The Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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Our vaccination supply is still limited but is steadily expanding. New Jersey residents are asked to be patient. Currently, those eligible to receive a vaccine include paid and unpaid healthcare workers, residents and staff of long-term and congregate care facilities, first responders (including sworn law enforcement and fire professionals), individuals over 65, individuals 16-64 with certain medical conditions as defined by the CDC, and more. Starting April 19, 2021, all individuals over the age of 16 will be eligible for the vaccination.
Vaccination eligibility restrictions are easing. Additional frontline essential workers are now eligible to book vaccine appointments. Learn more about eligibility guidelines.
If you don't qualify for these first rounds of vaccines, register on the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System so that you will be notified when the next round of vaccines are available. If you need assistance in scheduling or have questions about the vaccine, please call 855-568-0545.
Find out if you have unknowingly been exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Download the free COVID Alert NJ exposure notification app.
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.
New Jersey's state Covid-19 website was created to answer questions about COVID-19 and offer fast links for commonly requested information.
Restrictions are beginning to ease in our state. On March 19 the following capacities will increase:
- to 50 percent in restaurants, recreational and amusement locations, gyms and fitness clubs, barber shops, salons and other personal care businesses.
- to 25 individuals for indoor gatherings and 50 individuals for outdoor gatherings (This does not pertain to religious services or ceremonies, political events, weddings, funerals, memorial services or performances.)
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, 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 and 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 currently showing symptoms of the virus 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 now has close to 3,500 contact tracers who come from local communities in every part of the state and have been equipped with tools and resources to help you. Find out more here.
Current News from State Officials
April 8 - Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Providing $15 Million in Aid to Arts and Cultural Venues Read the press release.
April 7 - Governor Murphy Announces Clarification of Gathering Limit for Certain Indoor Sports Activities and Removal of Restrictions on Self-Service Food at Retail Businesses Read the press release.
April 5 - Governor Murphy Announces New COVID-19 Travel Guidelines Read the press release.
April 5 - Governor Murphy Announces All Individuals Ages 16 and Older Will be Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccination on April 19 Read the press release.
April 1 - Governor Phil Murphy Signs Legislation Providing $25 Million in Small Business Aid Read the press release.
March 29 - Governor Murphy Announces Increased Outdoor Gathering Limits and Increased Capacity for Large Venues Read the press release.
March 29 - Governor Murphy Extends Enrollment Period for Health Insurance Allowing More New Jerseyans To Benefit from New Financial Help Under American Rescue Plan 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
Economic Impact Payment/Stimulus Payment - The IRS and US Treasury are now sending the second round of payments. If you are a US citizen or US resident alien, you may be eligible for a payment of $600 ($1,200 for a joint return), plus $600 for each qualifying child. This payment will be transmitted to your bank account if you file your tax returns electronically or will be mailed to you if you file by mail. Learn more
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 is helping many pay for care for their school-age child in need of child care as a result of COVID-19 remote learning school schedules. This assistance was due to end on December 30, 2020, but has now been extended until June 30, 2021. If you were approved for this program, there is no need to reapply. No new applications are being accepted.
Some other subsidies are also available. Learn more about existing subsidy programs and resources 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, staff, 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 families and students, specific student populations, educators, and administrators stay prepared, healthy, and safe.
Food - To see if you are eligible for food assistance and to apply for NJ SNAP, go to NJHelps. SNAP recipients are now able to use their electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card for online grocery shopping at some locations.
From January 2021 to June 2021, all SNAP recipients will receive a 15% benefit increase. For the month of January, all households will also receive the maximum monthly benefit.
Students under the age of eighteen who are on a fully remote education schedule and who are eligible for free or reduced price school meals are eligible for assistance. Learn more
SNAP regulations have changed to make it easier for college students who need help to get food assistance during the pandemic. Learn more
Learn more about what is being done by our state to assist people in need.
Funeral Expenses - FEMA is providing financial assistance to those who have lost family members to COVID-19 after January 20, 2020. The death must have occurred in the United States and/or its territories, must have been documented to be attributed to COVID-19, and the applicant must be a United States citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien. The deceased person does not have to be a citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien. Applications will begin to be accepted April 12, 2021 via the FEMA call center at 844-684-6333. To find out more about eligibility and documentation needed, click here. All submitted documentation must be done through Disaster Assistance.
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 was a moratorium against the disconnection of these services through November 15, 2020. Cable and telecommunications providers are now required to enroll customers with an already existing account in an interest free payment plan of at least 12 equal monthly installments, including the balance already due, prior to disconnecting the customers service. 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, 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 here and here.
Reentry Programs provide assistance to those returning to society after incarceration. Learn more.
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 extended the federal tax filing date to May 17, 2021. The NJ state tax filing date has also been changed to the May 17 filing date. However, unlike last year, first quarter 2021 individual estimated tax payments are not being extended and will still be due on April 15. The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by Covid-19. This page will be updated as new information is available.
Summer Camp - Sleep-away camping programs are being permitted to safely resume this summer as announced at Governor Murphy's briefing on March 3.
Utilities - Governor Murphy has extended the moratorium on electrical shut-offs. No household may have its electricity, gas service, or water shut off for nonpayment through June 30, 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.
Wedding Receptions - As of March 5 at 6:00am, an indoor or outdoor venue capacity of 35% or up to 150 people will be permitted to attend wedding receptions. Guests will still have to wear masks unless eating and drinking while seated.
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 through 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, 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 long-term, active resources, please access our database to search. 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.