East Orange COVID-19 Updates
COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY
COVID-19 is a new respiratory disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. Symptoms of this infection may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include: fever, cough and shortness of breath, and in severe case, pneumonia (fluid in the lungs).
It is possible for people with COVID-19 to spread the virus to others up to 48 hours before they have symptoms. Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19.
Here are some key websites with critical information for New Jersey residents, such as summaries of Governor Phil Murphy's Executive Orders, tenants' rights, unemployment, relief programs, up-to-date health guidance, proposed legislation, state reopening plans and more:
To check daily case updates in East Orange, please visit www.essexcountynj.org
As this crisis evolves daily, we encourage you to follow the City of East Orange's Facebook page@EOCityHall for real-time information on resources, case updates, town hall meetings, relief programs and more. For health-related inquiries, please call the Department of Health and Human Services at 973.266.5480. If you have a question or concern, please call the Mayor's Office of Constituent Services at 973.266.5151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 AND ANTIBODY TESTING IN EAST ORANGE
All East Orange residents – symptomatic or asymptomatic – can be tested for COVID-19 at a drive-through location at 161 Elmwood Avenue (the Old V.L.D. School Complex).
The East Orange Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with Platinum Health Services, Central Jersey Urgent Care, and Accu Reference Medical Lab, will be offering COVID-19 testing to all East Orange residents who want to be tested, regardless of insurance, ability to pay or whether they have symptoms or not. Testing is available by appointment only. There is no up-front cost for testing.
Testing will be held between 1pm-4pm on Tuesdays and Fridays for residents ages 18 and up and for essential employees and seniors ages 60 and up on Thursdays. Appointments may be made by visiting https://www.clockwisemd.com/hospitals/5326/visits/new.
A limited number of antibody (serology) tests are available at the drive-through site daily. During their telemedicine appointment, residents should state if the antibody test is wanted.
Please follow the four steps below to sign up for an appointment:
Step 1: Schedule a telemedicine appointment and complete intake documents using the following link: https://www.clockwisemd.com/hospitals/5326/visits/new.
Step 2: After your telemedicine appointment, select a date for testing.
Step 3: Arrive on the day of the appointment with your confirmation number, ID, and a face covering.
Step 4: After taking your test, leave the site and await your results.
Who is eligible for an appointment? All East Orange residents including seniors (60y and older) and essential personnel working within the City of East Orange whether or not they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
How do I obtain a referral or prescription for COVID-19 on-site testing? This is not needed, as one will be generated after your scheduled telemedicine appointment.
What do I need to do to prepare for my COVID-19 test? On the day of your appointment, bring a) yourself, b) a valid photo ID, c) proof of residence or status as an essential personnel and d) proof of insurance. For general testing-related inquiries, contact the Department of Health and Human Services (973-266-5480) for assistance.
How is the COVID-19 testing administered? The swab test for COVID-19 used by Accu Reference Lab is a test to determine whether or not you have the SARS-CoV-2 virus. A limited number of antibody (serology) tests are available at the drive-through site daily. If antibody testing is desired, state this during your telemedicine appointment.
Is the COVID-19 test that is available on-site free? For the insured: All screening and collection fees will be billed to your insurance. Deductibles, co-insurance and copays do not apply. For the uninsured: We want to ensure that you are able to access COVID-19 testing, if desired. If you are uninsured, please contact the East Orange Department of Health and Human Services (973-266-5480) for assistance and guidance.
What do I do on the day of testing? On the day you are scheduled to be tested, visit drive-through location. Be sure to wear a face covering and maintain social distance. The number of individuals per vehicle should be limited to two (2).
How will I get my COVID-19 test results? The urgent care facility will contact you directly to notify you of your results in approximately 3-4 business days.
What do I do while I wait for my COVID-19 test results? While you await your results, follow the existing CDC guidelines related to the precautions to be taken while in the community. This includes but is not limited to staying home if you are able, wearing face coverings, maintaining an appropriate distance from others when in public, and washing your hands frequently with soap and water. If you must leave home due to an emergency, please be sure to wear a face covering at all times.
FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION
The City of East Orange is operating Grab N' Go Food Distribution Sites at the East Orange Senior Center, 90 Halsted Street, the Fellowship Civic Center, 1 Fellowship Circle, and the Office of Emergency Management, 402 Springdale Avenue. The Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs is providing prepared breakfast and lunch meals M-F, 11am-3pm and Sat, 11am-2pm at the Fellowship Civic Center and on Wednesdays starting at 12:30pm at the Office of Emergency Management. Bags of groceries and fresh produce will be distributed once a week at the East Orange Senior Center to all residents. Delivery days vary, so please call the Division of Senior Services at 973.266.8832 for more information. All food distribution sites welcome drive-throughs and walk-ups.
The East Orange School District is serving breakfast and lunch at five school locations throughout the city. Please visit eastorange.k12.nj.us for a complete schedule and location listing.
MUNICIPAL SERVICES DURING COVID-19
Effective March 17, 2020, Mayor Ted R. Green closed East Orange City Hall, all municipal buildings and parks to the public. All programs and special events were indefinitely suspended. Municipal services are still operating, but with limited staff and provisions for making payments and other necessary paperwork.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of East Orange will be operating under the following guidelines for transactions occurring during these unprecedented times. Your understanding and cooperation is appreciated.
MUNICIPAL COURT SESSIONS
Until further notice, all court cases will be held virtually by phone or video. Notifications of virtual court dates will be sent through the mail. All jury trials and grand jury hearings, however, will remain suspended through May 31. If you have a court-related question, please call the East Orange Municipal Court at 973.266.5300.
PROPERTY TAXES (EXTENDED UNTIL JUNE 1)
By dropbox located in the rear courtyard of City Hall Plaza on New Street (CHECKS or MONEY ORDERS ONLY – NO CASH); by mail (Tax Collection, 44 City Hall Plaza, East Orange, NJ 07018). All property tax payments have been extended until June 1. For tax inquiries, please call 973-266-5130. To verify mailbox drop-offs, please call 973.266.5175.
PARKING PERMITS (ONLINE ONLY)
EAST ORANGE WATER PAYMENTS
By telephone at 973.266.8869. Be sure to have your 12-digit account number handy. This is located on the upper right corner of your current bill; by mail (East Orange Water Commission, P.O. Box 829793, Philadelphia, PA 19182-9793); or by dropping off at East Orange Water Department at 90 South Grove Street.
All payment terms will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Requests for deferred payment plans must be in writing. In addition, billing and/or water usage disputes must be promptly reported in writing. All requests and reports must be submitted to email@example.com for consideration. Please include property address, account number and specific details of your issue. We will contact you within three (3) days after receiving the email.
OTHER PAYMENTS FOR CODE ENFORCEMENT, POLICY, PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT, PURCHASING AND PROCUREMENT
By marked dropbox located in the rear courtyard of City Hall Plaza on New Street (CHECKS or MONEY ORDERS ONLY – NO CASH) or by mail (44 City Hall Plaza, East Orange, NJ 07018).
HEALTH GUIDANCE ON FACE COVERINGS
Data suggests that many who are infected with COVID-19 are not symptomatic. For that reason, the East Orange Department of Health and Human Services STRONGLY RECOMMENDS that all members of the public wear cloth face coverings when doing essential activities, like grocery shopping or going to an essential job. It is especially important for essential workers, like grocery or pharmacy clerks, to wear face coverings as they are coming into contact with many people throughout the day. It is not required to wear a face covering while doing personal recreation outdoors, however, you must maintain a distance of at least six feet from other people and avoid gathering in groups.
Covers do not need to be surgical masks or N95 masks, which are in short supply and should be reserved for those who need them the most and have the highest risk of infection, like our health care workers and first responders.
Face covers can be made at home using cloth materials, like a T-shirt or bandana, and without having to sew. Please visit YouTube for demonstrations on how to make a cloth mask.
SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES
The Department of Planning, Policy and Development has created eoshopslocal.com to encourage support for small businesses, as well as provide resources for assistance and relief programs for our local entrepreneurs. Please make this site your weekly destination for shopping small.
STAY SAFE. STAY HOME. STAY ENCOURAGED, EAST ORANGE. WE'LL GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER.