You can protect yourself and your family from the spread of the coronavirus known as COVID-19. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
Below is more information on what you can do to stay healthy, details about resources available to small businesses, and where you can go if you need more information about paid sick leave or need to file for unemployment insurance. This page is updated regularly with new resources as they become available.
The State of New Jersey has a COVID-19 Information Hub that provides New Jerseyans with the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the State's response, including information about services such as food assistance and small business assistance.
How can I protect myself and my family?
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Taking careful steps to avoid crowds and stay six feet away from others whenever possible.
Who is at risk?
Older adults and people who have underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. It's important to understand that anyone can contract the virus and spread it to friends and family members even if they have no symptoms.
Everyone should take everyday precautions to keep themselves healthy by:
- Keeping away from others who are sick and limiting close contact.
- Avoiding crowds as much as possible.
- Avoiding non-essential travel.
- Staying at home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.
What should I do if I feel sick?
If you don’t feel well, call your primary care doctor. You should also:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Governor Murphy’s office has activated 2-1-1 to assist with questions regarding the coronavirus outbreak. All residents with questions or concerns about COVID-19 and available resources can now call 2-1-1.
You can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. To receive live text assistance, you can text your zip code to 898-211.
You can also call the New Jersey Coronavirus Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 or 1-800-962-1253 if you are calling from an out-of-state number. Trained health care professionals are available to answer your questions about coronavirus.
A list of coronavirus testing sites in New Jersey is available here.
If you receive a call from a contact tracer, please answer the phone and cooperate. Your cooperation will help keep our community healthy.
When can I get a vaccine?
The state also has a toll-free vaccination hotline to assist New Jersey residents with general questions about vaccines, identifying whether or not they’re currently eligible for a vaccination, and to help them identify vaccination locations. You can call 855-568-0545 between 8 AM and 8 PM.
Middlesex County residents can click here for more information or call 732-745-3100.
The goal is for everyone to easily get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as enough quantities are available. Once vaccines are more widely available, New Jersey will open over 200 satellite vaccination sites, including hospitals, federally qualified health centers, urgent care centers, and pharmacies.
For more information on the vaccines, the state's vaccination plan, and frequently asked questions, click here to visit the Department of Health's vaccine information hub.
Help for Small Businesses
Help for New Jerseyans
New Jersey’s Department of Labor and Workforce has extensive guidance available here if you want to learn more about paid sick leave or need to file for unemployment.
The U.S. Department of Labor has launched a new online tool to help workers determine if they qualify for paid sick leave due to the coronavirus. Click here for more information.
The New Jersey Department of Human Services has opened their New Jersey School-Age Tuition Assistance Program for eligible families. The program is intended to help families pay for child care as a result of COVID-19 remote learning school schedules. Families with children ages 5-13 and incomes of up to $75,000 a year. Click here for more information.
Information for renters and landlords can be found here.
Information for homeowners who have questions about mortgage payments is available here.
New Jersey has a website with information on companies that are hiring workers. Click here for more information.
Employers in critical industries should submit information about openings with urgent hiring needs related to COVID-19 here.
The New Jersey Motor Vechicle Commission has information here about agencies, road testing, and inspection facilities.
Information about Stimulus Checks
In January, the U.S. Department of Treasury began issuing the second round of direct payments. Most eligible taxpayers will receive their payment in the coming weeks. Click here to access the IRS’s online tool to track your stimulus payment.
If you do not file a federal tax return, click here for more information on how to receive a stimulus check.
Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will have payments automatically deposited into their bank accounts.
The IRS has established a website to answer other questions about direct stimulus checks to taxpayers and to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. Click here for more information.
What Can I Do to Help?
The State of New Jersey welcomes offers from individuals and businesses that want to help the Garden State. Click here for a comprehensive list of ways to help.
Anyone who has personal protective equipment (PPE) they wish to donate like N95 respirators, face shields, protective goggles, surgical masks, or other protective equipment, click here.
If you know someone who needs food assistance, please visit this website for more information.
If you have medical training and want to volunteer, click here.
The best thing we can do during this difficult time is to avoid exposure to the virus, stay at home as much as possible, and avoid non-essential travel. If you have to go outside, keep your distance -- stay at least six feet away from others -- and wear a cloth face covering.
What is Congress doing?
Congressman Pallone is playing a pivotal role in ensuring Congress provides the tools and resources needed to bring an end to this terrible pandemic. He helped shepherd four bills through the House to combat the coronavirus that became law. They include the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, and an omnibus appropriations and COVID-19 relief package. Thanks to these bills, New Jersey received billions of dollars to help keep New Jerseyans healthy during the pandemic and ensure hardworking families receive the support they need.
Where can I go if I need more information?
The CDC regularly updates its website with timely information on the public health crisis.
You can also visit the New Jersey's COVID-19 Information Hub.