Updates from Mayor McGehee

Good Evening,

It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the loss of two more members of our community today due to the coronavirus COVID-19. The individuals were 91 and 94 years-old.

The Power of Attorney for Leatrice Knohl, our 94 year-old resident who passed today, provided and approved the sharing of the following:

Leatrice Knohl, daughter of the late Joseph and Frances Knohl, was born in New York City and moved to Linden as a young child and was a resident until moving into an assisted living facility in 2011. She attended Linden schools and then graduated from New Jersey City University with a Bachelor of Science degree and from Rutgers University with a Masters degree in Education. She was employed by the Linden Board of Education as an elementary school teacher and retired after teaching for 39 years.

Leatrice Knohl was a member of the NJ Retired Educators Assn. the NJ Education Assn., the National Education Assn. retired, Union County Education Assn., and the Linden Active Seniors.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the families who have lost loved ones in Maplewood and South Orange.

The Maplewood Public Health Division now has a total of 129 coronavirus COVID-19 cases including today's unfortunate loss of life and our three previously reported deaths. Of our previously-reported cases, 24 individuals have fully recovered. However, please continue to stay at home, practice social distancing and wear masks when in public spaces.

The NJ Department of Health has reported 54,588 confirmed cases in the state of New Jersey which includes 6,580 in Essex County.

The Public Health Division investigates and works to obtain the recent contact history for new cases, including contacting anyone who has potentially been exposed. In addition, the Public Health Division can provide guidance to any business that may be impacted by COVID-19. If you have received a positive confirmed diagnosis from your healthcare provider but have not heard from our Public Health Division in 24 hours, please call the Public Health Division at (973) 762-8120.

For COVID-19 resources, please visit the Township of Maplewood’s COVID-19 website at: https://www.twp.maplewood.nj.us/covid19.

Mayor Frank


Good Evening, We are saddened to announce the loss of yet another member of our community today due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. They were 90 years-old.

The Maplewood Public Health Division had 2 more cases today bringing our total to 149 COVID-19 coronavirus cases including today's unfortunate loss of life and our 7 previously reported deaths.  Today’s cases were 35 and 59 years of age. Of our previous cases, 8 more have recovered bringing our total fully recovered cases to 44.

The NJ Department of Health has reported 68,824 confirmed cases in the state of New Jersey which includes 8,212 in Essex County.The Public Health Division investigates and works to obtain the recent contact history for all cases, including contacting anyone who has potentially been exposed. In addition, the Public Health Division can provide guidance to any business that may be impacted by COVID-19. If you have received a positive confirmed diagnosis from your healthcare provider but have not heard from our Public Health Division in 24 hours, please call the Public Health Division at (973) 762-8120. For COVID-19 resources, please visit the Township of Maplewood’s COVID-19 website at: https://www.twp.maplewood.nj.us/covid19.Mayor Frank


April 16, 2020 - An update from Mayor McGehee regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus

Good Evening,

The Maplewood Public Health Division had 5 more cases today bringing our total to 161 COVID-19 coronavirus. Today’s cases ranged from 50 to 95 years of age.

The NJ Department of Health has reported 75,317 confirmed cases in the state of New Jersey which includes 9,084 in Essex County.

If you have received a positive confirmed diagnosis from your healthcare provider but have not heard from our Public Health Division in 24 hours, please call the Public Health Division at (973) 762-8120.

The Public Health Division investigates and works to obtain the recent contact history for all cases, including contacting anyone who has potentially been exposed.

For COVID-19 resources, please visit the Township of Maplewood’s COVID-19 website at: https://www.twp.maplewood.nj.us/covid19.

Protect your first responders - please be transparent when dialing 911

When you dial 911, please be mindful that this results in a response from our firefighters as they are all trained as EMTs. Our firefighters are professionals and take their responsibility of serving our community seriously. Please be transparent if you are calling due to COVID-19. Our firefighters go to great lengths to wear the proper equipment and follow appropriate protocols when interacting with a potential case. When you are not transparent out of fear that we will not respond and then it’s disclosed after the fact that the call relates to COVID-19, this situation can expose them and their families to the virus along with our broader community. In addition, this can impact the town’s ability to provide our community with essential services. Our firefighters respond to all calls regardless if they are COVID-19-related or not so please be forthcoming about why you are reaching out so that they can prepare accordingly.

We are all in this together.

Mayor Frank


April 17, 2020 - An update from Mayor McGehee regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus

We are saddened to announce the loss of another member of our community due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. They were 76 years-old.

The Maplewood Public Health Division had 15 more cases today bringing our total COVID-19 coronavirus cases to 176 including today's tragic loss and our 9 previously reported deaths. Today’s cases range from 31 and 93 years of age. Of our previous cases, 3 more have fully recovered bringing our total fully recovered cases to 52. As of yesterday (4/16), we had a 45% positive test rate. This is based on our 161 confirmed cases out of 361 tests. Again, this is as of yesterday.

The NJ Department of Health has reported 78,467 confirmed cases in the state of New Jersey which includes 9,672 in Essex County.

If you have received a positive confirmed diagnosis from your healthcare provider but have not heard from our Public Health Division in 24 hours, please call the Public Health Division at (973) 762-8120.

The Public Health Division investigates and works to obtain the recent contact history for all cases, including contacting anyone who has potentially been exposed.

For COVID-19 resources, please visit the Township of Maplewood’s COVID-19 website at: https://www.twp.maplewood.nj.us/covid19.

Testing Sites

There are currently 66 testing sites across the state, including State-sponsored and private facilities. To locate the nearest testing site, specifics on how to get a test, and hours of operation click:

https://covid19.nj.gov/search.html?query=Testing+Centers+in+NJ

Emergency Childcare for Essential Workers

The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is now offering licensed emergency childcare for all essential workers at no cost. Families will need to complete required health forms upon registering, depending on their child’s age. The YMCA is taking extra safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including temperature checks of children upon entry by a nurse, monitoring children for symptoms of illness throughout the day, and enhanced daily cleaning and disinfection of surfaces. Learn more here. Emergency Childcare

Mayor Frank


April 20, 2020 - An update from Mayor McGehee regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus

Good Evening,

Our community has had a tough day.

I am saddened to inform you that we have lost 4 more members of our community. A 58-year old, 71-year old, a 74-year old, and a 93-year old. On behalf of our Maplewood Township Committee, please join my colleagues and me in praying for these families at this time. I have spoken with all the families who have been receptive to our outreach and they are all managing the best that they can under the circumstances.

From Saturday through Monday, the Maplewood Public Health Division had a total of 31 more cases bringing our total COVID-19 coronavirus cases to 207 including today's 4 tragic losses and our 10 previously reported deaths. The new cases range from 21 to 69 years of age.

I understand the desire to get back to a business as usual work, live and play environment, but unfortunately, we are not out of the woods yet.

As of today, the NJ Department of Health has reported 88,906 confirmed cases in the state of New Jersey which includes 10,729 in Essex County.

Of Note: our total fully recovered cases are now at 62 and as of yesterday (4/19), we have a 49% positive test rate.

If you have received a positive confirmed diagnosis from your healthcare provider but have not heard from our Public Health Division in 24 hours, please call the Public Health Division at (973) 762-8120.

The Public Health Division investigates and works to obtain the recent contact history for all cases, including contacting anyone who has potentially been exposed.

For COVID-19 resources, please visit the Township of Maplewood’s COVID-19 website at: https://www.twp.maplewood.nj.us/covid19.

Strongly consider wearing a face mask/facial covering

Strongly consider wearing a face mask/facial covering when you are out in our community including going for walks as a family or riding bikes. Consider providing your caregiver a mask if they are taking your children out for a walk.

Face mask or face covering is important. When you don't have these particular items with you and are presented with a situation where you or your family is unable to practice social distancing, you potentially put yourself, your family and your fellow residents at risk. Our Health Division has stated that people are asymptomatic which means that anyone may be carrying the virus and passing it to others while unaware. When you wear a mask, you are helping and protecting each other. We are all in this together.

Emergency Sewer Repair - Boyden Avenue

Starting tomorrow and through Thursday April 23, 2020, the Township is performing an emergency sewer repair on Boyden Ave between Brown and Harding streets. Boyden Avenue will be closed off within these limits to traffic but detours will be available for all traffic at Brown Street to Jacoby and back to Boyden Avenue. Parking will not be allowed on Brown Street during the construction period. Sidewalks and pedestrian traffic will still be allowed. Residents of Harding will experience additional overflow parking - your patience and cooperation is appreciated. Motorists are encouraged to plan alternate routes.

Mayor Frank


April 22, 2020 - An update from Mayor McGehee regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus

Good Evening,

Unfortunately, we have lost 2 more members of our community due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Yesterday A 50-year old male and today a 63-year old female. On behalf of our Maplewood Township Committee, please join my colleagues and me in praying for the families at this time.

Between yesterday and today, the Maplewood Public Health Division had a total of 12 more cases bringing our total COVID-19 coronavirus cases to 219 including the 2 tragic losses mentioned above and our 14 previously reported deaths. The new cases range from 28 to 86 years of age.

We have 72 fully recovered cases and a 49% positive test rate, 219 out of 444 tests.

As of today, the NJ Department of Health has reported 95,865 confirmed cases in the state of New Jersey which includes 11,387 in Essex County.

If you are interested in state aggregate data regarding hospitalization, age, gender, and race, please go to https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml. Look to the right side of the page and click the date under “daily case summary updates.”

Please, if you have received a positive confirmed diagnosis from your healthcare provider but have not heard from our Public Health Division in 24 hours, call the Public Health Division at (973) 762-8120.

The Public Health Division continues to investigate and works to obtain the recent contact history for all cases, including contacting anyone who has potentially been exposed.

COVID-19 resources:

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

General COVID-19 Questions: 2-1-1 (24/7)

Medical COVID-19 Questions: 1-800-962-1253 (24/7)

Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive alerts

Test sites:

Monday, Wednesday, Saturday: 8am to 4pm PNC Bank Arts Center - 116 Garden State Pkwy, Holmdel, NJ 07733

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday: 8am to 4pm Bergen Community College - 400 Paramus Road, Paramus Campus – Lots B & C, Paramus, NJ 07652

When you arrive, you will need to provide proof of residency in New Jersey (Picture ID)


Criteria is: NJ resident and experiencing signs of respiratory illness. Priority will be given to symptomatic individuals experiencing cough, fever (99.6 or above) and shortness of breath.

First Come, First serve.

Our Town Government is working for you

Our Fire Department has been on a total of 100 related COVID-19 calls, they are here for us. Our Engineering & Public Works Department continues to operate and provide maintenance of Township parks and public facilities. They are also performing additional deep cleanings of our buildings. Each of our departments continue to provide services to residents while adhering to CDC guidelines.

In addition, each department is developing operational plans for when public buildings open to ensure the safety of our residents and employees in accordance with state guidelines for reopening the state. Throughout this pandemic, we have been working closely with the county and state.

Stimulus Package

Today, the Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan package to provide $484 billion in additional federal support for small businesses, frontline hospitals and to expand COVID-19 testing.

Small Business Provisions

The legislation provides an additional $310 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), up from $349 billion included in the CARES Act to a total of $659 billion. Of this additional $310 billion, $60 billion is set aside for smaller and community-oriented lenders to make PPP loans.

· $30 billion for loans made by smaller lenders with between $10 billion - $50 billion in assets;

· $30 billion for loans made by CDFIs, Small Insured Depository Institutions, and credit unions with assets less than $10 billion

Additionally, the bill provides $50 billion more in Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and $10 billion more in EIDL grants.

Health Provisions

The legislation provides $100 billion to shore up our health care system’s fight against COVID-19, including:

  • $75 billion for health care providers for expenses and lost revenues related to COVID-19.
  • $25 billion to expand testing capacity, including money to develop, produce, purchase, and administer testing capacity, including for tests that can determine prior exposure.
    • Of that, $11 billion will go to states, localities, territories, and tribes.
      • $2 billion of that will be distributed by the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program formula; and
      • $4.25 billion will be distributed based on the relative number of COVID-19 cases.
    • $1 billion to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for surveillance, lab capacity expansion, and workforce;
    • $1.8 billion to NIH to develop rapid testing;
    • $1 billion to BARDA (Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority) for COVID-19 tests and supplies;
    • $825 million to Community Health Centers; and
    • $1 billion to cover testing for uninsured.

Please keep our streets clean and healthy

We have received several correspondences regarding increasing litter on curb corners and in and near our waterways. Please be mindful of how you dispose of your (latex) gloves. They should not be tossed in the street, sidewalks or our parks; nor should they be discarded in recycling bins. Please dispose of them in the trash. Dog walkers please always curb your dog. Thank you.

Mayor Frank


By my math the mortality rate of COVID-19 in Maplewood stands at 7.3% I have to assume there are many undiagnosed cases.


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mrincredible said:

By my math the mortality rate of COVID-19 in Maplewood stands at 7.3% I have to assume there are many undiagnosed cases.

Seems reasonable to conclude that there are more undiagnosed than diagnosed. 


I have heard of enough people with textbook symptoms who got tested and it came back negative to know that the testing does not appear reliable, and if it were, the number of cases would be even higher. That’s scary. 


From last night:

April 23, 2020 - An update from Mayor McGehee regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus

Good Evening,

I am very sad to inform the community that we have lost another two members today due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. A 57-year and a 77-year old. My colleagues and I are praying for all the families.

The Maplewood Public Health Division had a total of 8 more cases bringing our total COVID-19 coronavirus cases to 227 including today's 2 tragic losses and our 16 previously reported deaths. The new cases range from 35 to 98 years of age.

We are still at 72 fully recovered cases and a 48% positive test rate with 227 positive cases and 244 negative cases.

As of today, the NJ Department of Health has reported 99,989 confirmed cases in the state of New Jersey which includes 11,811 in Essex County.

Please, if you have received a positive confirmed diagnosis from your healthcare provider but have not heard from our Public Health Division in 24 hours, call the Public Health Division at (973) 762-8120.

The Public Health Division continues to investigate and works to obtain the recent contact history for all cases, including contacting anyone who has potentially been exposed.

COVID-19 resources:

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

General COVID-19 Questions: 2-1-1 (24/7)

Medical COVID-19 Questions: 1-800-962-1253 (24/7)

If you are interested in state aggregate data regarding hospitalization, age, gender, and race, please go to https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml. Look to the right side of the page and click the date under “daily case summary updates.”

Special COVID-19 episode on SOMAtv:

In this SOMAtv episode of Meet the Mayor, Our Health Officer Candice Davenport covers several issues and questions related to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C98L-1-MttI&feature=youtu.be

Face | Covering Recommendations from our Essex County Health Officer

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Maya Lordo, M.S.,MCHES, REHS, H.O.

Health Officer

Essex County Health Department

How To Safely Remove Disposable Gloves

Thank you to Maplewood and Golf Island resident AND South Orange Rescue Squad member Kristen McEntire Ryan for this PSA on how to safely remove disposable gloves. Kristen, on behalf of all the residents of Maplewood and South Orange, thank you for your service to our community! https://cbsloc.al/3aFaIVN

NJ Unemployment Web Portal

The Department of Labor created a new web portal that allows New Jersey residents to contact the Department of Labor directly. This is a helpful tool for residents who have questions about their applications. To submit a message, residents must go to www.myunemployment.nj.gov and follow the instructions below:

Emergency Food Distribution Tuesday April 28th

Essex County and The Community Food Bank of New Jersey hold an emergency food distribution on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Essex County Branch Brook Park at Cherry Blossom Welcome Center in Newark. Please Visit the CFBNJ website for more information: https://cfbnj.org/event/food-distribution-4-28-2020/

Mayor Frank


April 27, 2020 - An update from Mayor McGehee regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus

Good Evening,

Before I share the Maplewood Public Health Division numbers, I wanted to salute a few

MAPSO Heros.

These residents are just a few of the many that are stepping up. I will work to recognize as many people as possible in the coming weeks to highlight the community service side of MAPSO which makes our towns a special place to live.

Under Kate Cahill’s leadership, MEND’s Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry served 196 people/families on Saturday including several from Maplewood in South Orange. They performed several home deliveries last week as well. Thank you Kate and special thanks to Committeeman Vic Deluca and Larry Hirsh who were among the great volunteers from our community loading cars.

Thank you Jake Ezzo and the 300 residents who make up the SOMA NJ 3D Printer Alliance Assembly Squad. In addition to fulfilling his role as a beloved music teacher at the South Orange Middle School in a new distance learning environment, Mr. Ezzo has led this team of residents representing our community to create, assemble and deliver 13,000 shields and counting to front line healthcare workers and first responders all over Essex County. Thank you Jake and team!

Maplewood Public Health Division numbers:

Total Cases: 250 (+17 between Sat, Sun, and today)

Cases per 100 residents in MW: 1 (15th lowest out of 22 Essex county municipalities).

Cases per 100 residents in Essex County: 1.6 and South Orange: 0.5 (20th lowest)

Total Deaths: 19 (no changes)

Deaths per 100 residents in MW: 0.08 (14th lowest out of 22 Essex county municipalities).

Deaths per 100 residents in Essex County: 0.13 and South Orange: 0.01 (21st lowest)

New cases age range: 19 to 94

Total recovered cases: 83

Positive test rate: 45% (250 positive cases and 311 negative cases). ( -2%)

NJ Statewide confirmed cases: 111,188

Essex County confirmed cases: 13,047.

For State aggregate data on hospitalizations, age, gender, and race: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml. click under “daily case summary updates.”

https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml Click the Demographics tab.

COVID-19 resources:

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

General COVID-19 Questions: 2-1-1 or 1-800-962-1253 (24/7)

Public Health Division: (973) 762-8120

The Health Division works to obtain the recent contact history for all cases, including contacting anyone who has potentially been exposed.

FOOD PROGRAMS

SOMSD Families bagged Lunch Pick Up

is still available M-F from 11:00am - 1:00pm during school days at CHS and Seth Boyden. No one will be turned away.

Emergency Food Distribution Tuesday April 28th

Essex County and The Community Food Bank of New Jersey hold an emergency food distribution on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Essex County Branch Brook Park at Cherry Blossom Welcome Center in Newark. Please Visit the CFBNJ website for more information: https://cfbnj.org/event/food-distribution-4-28-2020/

SOMA Heroes for Heroes - Continuing to Feed Our First Responders

Donations are still being accepted for our program to provide a weekly meal for the Maplewood and South Orange Fire and Police Departments. If you are interested in contributing to the program, please donate whatever you can via venmo to @Roman-Gourmet and add the note “SOMA Heroes for Heroes” Thanks to the Roman Gourmet and Allison Ziefert Real Estate Group.

GOVERNMENT

NJ Tenants and Homeowners Rights Portal

A new interactive tool is available for renters and homeowners to navigate the anti-eviction, anti-foreclosure, mortgage forbearance relief measures, and all relevant executive orders during the state of emergency. A special thank you to our Deputy Mayor, Dean Dafis who was instrumental in creating this resource.

Covid19.nj.gov/renters -Provides info about tenants rights & responsibilities

Covid19.nj.gov/mortgage -Provides info about mortgage companies/banks working with the state on mortgage issues

Also, Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 128 (that can be found hereamp;c=E,1,N1i2Z2b6T7H1dVLtqluONIiz3--PXHT2u-nfw3OU7rLyaVuX-5qLERR6xRp3vSYfoQPrqFZG5-84w8wtsdOx5QWmC_5AVsSbYyVs2o88IOugdCykgIMJ&typo=1">here) waives provisions of statutory law that prohibit the use of security deposits for rental payments, enabling tenants to instruct landlords to use their security deposits to offset rent or back rent. Additional rental housing information and question form can be found at: https://covid19.nj.gov/forms/renteramp;c=E,1,q-LTHp22wCHh2N8RsC-hpcNtpwzxKd-iC5aZotFE7Wx0q-ANtNFIAgAjTpeVXffOQUogfeFLA51ztcuzPMhB-Vs4DXBt6QItjm3Ydz-qNYpB_XyGstZ-wQ,,&typo=1">https://covid19.nj.gov/forms/renter

Governor Murphy Announces "The Road Back"

Governor Murphy presented his "The Road Back" recovery plan which outlined six principles to keep the state on track for re-opening the economy.

1) Following trends of sustained reductions in new COVID-19 cases

2) Expanding testing capacity and speeding up the results

3) Robust contact tracing

4) Ensuring safe places where those diagnosed can isolate
5)Responsibly restarting the economy once the initial four public health principles are accomplished

6) Ensuring the state's resiliency long-term.

The Township will work closely with both the Governor's office and the County on the plan.

SBA Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

A new round of the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan funding is here. If you are a small business or independent contractor, we encourage those who were shut out the last time to apply, to please follow up on existing applications, to reapply, or to apply for the first time. Please take advantage of these programs. Please see the following resources:

https://newarkcovid19.com/resources/federal-ppp-sba-update

https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares/assistance-for-small-businesses

@admin.essexcountynj.org|bc6808320ad64497544f08d7eae10059|d22d13114d06440099c6c0b945a3b348|0|0|637236124396432555&sdata=3u9txyeFvfS/E4xzJ52aHDPb0xf9NTNX3qSXFrkOxqE=&reserved=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program.

Additionally, you can reach out to the New Jersey Small Business Development Center (SBDC): :@admin.essexcountynj.org|bc6808320ad64497544f08d7eae10059|d22d13114d06440099c6c0b945a3b348|0|0|637236124396442550&sdata=CoWZ1VqqKME1jh6en1o1Skm0VRvubUJeIXXCbMPYkio=&reserved=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://njsbdc.com/.

2nd Quarter Property Taxes

Trenton considered tax collection in their pandemic response, discussing extending due dates and/or grace periods but to date no action has been taken.

N.J.S.A. 54:4-66 mandates that quarterly property tax installments are due on Feb. 1st, May 1st, Aug. 1st, and Nov. 1st. The Statute further restricts the grace period to a maximum of 10 calendar days.

N.J.S.A. 54:4-67 establishes interest rates on delinquent taxes at an 8% annual rate for balances under $1,500 and an annual rate of 18% for balances over $1,500

The Township Committee, recognizing the hardship many of our taxpayers are facing, has changed the tax collection policy to accept partial payments as a means of reducing the amount of interest that would accrue on any outstanding balances.

The Township Committee has also temporarily suspended the $1.05 fee associated with an online payment using an eCheck. Note: the third party vendor will still charge the $1.05 to complete the transaction but the township will then credit the $1.05 to your 3rd quarter taxes, essentially making the online payment free. The third party vendor fee of 2.95% charged for credit card and debit card transactions has NOT been waived. Any questions may be directed to our Tax Collection office at 973-762-8120 ext. 2800

HEALTH

Essex County will continue screenings at Weequahic Park this week

COVID-19 Testing will continue at Weequahic Park this Wednesday, April 29th and Friday, May 1st. Screenings are for Essex county residents who are symptomatic and by appointment only. Test times are from 9 am to 12 noon. 600 tests will be available each day. Residents must arrive by car. Note: Residents who submitted a registration for an earlier testing date were placed on a waiting list. New registrations will be accepted when the waiting list is exhausted.

Face | Covering Recommendations from our Essex County Health Officer

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Maya Lordo, M.S.,MCHES, REHS, H.O.

Health Officer - Essex County Health Department

Mayor Frank


it is estimated that about 30% of negative tests are false negatives


April 29, 2020 - An update from Mayor McGehee regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus

Good Afternoon,

Before I share the Maplewood Public Health Division numbers, I wanted to continue our salute of MAPSO Heros.

One group that I want to recognize is FLAG (Front Line Appreciation Group) of South Orange and Maplewood, a grassroot community group dedicated to collaborating with our local MAPSO restaurants to feed front line healthcare workers at area hospitals in Newark and East Orange during the coronavirus pandemic.

Each week, FLAG sends roughly 1300 meals to Newark Beth Israel, University Hospital, St. Michael's, East Orange General, and the VA. They have raised nearly 80K for both Maplewood and South Orange restaurants to assist with keeping them afloat. BRAVO FLAG! https://www.facebook.com/groups/2661680927454511/

Maplewood Public Health Division numbers:

Total Cases: 258 (+8 between yesterday and today)

Total Deaths: 20 (+1 today, the resident was 65. Our prayers are with the family)

New cases age range: 37 to 65

Total recovered cases: 86 (+3)

Positive test rate: 43% (258 positive cases and 347 negative cases). ( -2%)

NJ Statewide confirmed cases: 116,264

Essex County confirmed cases: 13,445.

For State aggregate data on hospitalizations, age, gender, and race: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml. click under “daily case summary updates.”

https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml Click the Demographics tab.

COVID-19 resources:

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

General COVID-19 Questions: 2-1-1 or 1-800-962-1253 (24/7)

Public Health Division: (973) 762-8120

The Health Division works to obtain the recent contact history for all cases, including contacting anyone who has potentially been exposed.

FOOD PROGRAMS AND COMMUNITY

SOMSD Families bagged Lunch Pick Up

is still available M-F from 11:00am - 1:00pm during school days at CHS and Seth Boyden. No one will be turned away.

COVID19 Resource Booklet from South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race

To support MAPSO residents who may not have access to digital information about where to go or what to do during this crisis, the CCR compiled a resource booklet with key information including food and housing insecurity, key contacts for testing, and tips while staying at home.

They have made arrangements with some key stakeholders to distribute and deliver hard copies but If you know of others that need a hard copy, please contact Audrey Rowe at audrey.rowe@twotowns.org, Program Director of South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race. Thank you Audrey Rowe, Nancy Gagnier, Barbara Velazquez, Kelly Quirk, and team.

BUSINESS

Support Small Business Saturdays in May

In support of our local businesses in Maplewood and South Orange, Maplewood Village Alliance, Springfield Avenue Partnership, and South Orange Village Center have started a month-long campaign where every Saturday in May is a Small Business Saturday.

Many of our local businesses are open after adapting their business practices to promote safe operations, while still offering the same quality goods and services.

The business districts have listed open businesses on their respective websites:

SPRINGFIELD AVE MAPLEWOOD OPEN BUSINESSES

MAPLEWOOD VILLAGE OPEN BUSINESSES

SOUTH ORANGE OPEN BUSINESSES

Other MAPSO businesses that are open and serving the public are welcome to contact @springfieldavenue.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">info@springfieldavenue.com to be added to one of our Open For Business webpages.

GOVERNMENT

Update: 2nd Quarter Property Taxes

Yesterday Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 130 which allows any governing body of a municipality to adopt a resolution instituting a grace period concluding on a date no later than June 1, 2020 for the payment of second-quarter property taxes. The Township is looking to adopt a resolution extending the grace period to June 1 during our May 5th Township Committee Meeting. Given that taxes are due this Friday, I am posting this announcement prior to May 1st for transparency.

NJ Tenants and Homeowners Rights Portal

Don’t forget about the renters and homeowners interactive tool to navigate anti-eviction, anti-foreclosure, mortgage forbearance relief measures, and all relevant executive orders during the state of emergency. Covid19.nj.gov/renters -Provides info about tenants rights & responsibilities Covid19.nj.gov/mortgage -Provides info about mortgage companies/banks working with the state on mortgage issues

SBA Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan funding is underway. https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares/assistance-for-small-busin...

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/pa.... Additionally, you can reach out to the New Jersey Small Business Development Center (SBDC) :https://njsbdc.com/.

HEALTH

Essex County screenings at Weequahic Park continue

COVID-19 Testing will continue at Weequahic Park this Friday, May 1st. Screenings are for Essex county residents who are symptomatic and by appointment only. Test times are 9 am to 12 noon. 600 tests will be available each day. Residents must arrive by car. register at. www.essexcovid.org

Emotional Support is available

If you need emotional support or are feeling anxiety or worry due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can call the NJ Mental Health Cares number at 1-866-202-HELP (4357). It is staffed with a live mental health specialist, 7 days a week, 8 am-8 pm. And is led by Dr. Joseph Scarpelli, Nutley Mayor & Essex County Mental Health Administrator.

Face | Covering Recommendations

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

● You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.

● Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.

○ Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

● The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.

● Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.

● Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

*Maya Lordo, M.S.,MCHES, REHS, H.O. -Health Officer -Essex County Health Department*

Mayor Frank


May 2, 2020 - An update from Mayor McGehee regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus

Good Morning,

Here are the Maplewood Public Health Division numbers for Thursday and Friday.

We are saddened to report that we lost a resident last week who was 85. Based on the reporting process in coordination with the state, we are officially reportng this unfortunate loss today. Our prayers are with the family.

Total Deaths: 21 (+1 )

Total Cases: 259 (Just 1 new case, age 56.)

Total recovered cases: 118 (+32!)

Positive test rate: 43%

NJ Statewide confirmed cases: 121,190

Essex County confirmed cases: 13,994.

State aggregate data resources:

https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml. click under “daily case summary updates.”

https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml Click the Demographics tab.

For COVID-19 questions, please call 2-1-1 or our Public Health Division at (973) 762-8120 or visit the Maplewood COVID-19 website: https://www.twp.maplewood.nj.us/covid19.

Here’s additional news you can use...

Shop Small Business Today!

Today is our first Small Business Saturday. Support local businesses in Maplewood Village, on Springfield Avenue, in South Orange Village Center and beyond!

The business districts have listed open businesses on their respective websites:

SPRINGFIELD AVE MAPLEWOOD OPEN BUSINESSES

MAPLEWOOD VILLAGE OPEN BUSINESSES

SOUTH ORANGE OPEN BUSINESSES

Support Service Industry Employees

Today MAPSO Virtual Tip Jar, a digital platform designed to support service industry employees directly affected by COVID-19 launched!

The platform provides residents with the opportunity to support local service employees that have always been there to serve us with a direct-to-account “tipping” for to their personal PayPal, Cash App and Venmo banking apps through www.mapsotipjar.com

The philanthropic idea was inspired by the DC Virtual Tip Jar, and spearheaded by Maplewood residents Susan Greeley and Chris Danuser. The team brought on Brian Castell, CEO of Bizzo.co who generously provided technology services and expertise.

Maplewood Parks and Recreation

The governor issued Executive Order 133 regarding state and county parks. However, Maplewood municipal parks have been open throughout the closures for passive and no-contact recreation, such as walking or jogging or exercise by yourself or with your family. Playgrounds, tennis courts, paddle ball courts, and basketball courts will remain closed. No organized or contact sports or activities will be allowed and social distancing of 6 feet should be maintained. Please think about safety and consideration of others and make good choices. If you find an area of our parks too crowded and you cannot keep a solid 6ft distance, come back when it is less crowded and wear a mask.

Allowable Activities

  • Hiking
  • Walking
  • Running
  • Jogging
  • Biking
  • Bird watching

Remaining Closed

  • Picnic Areas (no picnicking)
  • Playgrounds
  • Exercise Stations
  • Swimming
  • Restrooms/Pavilions
  • Basketball,Tennis and Paddle Ball Courts
  • Skateboard park

Face | Covering Recommendations

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.

Mayor Frank


May 4, 2020 - An update from Mayor McGehee regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus

Good Evening,

The Maplewood Public Health Division numbers for Saturday through Monday are as follows:

Total Cases: 263 (Just 4 new cases, ages 39 to 63)

Total Deaths: 21

Total recovered cases: 120 (+2)

Positive test rate: 38% (-5%)

NJ Statewide confirmed cases: 128,269

Essex County confirmed cases: 14,621.

State aggregate data resources:

https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml. click under “daily case summary updates.”

https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml Click the Demographics tab.

For COVID-19 questions, please call 2-1-1 or our Public Health Division at (973) 762-8120 or visit the Maplewood COVID-19 website: https://www.twp.maplewood.nj.us/covid19.

Congressman Payne will attend May 5th Township Committee Meeting

Congressman Donald Payne will join tomorrow evening’s 7:30pm Township Committee meeting to provide an update to Maplewood residents regarding initiatives in Washington D.C. to support residents and businesses impacted by COVID-19. The congressman will speak at the beginning of the meeting right after the introduction of the agenda. Residents can watch tomorrow’s meeting on the Township’s YouTube channel. https://youtu.be/O_OW3fo-Jas

Face | Covering Recommendations

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.

Mayor Frank


May 8, 2020 - An update from Mayor McGehee regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus

Good Morning,

On the evening of Thursday March 12th, over eight weeks ago, we declared a state of emergency in the Township of Maplewood - a lot has happened since then.

Our children walked the halls of their schools for the last time on March 13th. Our jitney service was discontinued and is still suspended to this day. For some of us, our homes became our offices and schools. Restaurants changed their operations to take out or delivery only. Our playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts and paddle ball courts were all closed. Our annual garden sale happened online and numerous annual events were canceled or postponed indefinitely. There have been daily updates at the local and state level and many have been sick regardless of testing validation. We know that our positive case numbers do not reflect the actual number of residents who have been impacted and several have unfortunately lost their battles.

While our community has certainly been challenged, this pandemic has also brought out the best in our community. So many individuals from all walks of life have stepped up to provide food, services, financial contributions, face masks, shields, time, music and entertainment, and prayers with the shared goal of making a positive impact. I want to thank the public for following the direction and the guidance of our Health Division. As a result we have seen a reduction in cases in our community.

I also want to thank our Maplewood Township first responders - our Health Division, our Police Department, our Department of Public Works, our Fire Department, and town staff for being the essential workers that we needed, for not calling out sick and for keeping our town running. Thank you.

However, we are not out of the woods yet by any stretch. This week our community lost three more members. They were 93, 66 and 45 years of age. Please keep the family and all the families in your prayers.

As we enter the next phase of this pandemic which is moving away from the mitigation stage to reopening our community, we need to continue to work together and be thoughtful in this process. Governor Murphy said we are guided by public health not by emotion and I agree.

The Township’s Office of Emergency Management team has been meeting with the focus on our reopening plans for our community. In the coming weeks, we will provide announcements regarding our parks, recreational programs, our business districts and summer events. Please stay tuned.

Our Public Health Division wants everyone to know that when you are out in a public space from sitting on a bench to waiting for a food order, continue to stand six feet (two arm widths) apart from non-family members and people who do not live in your household. And wear a face mask when it is difficult to maintain a six foot distance from others.

We are healthier together by staying apart.

Our Maplewood Public Health Division numbers: Tuesday 5/5 through Friday 5/8:

As I mentioned above, this week our community lost three more members. They were 93, 66 and 45 years of age. Please keep the family and all the families in your prayers.

This brings our total lost lives in Maplewood to 23 (net +3)

Please note: a previously reported death last week of a 65 year old was deemed not a Maplewood resident by the county and was removed from our list initially reducing our count to 20.

Total Cases: 266 (+3, ages 43, 45, and 57)

PROBABLE CASES: 4, ages 50 to 59

Probable cases is a new classification that the state of New Jersey is using for people that show symptoms related to COVID19 and are linked or have had close contact to a confirmed case but have not received a confirmed lab result. We believe that we will see a lot more probable cases as state restrictions are lifted.

Total recovered cases: 140 (+20)

Positive test rate: 36% (-2%)

NJ Statewide confirmed cases: 135,454

Essex County confirmed cases: 15,256 (3rd highest county in NJ)

Essex County confirmed deaths: 1,398 (highest county in NJ)

State aggregate data resources:

https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml. click under “daily case summary updates.”

https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml Click the Demographics tab.

The Maplewood COVID-19 website https://www.twp.maplewood.nj.us/covid19 QUICK LINKS section in the lower left corner has been updated to include information and resources regarding plasma donation, the community coalition on race booklet previously communicated,instructions for people who test positive, and information on a virtual bereavement support group for COVID losses.

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

Here’s additional news you can use…

BUSINESS

Shop Small Business Saturday is back!

Today is our second Small Business Saturday. Please support local businesses in Maplewood Village, on Springfield Avenue, in South Orange Village Center and beyond!

The business districts have listed open businesses on their respective websites:

SPRINGFIELD AVE MAPLEWOOD OPEN BUSINESSES

MAPLEWOOD VILLAGE OPEN BUSINESSES

SOUTH ORANGE OPEN BUSINESSES

Support Service Industry Employees

The MAPSO Virtual Tip Jar, a digital platform designed to support service industry employees directly affected by COVID-19 is open. The platform provides residents with the opportunity to support local service employees that have always been there to serve us with a direct-to-account “tipping” for to their personal PayPal, Cash App and Venmo banking apps through www.mapsotipjar.com

GOVERNMENT

Burnett Avenue Pedestrian Safety and Traffic Calming Plan - Public Video Meeting on Thursday, May 14th at 7:30pm

The Township will share our plans to address traffic and pedestrian safety on Burnett Avenue.. Our goal is to start work this year. As a result, we will host a public video meeting on Thursday, May 14th at 7:30pm. Our experts will present visuals of their recommendations and answer questions. This will be an on-line video meeting only with no telephone access.

To attend please goto www.webex.com and click "Join". A box will appear and ask you to insert a meeting number. The number is: 718 143 199. On the next page enter the follow meeting password: hTZtuTjU292

MVC Agency, Inspection Station Closures Extended

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission announced today that all agency, road testing, and inspections facilities will remain closed until Tuesday, May 26.

Note: many necessary customer functions - renewals of driver licenses, non-driver IDs, and registrations – including, first time applications, and some commercial registrations – can be processed online at NJMVC.govamp;c=E,1,m0pcPbW09-f694iR6Krco4OuEC-3CtSQckTRD9P4H8R76COYHuKcy7mmDqIfusKBlgn1owuXt10evq4RwzzHVswuagSxO9bLqtfu564uuC0-IwfLO7M,&typo=1">NJMVC.gov.

HEALTH

Essex County screenings at Weequahic Park continue

COVID-19 Testing will continue at Weequahic Park. Screenings are for all Essex county residents. Test times are from 9 am to 12 noon. Residents must arrive by car. register at. www.essexcovid.org

Emotional Support

The NJ Mental Health Cares team is available at 1-866-202-HELP (4357). The number is staffed with a live mental health specialist, 7 days a week, 8 am - 8 pm.

COMMUNITY

South Mountain Y Duck Race 2020

The South Mountain YMCA’s Annual Duck Race is going virtual. Please join the Y at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday May 25 for their interactive “DuckCenter” via South Mountain Y Facebook, Metro You Tube or South Mountain’s Instagram to cheer, waddle at home, and celebrate this race.

You can still buy a duck and at the level that’s right for you. This year 25 percent of duck proceeds will go toward supporting local businesses in Maplewood and South Orange that have supported the Duck Race with sponsorships and race prizes for over 20 years. To purchase ducks go to:https://www.metroymcas.org/south-mountain-ymca/duck-race/

Mayor Frank


May 17, 2020 - An update from Mayor McGehee regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus

Dear Community,

Before I share the Maplewood Public Health Division numbers, I wanted to continue our salute of MAPSO Heros.

Jean Ng-Gilio, Tina Kelley, Maria Sensenich, Alba A La Mode are the leaders of SOMA Sewing Volunteers, a group of 500 members dedicated to making and donating masks to healthcare professionals, first responders or anyone in need of a mask. This week SOMA Sewing Volunteers donated 100 masks to our Department of Public Works and Police department. Thank you Thank you Thank you!

The Township’s Office of Emergency Management team met twice last week to discuss our reopening plans for our Library, community pool, and summer recreational programs. In addition a subcommittee met with several Small business owners and property owners from our business districts. We will discuss the key takeaways and where we are with reopening plans this Tuesday during our regularly scheduled Township Committee Meeting. https://youtu.be/NRMwQUuf9qQ

TESTING

Essex County Testing

Starting this Thursday May 21st, a mobile testing unit will rotate through all 22 municipalities on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This Thursday the unit will be at The Essex County Golf Driving Range in Roseland. The mobile unit is open to all Essex County residents by appointment which can be made at EssexCovid.org.

Testing will also continue 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 register at www.essexcovid.org

Also, The township is exploring partnering with a private provider to provide testing and antibody testing which would be open to all residents. The plan is to have a mobile van that is in a location or rotating locations in town that are accessible via walking as we recognize that there are several residents who do not have a car or mode of transportation.

PUBLIC HEALTH

The Maplewood Public Health Division numbers for the week of Saturday 5/9 through Friday 5/8:

Total Cases: 273 (+7)

Probable Cases: 4

Total Deaths: 23

Total recovered cases: 170

NJ Statewide confirmed cases: 143,905

Essex County confirmed cases: 15,953 (3rd highest county in NJ)

Essex County confirmed deaths: 1,510 (+112) (highest county in NJ)

Please note that our Public Health Division is aware and monitoring pediatric multi symptom inflammatory syndrome information and research.

Also, because some of our cases this week were tied back to individuals making visits or trips on Mother's Day weekend, our Health Division again wants everyone to know that when you are out in a public space from sitting on a bench to waiting for a food order, continue to stand six feet (two arm widths) apart from non-family members and people who do not live in your household. And wear a face mask when it is difficult to maintain a six foot distance from others. Please consider having a mask on your person when doing any outdoor activity.

We are healthier together by staying apart.

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.

COMMUNITY

TONIGHT - Luminaries in Action: Let us be the Light

At 7:45 pm tonight MAPSO residents are invited to step out onto their stoops, porches or balconies to join friends and neighbors in a moment of community solidarity in recognition of the impact that COVID-19 has had on our two towns, the loss of loved ones, the disproportionate effects on communities of color, the economic impact on households and businesses, and to salute first responders and essential workers.

At 8 pm local bells will toll from First and Trinity Presbyterian Church, Morrow Memorial Church, Our Lady of Sorrows, Prospect Presbyterian, St. Joseph’s and Seton Hall University. Please join us.

South Mountain Y Duck Race 2020

The South Mountain YMCA’s Annual Duck Race is going virtual next Monday at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day via South Mountain Y Facebook, Metro You Tube or South Mountain’s Instagram to cheer, waddle at home, and celebrate this race. This year 25 percent of duck proceeds will go toward supporting local businesses in Maplewood and South Orange that have supported the Duck Race with sponsorships and race prizes for over 20 years. To purchase ducks go to:https://www.metroymcas.org/south-mountain-ymca/duck-race/

GOVERNMENT

Unemployment Benefits

Several residents have expressed issues with the State’s Dept. of Labor (DOL) Unemployment Benefits application. The DOL released a guide to follow when certifying for their weekly benefits to ensure receive your payments in a timely manner without issues. Additionally, DOL has stated that this Monday (May 18th) is the projected start date for individuals who have exhausted benefits to receive 13 weeks of extended benefits.

Non-Essential Construction

Non-essential construction projects can resume effective at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow. All construction projects must abide by the social distancing, safety, and sanitization requirements that are described in detail in the Governor’s Executive Order.

Curbside Pickup at Non-Essential Retail Businesses

Non-essential retail businesses are allowed to do curbside pickup of goods, beginning at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow but businesses must continue to have their in-store operations closed to customers. Businesses who choose to offer curbside pickup must abide by the requirements in the Governor’s Executive Order.

Mayor Frank


May 21, 2020 - Mayor McGehee update on COVID-19 Reopening Plan, Public Health Division statistics, and DECLARATION OF LOCAL EMERGENCY

Dear Community,

The Township Committee met this past Tuesday and announced several reopening plans related to our tennis courts, Library, our Business Districts, July 4th, our community pool,and our summer recreational programs. In addition, tonight we are announcing a Declaration of Local Emergency regarding facial coverings in relation to our parks effective 8:00am Friday, May 22, until further notice.

Before I provide an overview of these reopening plans, it saddens me to share that our community has lost another member. She was 59. Please keep the family and the 23 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 Saturday 5/16 through Thursday 5/21 are as follows:

Total Cases: 279 (+6)

Probable Cases: 4 (+2)

Total Deaths: 24 (+1)

Total recovered cases: 181 (+11)

NJ Statewide confirmed cases: 151,472

Essex County confirmed cases: 16,906 (3rd highest county in NJ)

Essex County confirmed deaths: 1,576 (+66) (highest county in NJ)

DECLARATION OF LOCAL EMERGENCY

FACIAL COVERINGS REQUIRED IN MAPLEWOOD PARKS

WHEREAS, The Governor’s Executive Order 143, states that all employees and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings when present on the public and private beaches, lakes, and lakeshores in any settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health or where the individual is under two years of age; snd

WHEREAS, While the state has only strongly encouraged face coverings in public spaces, counties and municipalities may require face coverings; and

WHEREAS, The Governor’s Executive Order 147 states that employees, visitors, members, and other individuals should wear face coverings in any setting at outdoor recreational businesses or activities permitted to reopen where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health, or where the individual is under two years of age; and

WHEREAS, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. The virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity— including speaking —even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms; and

WHEREAS, In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain especially in areas of significant community-based transmission; and

WHEREAS, for the safety of others, it is advised that individuals should carry a face mask or face covering with them at all times, when they go out in public.

NOW THEREFORE, pursuit to the powers in Chapter 251 of the Laws of 1942 as amended and supplemented, N.J.S.A. App. A-930 etc. Seq.: N.J.S.A. 40-48-1(6) and ordinances enacted pursuit thereto; N.J.S.A. 2C:33-1 etc. Seq.; -- whichever law or laws apply, and by ordinances adopted by the Maplewood Township Committee:

1. Effective 8:00am on Friday, May 22nd until further notice, 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.

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.

We are healthier together by staying apart.

REOPENING PLANS

No July 4th fireworks in 2020

“Because public safety is our number one priority, we are cancelling this year’s 4th of July celebration.

Tennis Courts

Based on the Governor’s Executive Order No. 147, we are re-opening our public tennis courts tomorrow, May 22 at 6:00 a.m. with rules to ensure public safety and social distancing. Since the governor opened up clubs, we wanted to ensure equality across our town.

Rules

Only singles tennis will be allowed; no doubles.

Courts will open at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., with a one-hour match time limit.

Players will stay on their same side

Use your own equipment

Do not congregate on or near the courts.

Face coverings are recommended prior to and after play (but not during).

Avoid the net game if possible while playing.

Please bring sanitary and disinfectant products

The Community Pool and Summer Camp Activities

We are working to have a truncated pool season starting in early July but our summer swim team and diving team will be cancelled. If we are allowed to open, all pools will be accessible and we will leverage a phased capacity approach coupled with a daily time slot program. Sign ups will occur primarily online with an offline component available if needed. We are monitoring the Governor's office and will follow his directive.

We will have a limited season and smaller version (a maximum of 50 children per week) of Kids camp, art camp and tennis camp with a lot of outside activities. Campers will be broken into small groups of 10, no field trips and no pool time. We have created a robust communication program for parents/guardian and a lot of training for our staff

Business Districts

On Tuesday night, the Township passed 15 resolutions to support our small businesses. Please see the summary list below:

Expanded Outdoor Dining (outdoor cafe) for food establishments

Sidewalk sales and services for retail establishments

Establish 15 minute curbside parking zones

Signage to indicate that a business is open

Street Closures to accommodate more pedestrian space for dining & retail

Parklets - taking parking spaces immediately in front of retail establishments for dining.

ABC (Alcohol) rules related to BYOB and patio dining

The Library

This Library is also exploring a phased approach to reopen our facilities and reintroduce the public to our physical spaces, materials, and building-bound services with new health and safety protocols in place. Each phase includes proposed timelines; restrictions and extensions on services, hours, and places. More to come.

TESTING

Testing will also continue 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 register at www.essexcovid.org

Also, the township is continuing our conversations with a private company to provide testing and antibody testing open to all residents. Again, the plan is to have a mobile van in a location or rotating locations in town that are accessible via driving or walking. Please stay tuned.

COMMUNITY

Online Grocery Shopping for SNAP Recipients

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants will be able to use their benefits to order groceries online starting next week on May 28th. Online shopping will be 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.

South Mountain Y Duck Race 2020

The South Mountain YMCA’s Annual Duck Race is going virtual this Monday at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day via South Mountain Y Facebook, Metro You Tube or South Mountain’s Instagram to cheer, waddle at home, and celebrate this race. This year 25 percent of duck proceeds will go toward supporting local businesses in Maplewood and South Orange that have supported the Duck Race with sponsorships and race prizes for over 20 years. To purchase ducks go to:https://www.metroymcas.org/south-mountain-ymca/duck-race/

Have a safe Memorial Day weekend.

Mayor Frank




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