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NJ COVID-19 Information Hub

This post has also been added to the COVID-19 dropdown menu on the City of Linden website.

General Questions – Call 211

General information on how to stay safe, test sites, financial assistance, unemployment. donations, food, and other non-medical needs.

Medical Questions – Call 1-800-962-1253

Medical Information from healthcare professionals on symptoms, when to seek medical attention, and proper steps to take if exposed to COVID-19.

Vaccine Appointment Support – Call 1-855-568-0545 (8am – 8pm)

Help with setting up a vaccination appointment.

Additional Information

  • You can text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive alerts.
  • Download the COVID Alert NJ App on Google Play or the App Store.

Union County Program Cancellations Due to Weather

The County of Union has cancelled and adjusted the following programs and services due to the impending winter storm.

  • The COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Center at Kean University will be closed on Thursday, December 17th. All appointments for that day will be held on Friday, December 18th, and the drive-thru test center will be open that day from 8am until 5:30pm. 
  • The Union County COVID-19 Mobile Testing Event scheduled for December 17th in Berkeley Heights from 2pm until 5pm is cancelled and will be rescheduled to a later date.
  • All Union County Paratransit service will not run on Thursday, December 17th. Paratransit service, including the Route 22 shuttle, will run until 6pm. on Wednesday, December 16th and resume Friday, December 18th.
  • The Meals on Wheels program will not deliver meals on Thursday, December 17th. Meal delivery will be doubled on Wednesday, December 16th.

Individuals who are in need of shelter during or just prior to the storm can call the Division of Social Services 908-965-2700 and transportation will be arranged as needed.

The Freeholders urge you to take caution throughout the storm and check on loved ones. For any problems on County roads, please call the County Police at 908-654-9800.

For updates on Union County services and events during the winter storm, please click here.

Special Message from Linden Fire Department Chief William Hasko Jr

It seems like yesterday, but six months have passed since I took the Oath of Office as the Chief of the Linden Fire Department. At that time, I had no idea that in just four months we would be facing a COVID-19 Pandemic. What I do know is that that I could not be more proud to be the Chief of The Linden Fire Department. The members of this Department never faltered on their promise “to faithfully, impartially and justly perform all the duties of office of firefighter.” They came together and served the public’s needs honorably and professionally. As Chief of the Department, I thank them. In addition, I want everyone to know that The Linden Fire Department is, has and always will be here for you. Lastly, I want to recognized and thank Captain Bryan Kostrey and Firefighter Daryl Roberts for taking the initiative to create this inspiring video.

Fire Chief William Hasko Jr

Note from the Mayor

Dear Linden Residents:

We know you are concerned about the coronavirus (COVID-19). As your Mayor, I want you to know that your safety is our top priority. For the safety of our residents, I have met with City Department heads, Police and Fire Departments, and the Linden School District leaders to make sure protocols for all are in place. To date, the following have been put in place:

  • City Hall will continue to be cleaned and sanitized on a daily basis, putting importance on those common areas where our residents and visitors interact
  • The City will cancel events on a case by case basis
  • Police and Fire have protocols in place to protect their employees and the residents that they serve
  • PAL has suspended Basketball for the season.

We are monitoring this situation and every day I am on a conference call with the County Manager, who speaks with the Governor, his staff and the State Dept of Health prior to the conference call with the county Mayors. Should anything new arise I will be sure to update you. Please don’t hesitate, should you have questions or concerns to call our Linden Department of Health at 908-474-8420. You can also call NJ Department of Health hotline at 1-800-222-1222 to ask questions about the Novel Coronavirus.

You can also get up to date information on the New Jersey Department of Health and the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

Please remember the Coronavirus spreads through contact with respiratory droplets caused by coughing and sneezing. You should be using the same prevention methods as you would to avoid a common cold or the flu. The best ways to protect yourself include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Try to avoid touching your face.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home from school or work when you are sick.

Because it is still cold and flu season, doctors’ offices and urgent care centers continue to see a significant number of patients with symptoms like fever, cough and body aches. Right now, if you’re feeling ill, it is still much more likely to be a cold or the flu rather than the coronavirus. As with the flu, most people who get coronavirus only experience mild viral symptoms such as fever, cough, muscle pain or weakness, and fatigue, and will experience a complete recovery.

The Centers for Disease Control says those infected with the virus may experience fever, cough, and shortness of breath within two to 14 days of exposure. Residents who are concerned they’ve contracted the virus, should self-quarantine and immediately call their family physician, should your doctor not be able to be reached please call the NJ Coronavirus hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

Stay safe,

Mayor Derek Armstead