May 12, 2020

Key Points from May 12, 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Daily Update

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• As of today, here are our numbers:

o Newark:

6,380 positive cases and yesterday we had 6,332; an increase of 48.

497 deaths and yesterday we had 491; 6 new deaths

o Essex County:

15,826 positive cases and 1,448 deaths

o New Jersey:

140,743 positive cases and 9,508 deaths

o More than 4 million cases around the world and 275,000 plus deaths

o In the United States, we are still the epicenter of COVID-19 cases with more than 1.3 million positive cases and more than 82,000 deaths

o For our neighboring towns:

 E. Orange- 1,690 cases and 156 deaths

 Irvington- 1,223 cases and 132 deaths

 Orange-  794 cases and 61 deaths

o Confirmed positive cases by zip code:

07102 – 230 cases

07103 – 728 cases

07104 – 1272 cases

07105 – 956 cases

07106 – 669 cases

07107 – 1034 cases

07108 – 534 cases

07112 – 513 cases

07114 – 256 cases

o Deaths by zip code:

07102 – 23 deaths

07103 – 94 deaths

07104 – 102 deaths

07105 – 33 deaths

07106 – 61 deaths

07107 – 60 deaths

07108 – 60 deaths

07112 – 46 deaths

07114 – 20 deaths

• Unemployment Insurance

Mayor Baraka stated that for those individuals still in need of Unemployment Insurance payments, please reach out to us as we’ve been trying on behalf of our residents. Contact Rahaman Muhammad at Newark Works (

• The People’s Bill

Mayor Baraka mentioned the People’s Bill, co-sponsored by Assemblywomen Timberlake and Speight along with other legislators, would allow both payment arrangements over time for renters and forbearances to homeowners amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mayor also explained that this bill goes beyond Gov. Murphy’s bill that included about 40 lending institutions.

• Emergency Rental Assistance

Mayor Baraka stated that the City of Newark will soon launch an Emergency Rental Assistance program that will provide $1,000 to low-income renter households to those who are in need.

• Reminder: Register for our “ReOpening: Our Resurgence from COVID-19”

o Tomorrow at 1:30PM we’re hosting a Virtual Town Hall to discuss the truth of what’s happening in our communities, as well as the mitigation strategies that are needed to save lives and improve the health of our communities and residents.

o Registration is still open – sign up through Eventbrite.

• Reminder: Testing for Newark Residents

o Residents can call to make an appointment at any one of three testing sites. The hours are 9AM to 3PM, Tuesday through Saturday.


Call 973-988-5511 for an appointment and you can drive through or walk-up. This site takes insurance only, including Medicare and Medicaid.

o Beginning Wednesday, May 13: CITYPLEX 12 located at 360-394 Springfield Ave is a drive through and walk-up site as well.

o Beginning Wednesday, May 13: 155 MT. PLEASANT AVE is a walk-up only site.

o For both Cityplex and Mt. Pleasant Ave, Newark residents can call 862-257-0718 or make an appointment online at SUNRISEDIAGNOSTICLAB.COM. Appointments can also be made via email at COVIDTESTING@SUNRISEGOC.COM. Insurance is not required at these sites and symptoms aren’t required.

o Testing at all of these sites are reserved for NEWARK RESIDENTS and available by appointment only. You MUST wear a face mask and gloves. Valid ID and proof of Newark residency are required at all sites.

• Reminder: 2020 Census

o Mayor Baraka urges residents to complete the Census; it’s incredibly important.

o Forms can be completed by phone, mail, or online at

• Shout outs, poem and blessings

Mayor acknowledged residents and read a poem entitled “Not So Long Ago Everything Was Perfect” by Solymar Cosme of  Rafael Hernandez Elementary School.