BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - As of Tuesday, April 14, Berkeley Heights has 110 reported cases; 55 active cases, 45 recovered and 10 deaths.

Visit the Berkeley Heights Township website for Coronavirus updates and resources. 

The Township has posted the following summary State Senators Cryan, Scutari and Kean call to update mayors on Monday's legislation session:

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Senator Joe Cryan informed everyone of the bills passed in both houses that will be signed by the Governor.

  • An Emergency Rental Assistance Bill was passed allowing for up to $1500 in rental assistance to be disbursed.
  • There was an expansion of the Work First Program.
  • Ratified State Tax filing deadline that was extended until July 15th
  • Ratified allowing for forbearance of rent and mortgages for 3 months.
  • Ratified moving Primary Elections to July 7th
  • Delay on mandatory retirement age which assists governmental units fearful of losing public safety workers due to mandatory retirement age.
  • 180-day school year will be covered by virtual learning.
  • Civil immunity for health professionals so that they can assist during this COVID-19 crisis.
  • Students in health fields can assist
  • Retired professionals can come out of retirement
  • Those with unrelated specialties can also assist

            *** these individuals are protected should a mistake occur

  • There will be NO property tax extensions – the May 1st deadline remains the same.

Senator Nick Scutari clarified and added to the passed legislation list:

  • The civil immunity for health professionals applied only for THIS emergency as related to COVID-19 and not applicable during other emergency declarations.
  • There was also a prohibition on non-renewal of insurance, also only specifically applicable during this COVID-19 emergency.
  • Remote Notaries will be allowed for certain documentation with video and electronic assistance to ensure verification of those persons seeking notary services.
  • A bill was also passed permitting professional licensing boards to renew licenses – mostly applies to doctors and nurses.
  • A bill allowing permit extensions to run through the duration of the COVID-19 emergency plus 6 months.
  • There was also a bill passed stating that hospitals are to report COVID-19 data for future analysis.

Additionally:

  • NJ Department of Labor will give guidance on Wednesday’s call. 
  • Long-term care facility numbers - there are 24 facilities in Union County with positive cases.

By the Numbers

  • NJ - 4,059 new cases; 68,824 total
  • NJ - 365 new deaths; 2,808 total
  • Union County - 633 new cases; 7,265 total cases
  • Union County - 21 new deaths; 238 total deaths
  • Berkeley Heights - 55 active cases, 34 of those in long-term care facilities; 55 closed cases (45 recovered + 10 deaths) = total of 110 cases to date 

COBOL Volunteers are needed by the state of New Jersey. Anyone interested in volunteering should do so through the following link: https://forms.business.nj.gov/tech/

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Call in number for Union County Residents Only for testing site appointments at Kean University: 908-214-7107.