Coronavirus Update for New Jersey Businesses 12/2/2020

Today’s News for New Jersey Business:

They’re back: New drive-thru COVID-19 test sites open in New Jersey as cases rise. First COVID-19 vaccine shots can be given within days of FDA approval. First doses should go to health workers and long-term care residents, CDC Panel says.

New Drive-Thru COVID-19 Test Sites in New Jersey Open Amid Rising Demand – With cases of COVID-19 increasing, public demand for testing is growing. To meet the need, counties are once again opening drive-thru testing sites, a déjà vu from this spring. (NJ Spotlight News)

CDC Panel Says First Covid-19 Vaccine Doses Should Go to Health Workers, Long-Term Care Residents – The first doses of coronavirus vaccines should go to health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities, an expert panel advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday afternoon. The panel voted 13-1 to approve the recommendation of who should be first in line for the shots once they are available. The FDA is poised to greenlight the emergency use of two shots later this month. Many states that are putting together vaccination plans are looking to the CDC group as a guide. (POLITICO)

First U.S. COVID-19 Vaccine Shots Could Be Given Within Days of FDA Approval – Health care workers and others recommended for the first COVID-19 inoculations could start getting shots within 24 hours after the vaccine receives regulatory authorization, the chief adviser for the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed program said on Tuesday. (Reuters)

CDC to Recommend Shorter Covid-19 Quarantines – The Centers for Disease Control will soon issue new guidance that would cut the quarantine time for people exposed to COVID-19 from 14 days to 10 days — and just seven days if the person has tested negative, an administration official told POLITICO. (POLITICO)

Tools to Help Keep Your Employees Safe During the Pandemic – As businesses continue to make changes to keep employees and customers safe from COVID-19, new apps can help with symptom tracking, contact tracing, quarantine recommendations and more. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

N.J. Coronavirus Cases – New Jersey Residents

(Source: N.J. Health Department)

Total Confirmed Deaths Reported: 15,254

Total Positive COVID-19 Cases Reported: 341,910

For data on hospitalizations and discharges, click here.

Resources

New Jersey small businesses can buy PPE at a 10% discount through this state program.

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

For the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s guidance on applying for new business grants and acquiring reduced-price PPE, click here.

For the U.S. Chamber’s return-to-work playbook for employers, click here.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s report on reopening and preparing workplaces for COVID-19.

The CDC’s recommendations for employers to prevent the spread of the coronavirus when they reopen their offices.

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

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.

You are welcome to share the information in this newsletter with your members via email, your website or on social media. If you do, please credit the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce with a link to www.njchamber.com.

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