UNION, NJ – Union now has 880 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, according to township Business Administrator Don Travisano.  There are 6,636 cases in Union County and a total death toll of 217.  New Jersey is reporting 2,734 new positive cases, for a total of at least 64,584, with 2,443 reported deaths since March 4.

In his daily update, Travisano said Governor Phil Murphy and Superintendent of the State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved New Jersey’s request to use emergency, non-congregate sheltering for individuals impacted by COVID-19 that do not have the means or ability to isolate themselves.  FEMA’s approval allows State, county, and local entities to be reimbursed for providing housing at hotels or motels for certain vulnerable populations.

Travisano also said University Hospital and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, in partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in a compassionate use, investigational new drug (IND) program, just started infusing plasma from recovered COVIDー19 patients into sick patients.

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If you are recovering from COVID and can donate blood to potentially save a life, contact covidplasma@uhnj.org or 973-972-5474.

Travisano reminded residents that for the fastest, most efficient service the Labor Department recommends that you file online at myunemployment.nj.gov. Also recommended is that applicants read the department’s FAQs before filing a claim, to help ensure the application is filed correctly, which speeds processing time.