The Coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you would like to receive texts regarding updates and alerts as it relates to COVID-19, please text "NJCOVID" to 898-211.
If you have personal protective equipment (PPE) to donate, please complete the form on this web page.
If you believe an employer, organization, or entity is violating any part of Executive Order 107, please complete this Violation Reporting Form. Compliance with this order is mandatory. Find related topics here.
Established Coronavirus Test Sites in NJ
Testing sites are starting to open. Find them here.
Sites that open are only for people who are showing symptoms of the virus currently. Take this self-assessment test to see if you qualify.
On Saturday, March 28, FEMA sites in Bergen and Monmouth counties will be open for testing only to symptomatic healthcare workers and first-responders.
Current News from State Officials
Daily Briefing from Governor Phil Murphy - March 27, 2020 at 2:00pm
March 24, 2020 - Essential Retail Business List Expanded - Read the press release.
March 23, 2020 - State opens jobs portal - centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Learn more
March 21, 2020 - STAY AT HOME - Governor's Latest Request - Governor Murphy Announces Statewide Stay at Home Order, Closure of All Non-Essential Retail Businesses - Read the press release.
Tax filing deadline changed from April 15 to July 15, 2020 - Read the press release. All tax filing assistance centers have been closed in response to COVID-19.
NJ Human Services Works to Protect & Help Maintain Continued Benefits for Residents Amid COVID-19 Outbreak - The actions taken address child care, seniors, those experiencing homelessness, medicaid, mental health, substance use disorder and disability services. Learn more.
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.
Answers to frequently asked questions:
Q: What should I do if I see a non-essential business still operating?
A: If you believe an employer, organization, or entity is violating any part of Executive Order 107, please complete this Violation Reporting Form. Compliance with this order is not voluntary.
New Jersey Helplines and Hotlines
New Jersey has many helplines/hotlines that are open and ready to help answer your questions or just hear your concerns.
If you are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed due to COVID-19, please call 877.294.HELP (4357) for emotional support, guidance and mental health referrals as needed. Live assistance from trained professionals is available from 8:00am - 8:00pm seven days a week. Visit their website.
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 is from, 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.
News and Resources for Personal Matters
News from Governor Murphy and his Team - Every day Governor Murphy and other leaders host news conferences and publish briefings to keep New Jerseyans aware of what is being done. See Governor Murphy's Official YouTube Channel Keep up with government actions being implemented to help the public by reading other press releases issued from the Governor's Office.
Applying for assistance with basic needs - Our state has an online application and screening tool that can be used for many of the basic services designed to help those struggling to make ends meet. 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.
Education - All schools remain closed in our state. This situation will be reassessed on April 17, 2020. The NJ Department of Education website offers other education-related resources.
Food - If you already receive SNAP benefits, your benefits may have been enhanced. Read this. If you need help with food costs and are NOT currently receiving assistance, you can see if you are eligible using NJHelps.
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.
Unemployment Benefits - New Jersey’s Earned Sick Leave Law even covers public health emergencies – employees can use Earned Sick leave if their workplace or child’s school or daycare is closed due to an epidemic, or if a public health authority determines the need for a quarantine.
Earned Sick Leave can be used for self-care, or for a person to care for a family member, which includes a child, grandchild, sibling, spouse, parent or grandparent, domestic or civil union partner, anyone related by blood to the employee, or anyone whose close association with the employee is the equivalent of family. Details on this and more can be found at the NJ Department of Labor website.
News and Resources for NJ Business Owners
Help for Small Business Owners - To ease your financial burden, the NJ Department of Labor wants all business owners, particularly small business owners, to know that financial relief will be available in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bipartisan federal legislation is expected that will provide small and mid-sized businesses with 100 percent compensation for providing two weeks of sick leave to employees, along with tax credits for providing up to three months of Paid Family Leave. New Jersey lawmakers are also working on providing robust relief to our valued business community. Learn more
New Jersey Business Action Center - If you have business-related Coronavirus-19 questions, you are welcome to call the New Jersey Business Action Center (8 am–9 pm) at 1-800-JERSEY-7 or to talk with the office personnel using a live online chat feature on their site.
Severe Blood Shortage Reported - Donations Needed
The American Red Cross is reporting a severe blood shortage due to coronavirus-related blood drive cancelations. If you are healthy and feeling well, please make an appointment to donate by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1.800.733.2767). Check back often. New blood drives are being organized daily.
Statewide Short-term Resources
Included in this section, are resources that are very temporary in nature and available to anyone in the state or country. For all other resources, please access our resource 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 Backup Emergency Kits. Anyone needing an emergency backup kit can apply to receive one by visiting the Diabetes Foundation website or calling 973-849-5234.