Today’s County vaccination sign up was extremely frustrating for many of us. The County had many problems this morning with their vaccine registration system. Due to the volume, the site crashed immediately, even before the 11:00am start time. Sometime after 12:00pm the site was back up and taking registrations. The appointments went very quickly (they only had about 2000 doses) and by 1:00pm they posted this:
“We have filled up all our existing online appointments for this week for the COVID-19 vaccination. For those seeking vaccinations, we urge you to continue to go online regularly. As cancelations occur, we will also be adding appointments. We will not open up appointments online for the following weeks until we know how many vaccines we will be receiving. Please be patient.”
Unfortunately, appointments throughout the State have been extremely difficult to come by as well. Currently there are 6 mega-sites in the state and currently none of them have appointments listed. Hopefully we will be receiving additional information this week.
As aggravating as all this has been, let us please try to keep it together while the State and the County work it out. Bottom line, they will get us all vaccinated. We will continue to keep you updated as we receive confirmed information. Rest assured, we will continue to do all we can to help facilitate their processes for our community. Keep the faith!
We have 2 new Covid-19 case in our community reported to us from the Board of Health, and 4 newly recovered.
Our current total active cases in New Providence is 27 non-LTC cases and 0 LTC cases.
Here is a breakdown of our current cases:
– 2 New Adult non-LTC Case
– 0 New Child Cases
– 4 New Recovered
– 27 Total Active Cases:
– 27 non-LTC
– 0 LTC
New Providence has had a total of 354 positive COVID-19 cases since October 1st:
October – 12 Cases
November- 99 Cases
December – 150 Cases
January (1st – 24th) – 93 Cases
We wish all a speedy recovery! Please keep our lost, afflicted, their families, all of our dedicated first responders, emergency management, medical personnel, and essential workers in your thoughts and prayers.
NJ VACCINE CALL CENTER TO OPEN MONDAY JAN 25th
New Jersey will launch a call center next week to assist people without a computer in making an appointment to receive a coronavirus vaccine. Live agents will staff the center — which can be reached at 855-568-0545 when it opens for business on Monday, January 25, 2021. Currently, New Jerseyans are asked to use the online portal at https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/ to register for a vaccine. When the user is eligible, they should receive an email from the state with a link to choose a vaccination location and set an appointment.
UNION COUNTY VACCINE SIGN-UP PORTAL AND INFORMATION:
The Union County Mobile Test unit will visit the following locations this week:
Tuesday, January 26 – 10am – Noon
Jefferson School – 155 Hilton Avenue, Union
Thursday, January 28 – 10am-Noon
School #28 Juan Pablo Duarte – Jose Julian Marci
25 1st Street, Elizabeth
Free walk-up COVID-19 Saliva Tests. No appointment necessary.
For details and a full list of walkups, visit: https://ucnj.org/covid19/testing/walk-up-locations/
We will continue to keep you updated as we receive confirmed information.
For more NPCOVID19 information please visit and reference the following Borough website sub-pages with COVID-19 information:
* Case Statistics: https://www.newprov.org/case-statistics/
* NPCOVID19 case statistics chart: https://www.newprov.org/download/Board%20of%20Health/coronavirus_information/Coronavirus-Cases.pdf
* Vaccination Information: https://www.newprov.org/covid-19-vaccination-information/
* Covid-19 Websites and Resources: https://www.newprov.org/information-and-resources/
* Press Releases & Updates: https://www.newprov.org/press-releases/
* Testing Sites: https://www.newprov.org/testing-sites/
* Covid-19 Videos: https://www.newprov.org/covid-19-videos/
* Covid-19 Support Resources: https://www.newprov.org/covid-19-mental-health-resources/
* Mayor & Council Covid-19 Updates: https://www.newprov.org/mayor-and-council-updates/
You are considered a close contact if you have been within six feet of someone with a positive test result for more than 10 minutes at least two days before their positive test if you didn’t have any symptoms, or two days before your first symptom appeared
CDC SAFETY PROTOCOLS:
Please be diligent and continue to follow all CDC safety protocols outlined here:
VALENTINE’S FOR THE TROOPS
The New Providence Recreation Department is joining Radio’s 94.7 in sending Valentine’s Day Cards to US Troops. Now more than ever, our troops need our support. Show your love to our military servicewomen and men by sending them a Valentine’s Day card! Last year, over 30,000 cards were sent… The goal this year is 50,000 cards!Purchase or create a Valentine’s Day card of your own and drop it off in the Valentine Collection Box in the vestibule area by the Elkwood Ave Entrance at 360 Elkwood Avenue by Sunday, January 31.
Letter writing guidelines:
Keep the letters uplifting and happy
Encourage the troops
No photos, glitter, or loose items
Thanks for helping share some love this Valentine’s Day!
MORE WAYS TO HELP IN OUR COMMUNITY
CSA – Community Service Association of New Providence
Donations to the CSA are used solely to help our fellow New Providence residents during their time of financial need. CSA is an independent 501(c)(3) organization. Donations of ANY AMOUNT can be sent via PayPal to email@example.com or by check to:
Community Service Association of New Providence
c/o NP Borough Hall
360 Elkwood Avenue
New Providence, NJ 07974
*If you are in need of assistance from the CSA, please leave a message at (908) 665-8254. Calls are answered by a case worker and are always kept completely confidential
NEW PROVIDENCE LIONS
Donations are 100% used to help local causes and people in need. The Lions are also always looking for new members and for volunteers.
FLAG – Front Line Appreciation Group:
FLAG is an organization dedicated to helping feed our committed front line health care workers while also supporting our local restaurants. The NPEF teamed with FLAG of New Providence to facilitate all donations that will be used to place orders at NP restaurants and delivered to our front line workers and volunteers fighting COVID-19. Donations of ANY AMOUNT can be made via credit card or PayPal using the button on their website page or Venmo: @NP-EdFoundation. Please donate what you can to support both the local businesses you love and our healthcare workers and first responders who are tirelessly fighting to keep us all safe.
Our Lady of Peace Church (OLP):
OLP FOOD PANTRY
Food donations can be dropped off at the OLP Rectory Monday to Friday between 8am to 6pm. The following is in great demand: pasta, mac & cheese, instant potatoes, canned meats, jelly and canned fruit, Hamburger Helper, Chef Boyardee, and Stove Top stuffing. Also most needed is soups, canned vegetables, beans, canned fruit, peanut butter, jelly, tuna fish cans, boxes of pasta, pasta sauce, rice, cereal, shelf stable milk, and all varieties of baby food and cereal. Also accepted: full size shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, disposable razors, women’s hygiene products, and disposable diapers (especially sizes 3,4,5, and 6). To contribute, volunteer or to find out more information, please contact OLP (908) 464-7600.
OLP SANDWICH DRIVE
Mondays between 1pm-2pm, at OLP Church, 111 South Street, New Providence. Staples needed are sandwiches (see below for details), sandwich supplies, fresh fruit: apples, oranges and bananas, as well as healthy snacks for the lunch bags. For more information please call or text Mike Savage at (908) 400-6885.
For Sandwich Donations here is what is recommended as a guide. Any amount is accepted!
1-2 loaves of sandwich bread
1-3 lbs of lunchmeat (ham, bologna, turkey)
1 lb of cheese
Put each sandwich whole (do not cut in half) into an individual plastic sandwich bag and put it back in the bread bag. Please mark the bag with the ingredients AND the number of sandwiches in the bag.
*Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches are also accepted!
*If you would like to help bag and make sandwiches, please arrive at OLP anytime between 1pm-2pm on Mondays
During these unprecedented times, our local small businesses have suffered and need us now more than ever. Our local businesses are the heart of our community and have contributed generously to many of our local organizations, youth programs, and community events and activities. They really need us now to help them! Please support our local businesses and SHOP NEW PROVIDENCE! When shopping in NP, maybe take a photo to share and promote the establishment. Comment, like, and share local small businesses and organizations social media posts and promotions. Recommend our local establishments to friends and neighbors, and on social media. Most importantly, keep it local and SHOP NP!
New Providence, Our Community For All – NPOCFA
(732) 535-8441 or email NewProvidenceOCFA@gmail.com
NPOCFA is a volunteer run and supported organization. This service is for our seniors and most vulnerable. To help or volunteer to shop for others please email the volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (908)451-3331.
Giving someone a call, sending a text or email, video chat, dropping off or sending a card, note, picture, or small token gesture goes a long way in helping us feel connected, especially our seniors and most vulnerable. Please check in on each other. Here are some more ideas to help lift spirits in our community:
LIGHT UP NP
Help Us Light Up New Providence! We would like to light up our nights in our community until this crisis is over. If you would like to participate, please put lights in your windows or outdoors to show support and solidarity with our community for our afflicted, our lost, and their families, for all of our first responders, our emergency management team, and all of essential workers in the fight against COVID-19 until this crisis is over. You can use holiday lights or just a battery-candle in the window.
CHALK YOUR WALK (Fun to do with the kids!)
Help lift morale and brighten our days by creating chalk pictures and messages on your walk and driveway areas.
DECORATE YOUR WINDOWS (Fun to do with the kids!)
With the holidays behind us, and many festive decorations packed away, maybe consider decorating your windows which can bring so much joy to passers by!
We are all in this together and together we will get through this! Be safe. Keep well. And stay strong. Pioneer Strong!
-Mayor Al Morgan