causing COVID-19 Surge - Governor Murphy has stated that there is no evidence that indoor dining is causing a recent spike in COVID-19 cases. He is considering increasing the 25% indoor capacity by increments of 10% over time.
16 NJ Schools Have COVID-19 Outbreaks - 16 NJ schools have had students or teachers contract the virus on school property or in school extracurriculars. There have been no outbreaks in Union County.
NJ Gives Out $60 Million In Federal COVID-19 Aid - NJ has established a $60 million Local Emergency Grant Fund to help counties and municipalities. The funds are meant for public safety/health, overtime for workers, remote technology, sanitation services, and more.
October 8, 2020
Union County Freeholder Board Provides $2 Million in Federal CARES Act Funding for Restaurants
Restaurants impacted by COVID-19 are eligible for grants of up to $20,000 each; online application portal opens on Wednesday, October 14.
Union County, NJ – Restaurants in Union County that have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak may be eligible to receive federal CARES Act funding through the new Union County COVID-19 Emergency Restaurant Grant program established by the Freeholder Board. The new program provides a total of $2 million to qualified restaurants located in Union County on a first come, first served basis. A maximum of $20,000 per grant applies.
“Local restaurants are woven into the fabric of our neighborhoods, providing innumerable opportunities for employment, entrepreneurship, and civic service for our residents. Their contribution to our quality of life is irreplaceable, and this allocation of federal CARES Act funds will help offset the expense of COVID-19 prevention measures that protect the health and safety of our community,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.
The Restaurant Grant COVID-19 Emergency Restaurant Grant program provides reimbursement for expenses related to compliance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders on restaurant operations during the COVID- 19 public health emergency, including items for facilitating outdoor dining, social distancing, and disinfecting a facility.
The online application portal will open at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 14 through the link ucnj.org/restaurant-grant. Awards will be made to eligible applicants on a first come first served basis.
Applicants should be prepared to answer the following questions:
- Have you received any other type of grant funding? If so, what were the funds used for? During what months were the funds used? What was the dollar amount?
- What was the approximate sales volume/revenue of your business during the months of January through September in 2019, and January through September in 2020?
In addition, the following documents must be submitted online with the application form:
- A current Food Service License from the local or County Board of Health
- All reimbursement expenditures must have a corresponding invoice and proof of payment
- Business Registration Certificate, certificate of incorporation or formation
- Good Standing Certificate (Short Form) found here: nj.us/treasury/revenue/standcert.shtml
- 2019 Tax return or Tax Extension
- W9 gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf
Please note that one file will be allowed for each required type of documentation. A third party tool such as Genius Scan is highly recommended for this purpose. It will allow the user to scan and merge multiple images and documents into single PDFs.
For Apple Devices, the Genius Scan link is: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/genius-scan-pdf-scanner/id377672876.
For Android (Google) Devices, the Genius Scan link is: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thegrizzlylabs.geniusscan.free.
The application portal will open on 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 14 at ucnj.org/restaurant-grant.
If further assistance about the Restaurant Grant program is needed, email Deana Mesaros, Coordinator, Office of Business Development in the Union County Department of Economic Development at firstname.lastname@example.org
In other COVID news...
- On Thursday, hospitalizations in New Jersey went over 600 for the first time in over two months. The state saw its biggest single-day increase in coronavirus cases since May, with Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli warning that could escalate quickly. “We are anticipating a second wave,” Persichilli said. “This wave has a potential to become a surge.”
- Updated Quarantine Advisory Issued for Individuals Traveling to New Jersey, Bringing New Total to 35 States and Territories: 35 States and Territories Include Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
- Long Lines at the MVC are Nothing New, But... – People don’t need to queue for hours, said Sue Fulton, chief administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Instead, they can receive a ticket and return to the agency when texted, she said. (NJ Spotlight News)
- N.J. Coronavirus Cases - New Jersey Residents (Source: N.J. Health Department)
- Total Confirmed Deaths Reported: 14,364
- Total Positive COVID-19 Cases Reported: 209,850
- For data on hospitalizations and discharges, click here.
COVID Alert NJ - Add Your Phone to the COVID Fight
COVID Alert NJ is New Jersey's free and secure mobile app that anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app also provides users with up-to-date information on New Jersey reopening news, key COVID-19 metrics, and a user-friendly symptom tracking tool. COVID Alert NJ uses Bluetooth proximity technology. The app will never record any identifying data. All users will remain anonymous.
How it Works:
- Download COVID Alert NJ on the App Store or Google Play Store. Opt-in to receive "Exposure Notifications"
- As you go about your day, the app will use Bluetooth to sense any "close contacts"—other app users who are within 6 feet of you for more than 10 minutes
- When your app senses a close contact, your phone will exchange a secure random code with the close contact's phone. It's important to note that your location and name are never disclosed
- If you test positive for COVID-19, a public health representative will call you and ask if you're willing to anonymously notify your "close contacts" by uploading your app's close contact codes
- Each day, the app will compare your list of close contact codes to the list of codes associated with positive COVID-19 app users. If there's a match you will get an Exposure Alert, along with appropriate next steps
Governor Livingston Senior Desmond Lam contributed to these reports.