Coronavirus Update for New Jersey Businesses 4.29.2020

Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Today's News for New Jersey Business:
"Astonishing" number of asymptomatic staff and residents in long-term care facilities tested positive for COVID-19. Gov. Murphy's reopening commission begins work immediately. Pushing back property tax payments.

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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.

In Pilot Testing Program, an "Astonishing" Number of Asymptomatic Staff and Residents in Long-Term Care Facilities Tested Positive for COVID-19 - 3,700 staff and residents at 16 long-term care facilities in Southern New Jersey were tested for COVID-19, and a significant number of them have turned out to be positive even though they had no symptoms. “What we found was astonishing,” said state Deputy Health Commissioner Marcela Maziarz.

Most testing so far in New Jersey has been limited to those showing symptoms of COVID-19. This small sample of universal testing results confirms health officials’ suspicions of how the disease spread so quickly through a highly vulnerable population. It killed almost 3,000 in confirmed and suspected cases among long-term-care residents in New Jersey, nearly half the state’s death toll, which as of Tuesday stood at 6,442.

For full report from NJTV News, click here.

The Governor's Reopening Panel - Gov. Phil Murphy created a 21-member commission to advise him on the timing and planning for New Jersey’s "recovery" from the COVID-19 shutdown. The commission - chaired by Merk CEO Ken Frazier and Shirley Tilghman, the Princeton professor and former University president - begins virtual meetings immediately, Murphy said.

Pushing Back Property Tax - Gov. Murphy is giving cities and towns the option to push back the property-tax payment deadline by a month to June 1. (NJ Spotlight)

End-of-Life in the Pandemic - When death appears imminent, the act of holding a tablet as family members say goodbye is a "sacred" duty. “We hear some very personal, extremely heartbreaking conversations.” (NJ Spotlight)

Join Us for a Webinar with the Assembly Speaker Next Wednesday, May 6 - Join the N.J. Chamber of Commerce and NJBIA as Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin shares his views on the New Jersey business community and the COVID-19 crisis. He will also take questions from the audience. To register, click here.

Get 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.


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

Total Deaths Reported: 6,442, up from 6,044 the previous day.

Total Positive COVID-19 Tests Reported: 113,856, up from 111,188 the previous day.

For data on hospitalizations and discharges, click here.


Resources

The N.J. Chamber of Commerce Webinar with Neil Bradley, chief policy officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, provides valuable details on the federal loan programs designed to help businesses navigate the pandemic.(April 23)

The 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)

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).

For information on applying for a Paycheck Protection Program loan, click here.

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 IRS posted information on 'stimulus checks' 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.

Have Questions about the Status of an Unemployment Claim? - You can send a message to the state Labor Department through its website – www.myunemployment.nj.gov. Then follow these instructions:

· On the top of the page, scroll to the right for “Need Help” and unveil the drop-down menu
· Choose Send an Email
· Choose Email: Submit a message through the new online form.
· Follow the prompts


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

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.