COVID19 - Information & Resources
Union County COVID19 Vaccine Information
The County of Union announced that it began offering Phase 1A COVID-19 vaccinations on Thursday, January 7th in accordance with state guidelines. As of January 14, the Governor has expanded vaccine eligibility according to the chart below.
Full details about the County of Union's Vaccination program can be found on the Union County COVID19 Vaccination page.
- Phase 1A: Currently, vaccines are available to those who are in Phase 1A which includes paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials, and long-term care residents and staff. Phase 1A now also includes sworn law enforcement personnel and fire professionals who were previously in Phase 1B.
- Phase 1B: Individuals in Phase 1B include persons 75 years and older, as well as frontline essential workers who are in sectors essential to the functioning of society and are at a substantially higher risk of exposure to COVID-19.
- Phase 1C: Adults 65 and older and adults with underlying medical conditions.
Once these phases are complete, the general public will be eligible for vaccination.
How to Register, if you are eligible:
- Union County residents MUST REGISTER on the Union County vaccination site at ucnjvaccine.org. They should not register at the state site. As of this post, the state site is not yet connected to the County site, so registrations may get lost.
- If you have access to a computer and are currently eligible to be vaccinated, you must register online.
- Once you access the vaccination site, you will be asked to choose a date and time, then must fill out information such as name, birthdate, address and gender.
- Vaccinations are taking place at the Union County COVID testing center at Kean University, Monday through Friday, 3-7 pm.
Special Registration for Summit Medical Group Patients
Be advised that beginning January 18, that Summit Medical Group will begin COVID-19 vaccinations for the following SMG patients:
- Patients 65 or older
- Patients 18-64 with one or more of the following conditions:
- chronic kidney disease
- Down Syndrome
- Heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 Diabetes
Residents who are SMG patients can call (908) 739-3200. Advise them who your Doctor is and that you meet the criteria as mandated by the Governor.
Eligibility as of January 14:
I Tested Positive - Now What?
Please call the Berkeley Heights Health Officer at (908) 518-5620.
This kickstarts the contact tracing process SIGNIFICANTLY faster than waiting for your case to be officially reported from the testing site to the BH Health Officer. The official process can take multiple days. Please help out on this - you will be contacted anyway, so making this call just speeds up the process and hopefully protects more people.
Click the Contact Tracing image to the right for full details about contact tracing and why it's so important.
Next Steps If Your School-Aged Child Tests Positive for COVID-19:
It’s important to note what when the Township and/or Berkeley Heights School District has a known COVID case, there are two processes that take place with our Health Officer, Annie McNair, and her staff: contact tracing and case investigation. Read more about contact tracing here.
Case investigation is a longer process in which trained representatives from the Union County Office of Health Management call you to find out exactly who you, or the COVID-positive family member, has been in close contact with, their whereabouts, etc. All information provided to the Office of Health Management is completely confidential and names of positive cases are never provided during the contact tracing process.
Please note: Representatives from the Berkeley Heights Public School District may make preliminary calls to let you know your child may have come into contact with another student who tested positive and advise you to quarantine. In addition, our Berkeley Heights Health Department officials – who are also with Union County – may still need to talk to you. It is imperative that parents and older students return calls from the County health officials to ensure they can do adequate contact tracing and case investigation to stop the spread in our community.
What is Contact Tracing? How Does it Stop the Spread of COVID-19?
As part of the State's plan to safely restart the economy, we are implementing a comprehensive contact tracing program.
For more information, visit the New Jersey COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing Information Page or see below:
What is Contact Tracing and How Does it Help?
Contact tracing is the process used to identify those who come into contact with people who have tested positive for many contagious diseases – such as measles, HIV, and COVID-19 – and is a long-standing practice in New Jersey and around the world.
Contact tracing goes hand in hand with testing. It is part of the process of supporting patients with suspected or confirmed infection.
Download the COVID Tracker App
COVID Alert NJ is New Jersey's free and secure mobile app that anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app also provides users with up-to-date information on New Jersey reopening news, key COVID-19 metrics, and a user-friendly symptom tracking tool. COVID Alert NJ uses Bluetooth proximity technology. The app will never record any identifying data. All users will remain anonymous.
Coronavirus: News Updates
Regular updates from the Township about COVID-19 Berkeley Heights, Union County, NJ and frequent helpful & important COVID19 news & information for residents and local businesses.
CDC Cloth Face Covering Guidelines - what you need to know to Slow the Spread. Information about wearing, making, washing and more.
Beginning Friday, March 13, Township offices in Berkeley Heights will be closed to the public. In addition, the Berkeley Heights Public Library will be closed, as will the Recreation Department; all recreation programs are canceled after Friday, March 13, until further notice.
Act Fast on Grants for Small Businesses – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority will begin accepting applications for its new grant program tomorrow, June 9, on a first-come, first-served basis. The $45 million program provides grants of up to $10,000 to small businesses impacted by the pandemic. For more details and a sample application, click here. The NJEDA is encouraging all nonprofit organizations to apply for the grants.
Tell the State What You Think – The state is requesting your input to better understand how to help businesses get back to work safely and productively. By filling out this online survey, you will help guide the state’s reopening strategy and upcoming business assistance opportunities.
For the U.S. Chamber’s return-to-work playbook for employers, click here.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s report on reopening and preparing workplaces for COVID-19.
The state’s PPE Supplier Registry connects suppliers of personal protective equipment with potential buyers. (Notice from the state: Parties are strongly advised to exercise due diligence when selecting vendors and are responsible for ensuring the quality and regulatory compliance of all goods/services purchased).
For information on applying for a Paycheck Protection Program loan, click here.
The U.S. Chamber’s guide to applying for loan forgiveness under the federal Paycheck Protection Program.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Survival Guide has a complete listing of all of the coronavirus resources for small businesses.
The N.J. Economic Development Authority is offering assistance programs for New Jersey businesses. Information and applications can be found here.
The IRS posted information on ’stimulus checks’ here.
The state’s jobs and hiring portal matches employers and candidates. For employers to participate, click here.
New Jersey’s website for information on all of the state’s business resources during the pandemic.
Unemployment & Consumer Affairs
Have Questions about the Status of an Unemployment Claim? - You can send a message to the state Labor Department through its website. Then follow these instructions:
* On the top of the page, scroll to the right for “Need Help” and unveil the drop-down menu
* Choose Send an Email
* Choose Email: Submit a message through the new online form.
* Follow the prompts
To report a scammer or suspected price gouging, alert the N.J. Division of Consumer Affairs at (973) 504-6240 or at http://njconsumeraffairs.gov.
In an effort to help people in Berkeley Heights manage during COVID-19, local volunteers set up a call center; residents can get connected to services, be assigned a check-in buddy, get info about Township & County programs, get groceries/supplies & more. Call (908) 312-2066 or email: BHHelpingNeighbors@gmail.com
#LightUpTheLights - BH Neighbors Helping Neighbors encourages everyone to put lights in your windows, or lights outside your home (Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali - any lights!), in a sign of solidarity with our community in the fight against COVID-19.
Stressed or Anxious?
If you’re experiencing fear, anxiety or stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic, please call one of these Union County Helplines:
For 24/7 Emergency Psychiatric Crisis Services, please contact
- Mobile Community Outreach (Adults): (908) 994-7131
- Union County Mobile Response & Stabilization (Children): (877) 652-7624
- RWJ University Hospital: (732) 381-4200
- Overlook Hospital: 908-522-2000
Additional Help Lines:
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- NJ Mental Health Cares: 1-866-202-4357
- The Peer Recovery Warmline: 1-877-292-5588
- Veterans Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (press 1)
- Addiction Help, NJ Hopeline: 1-855-654-6735
- Addiction Help, ReachNJ.gov: 1-844-REACHNJ
The state set up a 24-hour hotline where health care professionals are answering questions about coronavirus. The toll-free number is 1-800-222-1222. From outside the state, call 1-800-962-1253.
The township has complied a list of commonly asked Questions & Answers such as:
- How can I best protect myself and my family?
- What is the process for getting tested?
- Has UCOHM (Union County Office of Health Management) contacted all individuals who may have come into contact with any patients diagnosed with COVID-19?
- What is our Health Official’s role?
- Who should I call/what should I do if I think I have symptoms?
- Should I drive myself to the hospital or call emergency services?
- Is it safe to go to the store, etc…?
- Google's news stream on Coronavirus
- New Hours for Union County COVID-19 Test Center
- New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard
- CDC: How to Protect Yourself
- CDC: How to Prepare
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