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Daily Update 3/27

Bergenfield OEM
COVID-19 UPDATE 3/27/20 6:00pm

  1. COVID-19 positive cases: 93 (fatalities = 1). As more residents get tested, numbers are expected to rise.
  2. Bergenfield Health Dept. monitoring all reported cases of COVID-19 by identifying all places visited and individuals they came in contact with to make sure appropriate measures are taken per CDC and NJDOH guidelines.
  3. BULK garbage collection for April has been cancelled.
  4. Bergen County announced they will reevaluate school closures on 4/17.
  5. Bergenfield OEM's Emergency Operations Center remains open daily.

Update to testing sites

From Bergen County:

On Saturday, March 28th, New Jersey's Federally supported/State run Community Based Testing Sites will be opening only to collect specimens from symptomatic health care workers and symptomatic first responders (Law enforcement, Firefighters, EMT's). All symptomatic health care workers and all symptomatic first responders must present valid credentials. Both sites will collect the maximum of 250 specimens each.

Starting Sunday, March 29th, an alternate schedule will be implemented in anticipation of a maximum capacity of 500 specimen collections per day. This alternating schedule will be as follows:

Bergen Site Operating: Sunday 3/29, Tuesday 3/31, Thursday 4/2 & Friday 4/3

Monmouth Site Operating: Monday 3/30, Wednesday 4/1 & Saturday 4/4

Commencing next Saturday April 4th, and all Saturdays moving forward, the Monmouth site will be dedicated to collecting samples from only symptomatic health care workers and symptomatic first responders. Until further notice this will be the alternating weekly schedule.

Daily Update

Bergenfield OEM
COVID-19 UPDATE 3/26/20 11:00am

  1. Bergenfield currently has 75 COVID-19 positive cases (including 1 fatality). As more residents get tested, numbers are expected to rise.
  2. Bergenfield Health Dept. continues to monitor all reported cases of COVID-19 by identifying all places visited and individuals they came in contact with to make sure appropriate measures are taken per CDC and NJ Dept. of Health guidelines.
  3. BULK garbage collection for April has been cancelled.
  4. Bergenfield OEM's Emergency Operations Center remains open daily.

Bulk Garbage Suspended for April 2020

Due to the exposure risks involved with COVID-19, the Borough of Bergenfield has suspended bulk garbage pickup for all quadrants for April 2020. The next bulk garbage pickup is scheduled for July 2020. However, as of now, all bulk garbage pickup has been suspended. Closer to July 2020, the Borough will assess the COVID-19 exposure risk and revisit the scheduling of bulk garbage pickup. At this time, it is only the bulk garbage pickup that has been suspended. Regular garbage pickup, recycling pickup, and vegetative waste pickup remain on schedule as detailed on your 2020 pickup schedule calendar. The drop-off Recycling Center is still open regular hours - please see the back of your 2020 calendar for location, hours of operation, and types of recyclable material that may be dropped off at the Recycling Center. No garbage (bulk or otherwise) is allowed to be dropped off at the Recycling Center or at the DPW. If you need a 2020 pickup schedule calendar, please visit this link: 2020 Trash & Recycling Pickup Schedule and Guidelines. If you have any questions, please call the DPW Office Monday-Friday 7:00am-3:30pm or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please see letter from Borough Administrator, Corey Gallo: 


New state executive order 107


Executive Order No. 107

This order revokes all prior mitigation executive orders, and incorporates or modifies their provisions as described below.

“Stay at home” order: All residents are to stay at home or at their place of residence unless they are leaving for the following reasons:

  1. Obtaining goods or services from essential retail businesses;
  2. Obtaining takeout or food beverages from restaurants;
  3. Seeking medical attention, essential social services, or assistance from law enforcement;
  4. Visiting family or close friends, caretakers, or romantic partners;
  5. Reporting to or performing their job;
  6. Walking, running, or engaging in outdoor activities with immediate family, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners;
  7. Leaving for an educational, religious, or political reason;
  8. Leaving because of a reasonable fear for health or safety; or
  9. Leaving at the direction of law enforcement or other government agency.

Individuals who have to travel must practice social distancing when possible and should use public transportation only if they have no other feasible choice.

Cancelling gatherings: Gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, are cancelled, unless otherwise authorized by the Order (i.e. the activities mentioned above). Through a separate Administrative Order, the Colonel of NJSP will make clear that gatherings of fewer than 10 people are presumed to comply with the Order, unless clear evidence indicates otherwise. Colonel Callahan will have the ability to adjust that number and that rule according to circumstances and facts on the ground.

Closing non-essential retail businesses: All non-essential retail businesses, which were previously limited to between 5 am and 8 pm, must now close entirely (online delivery can continue). The list of essential retail businesses that can stay open is limited to the following (Colonel Callahan has authority to amend the list):

  1. Grocery and food stores, including retailers like Walmart/Target that sell food;
  2. Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries;
  3. Medical supply stores;
  4. Gas stations;
  5. Convenience stores;
  6. Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities;
  7. Hardware and home improvement stores;
  8. Banks and other financial institutions;
  9. Laundromats/dry-cleaning services;
  10. Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years old;
  11. Pet stores;
  12. Liquor stores;
  13. Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics;
  14. Printing and office supply shops;
  15. Mail and delivery stores.

Mandatory telework/work-from-home: All businesses or non-profits in the State must accommodate their workforce, wherever practicable, for telework or work-from-home arrangements. If a business or non-profit has employees that must be on site, it shall reduce staff on site to the minimal number necessary to ensure critical operations can continue. Examples of employees who need to be present at their work site include: law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and other first responders, cashiers or store clerks, construction workers, utility workers, repair workers, warehouse workers, lab researchers, information technology maintenance workers, janitorial and custodial staff, and certain administrative staff.

Recreational and entertainment businesses: All are closed. This is unchanged from what is currently in place but the order reiterates these prohibitions.

Restaurants and other dining establishments: All can remain open, but must continue to be delivery and/or takeout only. This is also unchanged.

Pre-K, K-12, and higher education: All continue to be closed to students. This is unchanged as well.

Blanket exceptions: Nothing in the order shall be construed to affect the operations of (1) health care or medical service providers; (2) access to essential services for low-income residents, including but not limited to food banks; (3) the media; (4) law enforcement; and (5) the operations of the federal government or the movement of federal officials when operating in their official capacity.

Timing: The order will go into effect at 9PM tonight to accommodate the end of the sabbath. It will stay in effect until the Governor revokes or modifies it.




AS OF 3/19/20  3:00PM


Borough Hall

  • Open to the public by appointment only


  • Mandatory closure for child daycare

Gyms, fitness centers, entertainment centers (movie theaters, concerts, night clubs, etc.)

  • Mandatory closure


  • All parks are closed to the public except as noted below.
  • Only Cooper’s Pond and the walkways through Memorial Park are open for “passive recreation.”
  • No organized activities or use of playground equipment is permitted in any park

Personal-care businesses (barber shops, hair salons, spas, nail/eyelash salons, tattoo parlors, etc.)

  • Mandatory closure as of 3/19/20 at 8:00pm

Public Gatherings

  • Limited to 50 persons
  • Exemptions: medical facilities, offices, factories, industrial/manufacturing work, construction sites, mass transit, purchase of groceries or consumer goods

Restaurants & bars

  • Normal business hours are permitted
  • Must be take-out or delivery only


  • Buildings are closed to students
  • All grounds are closed except the track at BHS is open for “passive recreation” (i.e., jogging)

Stores (essential: grocery, food, pharmacies, medical supply, gas stations, healthcare facilities, etc.)

  • No restrictions

Stores (non-essential)

  • May open from 5am to 8pm
  • Maximum occupancy of 50 people

This list is subject to change.

Ryan Shell, OEM Coordinator

Borough of Bergenfield Announces Eight New COVID-19 Cases, First Death From Virus

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Borough officials are announcing that the number of current positive test results for COVID-19/Coronavirus recorded in Bergenfield is now eight, and that a borough resident has died of COVID-19. The deceased resident was 52 years of age, had been receiving intensive care treatment at a local hospital since testing positive last week and passed away earlier today. 

“On behalf of the Borough Council and our entire community, I want to express our deepest sympathies to the family of the resident whose life was tragically taken by Coronavirus,” said Mayor Arvin Amatorio. “We are working closely with state and county government to implement actions designed to reduce the spread of the virus and we urge all residents to stay in their homes and practice social distancing.” 

Of the eight positive tests, five are currently hospitalized and three are quarantined and recovering at home. Bergenfield Health Department officials are working closely with County and State Health officials investigating each incident for potential community spread and working to identify anyone who has come into contact recently with someone who recorded a positive test. These residents will be required to self quarantine to prevent further spreading of the virus, or to receive medical treatment and testing if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19. 

The Borough of Bergenfield declared a State of Emergency earlier this week and has been frequently updating residents through the borough website, reverse 911 and several other means. Borough officials will continue to communicate important information to residents whenever possible. For the most up to date information, residents should visit bergenfield.com



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