NUTLEY, NJ - The local Office of Emergency Management reports that the number of confirmed cases in the township rose to 53. There were 11 new confirmed cases reported since yesterday. The Nutley cases range in age from 20 to 90. They also reported the second death in the township related to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
During today's daily briefing, NJ Governor Phil Murphy said he anticipates that the coronavirus pandemic will "bleed meaningfully into May." Murphy also announced that 27 New Jerseyans passed away in the last day from the coronavirus bringing the total loss of life to 108 with statewide. And 1,982 individuals have also tested positive, bringing the total to 8,825 residents having contracted the illness, he said.
Murphy reported that three "field hospital" locations are being established, at the Meadowlands Expositions Center in Secaucus, New Jersey Convention Center in Edison, and the Atlantic City Convention Center to help meet the need as existing hospitals become overwhelmed with patients. The Meadowands site is anticipated to open first as early as April 4 and will serve as a general hospital. The location in Edison will serve as a "COVID-only" hospital.
Locally, the pandemic has changed the nature of the Nutley Public Schools district. Earlier today, Nutley Superintendent of Schools Dr. Julie Glazer announced that all children residing in Nutley are eligible for free breakfast and lunch. Distribution will be at Nutley Family Service Bureau's Annex Building at 169 Chestnut St. Distribution will be on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays. Nutley Public Schools will remain closed until at least April 10.
In the March 27 OEM alert, it was reported that "the Township has observed groups continuing to use ball fields for sports. This creates opportunities for the coronavirus to spread and endangers the health and safety of the community. As a result, the Township has closed all ball fields effective immediately. Parks will remain open for walking and exercise."
OEM Coordinator Lt. William Cassidy included a statement of gratitude in today's alert, it reads:
Thank you to Dr. Julie Glazer and the District for your generous donation of disinfectants, wipes, gloves and spray bottles to the Office of Emergency Management. Thank you also to Mr. Michael Parigi for delivering all of the supplies. As a result, we were able to supply all first responders (Police, Fire, and EMS) with much-needed supplies to disinfect their vehicles and work spaces in order to reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19. The gloves that were donated will be worn by Nutley’s first responders as they respond to medical calls. It is imperative that first responders stay healthy so they can continue to respond to help the residents of Nutley.
The full OEM Alert is published in the Official Notices section of TAPinto Nutley, link below.
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has put a great strain on the volunteers at the Nutley Volunteer and Emergency Rescue Squad, TAPinto Nutley will be sharing details about how residents can help the men and women who are there for us when we need help most.
TAPinto Nutley will also be sharing details about how residents can help those in need, including our seniors. Details about the "most needed" items at Nutley Family Service Bureau will be shared this weekend as well.
Keep up with all Coronavirus news in TAPinto Nutley's Health and Wellness section.
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