UNION, NJ – Deaths of Union residents from COVID-19 has reached 14, with 1,282 total positive cases in the township, according to Business Administrator Don Travisano. 

Statewide, as of 1:00 p.m. Monday, there have been 4,377 deaths reported, with 88,806 confirmed cases.  There are 9,972 cases in Union County, with a death toll of 387 in the county.  Township officials note these are state-supplied numbers and may include a lag in reporting.

According to Mayor Michele Delisfort’s daily update based her call with state, county and local officials, a federal aid package of up to $450 billion may be forthcoming. It would, among other things, provide additional cash for business loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a program that ran out of money last week. According to Delisfort, President Trump and leaders in Congress are expecting to strike a deal as soon as today with votes in Congress possibly coming this week.

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Delisfort reported layoffs of New Jersey public workers could come in the absence of new coronavirus aid from the federal government, according to Gov. Murphy on Saturday as he called for Congress to send more direct aid to states.

Most people don't have to apply for 'stimulus checks' under the federal CARES Act, said Delisfort, but those that did not file income tax returns in 2018 and 2019 need to apply for the funds, as stated by the IRS.

New Jersey reports 125 more coronavirus deaths at nursing homes, added Delisfort. Overall, about 12% of the state's total COVID-19 cases and about 41% of the state's total related deaths have been at long-term care facilities.