• As of today, here are our numbers:
5,401 positive cases (yesterday we reported 5,300; an increase of 101)
409 deaths (yesterday we reported 392; 17 additional deaths)
o Essex County:
13,829 positive cases and 1,196 deaths
o New Jersey:
118,652 positive cases and 7,228 deaths
o More than 3 million (3,282,349) cases globally and 200,000 plus deaths (232,182)
o In the United States: More than 1 million COVID-19 positive cases (1,080,210) and 62,675 deaths
o Confirmed positive cases by zip code:
07102 – 196 cases
07103 – 668 cases
07104 – 1106 cases
07105 – 737 cases
07106 – 614 cases
07107 – 878 cases
07108 – 457 cases
07112 – 471 cases
07114 – 209 cases
o Deaths by zip code:
07102 – 20 deaths
07103 – 72 deaths
07104 – 79 deaths
07105 – 24 deaths
07106 – 54 deaths
07107 – 52 deaths
07108 – 54 deaths
07112 – 40 deaths
07114 – 16 deaths
Mayor Baraka stated that since Newark is more unique than other areas of NJ; he will contact District leaders to help monitor their neighborhoods to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in “hotspot” areas based on state and local “heat map” data. For more information on “Heat Map” data, please visit the State of New Jersey website at https://www.state.nj.us/
• Food relief program
o To date, we continue to work with our partners and have delivered 132,705 meals.
o We’ve also given out a total of 4,433 gift cards to date (with 805 in 2 days during this third round).
o Shout out to the Salvation Army for being a part of our food relief operation. Residents can also contact them directly to schedule a time to pick up food. Call: 973-792-8682
o Coronavirus testing will continue in Essex County Weequahic Park.
The dates are Monday May 4th; Wednesday May 6th; Friday May 8th
Our residents who are interested in getting tested have to make an appointment: Call: 973-324-9950; website: WWW.ESSEXCOVID.ORG
o Newark Housing Authority testing is also underway as Mayor Baraka previously shared.
In addition to testing at James C. White and Branch Brook Manor this week, NHA will also test residents at Stephen Crane Elderly (789, 801, and 815 North 6th Street location) over the weekend.
The goal is to test 400 residents among the 3 testing sites.
o Branch Brook Park Roller Skating Center (5/6/2020)
• Contact Tracing
Mayor Baraka stated that 200 persons would be trained to begin contact tracing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
• Unemployment benefits
o The NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) released new information this week on how to access extended unemployment benefits. Through the CARES Act passed by Congress, the bill provides for an additional 13 weeks of extended unemployment benefits for workers who exhaust regular benefits.
No action is required if you have recently applied for or currently receive unemployment benefits. The 13-week extension will be automatically available after your balance has expired.
For more info:
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• Another resource—As Child Abuse Prevention Month concludes, Mayor Baraja shared some important telephone numbers with parents
o 1-800-HELP-555 (NJ211 FOR HELP WITH HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES, COMMUNITY RESOURCES)
o 1-800-843-5437 (NJ FAMILY HELPLINE IF YOU’RE FEELING STRESSED OUT)
o You can also visit: WWW.PREVENTCHILDABUSENJ.ORG
• Info about State prisons (see email)
• Reminder: 2020 Census
o Until we are fully counted, Mayor Baraka will remind everyone how important it is. Please complete the Census today so that we can get the funds we need to help us in times like this!
o You can complete the paper form that was mailed to you, submit it online, or call on the phone.
o Visit www.2020census.gov for more info or to get counted in less than 10 minutes.
Mayor Baraka opposes the opening of State and County Parks. He spoke with county officials to ensure that PPE equipment such as masks, will be provided in addition to the enforcement of social distancing. No sports activities will be encouraged except walking, running and jogging only. Mayor Baraka stated for residents not to enter parks if overcrowded and to notify the County Sherriff if persons are not adhering to social distancing policies.
• Reopen Newark
Mayor Baraka stated that a wide range of individuals from the community and business leaders will begin meeting on Monday to discuss a safe plan for re-opening Newark. This will include discussion as to how Newark will recover financially from this pandemic.
• New Normal
o Mayor Baraka continues to push for “Equitable Growth” for persons of color who have been institutionally disadvantage. He believes that this pandemic can be an opportunity to establish “equal footing” within our communities. All Americans should have access to quality: healthcare, education, housing, food.
o He also stated that he believes that the Earned Income Tax Credit should be expanded in addition to permanent monthly $1200 payments to individuals. As technology will now play an even greater role in society, Mayor Baraka believes that all students should have continued free access to the internet. Employees should have the ability to work from home; while “essential employees” should be eligible for special equipment and/or incentives.
• Shout outs
o St. James Community Corporation for donating clothes to our COVID positive shelter at a time when it’s really needed
o Newark Film Studios
o Ironbound Boxing
o Tune in tomorrow, we’ll have County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and County Health Officer Maya Lordo as guests