Coronavirus Update for New Jersey Businesses 4.17.2020

Posted: Friday, April 17, 2020

Today's Coronavirus News for New Jersey Business:
A hopeful sign at testing centers. New grants coming for small employers. New York to send New Jersey 100 ventilators.

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An intelligence briefing for N.J. Chamber of Commerce members on how coronavirus is impacting your business, the economy and health in New Jersey.

A Hopeful Sign - Lines persist at COVID-19 testing sites and motorists continue to cue up in the wee hours to get tested, but there is a “glimmer of hope” as lines are shorter and private labs say there is no longer a backlog of tests waiting to be processed. In fact, they say they now have excess processing capacity, according to this NJTV News report.

“There’s obviously more opportunity for folks to be tested, perhaps closer to home, at a local county site or even at their individual health care provider,” said Assistant Health Commissioner Chris Neuwirth, of the 66 sites in the state, including city, county and private facilities.

More Test Sites Coming - Rite Aid, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced it will open a self-testing COVID-19 test site on Saturday at its Waldwick location, and will expand testing at some of its other New Jersey stores. (ROI-NJ)

Another Month of Distance Learning - New Jersey schools will be closed through at least May 15 because of the pandemic, with the state’s 1.4 million students continuing to learn from home, Gov. Murphy announced. (

From the Front Lines - With weeks worth of distance learning under their belts, here are lessons learned and advice from educators and education advocates. (NJ Spotlight)

New Grants for Small Employers - The U.S. Chamber Foundation is teaming up with a coalition of companies to provide $5,000 grants to small employers. For details, click here.

The State of N.J.'s Unemployment Insurance - N.J. Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo discussed the state unemployment insurance program and the steps being taken to process a record-number of claims. Hear him in yesterday's N.J. Chamber of Commerce webinar produced in conjunction with Withum and ROI-NJ.

On Re-Opening the Economy - Gov. Murphy named the New Jersey representatives to participate in a seven-state council that will plan how to lift restrictions and re-open the economy. (NJBIZ)

Rent Break - The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency has voted to suspend rent increases at properties within the agency’s portfolio, which includes 36,000 rental units.

Care Packages from Other States - California already sent 100 ventilators to New Jersey. Now New York says it is sending us 100. (

Meanwhile, on the International Space Station - You think you are isolated? Check out these isolation survival tips from the astronauts on the International Space Station.

N.J. Coronavirus Cases - New Jersey Residents
(Source: N.J. Health Department)

Total Deaths: 3,518, up from 3,156 the previous day.

Total Positive COVID-19 Tests: 75,317, up from 71,030 the previous day.

Currently Hospitalized: 8,011, down from 8,224 the previous day.

On Ventilators: 1,594, down from 1,645 the previous day.

Percentage of State's Ventilators in Use: 54.3 percent.

Discharged from Hospital in Past 24 Hours: 787


The N.J. Chamber of Commerce webinar with Al Titone, SBA district director of New Jersey provides vital information on SBA coronavirus relief loan programs. (April 14).

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Survival Guide has a complete listing of all of the coronavirus resources for small businesses.

The N.J. Economic Development Authority is offering assistance programs for New Jersey businesses. Information and applications can be found here.

The state's jobs and hiring portal matches employers and candidates.
For employers to participate, click here.

New Jersey's website for information on all of the state's business resources during the pandemic.

New Jersey's website for up-to-date information about COVID-19.

To report a scammer or suspected price gouging, alert the N.J. Division of Consumer Affairs at (973) 504-6240 or at

The state set up a 24-hour hotline where health care professionals are answering questions about coronavirus. The toll-free number is 1-800-222-1222. From outside the state, call 1-800-962-1253.

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce is staying on top of Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments. For news media requests, please email Scott Goldstein.