The Township of Nutley is providing an update to the community on several important matters, including:
- Additional known COVID-19 cases
- Reminder to properly dispose of gloves.
- State parks to re-open on Saturday
- Updates on Unemployment Assistance and Stimulus Payments
- Other updates
In addition, we remind residents to stay at home and to observe social distancing if you must go outside.
New Known Cases
The Township of Nutley announced an additional 5 new known cases of COVID-19, bringing the Township total known cases to 410 and 28 deaths.
The Board of Commissioners thoughts and prayers go out to all of the deceased and their families. Flags in Nutley and across the state have been lowered to half-staff in honor of all we have lost. No one will be forgotten.
The Nutley Health Department is working diligently to track any interactions the individuals who tested positive have had with residents, and they will ensure that anyone at risk of exposure is provided with all of the information necessary, including being tested themselves if appropriate.
Keep Nutley Clean and Safe – Properly Dispose of Gloves and Masks
The Township is once again receiving complaints about disposable gloves and masks being disposed on the sidewalk or street. Doing this not only is illegal and pollutes our town, but also puts our employees and neighbors at risk when they need to clean it up. Please respect our environment and our neighbors and properly dispose of PPE in the nearest garbage can.
Re-opening of Parks
Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order today that will reopen State parks at sunrise on Saturday, May 2nd and will allow for the reopening of golf courses and County parks, subject to the discretion of county governments. Parking will be capped at 50%. Playgrounds, pavilions, visitor centers and restrooms will remain closed. Picnics, organized activities, and team sports remain prohibited. Face covers are recommended when social distancing is difficult to maintain.
Unemployment Assistance Update
The Department of Labor will begin notifying recipients of the first round of federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Payments.
Visit covid19.nj.gov is you are self-employed, an independent contractor, or a gig worker for information on PUA benefits.
Stimulus Payment for SSI Recipients
If you receive Supplemental Security Income and have a child eligible for the $500 stimulus payment and have not filed a tax return, visit IRS.gov by May 5th and use the online non-filer portal to provide the necessary information and ensure you receive the additional payment this year.
Essex County Testing Facility
The Essex County testing site opened at Weequahic Park on Thursday, March 26, 2020 and is now open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am until further notice. They will be testing 600 people a day by appointment only.
Residents can register at www.EssexCOVID.org, or by calling the Essex County Office of Emergency Management COVID-19 Testing Call Center at 973-324-9950 if they do not have internet.
The call center will be open from 7am - 11pm.
Emotional Support Information
If you need emotional support or are feeling anxiety or worry due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can call the NJ Mental Health Cares number at 1-866-202-HELP (4357). It is staffed with a live mental health specialist 7 days a week, 8 am-8 pm.
Locally, the Nutley Family Service Bureau is accepting referrals and can be reached by calling 973-667-1884.
Department of Public Works
Parking meter enforcement is suspended until further notice. Please support our local businesses!
Health Department Message
Please make every attempt to check in on elderly and/or disabled neighbors. If you are aware of anyone that needs food and/or supplies, please contact the Department of Public Affairs at 973-284-4976.