Today we welcome new President Joseph R Biden who was inaugurated as our 46th President and new Vice President Kamala Harris, our first woman and first person of color in this role. It is a historic day! We wish our new President, Vice President, and the new incoming administration well as we come together united as Americans. God Bless America!

NPCOVID19 REPORT:

We have 6 new Covid-19 cases in our community reported to us from the Board of Health, and 3 newly recovered.

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Our current total active cases in New Providence is 34 non-LTC cases and 0 LTC cases.

Here is a breakdown of our current cases:

- 6 New Adult non-LTC Case

- 0 New Child Case:

- 3 New Recovered

- 34 Total Active Cases:

           - 34 non-LTC

           - 0 LTC

New Providence has had a total of 341 positive COVID-19 cases since October 1st:

October - 12 Cases

November- 99 Cases 

December - 150 Cases

January (1st - 20th) - 80 Cases

We wish all a speedy recovery! Please keep our lost, afflicted, their families, all of our dedicated first responders, emergency management, medical personnel, and essential workers in your thoughts and prayers. 

NJ VACCINE CALL CENTER TO OPEN MONDAY JAN 25th

New Jersey officials will launch a call center next week to assist people without a computer in making an appointment to receive a coronavirus vaccine. Live agents will staff the center — which can be reached at 855-568-0545 when it opens for business on Monday, January 25, 2021. Currently, New Jerseyans are asked use an online portal at https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/ to register to get a vaccine. When the user is eligible, they should receive an email from the state with a link to choose a vaccination location and set an appointment.

We will continue to keep you updated as we receive confirmed information.

For more NPCOVID19 information please visit and reference the following Borough website sub-pages with COVID-19 information:

* Case Statistics:                                                      https://www.newprov.org/case-statistics/

*NPCOVID19 case statistics: chart: https://www.newprov.org/download/Board%20of%20Health/coronavirus_information/Coronavirus-Cases.pdf

*         Vaccination Information:                                         https://www.newprov.org/covid-19-vaccination-information/

*         Covid-19 Websites and Resources: https://www.newprov.org/information-and-resources/           

*         Press Releases & Updates:                                      https://www.newprov.org/press-releases/

*         Testing Sites:                                                              https://www.newprov.org/testing-sites/

*         Covid-19 Videos:                                                      https://www.newprov.org/covid-19-videos/

*         Covid-19 Mental Health Resources: https://www.newprov.org/covid-19-mental-health-resources/

*         Mayor & Council Covid-19 Updates: https://www.newprov.org/mayor-and-council-updates/

CLOSE CONTACT:

You are considered a close contact if you have been within six feet of someone with a positive test result for more than 10 minutes at least two days before their positive test if you didn’t have any symptoms, or two days before your first symptom appeared

CDC SAFETY PROTOCOLS:

Please be diligent and continue to follow all CDC safety protocols outlined here:  

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

CDC UPDATE:

CDC Expands Negative Test Requirements to all Air Passengers Entering the US:

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0112-negative-covid-19-air-passengers.html?fbclid=IwAR1EqiLCCmQhWJMLXVWTcjfecWxaHuV0eQaDPiLnFOUFFpYnw-7EySCYpvo

SUPPORT SERVICES:

Support Services are available in Union County for residents who are experiencing anxiety or stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic:

https://ucnj.org/press-releases/public-info/2020/03/18/support-available-during-covid-19-outbreak/

NJ's Mobile Response services provide real-time emergency counseling 24/7:  1-877-652-7624 

If your child is in crisis, please call to talk to a professional anytime.

CDC Managing Stress and Anxiety: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html

It’s OK to Not Feel OK video: 

The NJ Department of Human Services toll free “warm line”- (877) 294-HELP (4357) - is a resource for people seeking mental health service. The warm line is available 24 hours and has operators in multiple languages. 

SUPPORT LOCAL - SHOP NP

During these unprecedented times, our local small businesses have suffered so much and need us now more than ever. Our local businesses are the heart of our community and have consistently contributed generously to our many local organizations, youth programs, and community events and activities over the years. They really need us now to help them. Please support our local businesses by keeping it local and SHOP NEW PROVIDENCE.

HOW YOU CAN HELP IN OUR COMMUNITY

Let us continue to follow Martin Luther King’s example of service and love by continuing to help and serve our community especially during these pandemic times with so many in need. Even the smallest amount, gesture, show of support, or few moments of your time or resource can make a world of difference to someone and to our community. During these pandemic times, so many of our friends and neighbors were very deeply impacted. So much help is needed! Please help out friends and neighbors in need by offering to pick up/drop off essentials, bring trash and recycling receptacles to/from the street, help shovel walks during inclement weather, assist with on-line ordering, etc. Please check in on each other, especially on our seniors and our most vulnerable. A phone call or message goes a long way in helping feel connected. Please also support and shop locally to help support small businesses that have always generously supported us. If you are able and would like to contribute, here are some of the many places and ways that can directly benefit our community. There are many others! Please help wherever, whenever, and however you can. Thank you for your generosity and Pioneer Spirit! We will get through this together! PIONEER STRONG!

WHERE TO DONATE:

CSA – Community Service Association of New Providence

www.csanewprovidence.org

Donations to the CSA are used solely to help our fellow New Providence residents during their time of financial need. CSA is an independent 501(c)(3) organization. Donations of ANY AMOUNT can be sent via PayPal to csanewprovidence@gmail.com or by check to: 

Community Service Association of New Providence

c/o NP Borough Hall

360 Elkwood Avenue

New Providence, NJ 07974

*If you are in need of assistance from the CSA, please leave a message at (908) 665-8254. Calls are answered by a case worker and are always kept completely confidential

NEW PROVIDENCE LIONS

https://www.nplions.org/members/donation.php

Donations are 100% used to help local causes and people in need. The Lions are also always looking for new members and for volunteers.

FLAG – Front Line Appreciation Group:

http://npedfoundation.org/flag/

FLAG is an organization dedicated to helping feed our committed front line health care workers while also supporting our local restaurants. The NPEF teamed with FLAG of New Providence to facilitate all donations that will be used to place orders at NP restaurants and delivered to our front line workers and volunteers fighting COVID-19. Donations of ANY AMOUNT can be made via credit card or PayPal using the button on their website page or Venmo: @NP-EdFoundation. Please donate what you can to support both the local businesses you love and our healthcare workers and first responders who are tirelessly fighting to keep us all safe.

Our Lady of Peace Church (OLP): 

https://olpnp.com/food-pantry/

(908) 464-7600

OLP FOOD PANTRY

Food donations can be dropped off at the OLP Rectory Monday to Friday between 8am to 6pm. The following is in great demand: pasta, mac & cheese, instant potatoes, canned meats, jelly and canned fruit, Hamburger Helper, Chef Boyardee, and Stove Top stuffing. Also most needed is soups, canned vegetables, beans, canned fruit, peanut butter, jelly, tuna fish cans, boxes of pasta, pasta sauce, rice, cereal, shelf stable milk, and all varieties of baby food and cereal.  Also accepted: full size shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, disposable razors, women’s hygiene products, and disposable diapers (especially sizes 3,4,5, and 6). To contribute, volunteer or to find out more information, please contact OLP (908) 464-7600.

OLP SANDWICH DRIVE

Mondays between 1pm-2pm, at OLP Church, 111 South Street, New Providence. Staples needed are sandwiches (see below for details), sandwich supplies, fresh fruit: apples, oranges and bananas, as well as healthy snacks for the lunch bags. For more information please call or text Mike Savage at (908) 400-6885.

For Sandwich Donations here is what is recommended as a guide. Any amount is accepted!

1-2 loaves of sandwich bread

1-3 lbs of lunchmeat (ham, bologna, turkey)

1 lb of cheese

No condiments!

Put each sandwich whole (do not cut in half) into an individual plastic sandwich bag and put it back in the bread bag. Please mark the bag with the ingredients AND the number of sandwiches in the bag.  

*Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches are also accepted!

*If you would like to help bag and make sandwiches, please arrive at OLP anytime between 1pm-2pm on Mondays

MORE WAYS TO HELP:

SHOP NP!

During these unprecedented times, our local small businesses have suffered and need us now more than ever. Our local businesses are the heart of our community and have contributed generously to many of our local organizations, youth programs, and community events and activities. They really need us now to help them! Please support our local businesses and SHOP NEW PROVIDENCE! When shopping in NP, maybe take a photo to share and promote the establishment. Comment, like, and share local small businesses and organizations social media posts and promotions. Recommend our local establishments to friends and neighbors, and on social media. Most importantly, keep it local and SHOP NP!

New Providence, Our Community For All – NPOCFA

(732) 535-8441 or email NewProvidenceOCFA@gmail.com

NPOCFA is a volunteer run and supported organization. This service is for our seniors and most vulnerable. To help or volunteer to shop for others please email the volunteer coordinator at chanda_belle@hotmail.com or call (908)451-3331.

LIFT SPIRITS! (Fun to do with the kids!)

Giving someone a call, sending a text or email, video chat, dropping off or sending a card, note, picture, or small token gesture goes a long way in helping us feel connected, especially our seniors and most vulnerable. Here are some more ideas to help lift spirits in our community:

LIGHT UP NP (Fun to do with the kids!)

Help Us Light Up New Providence! We would like to light up our nights in our community until this crisis is over. If you would like to participate, please put lights in your windows or outdoors to show support and solidarity with our community for our afflicted, our lost, and their families, for all of our first responders, our emergency management team, and all of essential workers in the fight against COVID-19 until this crisis is over. You can use holiday lights or just a battery-candle in the window.

CHALK YOUR WALK (Fun to do with the kids!)

Help lift morale and brighten our days by creating chalk pictures and messages on your walk and driveway areas. 

DECORATE YOUR WINDOWS (Fun to do with the kids!)

With the holidays behind us, and many festive decorations packed away, maybe consider decorating your windows which can bring so much joy to passers by!

These are just a few great ideas. We are all in this together and together we will get through this! Pioneer Strong!

-Mayor Al Morgan