MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Saturday morning, May 30, May Frank McGehee sent the community and update on various developments in town as well as those happening on a County and State level that have effect upon the town and many of our residents, including an opportunity to register after 2 pm today for COVID-19 testing IN Maplewood, as the Essex County FREE Mobile test site will be located in the community pool parking lot this coming Thursday, June 4. Residents wishing to be tested must register in advance to secure an appointment as they will not be in a position to handle drop-ins.

 Mayor McGehee's full message to the community follows:

Dear Community,

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On Wednesday, we lost our former Mayor, colleague and friend Gerard W. (Jerry) Ryan.  

Jerry served on the Maplewood Township Committee from 1992 to 2003 and again from 2009 to 2015. He was our 11th and youngest Mayor serving from 1998 to 2000.

Township Committeeperson and former Mayor Victor De Luca said it best.

“At 59 years of age, Jerry left us too early. Let us recognize all that he did while he was with us and offer our deepest thanks and appreciation to Gerard W. Ryan. May he Rest In Peace.”

Our prayers are with his wife Deborah Ryan and the entire Ryan family during this time.

TESTING

The Essex County Free Mobile Test site is coming to Maplewood on June 4th.  

The location site and date will be formally added at 2 PM to the www.essexcovid.org website for residents to enroll. The site will be limited to 225 appointments and located at our community pool parking lot.  Special thanks to Essex County Chief of Staff Philip Alagia and team.  Again, Maplewood will not be added as an option to the website until 2 PM.  Please register at www.essexcovid.org and 973-324-995.

Testing is also continuing at Weequahic Park for all Essex county residents. Test times are from 9 am to 12 noon and residents must arrive by car. You can also register at www.essexcovid.org 

PUBLIC HEALTH DIVISION UPDATE 

It saddens me to share that our community has lost its 25th member to COVID-19.  Dr. Godwin Molokwu. He was 59. A full obituary will follow.  Please keep the Molokwu family and all 24 other families who have lost loved ones due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in your prayers.

The Maplewood Public Health Division numbers for the period of Friday 5/22 through Friday 5/29 are as follows:

Total Cases: 295 (+16) Age range of new cases: 17 to 90. The 17 yo was confirmed Friday. 

Probable Cases: 6 (+2)

Total Deaths: 25 (+1) 

Total recovered cases: 195 (+14)

NJ Statewide confirmed cases: 158,844 (+7,372)

Essex County confirmed cases: 17,546 (+640) (3rd highest county in NJ) 

Essex County confirmed deaths: 1,647 (+71) (highest county in NJ) 

The Maplewood COVID-19 website https://www.twp.maplewood.nj.us/covid19 

For COVID-19 questions, please call 2-1-1 or our Public Health Division at (973) 762-8120.

PARKS 

FACIAL COVERINGS REQUIRED IN MAPLEWOOD PARKS

Individuals within the Township of Maplewood's parks are required to have face coverings and practice social distancing and use face coverings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.  We are healthier together by staying apart. 

GOVERNMENT 

DCA Short-Term Rental Assistance Program 

A Short-Term Rental Assistance Program to serve very low income and homeless or at risk of homelessness with up to 12 months of rental assistance will launch on June 15.

Households will be selected by the DCA through the Coordinated Entry process in each county’s Homeless Management Information System. 

Additional funding will be administered by an online lottery. When the lottery is opened, households may submit applications.  Applicants selected through the lottery will be eligible to receive up to six months of short-term rental assistance. 

Households may qualify for the lottery based on the following standards: 

  • Eligibility Requirements
  • New Jersey residency
  • Income
  • Current in rental payments as of March 1, 2020.

DCA will provide the centralized application intake, eligibility review, and payment directly to participants’ landlords.

Please visit the COVID-19 Short Term Rental Assistance Program website: https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/shorttermrap.html for more details.

New Jersey launches a contact tracing program 

The tracing program which is a full time commitment has launched. People will be scheduled 7 days a week between 8am-8pm, but not to exceed 35 hours per week. To learn more about contact tracing, you can complete this free training which will be required for all contact tracers and please register at https://covid19.nj.gov/forms/tracer to be notified when opportunities become available

COMMUNITY

Food Distribution

The next Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event Will be on Thursday, June 4th at Essex County Codey Arena At 10 AM at 560 Northfield Ave. in West Orange. 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed. Please come rain or shine.

Online Grocery Shopping for SNAP Recipients

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants are now able to use their benefits to order groceries online.  Online shopping is available through Amazon and participating Walmarts, ShopRites and The Fresh Grocers. Visit njhelps.org to learn more and apply for food assistance and other benefits.

Mayor Frank