Newark Mayor Issues Statement on the City’s Preparedness for Coronavirus

The health and safety of the people of Newark is a top priority for me and my administration. As we closely monitor the developments and impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we also continue to update our plan and communicate with Newark and county hospitals/medical facilities, Newark Public Schools, and the business community to ensure that our city is well prepared.

In addition to preparation, it is equally important for everyone to be informed. Newark thankfully has no positive cases to date.

At this time, our events are still scheduled to take place as we continue to evaluate and follow recommendations from the State.

In accordance with guidance from the World Health Organization, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), we are asking that people who can answer yes to any of the following questions take extra precaution in protecting themselves and others.

Whether it be a large event such as the Sixth Annual State of the City (scheduled for Monday, March 16) or the St. Patrick’s Day Parade this Friday, a small gathering, or a place where people will be exposed to others, please respectfully avoid such activity until further notice if you answer yes:

Are you feeling sick in any way, such as cough, fever, or shortness of breath? Have you traveled to, or been in close contact with someone who has traveled to, one of the high risk areas as outlined by the CDC within the past 14 days, even if asymptomatic?

Have you been in contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days, even if asymptomatic?

Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19? Do you have any underlying health conditions such as respiratory or cardiac diagnoses, diabetes, cancer, or immunity issues? Are you a senior, over the age of 60?

It is also important for everyone to know the signs and practice prevention tips as those provided by the NJDOH.