ESSEX COUNTY — 

 

ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO, FREEHOLDER PRESIDENT GILL

AND VICE PRESIDENT RICHARDSON ANNOUNCE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS

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(COVID-19) SCREENINGS WILL CONTINUE IN ESSEX COUNTY WEEQUAHIC PARK

 

Essex County, NJ – Three additional dates for coronavirus screenings in Newark's Weequahic Park have been scheduled for Monday, April 27, Wednesday, April 29, and Friday, May 1. Screenings are for Essex County residents only who are symptomatic of the Coronavirus and are by appointment only. They will be scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon; 600 tests will be available each day. Residents must arrive by car.

There are still a significant number of people who submitted a registration for an earlier testing date and were placed on a waiting list. Their information has been kept on file and those placed on the waiting list will be given an appointment to get tested at Weequahic Park in the order their registration was accepted. Residents will be provided with a confirmation number which they must bring with them to their appointment. New registrations will be accepted when the waiting list is exhausted.

The screenings are being offered to Essex County residents only who are symptomatic of COVID-19. This means anyone wishing to be tested must meet specific testing criteria, which includes a fever of at least 99.6 degrees and respiratory symptoms of shortness of breath. Appointments will be scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Those who do not meet the criteria were not given an appointment. If you are exhibiting severe symptoms, please contact your local health care provider or local health department for guidance.

Tests are being offered free of charge to Essex County residents. Having health insurance is not a requirement. Follow up contact will be made to assess the continuing health of the person who completed the screening.

Medical personnel from RWJBarnabas Health System, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, University Hospital, Hackensack Hospital, Essex County Hospital and nurses from public schools in Essex County are staffing the testing sites and call-in center. NJIT has provided personal protective equipment (face shields). Security at the site is being provided by the Essex County Sheriff’s Office and Newark Police Department.

Essex County will continue to administer the virus screening as long as supplies of test kits, gowns, facial masks and gloves last.

Residents can help stop the spread of novel coronavirus by washing their hands frequently, using hand sanitizer after touching hard surfaces, staying home if they feel sick, practicing social distancing and avoiding spending any time in crowds of people. Residents are also reminded to adhere to restrictions enacted by Governor Phil Murphy, which include a curfew between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. and restrict their traveling unless it is absolutely necessary.

Maplewood and South Orange each have a coronavirus information portal on their websites for local information.

 

Essex County Coronavirus Cases, Updated Sunday, April 26

Cumulative Confirmed COVID-19 Cases and Deaths

Essex County, NJ

Municipality

4/25/20 5pm

4/26/20 9am

Deaths 4/26/20 9am

Belleville

765

782

41

Bloomfield

764

776

43

Caldwell

90

91

6

Cedar Grove

269

270

52

East Orange

1318

1344

106

Essex Fells

18

18

1

Fairfield

101

106

8

Glen Ridge

31

35

7

Irvington

1044

1059

90

Livingston

373

379

46

Maplewood

239

248

19

Millburn

118

121

3

Montclair

334

339

31

Newark

4867

4999

345

North Caldwell

36

36

3

Nutley

387

391

28

Orange

645

661

47

Roseland

65

65

11

South Orange

81

83

2

Verona

98

98

11

West Caldwell

186

191

25

West Orange

839

852

99

Total

12668

12944

1024

Negative tests (County)

9899

10667

 

 

     

Statewide positive

 

105523

 

Statewide deaths

 

5863

 

  • Social distancing, hand hygiene, and other steps to prevent infection must be followed at all times in all municipalities regardless of the number of cases.
  • The number of infected individuals in any municipality is likely to be much greater than indicated as this data ONLY includes persons who have been tested and whose lab results have been reported in the State’s data system.
  • This data will not match any other report since cases are continually entering the system and local health departments may reassign place of residence as appropriate during their investigations.

 

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