NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - We have three new cases today to report but thankfully no new deaths. Please continue to keep our lost, afflicted, and their families in your thoughts and prayers. Please also continue to keep a light in your window to help light up our nights in support, remembrance, and in solidarity in our fight against COVID-19. We will continue to keep you updated as we receive confirmed information. Please continue to follow all safety protocols and practice social distancing.

157 Total Cases
  57  Recovered
  26  Deaths

Long Term Care (LTC) cases are included in the above NP reporting totals:

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Lantern Hill Independent Living:
9 Positive Cases
3 Deaths

Lantern Hill LTC:
17 Positive Cases
  9 Deaths



Spring Grove LTC:
46 Positive Cases
   8 Deaths

Total LTC Cases: 72
Total LTC Deaths: 20

Total NP Cases w/o LTC: 85
Total NP Recovered w/o LTC: 57
Current NP Active Cases w/o LTC: 19
Total NP Deaths w/o LTC: 6



Today:
3 New Cases (0 LTC and 3 non-LTC)
0 New Deaths

The Governor is slowly opening up more and more, but it is important to still take precautions and follow all of the safety mandates. Today the Governor announced the following re-openings with health and safety safeguards. More information and details will be forthcoming when we receive them:

June 15th: Child care centers can reopen with restrictions

June 22nd: Non-contact organized sports activities can restart with restrictions

July 6th: Youth day camps, including municipal summer rec programs, can begin with restrictions

Here is the Governor’s roadmap plan: http://d31hzlhk6di2h5.cloudfront.net/20200427/db/2d/77/6c/2a8a498ff2edda855c3f456d/The_Road_Back_-_Restoring_Economic_Health_Through_Public_Health.pdf

The Governor also announced today a short term rental assistance program. The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will administer an online lottery. When the lottery is opened, households may submit applications and participants will be selected from the overall pool of applicants through a randomized process based on eligibility and the lottery criteria. Applicants selected through the lottery will be eligible to receive up to six months of short-term rental assistance. Households may qualify for the lottery based on the below standards:

Eligibility Requirements
1. Must be a New Jersey resident.
2. Maximum income up to 80 percent of area median income (AMI).
3. Must have been current in their rental payments as of March 1, 2020.
4. Must be able to provide proof of impact of COVID-19 beginning on March 9, 2020 when Governor Murphy declared the state of emergency.
5. Layoff;
6. Reduced work hours;
7. Unpaid leave to take care of children due to school and daycare closures; and/or need to self-quarantine for 14 days resulted in a loss of income.

The COVID-19 Short Term Rental Assistance Program website will launch on June 15th. For more information please visit www.nj.gov/dca.

Annual Sapling Giveaway Returns June 6th:
Sustainable New Providence is pleased to announce the continuation of their annual tree giveaway. Free bareroot saplings provided by the NJ Forest Service will be available for pickup on Saturday June 6th from 9 am – Noon. The pickup location is the New Providence Memorial Library staff parking lot. NP Residents only please. Strict social distancing protocols will be in place. All participants must wear masks and one resident at a time will be allowed into the parking lot for tree selection. Those waiting their turn should line up on the Elkwood Ave sidewalk at 6′ distances going toward the American Legion building. There will be many flowering tree species this year, so don’t miss your chance to beautify your landscape for years to come. https://is.gd/wzw1kS

We would like to thank our Union County Freeholders for giving us over 2000 masks today to distribute to our front line workers and our businesses that are re-opening. We are very grateful for this generous contribution.

Have a great weekend! Stay safe, be well, and stay strong. We are one day closer to normalcy. Pioneer Strong!
-Mayor Al Morgan