April 20, 2020

Key Points from April 20, 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

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• As of today, here are our numbers:

     o Newark:

4,184 positive cases (Saturday: 3,802)

267 deaths (Saturday: 235)

     o Essex County:

10,729 positive cases

751 deaths

     o New Jersey:

88,806 positive cases

4,377 deaths

     o 2.4 million cases in the world

     o More than 777,000 people in US are COVID-19 positive and 41,397 have died

     o By Zip Code:

07102 – 149

07103 – 494

07104 – 837

07105 – 517

07106 – 482

07107 – 642

07108 – 353

07112 – 356

07114 – 148

Food Relief Programs Summary

• In the past we reported about our ShopRite gift card distribution, meals delivered prepared from our Fire Department, and within Newark Public Schools but today Mayor Baraka shared a bigger picture.

• National Action Network:  42,000

Fire Department: 1450

Community Food Bank: 800

Audible: 14,218

Health Department: 10,395

Newark Emergency Services: 1600

Marcus B&P: 1200

Blueprint Café: 100

LMCA: 1400

Church of 7 Day Adventists: 300


Plus 3,750 gift cards

Supplied by:

World Central Kitchen

Hello Fresh

Community Food Bank of NJ

Halal Guys, Robert's Pizza,La Cocina, Mercato, Novelty Burger, Sigri, Fresh Coast, Barcade, Veggie Walla, Harvest Table, Bulgogi Zip

Holiday Inn

Community Food Bank of NJ

World Central Kitchen

Blueprint Café

Halal Guys, Ptia Square

Emporium Supermarket / Seabra's

• Be Still Mondays

     o This is our second week of Be Still Mondays.

     o Acknowledge the following who joined in this week in addition to everyone from last week:

Hello Fresh


X-Supermarket on Bergen

     o Today, we kicked off a community action to show appreciation for our health care workers and other essential workers, and to give residents an opportunity to support each other as well.

             Starting today, Mayor Baraka asked all residents in the city to "LightNewarkWithLove" at 7:30 pm.

             We'll use cell phones, signs, music and our pent up energy to make a unified statement of love.

             Here's how you can participate:

                     • 7:30 pm: come to your windows, porches, balconies and shine your cell phone lights.

                     • 7:35 pm: play "La Gozadera" by Marc Anthony/Genta de Zona.

                     • New songs will be announced every week.

                     • Take pictures and video clips of your household waving, dancing, holding signs, etc. and post them on social media with the hashtag #newarkstrong.


NPS Mindful Monday

Welcome back students from Spring Break. Hope you are now enjoying Spirit Week and today’s Mindful Monday.

• Emergency Fund for Non-Profits

     o Many Newark nonprofits have gone far above the call of duty to do amazing things to keep Newark residents alive and well during the COVID-19 crisis.

     o We created an emergency fund that will provide support to these organizations to help them remain strong and stable.

     o This emergency fund will provide up to One $1 million with grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to qualifying non-profits.

     o The application and more information are available now. Go to the City’s website at and click on the COVID-19 pop up.

• REMINDER: 2020 Census

Submit your Census forms – encourage your friends and family to do the same.

• This Friday’s Facebook Live

Mayor Baraka will be joined by Governor Murphy. Please be sure to tune in and let us know if the comments any questions that you have.

• New Vista Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Mayor Baraka urges anyone who has relatives at New Vista Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to check on the relatives. He strongly encourages people to contact the State of New Jersey in an effort for more transparency to save lives.

• Grab-and-Go Mask Operation

Mayor Baraka stated the Grab-and-Go Mask Operation will continue on Tuesday at various sites.

• Municipal Fiscal Resources

To avoid potential employee layoffs “post” COVID-19;

Mayor Baraka again urged residents to contact their local and state representatives including Senators Menendez and Booker; in addition to Congressman Payne and Sires.

• COVID-19 Testing

Mayor Baraka stated the enormous cost for more COVID-19 testing and he is diligently working with health care providers such as Aetna and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ to provide more testing within the City of Newark.

He also stated that any residents who may display any symptoms of COVID-19 may contact the

County of Essex who is conducting 300-400 tests per day at Newark’s own Weequahic Park.

• Contact Tracing

Mayor Baraka announced a partnership with Rutgers University to provide approximately 120 students for contact tracing for COVID-19 to help flatten the curve.

• COVID-19 vs. Flu

Mayor Baraka reiterated the need for continued “Shelter-In-Place Order;” noting that people are 100 times more likely to be hospitalized with covid-19 vs flu.

• Poem and blessings

Thinking | Walter D. Wintle

William Murphy | It’s Working

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