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Posted on: June 1, 2020

Important Information Regarding COVID-19


If you are exhibiting symptoms, please call your primary care physician first before going anywhere and follow the physician’s advice.

If you suspect you have COVID-19 symptoms, there is an online self-assessment tool, developed by the State of New Jersey, that will help you determine whether or not you should be tested. You can access that 


Hello and here is today’s update of COVID-19.

The State of NJ has a total of 160,918.

As of today, there are 3874 open cases in Elizabeth. There were 337 deaths reported. 1541 cases have been closed, which means there was an increase of approximately 25 new cases over the weekend.

Today, the Governor announced that New Jersey will begin Phase 2 of their re-opening plans.

  • Outdoor dining will be permitted as of June 15 and nonessential retail can soon allow customers inside with 50% capacity limits.
  • June 22nd for salons, more information on protocols for reopening should be provided by the State this week.
  • Gyms will also be permitted to reopen in “Stage 2," but he did not announce set dates for those businesses.

More updates and information will be provided as we get the information from the Governor’s Office.

Just a reminder that today, the Parking Authority began enforcing street meters and their metered surface lots. This does not pertain to alternate side of the street parking enforcement just yet, but we will be putting parking rules back into effect at the end of June, neighborhood by neighborhood.

As you can see as things are starting to reopen, we cannot be everywhere, so personal responsibility is extremely important.

We need you to continue doing so to ensure this virus comes to an end. So please, continue to wear your face coverings, don’t gather in groups larger than the Governor’s orders, wash your hands frequently and remain at least 6 feet apart.

If you have any questions, please reach us here or call Public Information at 908-820-4124.


Hola, y aquí está la actualización de hoy de COVID-19.

El estado de NJ tiene un total de 160,918.

A partir de hoy, hay 3874 casos abiertos en Elizabeth. Hubo 337 muertes reportadas. Se han cerrado 1541 casos, lo que significa que hubo un aumento de aproximadamente 25 casos nuevos durante el fin de semana.

Hoy, el Gobernador anunció que Nueva Jersey comenzará la Fase 2 de sus planes de reapertura.

• Las comidas al aire libre se permitirán a partir del 15 de junio y el comercio minorista no esencial puede permitir a los clientes dentro con límites de capacidad del 50%.

• 22 de junio para salones, el Estado debe proporcionar más información sobre los protocolos para la reapertura esta semana.

• Los gimnasios también podrán reabrir en la "Etapa 2", pero no anunció las fechas establecidas para esos negocios.

Se proporcionarán más actualizaciones e información a medida que obtengamos la información de la Oficina del Gobernador.

Solo un recordatorio de que hoy, la Autoridad de Estacionamiento comenzó a hacer cumplir los metros de la calle y sus lotes de superficie medidos. Esto todavía no se aplica al lado alternativo de la aplicación del estacionamiento en la calle, pero volveremos a poner en vigencia las reglas de estacionamiento a fines de junio, vecindario por vecindario.

Como puede ver a medida que las cosas comienzan a reabrirse, no podemos estar en todas partes, por lo que la responsabilidad personal es extremadamente importante.

Necesitamos que continúe haciéndolo para garantizar que este virus llegue a su fin. Así que, por favor, continúe usando sus cubiertas faciales, no se reúna en grupos más grandes que las órdenes del gobernador, lávese las manos con frecuencia y permanezca al menos a 6 pies de distancia.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con nosotros aquí o llame a Información pública al 908-820-4124.


Important Information for Filing Unemployment:

Department of Labor website:

Unemployment information for self-employed individuals:


Schedule for claiming/certifying for benefits:

Paid Leave and Job Protections:


Families First Coronavirus Response Act:

NJDOL and the Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Employers & Businesses Should Know:


By now, every residence should have received the US Census mail containing a unique code. Use this code to quickly fill out the 2020 Census online or by phone.

By doing it this way, you will reduce the need for Census employees to go door to door this Spring.

Remember, this count is very important to our community, so include everyone in your household: all children, grandparents, friends, tenants, everyone living with you needs to be counted.

Today is known across the country as #TakeoutTuesday.

We are encouraging residents to order delivery or pick-up at one our local Elizabeth restaurants for at least one meal today to support our local businesses during this corona virus crisis.

This link shows all of the Executive Orders issued by Governor Murphy regarding COVID-19. 


The State is offering guidance to all businesses being impacted by COVID-19. Please refer to the following link:

Treasury and IRS to delay tax payment deadline by 90 days. Visit this site for more information: 



If you are in need of a home delivered meal and reside in Union County, you may be eligible ONLY if you meet ALL of the following criteria:
• 60 years or older
• Live alone
• Unable to shop or prepare a meal for yourself
Please call Meals on Wheels at 908-486-5100. You must provide your name, address, phone number and date of birth in order to process your request.


Snap Food Stamps, Cash Assistance and Work Requirements

To apply for SNAP food assistance, or cash assistance under the Work First New Jersey program, Union County residents may do so online at An office visit is not required, as the Union County Division of Social Services will have staff is available to conduct interviews by phone.

Work First New Jersey cash assistance clients who are due for their case to be reviewed in March or April will receive a 60-day extension. The extension is automatic and does not require an office visit.

SNAP food assistance or Work First New Jersey cash assistance clients are excused from their work activity requirement without penalty. This includes people who are applying for Work First New Jersey General Assistance and who are in a work activity for 28 days while their application is being reviewed. Please note that voluntary participation in a work activity is allowed, if the activity is conducted in accordance with social distancing guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Clients are encouraged to mail or fax any needed paperwork to the Division of Social Services offices. For those dropping off papers by hand, use the drop boxes located in the front lobbies of the Social Services offices at 342 Westminster Avenue in Elizabeth or 200 West Second Street in Plainfield.


Due to an increased number of calls, the State Department of Health has opened a second number for COVID-19 general questions. The number is 1-800-962-1253. In addition, people looking for emotional support can call 1-877-294-4357.

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