Essex County Updates

Essex County Opens COVID-19 Testing Site in Weequahic Park in Newark

Updated: March 25, 9:30 a.m.

Essex County officials announced the opening of a drive-through testing site in Newark’s Weequahic Park for county residents who are symptomatic of COVID-19. The site will open on Thursday, March 26 and Saturday, March 28 when 100 tests per day will be administered; it will then be open next week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday when 150 tests per day will be administered each day. The testing site is for Essex County residents; appointments are mandatory and will be scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Residents must arrive by car. 

Anyone wishing to be tested musty meet specific testing criteria, which includes a fever of at least 99.6 degrees and respiratory symptoms of shortness of breath. Those who do not meet the criteria will not receive an appointment. If you are exhibiting severe symptoms, please contact your local health care provider or local health department for guidance.

Residents can visit www.essexCOVID.org, where they will be required to complete a short online screening process before an appointment is scheduled. Residents will be asked several health-related questions and detail any symptoms they have related to the coronavirus. Upon completion of the survey, they will be informed if they are eligible for the screening. If they are eligible, a confirmation number will be provided; residents must bring the confirmation number with them to their appointment.

Tests are being offered free of charge to Essex County residents. Having health insurance is not a requirement. Follow up contact will be made to assess the continuing health of the person who completed the screening.

The full press release on the testing site can be read here: Essex County Executive DiVincenzo, Freeholder President Richardson Announce Screening Site for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to Open in Essex County Weequahic Park.

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County Recycling Events

Updated: March 26, 4:00 p.m.

  • The May 2 Spring Household Hazardous Waste Collection day is cancelled.
  • The May 16 Computer and Electronics Recycling day is cancelled.

Essex County Closes All Parks and Facilities

Updated: March 25, 2:30 p.m.

 On Friday, March 13, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced that Essex County is taking precautions to help stop the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. In an abundance of caution, the Essex County Vocational School District, Turtle Back Zoo, Codey Arena, County Golf Courses and senior buildings in the Parks System will close to the public for two weeks and public events, including two popular activities that are part of the Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival, are being postponed. 

As a preventive measure, the Executive announced that the following County facilities will be closed for two weeks, from Saturday, March 14 to through Friday, March 27:

  • Essex County Vocational School District
  • Essex County Turtle Back Zoo
  • Essex County Codey Arena
  • Essex County Golf Course: Francis Byrne Golf Course, Hendricks Field Golf Course and Weequahic Golf Course
  • All community centers and senior buildings located within the Parks System
  • The Parks Department will not issue any new permits for events being held within this time period.

These closures will result in the postponement or cancellation of any events being hosted by the County or independent organizations at these locations.

DiVincenzo announced that the following Essex County events are being postponed:

  • The Annual State of the County Address on Monday, March 23
  • Census Day at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo on Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29
  • The Cherry Blossom Bike Race in Essex County Branch Brook Park on Saturday, April 4
  • The Cherry Blossom 10K Race in Essex County Branch Brook Park on Sunday, April 5

Read the full press release here: Essex County Executive DiVincenzo Announces Precautions being Taken to Prevent the Spread of Novel Coronavirus