NUTLEY, NJ - The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in the township rose to 22. Statewide there are 3,675 cases, and 44 deaths. These figures were reported by the Nutley Office of Emergency Management (OEM).

Readers should take note that these are known cases. In order to be a known confirmed case of COVID-19 coronavirus, a test must be confirmed. It is entirely possible that someone who has COVID-19 has not been tested, or they have ben tested and the results have not come back. For that reason the OEM reminds everyone of social distancing practices as well as regular hand washing. 

The pandemic has disrupted every aspect of life in the township. Today we learned that the annual rabies clinic scheduled for April has been canceled. A new date has not been set up, yet. TAPinto Nutley will follow up with the Nutley Department of Public Affairs and the Municipal Clerk's Office regarding details about dog and cat licensing and registration. 

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One of the hardest hit part of our community is the food bank at Nutley Family Service Bureau. Last weekend was to have been the annual Scouting for Food Drive. Today we reached out to NFSB to get an idea about what is most needed at this very moment. 

Canned soup is an item that the Nutley Family Service Bureau food pantry needs right now. Donors are reminded to look at the nutritional information label and pay particular attention to the sodium content,. Remembering milligrams is tough, so look at the sodium percentage instead, the lower the number the better. Many Nutley resident may be in shock at how high the percentage of sodium is in some brands of soup. Soup is in addition to the regular "wish list."

Also at the top of the "wish list" for the pantry list is protein sources, primarily peanut butter, canned tuna, and canned chicken. Clients love fruit, so jars of applesauce, especially no-sugar-added varieties, and canned fruit are appreciated. Canned fruit includes canned pineapple, as well as pears, apricots, apples, and other fruits. Boxed macaroni and cheese is always well-received, as is boxed cereal. Tomato products, jars of sauce and canned tomatoes, are always in demand because pasta is a major component of the bi-weekly grocery bags.

Donations for the food pantry can be left in the back of the 169 Chestnut St. "Thrift Shop" building, back in the olden days this was called "the Red Cross building." 

Related article: Township of Nutley COVID-19 Update March 24, 2020

Keep up with all Coronavirus news in TAPinto Nutley's Health and Wellness section. 

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