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Coronavirus: News Updates February 2021

COVID-19 Updates

February 23, 2021

Seniors Can Contact Township for Help Getting Vaccine Appointments 

Berkeley Heights seniors can sign up for vaccinations through the Township's dedicated senior citizen hotline. Senior residents should email their name, date of birth, contact number and address to seniors@bhtwp.com, or leave a voicemail at (908) 464-2700 ext. 2229. Someone will respond within 24 hours. It would be helpful to also indicate how far you or your driver are willing to drive to get the vaccine. Most available bookings are at Rockaway Center Mall in Morris County, Morristown and the Summit Community Center. At all of these locations, seniors will have their second dose scheduled before they leave the vaccination site. 

If you are a senior citizen and would like to sign up for Township robocalls with COVID and other senior-specific and/or Township-specific information, please email seniors@bhtwp.com or call the clerk's office at (9082) 464-2700 x. 2114.  All other BH residents can sign up for Town-wide robocalls at https://www.berkeleyheights.gov/list.aspx.

Union County COVID-19 Test Center Announces New Hours This Week

The Union County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Test Center at Kean University is changing its operating hours this week to Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Anyone who has an appointment for those days will have their appointment honored during these hours. Persons who cannot make the new hours must reschedule through the web at www. ucnj.org.

County Food Distribution Today

The Union County Board of Commissioners will hold a walk-up food distribution event for Union County residents to aid those affected by COVID-19 , today, Tuesday, Feb. 23rd, 10:00 a.m. at the Gerald B. Green Plaza at 200 W. Second Street, Plainfield.  The food distribution is open to all Union County residents. Food will be distributed  to the first 300 people, no registration is required. The event will take place rain or shine. Please bring a cart and proof of residency.

From the State

The state COVID hotline 855-568-0545 continues to assist residents, with live agents from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., in getting information on how to register, as well as how to schedule vaccine appointments as people become eligible. The agents remind residents that there is no out of pocket expense to get vaccinated and that the two vaccines are not interchangeable.

The state continues to encourage the general public to pre-register for eligibility for the vaccine online. Individuals will be permitted to input their personal, contact, health insurance, and demographic information. Those who are immediately eligible based on screening questions will be able to schedule an appointment.

Sports & Entertainment Update

NJ Easing Restrictions for Religious Gatherings, Live Sports, Entertainment Venues - Religious services at churches, mosques and other houses of worship will be allowed to run at 50% capacity. Also in effect, two parents/guardians will be allowed to attend indoor and outdoor college sports practices, as long as crowd sized don’t go over 35% and social distancing is in place outdoors. Read more at Tapinto Berkeley Heights. 

Paycheck Protection Program

Starting Wednesday, businesses with fewer than 20 employees will have a two-week, exclusive window to apply for forgivable loans under the federal Paycheck Protection Program. Bigger businesses will be blocked during that time period. Further, starting the first week in March, the self-employed, sole proprietors and independent contractors will qualify for more money under the program. (CNN) 

Information on Applying for PPP Loans – Guidance and details on forgivable business loans under the Paycheck Protection Program can be found here. (U.S. Small Business Administration)

Latest BH COVID19 Numbers Update

(As of Feb. 22)

  • 0 new community cases
  • 8 active cases (1 Vulnerable Population Institute (VPI) case)
  • Year to date: total of 978
    • 60 LTC Deaths 
    • 7 BH Resident Deaths
    • 176 Recovered LTCs/VPIs




February 17, 2021

Township Works to Sign Up Seniors for COVID Vaccines

The Township is signing up our senior citizens for vaccinations as they become available anywhere within a 30-mile or so radius. With the help of an amazing member of our community, Kris Slevens, we are contacting seniors in need of appointments, identifying ourselves and obtaining appropriate information to schedule them appointments as they come up, and Kris works his tech magic to find openings. If you are a senior citizen in need of a vaccination - or are an adult child of one living in Berkeley Heights - please email seniors@bhtwp.com with the name, date of birth, address and contact information for who will be driving them. We will be in touch within 24 hours. 

Parents Can Again Attend their Children's School Sporting Events in New Jersey – Gov. Phil Murphy has signed Executive Order 220, which permits up to two parents or guardians to attend indoor and outdoor school sports events; the order went into effect Friday, Feb. 12. The order will continue to cap indoor attendance at 35% of capacity or 150 peopl.d. Spectators were not permitted at school sports events under a Murphy order from late last year. Up to two parents or guardians per athlete under the age of 21 will be able to attend indoor or outdoor youth sports practices and competitions. Indoor youth sporting events still may never exceed 35% capacity or 150 people. All spectators must follow the Department of Health’s sports activities guidance including mask requirements, social distancing guidelines, and staying home when sick. Spectators will be expected to cooperate with contact-tracing efforts. School districts will retain the ability to impose stricter guidelines and not allow spectators, and also have the discretion on whether and when to implement today's policy regarding parents or guardians.

BH COVID 19 Numbers Update

  • 2 new community cases (male 13-19, female 20s)
  • 16 active cases (2 Vulnerable Population Institute (VPI) cases)
  • For a Total of 968
  • Year to date: 60 LTC deaths, 7 BH resident deaths, 175 recovered LTCs/VPIs

In Other News...

NJ Public Health Emergency Extended - Murphy on Wednesday today signed Executive Order No. 222, which extends the Public Health Emergency that was declared on March 9, 2020. Under the Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency expires after 30 days unless renewed. 

Travel Survey - The state of NJ asks that anyone who travels to NJ from a state immediately outside the region (NY, CT, PA, DE), complete a voluntary online survey to provide information about where you are traveling from and your destination Access the survey by visiting covid19.nj.gov/njtravel  or texting "NJTRAVEL" to 898211.

Murphy on Tuesday voiced support for double masking. Earlier this month, the CDC also endorsed the idea that two masks increase protection against Coronavirus and its multiple variants, and encouraged people to tightly affix the mask to their faces. 

Governor Murphy Announces Community-Based Vaccination Partnership for Underserved Communities

Big Discounts for Small Businesses Buying Personal Protective Equipment – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority today is bringing back discounts of nearly 70% on PPE purchased by small businesses through its PPE access program. The deep discounts are available to New Jersey businesses with no more than 100 employees. Larger businesses in New Jersey continue to be eligible for 10% discounts. (The NJEDA) 

February 15, 2021

Berkeley Heights residents currently eligible for the COVID19 vaccine, should try to log on the Union County vaccination site this Friday and Saturday, as those are the days the County opens up more spots as they assess how many vaccines they have in supply. The website is here: https://www.ucnjvaccine.org/. Qualified residents without a computer or Internet access can call the County hotline at 908-613-7VAX (7829), Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please note: ONLY ELIGIBLE residents should be signing up at this time. 

In other County vaccination news:

  • There have been 10,000 vaccines administered in Union County
  • 100% of weekly vaccine allocation is used by the end of the week, as required by the state
  • The vaccination site hours vary based on supply, when supply is received, and the weather
  • Residents are recommended to check the website often, and sometimes when there are cancellations, they are added to the site during the week
  • Appointments are added to the online site and by phone on random days and times; there are 25% of vaccines reserved for the call center callers
  • 50 employees are trained for the call center
  • The call center prioritizes older folks and those with limited internet access
  • It is confirmed with the makers of the Moderna vaccine that the 28 day window between the first and second dose is flexible so rescheduling is possible if needed-21 to 42 days is the range provided by the manufacturer.

From TAPinto Berkeley Heights: COVID-19 Vaccine Guide: What Union County Residents Need to Know:

How do I schedule shots? Both Union County and the state Health Department offer websites where you can schedule a shot, but members of the public are advised to also try signing up on private care providers’ sites.

  • Preregister for the vaccine distributed through state of New Jersey at covidvaccine.nj.gov.
  • Schedule a vaccine with the County of Union at ucnjvaccine.org as appointments become available.
  • Atlantic Health System, which has a location in Clark, is offering the vaccine. Click here to register.
  • Check availability at CVS locations throughout New Jersey here.
  • Check availability at Rite Aid locations throughout New Jersey here.
  • ShopRites in Elizabeth and Clark are among those to offer the vaccine. Check availability and sign up at vaccines.shoprite.com.

In collaboration with the volunteer covid19vaccinestatusnj project, Planet Princeton has created a crowd-sourced version of the the state’s COVID-19 vaccine site spreadsheet showing what sites are accepting patients and what sites are scheduling appointments. It includes links to websites and contact info for individual sites, as well as advice on whether to call them.

Of the 10 sites listed in Union County, five listed a status of “not available” Sunday, while two sites run by the county itself have “check back” listed as their status. The listing for the county site at Kean University said to check back for releases of new appointment blocks at this link. It said that new appointments there “seem to be” released Mondays. The spreadsheet shows when each entry was updated and allows the public to submit comments for updating the data.

Click here for the vaccine sites across New Jersey listed by the state Health Department. Eight sites listed are located within Union County. People, however, are not limited to picking sites within their county of residence, where the vaccine site does not indicate otherwise.

Today's BH COVID Numbers Update

  • 0 new community cases
  • 17 active cases (2 Vulnerable Population Institute (VPI) cases)
  • For a Total of 960**
  • Year to date: 960 cases total; 60 long-term care facility (LTC) deaths, 7 BH resident deaths, 174 recovered LTCs/VPIs


February 11, 2021

CVS Now Offering Free Vaccines in Select LocationsCVS

CVS is administering the COVID19 vaccine by appointment only based on local eligibility guidelines.

No cost with insurance or through federal program for the uninsured.

For New Jersey CVS locations, visit this website: https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine, and click on "New Jersey." A popup will appear with availability information. (See image to right)

Helpful Vaccination Links

If you are eligible to receive a vaccine, there are multiple ways to get vaccinated:

  • Pre-register and make an appointment through the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System. Register here.
  • Make an appointment directly with a vaccination location. View locations here.
  • If you work or volunteer at a select healthcare facility, make an appointment through your place of work.
  • Veterans who receive care from VA health facilities or live in VA long-term care facilities may be eligible for vaccines through the VA. Learn more here.

State Vaccine Hotline Used to Make Appointments for COVID Vaccines – The call center, which is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, is (855) 568-0545. However, as of Feb. 9, the call center's ability to schedule appointments has been temporarily paused to streamline the system. Residents can still call to pre-register, ask questions, and get contact information for vaccination sites.

CDC: Fully Vaccinated People Do Not Have to Quarantine

The CDC on Wednesday said fully vaccinated people with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure

People who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

BH Numbers Update

  • 3 new community cases  (female 13-19yrs, female 30s, female  60s)
    For a Total of 951
  • 20 active cases
  • 3  Vulnerable Population Institute (VPI) cases
  • Year-to-date total: 951
    • 60 LTC (long-term care facility) deaths 
    • 7 BH resident deaths
    • 172 recovered LTCs/VPIs
**** 1 Duplicate case from 1/16 removed from total case count
**** 1 Case out of Jurisdiction, removed from total case count.
**** 5 cases out of jurisdiction, removed from total case count
****  1 cases removed on 1/23/21
**** 1 Duplicate case from 1/25 removed from total case count
**** 1 case out of jurisdiction, removed from total case count on 1/29/21
**** 1 case from 2/3/21 is from Runnells LTC

BH Food Drive to Help Your Neighbors

The Berkeley Heights YMCA and Little Flower Church Food Pantry are helping to feed individuals and families struggling to put food on the table. For the month of February, please consider donating non-perishable food items and dropping them off in the designated bins at the Berkeley Heights YMCA, 59 Locust Avenue, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey 07922. More here. The following items are needed:

  • Boxed Milk 
  • Canned Stew 
  • Canned Soup 
  • Bags of Rice 
  • Bags of Dried Beans 
  • Canned Vegetables 
  • Boxed Cereal 
  • Instant Oatmeal 
  • Peanut Butter 
  • Jars of Jelly
  • Canned Fruits
  • Pancake Mix
  • Syrup
  • Canned Tuna
  • Canned Chicken
  • Cooking Oils
  • Ready-to-Eat Canned Meals

Township Sets up Dedicated Hotline for BH Senior

The Berkeley Heights Township has set up a senior-dedicated phone line and email address for Berkeley Heights seniors to use to sign up for least-weekly robocalls regarding news on COVID vaccinations, as well as other COVID and town news. Seniors should also call this hotline if they need help getting a vaccine appointment. 

“For seniors – particularly our ‘super seniors’ - who do not have a computer and/or Internet access, they tell us these calls are extremely valuable in finding out what’s going on in town and, more importantly right now, how they can get tested for, and vaccinated against, COVID19,” said Mayor Angie Devanney. “With all of the confusion and frustration around vaccinations right now, we urge all of our seniors to sign up for this call list so they can receive the latest COVID news as it relates to Berkeley Heights, Union County and the state.”

The phone line is (908) 464-2700, ext 2229. The number goes directly to voicemail. Senior residents or adult children of seniors, should leave the name and phone number of the senior they want to get on the list; they will be added and receive the next call. Signups can also take place by emailing seniors@bhtwp.com. This email will eventually be used by the Berkeley Heights Senior Citizen Club, but for now, is being used to collect robocall signups and to answer other questions seniors may have about vaccinations or other town news. The phone line and email address is manned by the Township administrator; volunteers from Neighbors Helping Neighbors will help with responses as needed.

In Other News...

Safe School Opening - The CDC on Friday, Feb. 12 will announce a plan on how schools can safely reopen (White House COVID advisor, MSNBC "Morning Joe")

How can people safely get together? What are the limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings? Click here

Paycheck Protection Program Loans, and Expenses Paid with Them, Will be Exempt from State Taxes – PPP loans will be tax exempt at the state level (from income tax and corporation business tax) and recipients will be allowed to deduct business expenses that were paid with the tax-exempt loan proceeds, Gov. Murphy said Tuesday. 

More than 30,000 PPP Loans Have Been Approved in New Jersey – Approximately 10,000 small businesses in New Jersey had federal Paycheck Protection Program loans approved over the past week. The average loan has dropped to $83,219. New Jersey businesses and organizations have had a total of 30,827 PPP loans approved, averaging $94,557, according to stats from the U.S. Small Business Administration. (ROI-NJ) 

Information on Applying for PPP Loans - Guidance and details on forgivable business loans under the Paycheck Protection Program. (U.S. Small Business Administration)

New Jersey has Extended Open Enrollment to May 15 for its Health Insurance Marketplace – Those whose annual income is up to 400% of the Federal Poverty Level ($51,040 for an individual and $104,800 for a family of four) qualify for state subsidies when buying health insurance through the state's marketplace. Subsidies are about $484 per month on average, or about $5,808 for the year. (ROI-NJ) 

N.J. Coronavirus Cases - New Jersey Residents

(Source: N.J. Health Department)

  • Total Confirmed Deaths Reported: 19,916
  • Total Positive COVID-19 Cases Reported: 650,263
  • For data on hospitalizations and discharges, click here.
  • For data on vaccinations, click here.


February 3, 2021


Indoor Limits Raised

New Jersey’s strict capacity limits for restaurants, gyms and other businesses because of the COVID19 pandemic will increase Friday from 25% to 35% as the outbreak in the state continues to slow and vaccination efforts increase, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday. Restaurants and bars can also stay open past 10 pm; however, patrons are still not allowed to sit at bars. The new order will go into effect Friday at 8 a.m.

Also on Friday, gathering limits for religious and political activities, for entertainment centers where performances are viewed or given, and for addiction support groups will increase to 150 people or 35% of a room's capacity, whichever number is lower. More here. CVS

Vaccines to be Given at CVS, Walgreens Soon

CVS Health, which has been working with Walgreens to vaccinate nursing home residents and staff, will begin to offer vaccines Feb. 11 against Covid-19 “to eligible populations at a limited number of CVS pharmacy locations across 11 states,” CVS said Tuesday. Supple for the initial rollout will be about 250,000 total doses; 19,900 doses of the vaccine will be available in 27 CVS locations in New Jersey only for those currently eligible. CVS will offer the vaccine on an appointment-only basis via CVS.com or through the CVS Pharmacy app. You can also call (800) 746-7287.

BH Numbers Update

  • 1 new community cases (male 40s)
  • 38 active cases 
  • 1 Vulnerable Population Institute (VPI) cases

For a Total of 926 to date

 1 Duplicate case from 1/16 removed from total case count

1 Case out of Jurisdiction, removed from total case count.

 5 cases out of jurisdiction, removed from total case count

 1 cases removed on 1/23/21

 1 Duplicate case from 1/25 removed from total case count

 1 case out of jurisdiction, removed from total case count on 1/29/21

  • 60 LTC Deaths 
  • 7 BH Resident Deaths
  • 172 Recovered LTCs/VPIs

Biden Announces Increased Supply 

President Biden on Tuesday said that beginning this week, vaccine supply will increase 22% to reach 10.5 million dozes to U.S. states, Tribes and territories. This supply level will be maintained for at least three weeks as the government works with manufacturers to increase supply even more. Also, starting February 11, those eligible to receive the vaccine can start signing up for their vaccines at select pharmacies across the country through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program - a public-private partnership with 21 national pharmacies and small independent locations representing 40,000 pharmacy locations nationwide.

State COVID Vaccine Hotline

New Jersey residents can now access a new coronavirus vaccine hotline with 250 New Jersey-based staff members currently on hand to answer common questions, help connect people to centers providing shots and clear up eligibility rules. Residents can call 855-568-0545 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day; the hotline has both English and Spanish-speakers answering phones, but can call facebook-covercenter can facilitate over 240 different languages. More than 17,000 people called in within the first hour of launch. Gov. Phil Murphy last week also said teachers will likely be the next group to get vaccinated. 

Download the COVID Alert App

Download New Jersey's FREE COVID Alert NJ exposure notification app. 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.

From the N.J. Health Department

  • Total Confirmed Deaths Reported: 18,984
  • Total Positive COVID-19 Cases Reported: 602,660
  • For data on hospitalizations and discharges, click here.
  • For data on vaccinations, click here.

Union County Vaccine Site

The County of Union now has an online portal at www.ucnj.org for those countycovidwishing to book a COVID-19 vaccination at the County’s Vaccination Clinic at Kean University in Union. Additional spots will open up as the County receives more vaccine supply.

Township Sets up Dedicated Hotline for BH Senior

The Berkeley Heights Township has set up a senior-dedicated phone line and email address for Berkeley Heights seniors to use to sign up for least-weekly robocalls regarding news on COVID vaccinations, as well as other COVID and town news.

“For seniors – particularly our ‘super seniors’ - who do not have a computer and/or Internet access, they tell us these calls are extremely valuable in finding out what’s going on in town and, more importantly right now, how they can get tested for, and vaccinated against, COVID19,” said Mayor Angie Devanney. “With all of the confusion and frustration around vaccinations right now, we urge all of our seniors to sign up for this call list so they can receive the latest COVID news as it relates to Berkeley Heights, Union County and the state.”

The phone line is (908) 464-2700, ext 2229. The number goes directly to voicemail. Senior residents or adult children of seniors, should leave the name and phone number of the senior they want to get on the list; they will be added and receive the next call. Signups can also take place by emailing seniors@bhtwp.com. This email will eventually be used by the Berkeley Heights Senior Citizen Club, but for now, is being used to collect robocall signups and to answer other questions seniors may have about vaccinations or other town news. The phone line and email address is manned by the Township administrator; volunteers from Neighbors Helping Neighbors will help with responses as needed.

Union County Vaccination Hotline

Berkeley Heights senior citizens can call a Union County COVID vaccination hotline to schedule an appointment to get a vaccine. That number is 908-613-7VAX, or 908-613-7829. Please note that appointments will be VERY limited. The BEST way to book an appointment is still online  - more appointments will be available online than the call center each week.

Call Center Hours will be:

9 am-7 pm Monday through Friday; and Saturday 9am-1pm.

When calling, residents will select from 4 choices if an appointment is available: 

1) if you are 65+

2) if you are 18-64 years old with a co-morbid health condition

3) if you have general questions

4) if you need a ride to your appointment through Union County’s paratransit system (Please note: there is NO guarantee there will be a ride but the county will do their best to provide you with one).

There will be no waitlist. For seniors and all others who are currently eligible to get vaccinated, If you can make an appointment elsewhere at another “super site” location where you can get a vaccine earlier, you are strongly encouraged to do so. You can also call the state COVID vaccine appointment hotline at 855-568-0545 from 8 am to 8 pm every day. Union County receives only 1,500 vaccines a week for a population of over a half-million, and those vaccines need to include the second doses for those in eligible groups.


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