LIVINGSTON, NJ — After ShopRite of Livingston announced on Wednesday that it is now offering “seniors only” shopping from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. as well as delivery services through ShopRite from Home, the Township of Livingston also announced that transportation resources for grocery shopping and medical appointments are now available through Livingston’s Senior, Youth & Leisure Services (SYLS) in partnership with Essex County.

Seniors can coordinate transportation both to and from either ShopRite or Kings Food Market between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays by calling the SYLS office at (973) 535-7925. Until March 30, callers should not dial Livingston’s regular Senior Transportation number, as the program has been temporarily suspended along with all other township events, programs and activities. Residents must call before 2 p.m. to request transportation for the following day.

“I know there are many wonderful people in town who have volunteered to shop for our seniors,” said Livingston Mayor Rudy Fernandez. “If you reach out [to any township council member] with the name, phone number and Email address of anyone wishing to volunteer, we will forward that information to our SYLS Department to match them with a senior.”

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Residents can also request help for any senior resident of Livingston who has limited ability in obtaining groceries or essential supplies, contact township social worker Ana Millan at 973-535-7961 ext. 231 or amillan@livingstonnj.org.

In the week since the Livingston Public Schools district announced that it would be implementing its newly developed remote learning program, several individuals, organizations and businesses like ShopRite have come up with creative ways to give back to the community during this unprecedented time of crisis.

“It’s definitely not surprising to hear about all of these residents who are stepping up,” said Fernandez. “Livingston is a community that always comes together no matter what in times of need—whether it was during Hurricane Sandy or other things that have affected our community. We expect nothing less, and we appreciate the businesses that are stepping up and assisting others and the volunteer organizations and individuals throughout the entire community that are doing the same.” 

CLICK HERE to read more about things community members are currently doing to assist others in need.

As of Friday night, there have been 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 discovered among Livingston residents, according to the Livingston Health Department (LHD).

The Township of Livingston continues to urge all residents to practice social distancing by:

  • Avoiding non-essential travel, public events, community gatherings and indoor venues;
  • Keeping at least six feet between each other in all public places;
  • Avoiding close contact, including handshakes and hugging; and
  • Limiting in-person meetings and gatherings.

The township also strongly encouraged those with underlying health conditions, pregnant women and the elderly to stay at home.

Likewise, any person experiencing any illness or symptoms, including fever, coughing or respiratory distress should contact their doctor or medical provider by phone to learn the proper way to report for examination, diagnosis and treatment, and to self-quarantine until such time as he or she can be diagnosed by medical professionals.

According to the LHD, testing for COVID-19 may be available through primary healthcare providers “if they determine that testing is warranted based on symptoms and examination.” Healthcare providers should be able to review any patient’s specific symptoms and make the clinical decision as to whether to order the test.

Residents of Livingston should be advised that the LHD does not have test kits, does not do the testing and does not provide primary care.

Based upon New Jersey Department of Health guidance, individuals with no symptoms are not recommended to be tested. Individuals with mild symptoms should stay home if they are sick and follow the guidance of their health care provider.

Residents should also contact a doctor if they have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website for an up to date list of countries most affected by COVID19.

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