January Updates

Mayor's Message, 1/8

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents, this is Mayor Tara Prupis and today is Friday, January 8, 2021.

This is my first message as Mayor and it is an honor to serve the residents of Millburn Township in this capacity. In our commitment to keeping each other safe, we will continue to update residents on a weekly basis regarding the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.

As a community we must remember that in spite of the ongoing efforts by the State of New Jersey and Essex County to administer the vaccine, we must continue wear our masks, keep a safe distance of 6 feet or more and wash our hands frequently.

Essex County is reporting a total 50,285 residents that tested positive for COVID-19. There are currently 462 residents of Millburn Township who have tested positive for COVID-19. The confirmed cases in Millburn are cumulative since the onset of the pandemic and residents are not removed from this count once they recover.  This number represents an increase of 48 cases since January 1, 2021.

The following are important updates for our residents:

This will allow the general public to pre-register for eligibility by enabling them to input their personal contact, health insurance and demographic information. It will also allow individuals who are immediately eligible, based on screening questions, to schedule an appointment.

The vaccine is covered by insurance and is free of charge even if you do not have medical insurance. For more information about coverage please visit the following website: https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/assistance-and-benefits/is-the-covid-19-vaccine-free-what-if-i-dont-have-insurance    

  • Essex County is offering free COVID testing at a variety of locations throughout the County. Please visit http://www.essexcovid.org for additional information. You must register to get tested.
  • Essex County continues to administer vaccinations at their Livingston Mall and other locations. Currently, the County is allowing first responders, hospitals workers and long term care facilities under phase 1A and 1B to register for vaccinations. Continue checking the County’s website at http://www.essexcovid.org where residents can sign up for testing and schedule vaccinations. The location for MILLBURN residents is:

Livingston Mall – Sears Building

112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston, NJ

The entrance is at the back of the building.

Anyone wishing to volunteer in either a medical or administrative capacity, please send your name and contact information to: vaccinehelp@admin.essexcountynj.org

Volunteers who are working at any of the sites will receive full PPE and priority to receive a Covid-19 vaccine, if they choose. When vaccinations are available, the sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents can make appointments at http://www.EssexCOVID.org or by calling 973-877-8456. Appointments only can be made after the County receives the vaccines. Vaccinations will be given in two doses. Residents making reservations to receive the vaccination will receive two appointments. It is critical that residents attend both appointments.

Residents will be asked to provide their medical insurance information and their insurance provider will be billed $16.94 for the first dose and $28.39 for the second dose. If a resident does not have insurance, the cost of the vaccine will be covered by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provide Relief Fund. There will be no out-of-pocket expenses charged to residents.

  • Livingston Township will be sponsoring a COVID/vaccine information forum at 7:00PM on January 14 to disseminate the latest up-to-date information available.

Thank you to Livingston Mayor Shawn Klein who has invited Millburn Residents to participate by viewing the forum on the Livingston Township FB page. Public questions will be taken by Saint Barnabas Medical Center infectious disease chief, Dr. Lincoln Miller, as well as Essex County lead health officer, Maya Lordo, among other officials in medicine and government.  Please mark your calendars!

The livestream forum can be viewed at http://FB.com/LivingstonTownshipNJ. Questions leading up to the forum and during can be submitted at livecomments@livingstonnj.org. Viewers will also be able to ask questions on the FB livestream.

  • The pause on indoor sporting activities has been lifted as of January 2, 2021.  Please click here to read Executive Order 204 that provides guidance on restrictions for these reactivated programs.

The Millburn Recreation Department has scheduled activities for outdoor winter programs, due to the current prohibition of indoor activities.  Please register at https://twp.millburn.nj.us/404/Program-Registration-Forms

Mayor's Message 1/15

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents, this is Mayor Tara Prupis. Today is Friday, January 15, 2021.

To keep each other safe, we will continue to update our residents on a weekly basis regarding the COVID-19 health crisis.

While there are ongoing efforts by the State of New Jersey and Essex County to administer the vaccine, we must continue to wear our masks, keep a safe distance of 6 feet or more and wash our hands frequently.

Essex County is reporting a total 54,374 residents that have tested positive for COVID-19. There are currently 501 residents of Millburn Township who have tested positive for COVID-19. The confirmed cases in Millburn are cumulative since the onset of the pandemic and residents are not removed from this count once they recover. This number represents an increase of 39 cases since January 8, 2021. Essex County updates its numbers daily, and can be found here: https://essexcountynj.org/covid-19-municipality/

The following are important updates for our residents:

This site allows the general public to pre-register for eligibility. You will be required to submit your personal contact, health insurance and demographic information. The site will prompt individuals to schedule an appointment when they are eligible. 

  • Vaccinations are now open to residents 65 and older and individuals aged 16 to 64 with certain medical conditions. Essex County continues to administer vaccinations at their Livingston Mall location. Currently, the County is vaccinating people in phase 1A and 1B. Continue checking the County’s website at http://www.essexcovid.org where residents can sign up for testing and schedule vaccinations. To speak to an operator, please contact our Essex County COVID Call Center at 973-877-8456. The main location for Millburn Township residents is:

Livingston Mall – Sears Building

112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston, NJ

The entrance is at the back of the building.

As vaccination sites are getting booked throughout the county, residents may be directed to visit an alternate site for their vaccination. Some residents may be directed to an another site in Essex County for an appointment for their vaccination. They must visit that site for their scheduled vaccination. Residents making reservations to receive the vaccination will receive two appointments. It is critical that residents attend both appointments.

Residents will be asked to provide their medical insurance information and their insurance provider will be billed $16.94 for the first dose and $28.39 for the second dose. The vaccine will remain free for patients, while these costs will be passed on to the insurance carrier. While the vaccine is free, if you have insurance you will see it billed. If a resident does not have insurance, the cost of the vaccine will be covered by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provide Relief Fund. For more information about coverage please visit the following website:

https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/assistance-and-benefits/is-the-covid-19-vaccine-free-what-if-i-dont-have-insurance

  • Testing continues to be an important step in combating the spread of COVID-19. Essex County is offering free COVID testing at a variety of locations throughout the County. Please visit http://www.essexcovid.org for additional information. You must register to get tested.
  • Anyone wishing to volunteer in either a medical or administrative capacity at a vaccination site, please send your name and contact information to:  vaccinehelp@admin.essexcountynj.org. Volunteers who are working at any of the sites will receive full PPE and priority to receive a Covid-19 vaccine, if they choose. Sites are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents can make appointments at http://www.EssexCOVID.org or by calling 973-877-8456. 
  • Millburn Township operates a food pantry for Millburn-Short Hills residents in need. The food pantry is in need of toiletries, in particular detergent, paper towels, and toilet paper. The pantry also accepts monetary donations which are exchanged for gift cards to local supermarkets and then distributed to food pantry recipients. If you would like to make a donation, please contact the Town Social Worker, Ana Millan at (973) 535-7961 ext. 231 or amillan@millburntwp.org. Alternatively, checks can be mailed to the Township of Millburn, ATTN: Ana Millan, Millburn Health Department at 375 Millburn Ave. Millburn, NJ 07041.
  • To submit a concern, we encourage the use of the Township’s SDL Open Data Portal. This allows us to assign your request, concern or complaint to the proper department, provide feedback and track progress. Links to both the Open Data Portal and complaint form can be found here: 

SDL Open Data Portal: https://www.sdlportal.com/towns/nj/essex/millburntwp/

Complaint Form: https://www.sdlportal.com/towns/nj/essex/millburntwp/requests/complaint

  • For residents that would like to meet with me, my office hours at Town Hall are by appointment, Thursdays, 9-11AM. To schedule an appointment please contact me at tprupis@millburntwp.org. Please include how you would prefer meeting – via ZOOM, by phone or in person, and I will do my best to accommodate your request.
  • Please remember to use caution walking, driving and cycling throughout the Township. With shortened days we all need to drive cautiously, make ourselves visible when walking or riding and remain safe.

Thank you and enjoy your weekend.

-Mayor Prupis

Mayor's Message 1/22

Good afternoon Millburn Township residents, this is Mayor Tara Prupis. Today is Friday, January 22, 2021.

To keep each other safe, we will continue to update our residents on a weekly basis regarding the COVID-19 health crisis.

Governor Murphy has extended New Jersey’s public health emergency an additional 30 days. While there are ongoing efforts by the State of New Jersey and Essex County to administer the vaccine, we must continue to wear our masks, keep a safe distance of 6 feet or more and wash our hands frequently.

Essex County is reporting a total 56,129 residents that have tested positive for COVID-19. There are currently 543 residents of Millburn Township who have tested positive for COVID-19. The confirmed cases in Millburn are cumulative since the onset of the pandemic and residents are not removed from this count once they recover. This number represents an increase of 36 cases since January 15, 2021. Essex County updates its numbers daily, and can be found here: https://essexcountynj.org/covid-19-municipality/

The following are important updates for our residents:

  • The State Health Department announced it has plans to open its own call center by the week of January 25 to assist anyone who works, lives, or studies in New Jersey in pre-registering for the vaccine. Agents will also be available to assist eligible callers in scheduling appointments for the vaccine when they are made available to them. The phone line will be staffed from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday - Friday. We will share more information as it becomes available. When the phone number goes live on Monday residents can call 855-568-0545 for assistance.
  • The website to pre-register for the vaccine is: https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/

This site allows the general public to pre-register for eligibility. You will be required to submit your personal contact, health insurance and demographic information. The site will prompt individuals to schedule an appointment when they are eligible.

  • Vaccinations are now open to residents 65 and older and individuals aged 16 to 64 with certain medical conditions. Essex County continues to administer vaccinations at their Livingston Mall location. Currently, the County is vaccinating people in phase 1A and 1B. Continue checking the County’s website at http://www.essexcovid.org where residents can sign up for testing and schedule vaccinations. Please check the website regularly, as appointments open up periodically. To speak to an operator, please contact our Essex County COVID Call Center at 973-877-8456. The main location for Millburn Township residents is:

Livingston Mall – Sears Building

112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston, NJ

The entrance is at the back of the building.

As vaccination sites are getting booked throughout the county, some residents may be directed to an alternate site in Essex County for an appointment for their vaccination. They must visit that site for their scheduled vaccination. Residents making reservations to receive the vaccination will receive two appointments. It is critical that residents attend both appointments.

Residents will be asked to provide their medical insurance information and their insurance provider will be billed $16.94 for the first dose and $28.39 for the second dose. The vaccine will remain free for patients, while these costs will be passed on to the insurance carrier. While the vaccine is free, if you have insurance you will see it billed. If a resident does not have insurance, the cost of the vaccine will be covered by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provide Relief Fund. For more information about coverage please visit the following website: 

https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/assistance-and-benefits/is-the-covid-19-vaccine-free-what-if-i-dont-have-insurance

  • Testing continues to be an important step in combating the spread of COVID-19. Essex County is offering free COVID testing at a variety of locations throughout the County. Please visit http://www.essexcovid.org for additional information. You must register to get tested.
  • Anyone wishing to volunteer in either a medical or administrative capacity at a vaccination site, please send your name and contact information to: vaccinehelp@admin.essexcountynj.org. Volunteers who are working at any of the sites will receive full PPE and priority to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, if they choose. Sites are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents can make appointments at http://www.EssexCOVID.org or by calling 973-877-8456.
  • To submit a concern, we encourage the use of the Township’s SDL Open Data Portal. This allows us to assign your request, concern or complaint to the proper department, provide feedback and track progress. Links to both the Open Data Portal and complaint form can be found below:

SDL Open Data Portal: https://www.sdlportal.com/towns/nj/essex/millburntwp/

Complaint Form: https://www.sdlportal.com/towns/nj/essex/millburntwp/requests/complaint

Please be patient as the township responds to each of your concerns.

  • For residents that would like to meet with me, my office hours at Town Hall are by appointment, Thursdays, 9 –11 a.m. To schedule an appointment please contact me at tprupis@millburntwp.org. Please include how you would prefer meeting – via ZOOM, by phone or in person, and I will do my best to accommodate your request.
  • Please remember to use caution walking, driving and cycling throughout the Township. With shortened days we all need to drive cautiously, make ourselves visible when walking or riding and remain safe.

Thank you and enjoy your weekend!

Mayor's Message 1/29

Good afternoon Millburn Township Residents, this is Mayor Tara Prupis. Today is Friday, January 29, 2021.

To keep each other safe, we will continue to update our residents on a weekly basis regarding the COVID-19 health crisis.

Essex County is reporting a total 59,140 residents that have tested positive for COVID-19. There are currently 586 residents of Millburn Township who have tested positive for COVID-19. The confirmed cases in Millburn are cumulative since the onset of the pandemic and residents are not removed from this count once they recover. This number represents an increase of 43 cases since January 22, 2021. Essex County updates its numbers daily, and can be found here: https://essexcountynj.org/covid-19-municipality.

NJ COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center

The State launched its COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center on January 25 to assist anyone who works, lives or studies in New Jersey in pre-registering for the vaccine. Agents will also be available to assist eligible callers in scheduling appointments for the vaccine when they are made available to them. You may call the hotline at (855) 568-0545 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The website to pre-register for the vaccine is: https://covidvaccine.nj.gov. This site allows the general public to pre-register for eligibility. You will be required to submit your personal contact, health insurance and demographic information. The site will prompt individuals to schedule an appointment when they are eligible.

If you are eligible to receive a vaccine but have not yet been notified about available appointments in the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System, you may also attempt to make an appointment directly with many of the designated vaccination sites across the state. The full list of vaccine sites can be found at: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-eligible-recipients.

Essex County Vaccinations

Vaccinations are currently open to residents 65 and older and individuals aged 16 to 64 with certain medical conditions. Essex County continues to administer vaccinations at their Livingston Mall location. Currently, the County is vaccinating people in phases 1A and 1B. Continue checking the County’s website at http://www.essexcovid.org where residents can sign up for testing and schedule vaccinations. Please check the website regularly, as appointments open up periodically. To speak to an operator, please contact our Essex County COVID Call Center at (973) 877-8456. The main location for Millburn Township residents is:

Livingston Mall – Sears Building

112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston, NJ

The entrance is at the back of the building.

As vaccination sites are booking out throughout Essex County, some residents may be directed to visit an alternate site for their vaccination. They must visit that site for their scheduled vaccination. Residents making reservations to receive the vaccination will receive two appointments. It is critical that residents attend both appointments.

Residents will be asked to provide their medical insurance information and their insurance provider will be billed $16.94 for the first dose and $28.39 for the second dose. The vaccine will remain free for patients, while these costs will be passed on to the insurance carrier. While the vaccine is free, if you have insurance you will see it billed. If a resident does not have insurance, the cost of the vaccine will be covered by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provide Relief Fund. For more information about coverage please visit the following website:

https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/assistance-and-benefits/is-the-covid-19-vaccine-free-what-if-i-dont-have-insurance

Essex County Vaccination Site at Livingston Mall

 County Vaccine Site

Pictured left to right: Committeeman Sanjeev Vinayak, Deputy Mayor Richard Wasserman, County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Mayor Tara Prupis, Committeewoman Maggee Miggins, Essex County Health Officer Maya Lordo, Essex County Chief of Staff Philip Alagia

This morning, members of the Township Committee toured the Essex County Vaccination Site at the former Sears building at Livingston Mall with County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. What we saw was a highly organized and efficient vaccination center. The County was able to translate the successes of its robust COVID-19 testing program into a well-run vaccination site, and they will continue to monitor and modify the program to ensure a smooth process for residents. We are incredibly grateful for the hard work and efforts of County Officials, medical staff and volunteers on-site, including Millburn residents.

Please be aware that this vaccination site is not accepting walk-ins at this time – you must have an appointment in order to receive a vaccine. The County is working to ensure that all allotted vaccines are being utilized daily. To schedule a vaccination, remember to check the Essex County website here http://www.essexcovid.org periodically throughout the day as appointments may open up.

Anyone wishing to volunteer in either a medical or administrative capacity at a vaccination site, please send your name and contact information to: vaccinehelp@admin.essexcountynj.org. Volunteers who are working at any of the sites will receive full PPE and priority to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, if they choose. Sites are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents can make appointments at http://www.EssexCOVID.org or by calling (973) 877-8456.

COVID-19 Testing

Testing continues to be an important step in combating the spread of COVID-19. Essex County is offering free COVID testing at a variety of locations throughout the County. Please visit http://www.essexcovid.org for additional information. You must register to get tested.

Mayor’s Office Hours

For residents that would like to meet with me, my office hours at Town Hall are by appointment, Thursdays, 9-11 a.m. To schedule an appointment please contact me at tprupis@millburntwp.org. Please include how you would prefer meeting – via ZOOM, by phone or in person, and I will do my best to accommodate your request.

Please remember to use caution walking, driving and cycling throughout the Township. With shortened days we all need to drive cautiously, make ourselves visible when walking or riding and remain safe.

Thank you and enjoy your weekend!

-Mayor Prupis