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Posted on: January 19, 2021

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 


The State of NJ announced there are 650,263 cases.

There are 670 open cases in Elizabeth. There were no new deaths to report, keeping the total at 527. 18,453 cases are closed, which means there were 77 new cases to report.

The Department of Health and Human Services is offering free COVID testing today at the Erxleben Center, located at 513 Richmond Street.

During February, the hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 3pm to 7pm and Saturdays from 10am to 3pm. No appointment is required, you can register on site.

Please bring a photo ID and while no insurance is required, if you do have health insurance, please bring a copy of your insurance information. For more information, please call 908-820-4060.

Please continue following social distance rules, wash your hands frequently and wear a mask or face covering while you are out. Personal responsibility is key.

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


El estado de Nueva Jersey anunció que hay 650,263 casos.

Hay 670 casos abiertos en Elizabeth. No hubo nuevas muertes para informar. 18,453 casos están cerrados, lo que significa que hubo 77 nuevos casos para informar del fin de semana.

El Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos ofrece pruebas de COVID gratuitas en el Centro Erxleben, ubicado en 513 Richmond Street. Durante el mes de febrero, el horario es martes y jueves de 15 a 19 horas y sábados de 10 a 15 horas. No se requiere cita previa, puede registrarse en el sitio.

Por favor traiga una identificación con foto y aunque no se requiere seguro médico, si tiene seguro médico, traiga una copia de la información de su seguro. Para obtener más información, llame al 908-820-4060.

Continúe siguiendo las reglas de distancia social, lávese las manos con frecuencia y use una máscara o una cubierta facial mientras esté fuera. La responsabilidad personal es clave.

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

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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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