• Please remember that you can text the word COVID to the number 511-511 to receive daily updates on your cell phone.
2,163 positive cases
• Essex County:
6,069 positive cases
• New Jersey:
51,027 positive cases
• Mayor Baraka has been receiving questions about masks and what do people need to wear when leaving their homes. Cloth face covers – are what everyone should at least have.
If you have an actual mask then that’s even better but you have to have something covering your face.
Please take a look at the video that he made last Saturday showing how to make one out of fabric and rubberbands. Just remember to wash after each use so make a couple of them.
So to be clear, a CLOTH FACE COVER IS WHAT YOU NEED. You won’t be allowed in stores without a covering on your face – and some stores gloves. This will protect everyone from each other.
• Good news that we our food relief program continues and we are now able to serve our homeless residents at 224 Sussex with breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days per
week. So that’s 600 meals per day and 4200 per week.
• We are resuming giving out ShopRite gift cards (about $50 each to be able to serve more people). The requests and distribution will begin on Monday. The phone line will not work until Monday at 8am but you can call 973-733-5728 between the hours of 8am and 4pm. If you received before please don’t call -- allow other people the opportunity.
• Newark Public Schools will also serve breakfast and lunch at their 16 food service sites during Spring Break. The locations can be found on their website at www.nps.k12.nj.us/
• We’re thankful for all of the outreach for people willing to make donations and volunteer. If you’re out there and are able to give or know someone who can, the United Way of Greater Newark is accepting donations on our behalf.
o COVIDFUND to 50155
• If you haven’t filled out your Census form, do so today. $800 billion dollars gets expended and our portion is based on the population of our community so we need everyone to be counted.
The website is www.2020census.gov
The number to call for English is 844-330-2020.
Haitian Creole: 844-477-2020
• If lost job and are calling for unemployment, keep calling. Mayor Baraka said that the State is responding to a high call volume.
• If you’ve been laid off or staying at home due to children being out of school due to COVID-19, based on new laws you cannot be fired. Visit the Federal Department of Labor website for information to see about family and medical leave. There are 3 stimulus bills that have been passed that will help people like us.
• Additionally, federal stimulus checks are being made available to Americans.
• There are some people in the community who aren’t aware of what’s going on with Coronavirus so we are going to begin going out into neighborhoods passing out literature so we can stop this spread.
• Be Still Mondays will start on Monday where we are asking the businesses to shut down and for the entire city to be still. Why: Because in the majority of black and brown communities, our death rate for COVID-19 is higher than any other places in the country. If we continue business as usual those numbers will continue to grow.
• Be still on Mondays and allow the doctors and nurses to do their job.
• Mayor Baraka said we need everybody to be ambassadors for this messages. Every language, every nationality, every shade every hue, every religion – share the message in the language and hue that you know how. How to make masks, why should stay in house, why should practice social distancing, why should fill out the Census, etc.
• Reminder: Bulk and yard waste collection is cancelled in the entire city until further notice, since it’s a non-essential service. Regular household waste and recyclables collection will continue. If you have any questions, please call 973-733-3411.
• If you need to talk to someone and help is needed, or in an abusive environment, you should not go through this alone. Call 973-757-7377 from 9am-3pm, or 973-418-0735 for after hours calls.
• Poem: “Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature's laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet. Funny, it seems to by keeping it's dreams; it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.” ― Tupac Shakur, The Rose That Grew from Concrete
• Stay strong. Stay alive. Practice social distancing. Newark Strong. God bless you.