COVID-19 Coronavirus Resource Portal

Live assistance for medical information regarding COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health 24-hour hotline (1-800-222-1222) or (1-800-962-1253) . The NJ 2-1-1 hotline is available for general public information and basic needs. For alerts/ updates: text NJCOVID to 898-211. 

Mental Health Resources: Mental Health Hotline: 866-202-4357, NJ Hopeline (peer support and suicide prevention hotline): 855-654-6735

COVID-19 Testing Site Information
There is now an Essex County drive-through testing site for Essex County residents who are symptomatic with COVID-19 symptoms. The site is at Weequahic Park in Newark. This site will open on Thursday, March 26th and Saturday, March 28th; they will be able to conduct 100 test per day. The following week it will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday and will be able to test up to 300 people per day. Appointments are mandatory for this site. Go to www.EssexCOVID.org to register and make an appointment. After online registration, please bring your confirmation number with you. The only entrance to the Newark testing site is on Meeker Ave and Empire St. 
 
Residents should first contact their healthcare provider or an urgent care center if you are symptomatic with cough and fever and shortness of breath. You will be screened over the phone for symptoms.  If your symptoms are mild and you can manage your symptoms at home, they may ask you to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen, contact your healthcare provider and update them with your status. 

 

FEMA TESTING SITES: There are two drive-through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) COVID-19 testing sites open for SYMPTOMATIC RESIDENTS ONLY. You must bring identification to show proof of NJ residency (government issued photo ID). If you are a healthcare provider or first responder, bring appropriate ID. Parent/ guardian of an individual less than 18 years of age must be present. 

  • Bergen County Community College, 400 Paramus Road in Paramus (Bergen County)
  • PNC Art Center, 116 Garden State Parkway in Holmdel (Monmouth County)

These locations will only test you if you have a fever of at least 99.6F and respiratory symptoms and shortness of breath. Those who do NOT meet the criteria will be turned away.  If you have a prescription for testing, bring it with you. Both locations are open from 8am-4pm 7 days a week. Testing is free and will be covered by the federal government or personal insurance company. If you have health insurance, please bring your healthcare/ medical insurance card, although it is not a requiement to be tested. Do not take fever-reducing medicine prior to testing (such as Tylenol of Advil) for at least 6 hours prior to arrival. Pre-registration is not required. If you have not received your test results after 7 days from when you were tested at these sites, contact the NJ Department of Health at covid.testing@doh.nj.gov  You can also contact the respective lab for your test results after 7 days: Bergen County College (Bergen): Quest Diagnostics, and PNC Arts Center (Monmouth): LabCorp.

If you do not have health insurance: Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are federally funded health clinics and see families who do not have insurance. Payment is determined by income/ sliding fee scale, however COVID-19 testing is free of charge, regardless if you have insurance or not. Refer to the township website for a list of FQHCs and their phone numbers.
 

April 5, 2020 - An update from Mayor McGehee regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus

The Maplewood Public Health Division now has a total of 81 coronavirus COVID-19 cases including our one previously reported death.  In the last two days we've been notified of 13 new cases. The new cases range from 22 to 80 years of age. The Public Health Division investigates and works to obtain the recent contact history for the new cases, including contacting anyone who has potentially been exposed.

The NJ Department of Health has reported 37,505 confirmed cases in the state of New Jersey which includes 4,082 in Essex County. 

COVID-19 resources:                                     

NJ COVID-19 Information Hub: https://covid19.nj.gov/

General COVID-19 questions: 2-1-1

NJ COVID-19 hotline: (800) 222-1222

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

Essex county COVID-19 Testing Site: www.EssexCOVID.org

If you have received a positive confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 from your healthcare provider but have not heard from our Public Health Division in 24 hours of your diagnosis, please call the Maplewood Public Health Division at (973) 762-8120.

 

CDC Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings:

In light of recent studies that coronavirus transmission can occur even when people are not showing symptoms (asymptomatic) there is a new recommendation encouraging the use of homemade masks to prevent further community spread by containing respiratory droplets. The primary benefit of covering your nose and mouth is that you protect others.  Please visit the link below for more information.

New Recycling Schedule starts tomorrow

The Township has revised the current recycling schedule for Zones 4, 5, and 6 from Monday to Tuesday. The change is part of our effort to improve the recycling experience, gain greater efficiency with our collection and allow our current contractor sufficient time to reach all of the households in our community.

Pickups for Zones 1, 2 and 3 will remain unchanged. The Township appreciates your patience and please contact Public Works at 973-762-1178 if you have any questions.

https://www.twp.maplewood.nj.us/covid-19-coronavirus-resource-portal/new...

 

Remembering our departed community member

Please see below the public release of the obituary that was approved by the family.

In Loving Memory of Athalante Debrosse

Sunrise May 26, 1975

Sunset March 29, 2020

 

Athalante Debrosse came into the world with a bang, umbilical cord wrapped around her neck; we couldn't wait for our new baby sister to come home. She lived a life of LOVE; She loved "FAMILY TIME!" She loved celebrating! She Loved the Lord and Loved to worship! She had a beautiful voice and loved to sing to the glory of God! She meant so much to so many. She was an AMAZING Mom! Our greatest cheerleader, a serious disciplinarian, the best party/vacation planner, a loyal, ever present best friend! Her dimples and her smile lit up every room. Athalante has worked for Horizon BlueCrossBlueShield for the past 18 years, managing Operations teams around the world. As such, she has literally spread her love world-wide.

 

She leaves behind, her one and only, Frenchesca Gerard aka "Munch!" In addition to her daughter, she leaves her partner, James Felton; her best friend, Letitia Walker; her siblings: Ennelle Debrosse, Phaimy Bassette and Jean Debrosse; her brother-in-law, John Richard Bassette; her nieces and nephew, Nastacia, Elijah aka "Nephew-Son," Ja'nelle, Devyn and JaMya, and a host of extended family and friends, who have become family. 

 

Athalante, you made every gathering so special. Our hearts are in a million pieces. We love you, But God wanted you back... You will forever be missed. Your smile, your love and your tenacity for life will forever be imprinted in our souls. 

 

The Lord picks His brightest stars! Our baby sister...

We will always love and honor you. 

 

The family is committed and dedicated to Athalante's beloved, Frenchesca Ariana Gerard. In lieu of any other memorials, tributes, flowers or gifts, an educational fund has been established specifically for Munch. Please make any donations to Fidelity Investments at https://go.fidelity.com/u846p.

 

A special celebration in honor of our angel will be planned for later, when travel and social restrictions have been lifted.

 

 

Taking Care of Your Mental Health and Well-being

We are all experiencing something that is unprecedented and with these challenging times, comes a wide assortment of reactions. Please know that you matter and that you are not alone. We are all in this together.

If you need a friend or crisis counselor to assist you with navigating through alcoholism and/or another addiction journey, please visit http://aa-intergroup.org/directory.php, which is an up-to-date site with information about online meetings or visit https://www.nnjaa.org/ as an additional resource.

If you are in a domestic Violence abuse situation, please call the New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline at 1 (800) 572-SAFE (7233), which is available 24 hours a day. You will be  provided with confidential access to information and services. The hotline is bilingual and accessible to the deaf and hearing impaired. You can also find more resources available on our township’s health page.  https://www.twp.maplewood.nj.us/community-services-department/public-hea...

If you need assistance, please call our Mental Health Hotline at 866-202-4357 or the NJ Hopeline for peer support and suicide prevention hotline at 855-654-6735.

Mayor Frank

Past communications can be found here