Patient (a non-resident) at Clara Maass Medical Center first to test positive for COVID-19 in Belleville

A non-Belleville resident at Clara Maass Medical Center has tested positive for the Coronavirus at the Belleville-based hospital, town officials announced Sunday night.

Additionally, 22 Belleville residents are also undergoing testing, the township said.

Town officials and the Belleville Health Department remain in direct contact with the county and state health department.

New Belleville information

  • Street cleaning enforcement will be suspended until further notice.
  • The township has been in contact with two private senior facilities and has encouraged them all to take immediate action — either closing or conducting self-imposed social distancing.
  • The township has been in contact with our 55+ building and have advised that it close all public gathering rooms.
  • The township asks proprietors of small service businesses, mainly bars, restaurants and shops to implement self-imposed social distancing guidelines.
  • Bars and restaurants are encouraged to promote take out, curbside pickup and delivery options.
  • Stores and shops are encouraged to voluntary reduce by 50% their in-house capacity and encourage a minimum of 6-foot social distancing.
  • The township Office of Emergency Management is considering declaring a local state of emergency. If so, the OEM coordinator will have broad powers over local businesses to mandate these recommendations


  • With an abundance of caution, Belleville Schools are closed for the next two weeks.
  • The Belleville Public Library is closed until further notice.
  • Effective Monday, March 16, public access to town hall will be prohibited, unless residents have prior business to complete, or have an appointment. We encourage all residents in need of municipal services to use the municipal website to obtain email and phone numbers for all departments.

Please feel free to contact the town manager’s office at with questions or concerns.

As additional information becomes available, the township will continue to update its website and post new information.


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