Dear Residents:

Earlier today, the state reported another 2,625 positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total to 71,030. The current total in Union County is 3,156. Fanwood has seen 43 confirmed cases and sadly, a fourth death.

The deceased was a 95-year-old woman with multiple underlying conditions residing at The Chelsea. Our sympathies go to her family and the entire Chelsea community. 

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As you know, pandemic-related closures are boosting unemployment claims, with 560,000 claims to date. Approximately 50% of the online claims have been processed, with unemployment funds showing up within 2-3 weeks of filing. This is normal. Up to 39 weeks of unemployment befits are available.
If you were receiving unemployment benefits prior to the emergency, and your benefits were anticipated to end in February or March, you are eligible for extended benefits, which should kick in automatically.

Supplemental unemployment checks, funded through the CARES Act, are expected to lag approximately one week behind your initial unemployment benefit check. These funds are based on your salary and can be as much as $600/week until July 31.  If you are self-employed you will qualify for CARES Act funds, however, you must first file an unemployment claim.  Upon denial of that claim, you will become eligible for CARES Act funding.  

Click here to download the Unemployment Claim Link and here for the Self-Employed CARES FAQs for details.
When applying for unemployment with the Department of Labor, it is very important that you read all the information, including the FAQ sheets, in order to file accurately and have your claim processed.

Stay well Fanwoodians!

Colleen Mahr
Mayor of Fanwood