Coronavirus Update for New Jersey Businesses 5.7.2020

Posted: Thursday, May 07, 2020

Today's News for New Jersey Business:
Unemployment claims in New Jersey exceed 1 million. Half of state's COVID-19 deaths have come in long-term care facilities. Six Flags Great Adventure says visitors will need to make appointments.

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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.

Breaking News - More than 1 million unemployment claims have been filed in the seven weeks since COVID-19 hit New Jersey – by far the most ever recorded in any similar period, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported this morning. There were 88,326 new unemployment claims for the week ending May 2, the Labor Department reported.

A Guide to Applying for Unemployment Benefits – Since many New Jersey residents are having trouble applying for unemployment benefits, the state Labor Department produced an “online guide” with advice on how to answer questions on the application. (ROI-NJ)

What Businesses Will Reopen Next? - Some non-essential businesses may soon be allowed to reopen for curbside pickup, and non-essential construction may soon be allowed to resume, Gov. Murphy suggested in his briefing yesterday. “Outdoor stuff is more likely” he said. (

Long-Term Care Facilities Under the Microscope - The Murphy administration has hired a team of nationally experienced public health experts to issue recommendations to reform New Jersey’s long-term care facilities, with a goal to enact sweeping changes to how those facilities are regulated. Nearly half of the state’s COVID-19-related deaths — 4,261 of 8,549 deaths — have occurred in long-term care facilities. (Politico)

Nursing Home Visits - “Every day I go out the sunroof and talk to my father,” said Amanda Robles, 67, of Mount Arlington. “Looking at him comforts me, because I’m worried. I can see he changes his clothes every day. And he makes jokes. He’s happy when I come." (

Blueberry Season - Thousands of migrant workers will soon arrive in the Garden State to pick fruits and vegetables during the COVID-19 pandemic. Can farm camps and packing houses be kept safe? (NJ Spotlight)

Gov. Murphy’s Borrowing Plan - A new opinion from the state Legislature’s nonpartisan legal counsel says issuing debt on an emergency basis and using bonds to buy health equipment passes constitutional muster, but it draws the line at using bonds to balance future budgets. (NJ Spotlight)

Shorter Lines - Visitors to Six Flags Great Adventure will have to make reservations to visit the popular Jackson theme park once it gets the green light from state officials to reopen. (

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. Employers, please consider passing on this reminder to your employees.

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

Total Deaths Reported: 8,549, up from 8.244 the previous day.

Total Positive COVID-19 Tests Reported: 131,890, up from 130,593 the previous day.

For data on hospitalizations and discharges, click here.


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 – 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

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.