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Novel Coronavirus Updates
Posted on 01/23/2021
Novel Coronavirus Updates

MONTCLAIR COVID-19 UPDATES

Visit the township COVID-19 updates section for the latest information on township operations.

Essex County has set up a call center to answer Essex COVID-19 vaccination and testing questions:973-877-8456

Call center hours are:

Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Cumulative COVID-19 Cases, Fatalities
Date 01/17 01/18 01/19 01/20 01/21 01/22 01/23
Cases
1515
1523
1535
1547
1559
1567
1579
Deaths
62
62
62
62
63
63
63

For the latest information from the state of New Jersey visit the nj information hub or text njcovid to 898-211.


Vaccination Information

The County is currently registering the following for the COVID-19 vaccinations: those in Group 1A, namely healthcare workers and others who work in a healthcare setting, as well as adults 65 years and older and anyone between the ages of 16-64 with medical conditions, as defined by CDC, that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus. This includes smoking.

To register for an appointment, visit www.EssexCOVID.org or call 973-877-8456 to register for an appointment.


COVID-19 Case Summary – December 2020

During the month of December 2020, Montclair saw 338 new cases, 6 hospitalizations and 3 new deaths.

In December, 2020, there were 3551 results that were considered not a case or closed.

23 cases were transferred as “out of jurisdiction”, town, county or state.

Four cases were attributed to Long Term Care facilties.

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COVID-19 Cases by Age Group
December 2020
Age Range Cases Percent
0-20
53
16%
21-30
58
17.5%
31-40
47
14%
41-50
58
17.5%
51-60
55
16%
61-70
38
11%
71-80
18
5%
81-90
6
2%
99+
5
1%

For the latest information from the state of  New Jersey visit the nj information hub or text njcovid to 898-211.


Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event

Essex County will hold a food distribution event on Thursday, January 14, at the Essex County Branch Brook Park Cherry Blossom Welcome Center

DATE: Thursday,14 January
TIME: 9:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Essex County Branch Brook Park Cherry Blossom Welcome Center, Newark

The food distribution event will be held RAIN or SHINE.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Residents will receive one box of non-perishable food items
  • Enter Branch Brook Park via Heller Parkway or other southern entrances.
  • No Left Turns allowed into Cherry Blossom Welcome Center Parking Lot.
  • No arrivals before 8:00 a.m.
  • Drivers must keep their windows rolled up and open their trunk.
  • Walk ups are welcome; Buses cannot be served.
  • 1,000 boxes to be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

More distribution events coming each week.


COVID-19 Vaccine

Download the COVID-Vaccine Overview brochure

Essex County is currently registering individuals in Group 1A for the COVID-19 vaccinations. If you are a healthcare worker or work in a healthcare setting visit, www.EssexCOVID.org or call 973-877-8456 to register for an appointment.

Group 1A

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Dentists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Other licensed or registered professionals
  • Community Health Workers
  • Promotoras
  • Home Health Aides
  • Visiting Nurses
  • Doulas
  • Health Educators
  • Essential Care Givers
  • EMS
  • Paramedics
  • Funeral Staff
  • Mortuary Staff
  • Autopsy Workers
  • Public Health Professionals

Those working at vaccination sites:

  • Trainees
  • Students
  • Volunteers
  • Vaccinating Site Staff
  • Contractors

Healthcare support staff including:

  • Facilities management
  • Security
  • Food Services
  • Environmental Services
  • Administrative Services
  • Human Resources
  • Reception
  • Language Services
  • IT
  • Laboratory
  • Other health care support areas

In addition to wearing a mask, washing our hands, social distancing and getting tested, we encourage residents to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by getting vaccinated. Our comprehensive plan provides vaccination centers that are convenient to all Essex County residents. We encourage everyone to get the vaccine.

Joseph N. DiVincenzo ,Jr.
Essex County Executive and the Board of County Commissioners

Vaccine Timeline

The first doses of the COVD-19 vaccine will be available in limited quantities on or about December 26. Essex County will be distributing the Moderna vaccine. The Moderna vaccine is a 2-dose vaccine; each dose is separated by approximately 28 days (4 weeks).

The vaccine will be administered according to the NJ State Department of Health’s guidelines in the following order:

  • Frontline healthcare workers (those who are regularly directly exposed to coronavirus) will be first to receive the vaccine.
  • As more doses become available, other critical populations will then receive vaccinations including, but not limited to, those living in group settings, high-risk adults, first responders, funeral home workers, education and child care workers, and other essential frontline workers.
  • After critical populations are vaccinated, vaccinations will be available for the general public.

For more information about the phased approach and priority groups, refer to this NJ Health Department document.

Vaccine Appointments & Information

  • To schedule a vaccine, you must make an appointment by calling 973-877-8456 or by visiting EssexCOVID.org.
  • Appointments are subject to availability of the vaccine. We will provide regular updates on vaccine availability status on EssexCOVID.org.
  • The vaccine requires two doses. When you sign-up, you will receive two appointments. It is critical that you attend both appointments.
  • Residents will be asked to provide their medical insurance information and their insurance provider will be billed. If a resident does not have insurance, the cost of the vaccine will be covered by the Health Resources and Services Administration's Provider Relief Fund. There will be no out-of-pocket expenses charged to residents.

Essex County Vaccination Centers

The five locations and the municipalities assigned to each of them are as follows:

  • Former Kmart building, 235 Prospect Avenue, West Orange: West Orange, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Montclair, Newark, Nutley and Verona.
  • Essex County College, 303 University Avenue, Newark (Gym entrance on West Market Street): Newark, East Orange and Irvington.
  • Essex County Donald M. Payne, Sr. School of Technology, 498-544 West Market Street, Newark: Newark, East Orange and Irvington.
  • Livingston Mall, former Sears building, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston (Entrance is in the back): Livingston, Belleville, Maplewood, Millburn, Newark, Orange and South Orange.
  • Essex County West Caldwell School of Technology, 620 Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell: West Caldwell, Bloomfield, Caldwell, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Newark, North Caldwell and Roseland.

Updates will be provided as they become available.


COVID-19 TESTING

Upcoming Essex County COVID – 19 Testing Locations and Dates

  • Tuesday, January 12th, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Essex County Hall of Records Complex, Employee Parking Deck, 50 West Market Street, Newark
  • Thursday, January 14th, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Essex County Department of Public Works, 99 West Bradford Avenue, Cedar Grove
  • Saturday, January 16th, 8 a.m. to 12 noon, Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex, Commuter Parking Deck, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
  • Additional dates will be announced.

Additional dates will be announced.

Essex County continues to leads the state in the number of deaths caused by the Coronavirus

Essex County residents with or without symptoms are encouraged to get tested. Residents age 8 years and older are welcome to get tested. Residents are encouraged to get retested if they have taken the swab or saliva tests 14 days ago or more and have received negative test results. Testing is provided free of charge; health insurance is not required.

To make an appointment, residents should visit www.EssexCOVID.org or call 973-877-8456. They will be required to complete a short questionnaire. When finished, they will be provided with an appointment time and a confirmation number. Residents should bring the confirmation number with them. They are asked to arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment.

To schedule a test call 973-877-8456 or go to: www.essexcovid.org.


COVID-19: Health Actions to Protect You and Your Family

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) provides a chart with information to help people determine actions to take based on their health status and symptoms.

According to NJDOH people with mild illness do not necessarily need to be tested for COVID-19. Contact your health care provider for more information based on your personal health history.

Download the NJDOH COVID-19: Health Actions to Protect You and Your Family chart.


Proper Disposal of Masks and Latex Gloves

The recycling facility that receives and processes Montclair’s recycling has reported receiving a large amount of latex gloves and masks in the recycling loads.

MASKS AND LATEX GLOVES ARE NOT CONSIDERED HOUSEHOLD RECYCLING.

THEY MUST BE DISPOSED OF AS TRASH.

For the sake of the health of recycling facility crews who must remain healthy to continue this essential service, please dispose of these items properly – IN THE TRASH.


We all need to work together with our Health Department staff to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Now that we’ve worked together to flatten the curve, it’s time to slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Be part of the solution to slow the spread.
  • Help the Health Department slow transmission in our community.

Your actions make all of us safer. Public health workers are here to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, a case investigator from the Health Department might call you to check-in on your health, discuss who you’ve been in contact with and ask you to stay at home to self-isolate.

  • Unless you give permission, your name will not be revealed to those you came in contact with, even if they ask.
  • The Health Department will ask you to stay at home and self-isolate.
    • Self-isolation means staying at home in a specific room away from other people and pets, and using a separate bathroom, if possible.
    • Self-isolation is critical to protecting those you live with as well as your community.
    • Self-isolation helps slow the spread of COVID-19 and can help keep your friends and neighbors healthy.
    • If you need support or assistance while self-isolating, then the Health Department or community organizations may be able to provide assistance.
  • Seek medical care if symptoms become severe. Severe symptoms include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face.

If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, a case investigator from the Health Department might call to inform you that you’ve been exposed. They will ask you to stay at home and self-quarantine.

  • Close contact means you were within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 10 minutes.
  • You should stay at home and self-quarantine for 14 days, starting from the most recent day that you were possibly exposed to COVID-19. The contact tracer will inform you of the dates of your self-quarantine.
    • Self-quarantine means staying home, monitoring yourself, and maintaining social distancing (at least 6 feet from others at all times). You should remain in a specific room separate from other non-exposed people and pets in your home, and use a separate bathroom, if possible.
    • If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a cloth face covering. This will help protect the people around you.
    • If you need support or assistance with self-quarantine, then your health department or community organizations may be able to provide assistance.
    • Self-quarantine helps slow the spread of COVID-19 and can help keep your friends and neighbors healthy.
  • You should monitor yourself for any symptoms of COVID-19 and notify your health department if you develop symptoms. Seek medical care if symptoms become severe. Severe symptoms include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face.

Key Actions

  • Pick up the phone when a Health Department employee calls.
  • Follow Health Department guidance.
  • Notify your healthcare provider if you become ill.
  • Call your healthcare provider if you start to feel ill and you have not been tested for COVID-19.
  • If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, you should stay at home and self-quarantine for 14 days, starting from the most recent day that you were possibly exposed to COVID-19. Monitor yourself, and maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet) from others at all times.
  • Notify those who you had close contact with recently if you become ill.
  • Know what symptoms mean you need to go to the hospital right away.
  • Seek medical care if symptoms become severe. Severe symptoms include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face.

The bottom line: Making a choice to help the Health Department in the fight against COVID-19 keeps you, your family, and our community safe.