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Union County COVID-19 Test Sites

Union County residents can now walk to our free COVID-19 test sites, provided by the Union County COVID-19 Mobile Test Unit. The Mobile Test Unit is visiting local communities to offer free COVID-19 tests to the public, by appointment. All tests are conducted on a walk-up basis; no car is needed.

  • Any Union County resident can make an appointment at any Mobile Test Unit location.
  • Union County residents who need assistance by phone can call the Mobile Test Unit at 908-518-4307.
  • The Union County COVID-19 Mobile Test Unit has conducted more than 2,000 tests to date and is staffed by health professionals with the Union County Division of Health.
  • Residents can attend any of the following upcoming Walk-up Sites. Click each site to make an appointment online.

Test Sites

  • Elizabeth Erxleben Center 513 Richmond Street, Tuesday, August 25th 4pm – 7pm
  • Plainfield Gerald Green Plaza 200 West Second Street, Tuesday, August 25th 4pm – 7pm
  • Rahway Zion Lutheran Church 215 Elm Avenue, Tuesday, August 25th 10am – 1pm
  • Westfield Tamaques Park Thursday, August 20th 10am – 1pm (1872 Lamberts Mill Road in Scotch Plains for your GPS)

Winfield COVID-19 Walkup Testing @ the Winfield Firehouse on Thursday, August 13th

The Union County Freeholder Board is pleased to announce that the Union County COVID-19 Mobile Test Unit is now visiting various community locations to provide free tests for Union County residents. Any resident can make an appointment for a test, whether or not they have symptoms. No doctor visit or car is needed; all tests are conducted on a walk-up basis with masks and social distance required.

Winfield: Fire Station, 12 Gulfstream Avenue, Thursday, August 13.

Union County Freeholders Announce COVID-19 Relief Grant Program for Small Businesses

Initial Round of Program would provide grants up to $20,000 for impacted small businesses with 25 or fewer employees.

The Union County Freeholder Board today announced the initial-round launch of the Union County COVID-19 Relief Grant Program for small businesses that have been impacted by the health emergency.

The grant program will make available a total of $2 million in CARES Act relief funds. Out of this funding, the program will provide grants up to $20,000 to eligible small businesses to cover three month’s rent, property mortgage, utility and insurance expenses. The grant will be available to small businesses located within the boundaries of Union County with 25 or fewer employees prior to the COVID emergency.

“Union County’s small businesses are the life-blood of our communities and our downtowns,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “These businesses, which contribute so much to our quality of life as a whole, have been devastated by the COVID-19 emergency and need our assistance. The survival of these businesses is vital to Union County, and we encourage our small businesses to apply for a grant once the program is available.”

The Union County COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is funded by the COVID- Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Federal relief fund. The County of Union will begin accepting applications for the program through an online portal beginning Thursday July 16th at 10am.

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CVERAP) – Deadline Extension

The CVERAP application deadline has been extended through July 17th.

The NJ Department of Community Affairs is accepting pre-applications for rental help for those affected by COVID-19. You can submit a pre-application anytime of day beginning July 6, 2020 at 9:00am through July 17, 2020, 5:00pm. The website will close at exactly 5:00pm on Friday July 17, 2020; no more applications will be accepted after 5:00pm. 

Pre-applications will only be available online here.

If you do not have access to the Internet, please call our Customer Service number, 609-292-4080, option #1, for assistance. For more information, click here.

Mary Ellen Tango

Director, Linden Social Services

Make sure you get your $1,200 Federal Stimulus Check!

If you don’t make enough income to have to file taxes, you may miss out on the federal stimulus check, also known as the Economic Impact Payment. To get yours, go to the IRS website by clicking here, select the blue “Enter Your Information” button and enter your information. To receive the payments, individuals must provide their information to the IRS and apply for the payment no later than October 15, 2020. The informational flyer about this is available on the NJ.gov website in English and Spanish.

People looking for their stimulus check may call Senator Cryan’s office for information at (908) 327-9119 or they can click on this link, then scroll down to “Get My Payment” and follow the prompts.

Outdoor Visitation with Long-Term Care Residents Began as of Sunday, June 21

esidents of long-term care facilities will be able to have outdoor visits with loved ones in designated outdoor space starting Sunday, June 21—Father’s Day– under a directive to long-term care facilities issued today by the state Department of Health. The Health Department has received input and worked collaboratively with long-term care providers on developing this directive to accommodate visitors.

Prior to transporting a long-term care resident to a designated outdoor space, visitors must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms ­­– including a temperature check – and facilities must follow safety and infection prevention and control measures in order to allow visitation.

Click here to read the full press release about the NJ Health Department Directive to Facilities Outlines Guidelines.

Outdoor Dining Restaurants

Linden restaurants open for outdoor dining:

  • III Amici Ristorante – 1700 West Elizabeth Avenue
  • Abigail’s Café – 804 West Elizabeth Avenue
  • Amsterdam Alley – 9-11 West Price Street
  • Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar – 671 West Edgar Rd (Rts 1&9)
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar – 1701 W. Edgar Rd. (Rts 1&9)
  • Chevy’s Fresh Mex – Aviation Plaza 1150 S. Stiles Street
  • Dragonfly Sushi – Aviation Plaza 660 West Edgar Road (Rts 1&9)
  • Nuno’s Pavilion – 300-318 Roselle Street
  • Parkview Tavern & Restaurant – 2048 E. St. Georges Avenue
  • Taboo Men’s Club – 2005 -2015 E. Linden Avenue

Please check with the establishment regarding hours of operation.

Governor Murphy and Superintendent Callahan Announce that Indoor Portions of Retail Shopping Malls May Reopen on June 29

Malls are reopening, and here’s some of the fine print.

Retail businesses located in the interior of shopping malls are permitted to reopen to the public, as long as they comply with the requirements contained in Executive Order No. 122. Restaurants within the interior of a retail shopping mall are restricted to offering takeout and delivery services, except that they may also provide in-person service at outdoor areas outside the shopping mall pursuant to Executive Order No. 150

Retail kiosks located within malls may operate subject to the applicable requirements contained in Executive Order No. 122, and must ensure that customers remain six feet apart at all times.All areas with communal seating shall be removed or cordoned off. Isolated seats or benches available for individual use may be accessible, in order to provide customers with a place to rest. Stroller rentals, vending machines, communal play areas and valet parking must remain closed.

Indoor shopping mall operators should evaluate floor plans and establish policies to minimize congestion points and maintain social distancing, such as a customer flow plan with floor markings or separate entrance and exit points.

With respect to the mall’s own employees, mall operators must require infection control practices, provide employees break time for handwashing, and provide sanitization materials, among other requirements. The order also states that employees and customers must wear face coverings while on the premises, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health or where the individual is under two years of age. If a customer refuses to wear a cloth face covering for non-medical reasons and if such covering cannot be provided to the individual by the mall at the point of entry, then the mall must decline entry to the individual.

Click here for the full press release.

Returning to the Office

There have been various interpretations of the state’s rules regarding when offices can reopen and at what capacity. Although indoor gatherings are now limited to 25% of a building’s capacity or up to 50 people, whichever is less, Gov. Murphy maintains that those who can work from home should continue to work from home.