SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Yesterday afternoon, Springfield Mayor Christopher Capodice rovided the latest update on COVID-19 cases in town, as well as other important pieces of information surrounding the pandemic.
As of yesterday's message, Springfield had 8 new cases of COVID-19, totaling 134 positive tests and 3 deaths. Union County had 457 new cases of COVID-19, and 9 new deaths, totaling 6,636 positive tests and 217 deaths. The State of New Jersey currently had 2,734 new cases of COVID-19 and 94 new deaths, bringing the state total number to 64,584 positive tests, and 2,443 COVID-19 related deaths.
Out of the 64,584 COVID-19 cases statewide:
7,604 people were hospitalized
1,914 of those were in critical condition
1,644 of those were on ventilators
658 people had been discharged
The Governor signed an executive order today mandating that phone and internet service providers cannot disconnect service for lack of payment. This order will be in effect until 30 days after the emergency crisis is over; also connection speed and quality of service cannot be downgraded during this time. If any phone or internet service was disconnected after March 16th for non-payment, it must be turned back on.
New Business Loans Available Today - The N.J. Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) begins accepting applications for its Small Business Emergency Assistance Loans today. The $10 million program will provide working capital loans of up to $100,000 to small and mid-size businesses. The application is posted here.
Coronavirus Small Business Survival Guide - The coronavirus is causing financial difficulties for businesses everywhere. Here is a complete listing of all of the coronavirus resources for small businesses. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
New Rules for Restaurants - Customers entering New Jersey restaurants and bars for takeout will be required to wear face coverings, according to an order by Gov. Phil Murphy. Face coverings also must be worn by workers. The order goes into effect today at 8 p.m.
According to the order, restaurants and bars must also:
Limit occupancy at 10% of the stated maximum capacity, wherever feasible, at one time;
Ensure six feet of distance between workers and customers, except at the moment of payment;
Arrange for contactless pay, pickup, and/or delivery options wherever feasible;
Require frequent sanitization of high-touch areas like credit card machines, keypads, and counters;
Place signage at entrances and throughout the business alerting staff and customers to the required six feet of physical distance. To see more information on the order, click here.
New Rules for Mass Transit - Operators of buses and trains must require employees and passengers to wear face coverings and “may” limit trains and buses to 50 percent capacity, according to an order by Gov. Murphy. The order went into effect yesterday at 8:00 p.m. To see more information on the order, click here.