April 14, 2020

Key Points from April 14, 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Daily Update

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• Mayor Baraka shared information that can benefit residents. Please share it with your family, friends and with people you’re connected to on social media. After each FB live, we post the key points on our website

• As of today, here are our numbers:

    o Newark:

3,079 positive cases (yesterday: 2,835)

181 deaths (yesterday: 141)

    o Essex County:

8,212 positive cases

535 deaths

    o New Jersey:

68,824 positive cases

2,805 deaths

    o By Zip Code:

Today we passed out flyers of the numbers by Zip Code with the hope of getting people to stay in the house – or go in the house.

Website for COVID-19 Help

• Today we launched a new website to bring together in one place comprehensive information that Newark residents and small businesses need to know about getting help to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and how to stay safe. To access it just go to and click on the NEWARK COVID-19 HELP banner that you see at the top of the page. Some of the things you’ll find there are information about how to protect your health, the eviction and foreclosure moratoriums, what Housing Authority tenants need to know, emergency loans for small businesses, food distribution and free meals for students, unemployment benefits, how to get a job in an essential business, emergency housing for the homeless, grants for artists and art organizations, sheltering in place, Be Still Mondays, and a whole lot more.

• This website will be kept up to date every day as we roll out additional programs to help you, as some programs evolve, and as we answer more questions that you have.  Bookmark the page and come back to it regularly to stay informed about the latest COVID-19 information.

Support for Small Businesses

• Beginning today, Invest Newark will partner with Audible and Newark Venture Partners to assist Newark-based businesses in obtaining Federal, State and local COVID-19 funding. Free support will be offered to business owners on how best to access relief funding amid related economic challenges. Newark small businesses will schedule 20-minute technical assistance sessions with representatives from Invest Newark, Audible, and Newark Venture Partners weekdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. over the next 30 days.

• Initially, the Program will prioritize Newark businesses that have ALREADY applied to the United Way of Greater Newark Small Business Emergency Fund. This includes 400 businesses that have already submitted the documentation (Proof of Newark business address (not home based), business license, proof of insurance, and business tax returns) necessary to qualify for local, State, or Federal business assistance.

• These businesses were contacted via email from Invest Newark and have already begun scheduling appointments. Once the initial group has been helped, the program will accept other businesses that have submitted the required documentation.

• Appointments can be made via email at Appointments will be taken on a first come, first serve basis based on the availability of technical assistance sessions during the time listed above.

WIC has updated hours

• WIC is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by phone and on Tuesday and Thursdays, it will be open in person if needed.

• The numbers to call:



• Call for appointment is STRONGLY encouraged to expedite service and to increase social distancing.

Food Relief Program Continues

• Newark Public Schools gave out 999 meals yesterday and 1,601 today.

• The City’s gift card distribution resumed today, giving out 633. If you are in need of food and haven’t already received a gift card, please call 973-733-5728 between the hours of 8am and 4pm.

Private Senior Buildings Going Above and Beyond

• As we continue to visit the senior buildings around the City to make sure that they are following proper protocol in the midst of COVID-19, we found many that are going above and beyond and want to acknowledge them accordingly:

    o Villa Victoria - gave masks to all of their residents

    o Branch Brook Manor - weekly defogging

    o 136 Tiffany Blvd - weekly defogging and residents wearing face coverings

    o One Court Street

    o Two Neveda

    o 15 Hill Street

    o 195 West Market New Hope Senior Building

    o St. Mary’s Villa

    o 1 South 8th Street - Excellent

Tomorrow is Newark Counts Census Day

• Please check our social media pages for more information. There will be selfie challenge and your timelines may seem flooded with Census info so please take the time to submit yours. It literally takes a few minutes.

• Incarcerated Population

Mayor Baraka spoke with representatives from the County Of Essex to ensure that individuals who are incarcerated in addition to related personnel are afforded proper COVID 19 and antibody testing. Procedures have been set in place to separate persons if necessary, to help reduce the spread of COVID 19. The Mayor also referenced that The State of New Jersey will also be contacted in reference to the above.

COVID-19 Guidelines


• Living in the same household as a person who has lab-confirmed COVID-19 or who was diagnosed with COVID-19,

• Providing care in a household for a person who has lab-confirmed COVID-19 or who was diagnosed with COVID-19,

• Within 6 feet (or 2 meters) of a person who has lab-confirmed COVID-19 or who was diagnosed with COVID-19 for at least 10 minutes, or

• In direct contact with secretions from a person who has lab-confirmed COVID-19 or who was diagnosed with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed or sneezed on, kissing, sharing utensils, etc).


a. If you had close contact with a person who has lab-confirmed COVID-19 or who was diagnosed with COVID-19 without lab testing, self-quarantine (stay home) and monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after your last contact.


a. ISOLATION separates people who are already sick and contagious from people wo are not to prevent the disease from spreading

b. QUARANTINE:  if able to “self-isolate” – able to restrict movement at home



a. If you are SYMPTOMATIC, HAD CONFIRMED INITIAL TEST AND NOT going to repeat a follow up “test” (non-test criteria)

i. 3 days without fever without medications AND

ii. Improvement of symptoms (cough, etc) AND

iii. At least 7 days from initial onset of symptoms

b. If you are symptomatic, had a positive test AND YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A REPEAT FOLLOW UP TEST (test based strategy)

i. 3 days without fever without medications AND

ii. Improvement of symptoms (cough, etc) AND

iii. A Negative results from at least 2 consecutive COVID-19 nasopharyngeal test swabs 24 hours apart


i. Discontinue isolation when at least 7 days have passed since the day of their positive test

ii. Recommended for subsequent 3 days to limit contact

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Guidelines

• Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments

• National Geographic

Spanish Flu 1918

• Poem—Imagine the Angels of Bread: Poems by Martn Espada.

Key Points in Spanish