Coronavirus Update for New Jersey Businesses 4.23.2020

Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020

Today\'s News for New Jersey Business:rnUnemployment numbers skyrocket. Testing people without symptoms. A recap of last night\'s benefit with Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi.rn rnImage removed by sender.rn rnAn intelligence briefing for N.J. Chamber of Commerce members on how coronavirus is impacting your business, the economy and health in New Jersey. rn rnUnemployment Skyrockets - The number of workers in New Jersey collecting unemployment benefits has surpassed 500,000, compared to 84,000 a year ago, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported this morning.There were 140,139 unemployment claims filed in New Jersey during the week ending March 21, and the number of those collecting increased to 556,000 - a 560 percent jump from a year ago. The state Labor Department said it has distributed $1 billion in unemployment benefits since the COVID-19 pandemic began in mid-March.rn rnState Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo Answered Questions about Unemployment In Our Webinar with ROI-NJ - The commissioner explained what the state Labor Department is doing to speed up the unprecedented number of claims, and why so many applicants were flagged for more information from the start. (ROI-NJ) rn rnTo watch the full webinar, click here. rn rnJoin Our Webinar Today, April 23 at 4:30 p.m. - Our guest Neil Bradley, executive vice president and chief policy officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will discuss coronavirus relief efforts in D.C. and breakdown the various federal lending programs designed to help businesses navigate the pandemic. For more information and to register, click here.rn rnTesting People Without Symptoms - New Jersey wants the Bergen and Monmouth county coronavirus testing sites to be open for people without symptoms, but it needs a waiver first from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Those without symptoms have already been able to get tested at their local medical or urgent care facilities. ( rnHelp for Entrepreneurs - The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has launched a program to encourage investments in Garden State entrepreneurs. The $5 million program offers loan guarantees for investors that provide loans to entrepreneurs impacted by COVID-19. For eligibility and application, click here. rn rnExamining the Health of Health Care Workers - Rutgers University launched the nation’s largest study of health care workers exposed to COVID-19. More than 800 employees from Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and University Hospital are participating in the pioneering study, Rutgers said. (NJBIZ) rn rnRaising Money, Jersey Style - Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi headlined the list of New Jersey stars who performed from their homes during last night\'s virtual \'Jersey 4 Jersey\' concert to raise money for the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund. The show aired on several local television and radio stations. The fund announced last week it had raised more than $18 million in its first three weeks. For a recap of the show, click here. ( rnGet Counted - New Jersey residents can respond to the 2020 Census to help ensure the state gets its fair share of federal funding, including money for hospitals and first responders.rn rnN.J. Coronavirus Cases - New Jersey Residentsrn(Source: N.J. Health Department)rn rnTotal Deaths: 5,063, up from 4,753 the previous day.rn rnTotal Positive COVID-19 Tests: 95,865, up from 92,387 the previous day.rn rnFor data on hospitalizations and discharges, click here.rn rn rnResourcesrn rnThe N.J. Chamber of Commerce webinar with state Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo provides vital information on the state unemployment insurance program and tips for applying. (April 16)rn rnThe 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).rn rnThe U.S. Chamber of Commerce\'s Small Business Survival Guide has a complete listing of all of the coronavirus resources for small businesses.rn rnThe N.J. Economic Development Authority is offering assistance programs for New Jersey businesses. Information and applications can be found here.rn rnThe IRS posted information on \'stimulus checks\' here. rn rnThe state\'s jobs and hiring portal matches employers and candidates.rnFor employers to participate, click here.rn rnNew Jersey\'s website for information on all of the state\'s business resources during the pandemic.rn rnNew Jersey\'s website for up-to-date information about COVID-19.rn rnTo report a scammer or suspected price gouging, alert the N.J. Division of Consumer Affairs at (973) 504-6240 or at rnThe 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.rn rnThe New Jersey Chamber of Commerce is staying on top of Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments. For news media requests, please email Scott Goldstein.