Newark has its second death related to the coronavirus in as many days, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced today during a Facebook Live appearance.
"We've had a another Newark resident succumb to the coronavirus," Baraka said. "My administration and I send condolences to the family and friends and remain determined to help get us through this."
No further information about the victim was provided.
On Wednesday, Baraka announced the city's first coronavirus victim, a man in his early 40s with underlying health issues. No further information has been provided about that victim either.
The number of people in New Jersey felled by the coronavirus continues to grow with each day. Statewide, nine people have died while 742 have tested positive for the virus. Essex County has 63 positive cases, the third highest in the state after Bergen and Middlesex counties. As of today, Newark has 15 positive cases, up from 13 yesterday, according to Director of Health and Community Wellness Dr. Mark Wade.
"It's just points to how important it is for us to follow the directive that are being laid out by our mayor for our city so that we can keep ourselves safe," Wade said.
In an effort to slow the spread of the virus in Newark, Baraka on Wednesday signed an executive order imposing an 8 p.m. curfew and limiting business activity. Non-essential retail can no longer operate in the city while grocery stores, bodegas, pharmacies, gas stations, cell phone stores, laundromats, hotels auto mechanics, banks and check cashing outlets can remain open until 8 p.m. Restaurants can also remain open, but only for take out and delivery.
"I want to thank everyone who has been adhering to the 8 p.m. curfew and the executive order," Baraka said. "I also want to thank the first responders, our healthcare providers, the nurses and FQHCs, sanitation workers and all the folks who have to come to work and provide services to the city. They may be endangering their lives and the lives of their families. We thank you."
Watch the mayor's Facebook Live appearance.
Baraka said he drove down Broad Street today and saw many retail businesses that remained open in violation of his executive order. He said his staff forced the businesses to close.
While non-retail businesses, such as call centers and manufacturing facilities, can remain open, the mayor said employees should practice social distancing at the workplace.
The mayor encouraged residents to report violations of the executive order by calling 973-733-6000 or 973-733-4311.
The mayor said he is working with state and federal officials to provide relief to small businesses and more information would be forthcoming in the next few days.
The mayor also announced a number of supermarkets that are providing special hours for seniors to shop. See chart below: