The Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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COVID-19 Vaccination is on the Horizon
In anticipation of the approval of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, the Department of Health is working with many other state, federal, and local agencies to plan for the fast and equitable distribution of a vaccine to all New Jersey communities. It is the goal of the Department of Health to make safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination available to all who live, work, and/or are educated in New Jersey. Follow the progress being made and get answers to frequently asked questions here.
You cannot test out of the 14 days that you are supposed to quarantine if you have come from a restricted state or been in contact with someone who has tested positive. Here's why. Download the free COVID Alert NJ exposure notification app.
Find out what the optimal time to get tested is if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or want to be confident that you are COVID free.
The NJ Department of Health website hosts the New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard. Here you can find current statewide information about cases and trends, mortality summaries, hospital census and discharges and contact tracing organized by regions and counties.
This state website was created to answer questions about COVID-19 and offer fast links for commonly requested services, such as, but not limited to the following:
- Understand Governor Murphy's recovery vision by reading The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health through Public Health
- Governor Murphy urges all New Jerseyans to "do the right thing." If you have been with someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19, "get tested". If you don't feel well, "stay home". Always wear a mask when going out in public and make sure it is covering your mouth and nose. Keep a distance of six feet between yourselves and others.
You can help those in need by donating food and funds to local food pantries in your area.
See a listing of current Short-term Resources including food distribution events and delivery assistance, county services, financial aid, mental health support, and more. This list changes daily so check back often. If you have a resource you would like to add, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established Coronavirus Test Sites and Contact Tracing
Public testing sites are open. Many other local private testing sites are too. Contact your healthcare professional to be directed to a location in your community. Our listing of short-term resources also includes local community organized testing sites. Individuals who are undocumented or uninsured are eligible for testing as well.
Some sites are limited to seeing only those who are showing symptoms of the virus currently or have been in close contact with someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19. Take this self-assessment test to see if you have symptoms commonly associated with this virus. Health Actions to Protect You and Your Family
Next Steps After Testing:
- Getting your test results is dependent upon where you went for testing. New Jersey's COVID-19 website explains how best to access these results. Go to this page and click on the question: "I was tested for COVID-19. How do I get my results?"
- Here's what to do if you test positive for COVID-19 (Spanish version)
- Here's what to do if you test negative for COVID-19 (Spanish version)
- People are recovering! Follow basic guidelines as your health improves.
Once a person is known to have tested positive, it is essential that those whom they've been in contact with be notified. New Jersey is building a robust and diverse contact tracing force. Find out more here.
Current News from State Officials
November 21 - Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Extending Public Health Emergency in New Jersey Read the press release.
November 21 - Governor Murphy and Superintendent Callahan Announce Administrative Order Clarifying Guidelines for Outdoor High School Sporting Events Read the press release.
November 18 - Regional Coalition Of Northeast Governors Announce Colleges Will Be Encouraged To Provide Testing For Students Before Leaving For Thanksgiving Break, Recommend Expanded Remote Instruction To End Fall Semester Safely Read the press release.
November 18 - Murphy Administration Announces $161 million in Municipal Aid Grants to 543 Municipalities Read the press release.
November 16 - Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Lowering Limits on Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings Read the press release.
November 16 - ICYMI: New Jersey Department of Health Guidance Outlines Protocols For Long-Term Care Facilities and Holiday Visitation Read the press release.
November 12 - Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Permitting Municipalities and Counties to Impose Additional Restrictions on the Hours of Operation of Non-Essential Businesses after 8:00 p.m. Read the press release.
November 10 - Updated Quarantine Advisory Issued for Individuals Traveling to New Jersey, Bringing New Total to 45 States and Territories Read the press release.
November 10 - Governor Murphy Announces New COVID-19 Mitigation Measures Read the press release.
Keep up with government actions being implemented to help the public by reading other press releases issued from the Governor's Office.
Call Line Opened to Answer Questions
Live assistance regarding COVID-19 information is available. To speak with a health care professional, call 1-800-962-1253 and for general information and resources for basic needs, dial 211.
News and Resources for Personal Matters
Applying for assistance with basic needs - Our state has an online application and screening tool that can be used to find out if you are eligible for food assistance, cash assistance and government health insurance. Learn about NJHelps.The DCAid website will allow you to go through a screening process to see if you are eligible for the NJ housing assistance programs, utility assistance, homelessness prevention services, and others.
Child Care - The New Jersey School-Age Tuition Assistance Program can help you pay for care for your school-age child in need of child care as a result of COVID-19 remote learning school schedules. To be eligible for this assistance, you must be:
- a NJ resident
- your child must be attending school remotely, either part-time or full-time; and
- your annual gross household income must be $150,000 or less.
This assistance is available until December 30, 2020 and applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted. Apply here for the New Jersey School-Age Tuition Assistance Program.
Some other subsidies are also available. Learn more about existing subsidy programs here.
Education - Schools are required to provide in-person education as long as they can adhere to safety protocols mandated by the state. If they cannot do that, they must submit documentation that specifies their limitations and their plan for remediation with a target date for reopening. Parents in all school districts have the right to choose remote learning for their children if that is their preference. All students and faculty must wear masks while in school. For further updates visit the NJ Department of Education website. The Department of Education has provided resources to help parents and students, specific student populations, educators, and administrators stay prepared, healthy, and safe.
The Summer Feeding Program has been extended through December 31, 2020. This program provides free lunch to school age children who are 18 years of age or younger - no questions asked. Find a location near you here, but confirm that it is still active now that the summer has passed.
Learn more about what is being done by our state to assist people in need.
Housing - To find out about programs that have been created or expanded to help homeowners, landlords and renters who have been impacted by the pandemic, visit our COVID-19 Housing page.
Immigrant Access to Services - We want to make sure you and your family have access to affordable groceries and health care without fear. Here is a fact sheet to let you know what programs you can access. The new Public Charge final rule from the federal government may apply to you, and this quick guide can help you make informed decisions for your family.
Internet or Voice Service - There is a moratorium against the disconnection of these services through November 15, 2020. Additionally, for households with school-age children who need internet connectivity for remote learning, there is a moratorium on shut-offs due to nonpayment through March 15, 2021.
Legal Services - The statewide system of Legal Services of New Jersey is open for business during regular hours as their staff continues to provide services remotely. If you are a client seeking assistance with a civil legal matter, you may file an application online or call their toll-free Hotline at 1.800.576.5529 (8:00am-5:30pm.) Find information and updates about government benefits, court closings and other legal matters related to COVID-19 here. Find contact information for your regional office here. Monthly newsletters published by this organization are always informational and focus on current topics of concern. Read the current issue and access their archives here.
Mental Health - Uncertainty and concern for our own health and livelihood, along with the well-being of those we love and our community at large is a very stressful thing to live with. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, anger, grief or feeling overwhelmed; or you know someone who is suffering in this way, look to our mental health page for resources that can help. We've included many of New Jersey's helplines and hotlines, resources that will help you connect with people you can talk with about how you are feeling as well as virtual support groups that are being held.
Motor Vehicle Services - The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission has begun offering some services in person and road testing. The MVC has changed processes and requirements due to the pandemic. Most renewals, replacements, changes of address, and other transactions can be processed online. Read their FAQ.
Social Security Services - To find out what services are continuing and which ones are being suspended, how to contact your Social Security office, and important information about deadlines that are being extended in an effort to ease the burden on you and medical providers during this pandemic visit this page of their site.
Tax Assistance - The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the Coronavirus-19. This page will be updated as new information is available. Special Note: If you don't normally file a tax return and you have not yet received your Economic Impact Payment (stimulus payment), you have until November 21 to request it.
Utilities - As announced by Governor Murphy at his briefing on October 15, no household may have its electricity, gas service, or water shut off for nonpayment through March 15, 2021. If there is any customer whose service has been shut off due to nonpayment during the pandemic, that service must be restored. Learn about utility assistance programs in our state that may help you if you are struggling to pay your utility bills.
Employment Safeguards, Unemployment Benefits and Help for Businesses
On March 21, 2020 Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 107 which mandated that everything other than essential businesses be closed and that all but essential workers stay home. The impact that this had on personal and business finances cannot be overstated. Learn what is being done to help NJ residents and business owners.
As you return to work during New Jersey's restart and recovery, learn how you are protected at your job. Below, learn more about safety requirements, worker rights, New Jersey's reopening timeline, how to report safety violations, and more.
Get News on COVID-19 from Authoritative Sources
In order to obtain the most accurate information on this virus, it is essential that people refer to trusted voices of authority. Please visit the websites of the New Jersey Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and the World Health Organization (WHO) for more information. This is a rapidly changing situation and additional information will be provided as it becomes available.
This video from the World Health Organization (WHO) answers many common questions about what the virus is, where it originated, and how it spreads.
The CDC is tracking cases of COVID-19 in the US. See the US Cases, Maps and Stats (updated at noon Monday-Friday).
Find your local public health department.
American Red Cross Resources
Virtual Family Assistance Center - The Red Cross has created a Virtual Family Assistance Center specifically to help with loss as a result of the pandemic. It includes resources for emotional support and grief counseling, funeral services and more.
Blood Donations - Thanks to the many individuals who gave blood and scheduled upcoming appointments, the American Red Cross has been able to meet immediate patient needs. This being said, an ongoing need for blood remains amid coronavirus uncertainties. During this difficult time, we encourage individuals to keep scheduled blood donation appointments if possible and to make new blood donation appointments for the weeks and months ahead to ensure a stable supply throughout this pandemic. Thank you to all of the New Jersey blood donors and blood drive hosts who are helping and to all who will be.
Salvation Army COVID-19 Needs Survey
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Salvation Army is establishing a response to meet the longer term needs in your community. If you were impacted by COVID-19 and would be willing to assist in collecting information on community needs, please click on the survey link. The information gathered will be used to guide the Salvation Army in their statewide response to COVID-19.
Statewide Short-term Resources
Included in this section, we will post resources as we hear of them that are very temporary in nature. For all other resources, please access our database to search for active resources. You will find a search bar at the top of every page and on our home page. Our resource database has over 10,000 programs and services that help people with basic needs like food, shelter, affordable housing, utility assistance, healthcare and more.
Hotline for Diabetes Emergency Kit - The Diabetes Foundation has opened a hotline for individuals living with all types of diabetes to receive a free Emergency Backup Kit and other assistance in managing their disease. Anyone needing this can apply by visiting the Diabetes Foundation website or calling 973-849-5234.