It is a very happy Monday for us here in New Providence. We are so happy to report zero new cases today (and over the weekend), zero new deaths (today and over the weekend), and, 11 newly recovered cases as of today! This is such encouraging and great news! 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 are getting through this! We will continue to keep you updated as we receive confirmed information.
The Governor has signed a few new executive orders which should help make this warmer weather more enjoyable and ease us closer to normalcy. Please continue to follow all of our protocols, especially social distancing, to help keep everyone safe, and so that we may continue to slowly open everything up safely. Our return to normalcy may not be too far off if we continue to exercise good judgment and take personal responsibility.
Beaches, Boardwalks, Lakes, and Lakeshores:
Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 143, allowing beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores to remain open with social distancing measures in place. This Order takes effect this Friday, May 22nd. https://is.gd/vHCgNV
Charter Fishing and Boat Rentals:
Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 146, which allows charter fishing services and for-hire vessel activities, as well as watercraft rental businesses, to open with required social distancing measures. https://is.gd/e7aGPQ
The Governor has also announced the reopening of the following effective Friday, May 22nd 6am:
- Driving Ranges
- Golf Foursomes
- Batting Cages
- Shooting and Archery Ranges
- Horseback Riding
- Private Tennis Clubs
- Community Gardens
Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 145, allowing elective surgeries and invasive procedures, both medical and dental, to resume on Tuesday, May 26th. These procedures will resume according to policies that will be issued by the New Jersey Department of Health and the Division of Consumer Affairs. This order rescinds the suspension of all elective surgeries and invasive procedures performed on adults, which was instituted beginning on March 27th under Executive Order No. 109 to preserve essential equipment and health care system capacity to respond to COVID-19. https://is.gd/vQeDV3
Vote-By-Mail (VBM)Ballots and Applications for Primary Election:
In an effort to protect all New Jersey voters from the spread of COVID-19, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 144 to create a modified vote-by-mail election for the July 7th Primary. The order requires that each county’s elections officials send vote-by-mail ballots to all registered Democratic and Republican voters and send VBM ballot applications to unaffiliated and inactive voters. All VBM ballots and VBM ballot applications will come with pre-paid postage. The order also requires opening a minimum of at least one polling place in each municipality, and provided that there are enough poll workers, a minimum of 50 percent of polling places in each county to provide New Jersey voters who may need access to in-person voting opportunities. Polling locations will be required to follow public health standards including ensuring six feet of distance, requiring poll workers to wear face coverings and gloves, frequent sanitization of high-touch areas, and providing sanitization materials to all individuals at a polling place. We will let you know more information once we receive it. https://is.gd/5kuxoi
Union County COVID-19 Test Centers:
Beginning today, Monday, May 18th, the Union County Covid-19 Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University will be available to all Union County residents who wish to be tested, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms. The Test Center, which offers free testing, is also available to all first responders and frontline health workers who are asymptomatic and who work in Union County, regardless of their residence. The testing site will remain committed to testing all first responders and frontline health workers who have symptoms and a prescription from a doctor as long as they live or work in New Jersey. Asymptomatic Union County residents, first responders, and frontline health workers who work in Union County who wish to be tested can make an appointment by logging onto the Union County website at www.ucnj.org and clicking on the COVID-19 Scheduling link.
The hotline will still be available to residents without internet and to first responders and front-line health workers who are experiencing symptoms of the virus. Please call 908-214-7107 or 908-373-5105 to be triaged and scheduled for a test.
For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance for the Test Center, visit ucnj.org/coronavirus-update
For general information about COVID-19 and phone contacts for 24/7, assistance with questions, visit the New Jersey Department of Health at http://nj.gov/health. https://is.gd/KKkr9O
EMS Appreciation Week:
This week is EMS Appreciation Week. We are so thankful and grateful
for the commitment, courage, bravery, and compassion of our New Providence EMS members. Not only this week, but every day, especially during these unprecedented times, we celebrate them!Thank you for your invaluable good service to our community!
Please stay strong, be safe, and keep positive. We are one day closer to normalcy. We will get through this together. Pioneer Strong!
-Mayor Al Morgan
New Providence COVID-19 Updates:
147 Total Cases
Long Term Care (LTC):
These cases are included in the above NP reporting totals
Lantern Hill Independent Living:
9 Positive Cases
Lantern Hill LTC:
17 Positive Cases
Spring Grove LTC:
42 Positive Cases
Total LTC Cases: 68
Total LTC Deaths: 20
Total NP Cases w/o LTC: 79
Total NP Recovered w/o LTC: 57
Current NP Active Cases w/o LTC: 16
Total NP Deaths w/o LTC: 6
0 New Cases
0 New Deaths