April 16, 2020

Key Points from April 15, 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

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• Before we get into COVID-19 updates, TODAY IS NEWARK COUNTS CENSUS DAY. How many people have completed their Census form? If you haven’t, please go to as soon as this ends.

• You can also enter our Newark Selfie Challenge for a chance to win $1,000. The flyer is posted on our page.

1. Fill out the Census online

2. Take a creative selfie with proof you filled out the 2020 Census and use #NewarkCounts

3. Email your selfie to

• As of today, here are our numbers:

o Newark:

3,247 positive cases (yesterday: 3,079)

192 deaths (yesterday: 181)

o Essex County:

8,579 positive cases

590 deaths

o New Jersey:

71,030 positive cases

3,156 deaths

o More than 51,000 people have recovered out of 619,000 cases in the United States

o By Zip Code:

07102 – 127

07103 – 395

07104 – 660

07105 – 411

07106 – 367

07107 – 476

07108 – 261

07112 – 276

07114 – 119  

When you can get out of quarantine

1. If you had close contact (at least 10 minutes) with a COVID-19 positive person and you were not tested, then quarantine (stay at home) for 14 days.

If no symptoms after that, you're good, can end quarantining.

2. If you had symptoms and were tested positive and haven’t had follow-up test (which is most common now), you must quarantine until:

a. At least 7 days from beginning of symptoms

b. No more symptoms (ie. cough) PLUS

c. No temp > 100.4 without using Tylenol or Motrin for 3 additional days, then you can end quarantining.

3. If you had a positive test and never had symptoms, you must quarantine for 7 days from the time of your positive test, then you can stop quarantining.

WIC Updated Hours

• Monday to Friday

8:30AM to 4:30PM

By phone

• Open to the public (in person) on Tuesdays and Thursdays; appointment recommended to expedite care and social distancing

• 973-733-7604


Website for COVID-19 Help

• If you haven’t already done so, take a look at our new website to stay updated on COVID-19 programs and helpful information.

• Visit and it will take you there.

• Information included:

o Be Still Mondays

o Sheltering in Place

o Eviction and foreclosure moratoriums

o New federal, state and local programs

o Emergency grants/loans for small businesses or arts organizations

o Food distribution and free meals for students

o Unemployment benefits

o And much more

IRS Information

• IRS released a tool to track stimulus payments. It’s easy you just go to website and follow the prompts.


Support for Small Businesses

• Invest Newark, Audible, and Newark Venture Partners are providing free technical assistance to Newark small businesses applying for local, state, and federal assistance programs

• Newark businesses can schedule virtual technical assistance email:

• Business will receive an email reply with calendar invitations for 20-minute sessions with technical assistance providers

o Between 9-10AM or 2-4:30PM Monday through Friday

• Appointments are available first come, first serve basis

• For more info, website is

This Friday’s Facebook Live

• We’ll have the following honorable guests:

o The Honorable Albio Sires, U.S. Congress

o The Honorable Donald M. Payne, U.S. Congress

o Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo,  

NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner  

o Deputy Mayor Rahaman Muhammad, City of Newark  

Please tune in to hear of important information to help you navigate through these times


• Reminder that bulk and yard waste collection is cancelled in the entire city until further notice. Regular household waste and recyclables collection will continue. And it’s important for people to keep the front of their properties clean. Love your block. If you have any questions, please call 973-733-3411.

Food Relief Program Continues

• Call 973-733-5728 for food giftcards

8AM – 4PM

Grab-and-Go Mask Operation

• Newest initative –

Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18

First come, first served

Hours for All locations:

Open 11AM

Close 3PM


Must live in Newark

ID a must

Driver license preferred


West Ward location

Speedway Ave School

(701 S Orange Ave side)


Kevin Waters


Central Ward location

271 b South Orange Ave


Al Tariq Onque


South Ward location

Weequahic High School

Chancellor Ave


Natasha Allen


East Ward location

East Side High School

238 Van Buren


Angela Williams


North Ward location

Vince Lombardi Center

Bloomfield Ave


Carlos Cruz


• National Geographic

Spanish Flu 1918 | How some cities ‘flattened the curve’ during the 1918 flu pandemic

• Mobility Report

State of New Jersey | 4.5.2020

• Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Poem and blessings

• “No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear,” by Toni Morrison

• Newark Online Poetry Night Presented by the City of Newark and the Newark Public library; hosted by Jasmine Mans | 8 p.m.

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