MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The following is an update from Mayor Frank McGehee regarding COVID-19 in the Township: 


Good Evening,                                                                                                                     

I am very sad to inform the community that we have lost another two members today due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. A 57-year and a 77-year old. My colleagues and I are praying for all the families. 

The Maplewood Public Health Division had a total of 8 more cases bringing our total COVID-19 coronavirus cases to 227 including today's 2 tragic losses and our 16 previously reported deaths. The new cases range from 35 to 98 years of age. 

We are still at 72 fully recovered cases and a 48% positive test rate with 227 positive cases and 244 negative cases.

As of today, the NJ Department of Health has reported 99,989 confirmed cases in the state of New Jersey which includes 11,811 in Essex County.

Please, if you have received a positive confirmed diagnosis from your healthcare provider but have not heard from our Public Health Division in 24 hours, call the Public Health Division at (973) 762-8120.

The Public Health Division continues to investigate and works to obtain the recent contact history for all cases, including contacting anyone who has potentially been exposed.

COVID-19 resources:

Maplewood COVID-19 website:

General COVID-19 Questions: 2-1-1 (24/7)

Medical COVID-19 Questions: 1-800-962-1253(24/7)

If you are interested in state aggregate data regarding hospitalization, age, gender, and race, please go to Look to the right side of the page and click the date under “daily case summary updates.”

Special COVID-19 episode on SOMAtv:

In this SOMAtv episode of Meet the Mayor, Our Health Officer Candice Davenport covers several issues and questions related to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.    

Face | Covering Recommendations from our Essex County Health Officer

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about six feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Maya Lordo, M.S.,MCHES, REHS, H.O.

Health Officer, Essex County Health Department

How To Safely Remove Disposable Gloves: Thank you to Maplewood and Golf Island resident AND South Orange Rescue Squad member Kristen McEntire Ryan for this PSA on how to safely remove disposable gloves. Kristen, on behalf of all the residents of Maplewood and South Orange, thank you for your service to our community!

 NJ Unemployment Web Portal: The Department of Labor created a new web portal that allows New Jersey residents to contact the Department of Labor directly. This is a helpful tool for residents who have questions about their applications. To submit a message, residents must go to www.myunemployment.nj.govand follow the instructions below:

Emergency Food Distribution Tuesday April 28th: Essex County and The Community Food Bank of New Jersey hold an emergency food distribution on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10 AM at Essex County Branch Brook Park at Cherry Blossom Welcome Center in  Newark. Please Visit the CFBNJ website for more information:


Mayor Frank