Coronavirus Update for New Jersey Businesse

Posted: Monday, May 11, 2020

Today's News for New Jersey Business:
Charting a 'restart' for the economy. Testing more people without symptoms. Food banks feel pressure.

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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.

Charting a Restart - New Jersey Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Bracken and 15 members of the New Jersey Chamber’s Board of Directors, including Board Chair Linda Bowden, are among the business leaders named to serve on Gov. Phil Murphy’s Restart and Recovery Advisory Council.

Getting the Economy Running Again - “This group will not only help us gather the local intelligence we need to get our economy running again, but also will help us create the framework for coping with our new long-term economic realities,” Gov. Murphy said. A full list of the council members and their respective committees can be found here.

A New State Budget Debate - Gov. Murphy is defending an emergency borrowing plan that he’s urging members of the Legislature to approve as part of the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic after some lawmakers said it runs afoul of the state Constitution. (NJ Spotlight)

Drug News - To help manage the nation’s second-largest COVID-19 outbreak, New Jersey will receive from the federal government 4,400 vials of remdesivir, the only drug so far proven to help patients with the coronavirus, the state’s top health official announced. (

Plasma Donations - New Jersey is ramping up efforts to collect plasma donations from people who have recovered from COVID-19, as physicians and federal health officials tinker with ways to use it for treating current patients. (NJBIZ)

Testing People Without Symptoms - The COVID-19 testing sites located at Bergen Community College and PNC Bank Arts Center are expanding testing to include asymptomatic New Jersey residents, Gov. Murphy announced.

Rite Aid Expands Testing Sites - Rite Aid is expanding availability of self-administered coronavirus tests to 14 stores in New Jersey, even for those not experiencing symptoms, the company announced. (

On the Streets - Their mission is to save lives at any cost. But in New Jersey, the coronavirus has sickened so many emergency workers that some units are holding off on risky procedures like CPR. (The New York Times)

Deaths at a Home for U.S. Veterans - Nowhere has the devastation been starker than at a home built for members of the military. (The New York Times)

On the Farm - Fifty-nine migrant workers at a farm in Upper Pittsgrove Township, Salem County, have COVID-19, the state Health Department reported. (NJ Spotlight)

Public Comment Extension - The state Department of Environmental Protection is extending the public comment period on applications for certain permits and approvals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resuming Service - Amtrak said Friday that it will restore Acela service on the Northeast Corridor beginning June 1 on a modified schedule in response to anticipated increased demand. (NJBIZ)

Pressure on Food Banks - New Jersey’s food banks are under unprecedented pressure to feed thousands of people who are suddenly without jobs and income. And they expect the surge to persist for months. (NJ Spotlight)

The Wide World of Sports - The New Jersey-based World Series of Birding will go on this year - with social distancing. Competitors will use phones, tablets, apps, video calls and social media to identify, share and collect data on the birds they have seen or heard. (NJ Spotlight)

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: 9,310, up from 8,801 on Friday.

Total Positive COVID-19 Tests Reported: 139,945, up from 133,635 on Friday.

For data on hospitalizations and discharges, click here.


The N.J. Chamber of Commerce and NJBIA webinar with Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, where he shares his views on the COVID-19 crisis. (May 6)

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.