MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Township of Montclair Health Department reports that as of this Friday afternoon, the confirmed number of COVID-19 cases in Montclair is 50; 10 individuals did not survive the illness. All who passed away had underlying health conditions; nine were in long-term care facilities, according to officials.

On Thursday, they reported the confirmed number of COVID-19 cases in Montclair was 41; nine passed and eight were in long-term care facilities, indicating an overnight increase.

In less than a week, eight people from a long-term care facility in Montclair have died from coronavirus complications.

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One death at the facility includes the administrator, who died after testing positive.

The facility believes that a resident had been infected after a visitor brought the virus into the facility on March 7, a spokesperson for the facility announced. After staff observed that the visitor was coughing, the person was asked to leave. However, it was too late and now several people at the same Family of Care facility are infected.

All residents have been tested. The visitor also tested positive for COVID-19, according to the facility’s spokesperson Jonathon Mechaly. 

We contacted the facility after number have doubled in a few days, but no one would comment on record.

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Essex County has opened COVID-19 test site from 9am - 3pm:

  • The testing site is located in Weequahic Park in Newark.
  • The testing will be done by appointment only.
  • The testing is for Essex County residents only.
  • Appointments can be made on the Essex County COVID-19 testing website at:
  • The only entrance to the testing site will be at the intersection of Meeker Avenue and Empire Street, Newark NJ 07112.

A call center for any Essex COVID-19 Testing related questions has been established. 

Essex County will open a drive-through testing site for Essex County residents who are symptomatic with Covid-19. 100 tests will be administered on each testing day.

Next week the testing site will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with 150 tests to be administered on each testing day.

The testing site is for Essex County residents only; appointments are mandatory. Residents must arrive by car.

The screenings are being offered to Essex County residents only who are symptomatic of COVID-19. This means anyone wishing to be tested musty meet specific testing criteria, which includes a fever of at least 99.6 degrees and respiratory symptoms of shortness of breath. Appointments will be scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those who do not meet the criteria will not receive an appointment. If you are exhibiting severe symptoms, please contact your local health care provider or local health department for guidance.

To make an appointment residents can visit, where they will be required to complete a short online screening process before an appointment is scheduled. Residents will be asked several health-related questions and detail any symptoms they have related to the coronavirus COVID-19. Upon completion of the survey, they will be informed if they are eligible for the screening. If they are eligible, a confirmation number will be provided; residents must bring the confirmation number with them to their appointment.

If someone does not have internet access, they can register by calling the Essex County Office of Emergency Management at 973-324-9950. The call-in center will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. An operator will help them complete the initial survey and issue the confirmation number. Residents must bring the confirmation number with them to their appointment.

Tests are being offered free of charge to Essex County residents. Having health insurance is not a requirement. Follow-up contact will be made to assess the continuing health of the person who completed the screening.

Medical personnel from RWJBarnabas Health System, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, University Hospital, Hackensack Hospital, Essex County Hospital and nurses from public schools in Essex County are staffing the testing sites and call-in center. Security at the site is being provided by the Essex County Sheriff’s Office and Newark Police Department.

Essex County will continue to administer the virus screening as long as supplies of test kits, gowns, facial masks and gloves last.

Residents can help stop the spread of Novel Coronavirus by washing their hands frequently, using hand sanitizer after touching hard surfaces, staying home if they feel sick, practicing social distancing and avoiding spending any time in crowds of people. Residents are also reminded to adhere to restrictions enacted by Governor Phil Murphy, which include a curfew between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. and restrict their traveling unless it is absolutely necessary.



Three Die at Same Long-Term Care Facility in Montclair