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Coronavirus

The best way to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. Below is more information on what you can do to get vaccinated, 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. Please call our offices directly if you have questions.

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.

Governor Murphy’s office has activated 2-1-1 to assist with questions regarding the pandemic. 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.

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.

I want a COVID-19 vaccine. Where can I get one? 

Everyone in New Jersey who is 5 years of age and older is now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Go to covid19.nj.gov/vaccine to find an appointment near you.

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.

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.

COVID-19 Booster Shots

Everyone 18 years or older is now eligible for a booster shot at any vaccine location - as long as it has been at least six months after their last Pfizer or Moderna shot or at least two months after their one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot.

Click here for additional details

Help for Small Businesses

The Small Business Administration’s COVID-19 resources

COVID-19/Coronavirus Information for New Jersey 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.

Please click here if you have questions about Social Security.

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.

Low-Income eligible households that are having a difficulty paying their heating and cooling bills can click here for information about financial assistance and help in weatherizing their homes.

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.

FEMA’s COVID-19 funeral assistance program is now accepting applications. To be eligible for funeral assistance, the death must have occurred in the United States and be attributed to COVID-19. Click here for more information or call 844-684-6333 between 9 AM and 9 PM. Call volume is extremely high right now, so call back if you are unable to connect. There is no deadline to apply.

A new program to help eligible families pay for their monthly internet bills is now live. Households interested in learning whether they qualify are encouraged to visit https://getemergencybroadband.org and then sign up for the program through their internet service provider. Eligible families can receive up to a $50/month discount on broadband service and associated equipment rentals and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50).

Information about Stimulus Checks

In March, the U.S. Department of Treasury began issuing the third round of direct stimulus payments after President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law. If you didn’t get the full Epayment, you may be eligible to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit. 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.

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 five 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.

In 2021, he authored important provisions of the American Rescue Plan to establish a national plan to crush the COVID-19 virus and rebuild our economy. Vaccines and testing are key to reducing the spread of COVID-19, getting our kids back to school, revitalizing our economy, and safely returning to normal patterns of life. The American Rescue Plan funds and supports the Biden Administration’s ongoing work to aggressively ramp up the distribution and administration of lifesaving vaccines. It also delivered direct cash payments, extended unemployment benefits, and provides aid to state and local governments.

Where can I go if I need more information?

The CDC regularly updates its website with public health guidelines. 

You can also visit the New Jersey's COVID-19 Information Hub.