NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Office of Emergency Management reported three new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus in the township bringing the total to 17. The confirmed cases in Nutley range in age from 20 to 80. 

In Essex County the number of confirmed cases as of Monday is 273. There have been three COVID-19 deaths in the county. Statewide there are 2,844 cases and 27 deaths to date. 

Essex County is expected to open drive-through testing facilities this Wednesday, March 25, 2020 that will be by appointment only. TAPinto Nutley will share additional details as they become available.

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COVID-19 has placed an extraordinary strain on the Nutley Volunteer Emergency and Rescue Squad (NVERS). Ordinary calls, like falls, become "haz-mat" situations as every patient must be considered infected. This is putting an extraordinary stress on the NVERS team. The squad is also running through their protective gear at an alarming rate.

Knowing that the NVERS crew is made up of primarily volunteers, two Nutley residents set up a meal train providing lunches and dinners for them. The meal train will continue through the end of April. 

In a nutshell, residents interested in participating in the meal train call a Nutley restaurant offering take-out or delivery, and place the order. Out of an abundance of caution, only meals prepared in commercial kitchens, (restaurants) will be accepted. To sign up for the meal train click here: NVERS Meal Train 

At the same time, the COVID-19 Coronavirus has hit Nutley Family Service Bureau's food pantry especially hard. The annual Scouting for Food Drive was to have taken place this past weekend, that event was expected to produce about 40,000 food items for the pantry. 

At the top of the "wish list" for the pantry list is protein sources, primarily peanut butter, canned tuna, and canned chicken. Clients love fruit, so jars of applesauce, especially no-sugar-added varieties, and canned fruit are appreciated. Canned fruit includes canned pineapple, as well as pears, apricots, apples, and other fruits. Boxed macaroni and cheese is always well-received, as is boxed cereal. Tomato products, jars of sauce and canned tomatoes, are always in demand because pasta is a major component of the bi-weekly grocery bags.

Donations for the food pantry can be left in the back of the 169 Chestnut St. "Thrift Shop" building, back in the olden days this was the Red Cross building. 

TAPinto Nutley will share more details about the Meal Train and how residents can help the NFSB food pantry, and NVERS, in the near future. 

Keep up with all Coronavirus news in TAPinto Nutley's Health and Wellness section. 

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