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New Jersey Coronavirus Information

About the Virus FAQs

  • How many COVID-19 cases and deaths have there been in New Jersey? Where can I find the latest data on vaccinations, contact tracing, ventilator capacity, and hospital capacity?

    Last Updated: 01/14/2021
    The Department of Health is maintaining a dashboard with information about COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, including deaths, numbers of cases, and locations. In addition, the dashboard tracks where N...
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  • Where can I ask additional questions about COVID-19 or find more resources?

    Last Updated: 05/04/2020
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  • What is Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)? Is it the same as Kawasaki disease or Kawasaki syndrome? Is my child at risk of MIS-C from COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 02/12/2022
    Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal orga...
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  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19? How do I know if I have it?

    Last Updated: 03/08/2022
    People with COVID-19 have reported a variety of symptoms – ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: F...
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  • Are there different strains or variants of COVID-19? Are they in New Jersey?

    Last Updated: 02/24/2022
    Viruses constantly change or mutate, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur overtime. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants emerge and persist. Some COVI...
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  • COVID-19 Data Cleaning Update

    Last Updated: 04/26/2021
    On April 26, 2021, New Jersey implemented an automated method to remove duplicate case reports, leading to a one-time drop of 10,442 confirmed cases from the total confirmed cumulative COVID-19 cas...
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Assistance and Benefits FAQs

  • What types of benefits or assistance are available to me during the coronavirus outbreak?

    Last Updated: 03/02/2022
    Health Insurance: If you do not have health insurance, or lose coverage, you may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through NJ FamilyCare, New Jersey's publicly funded health insurance progr...
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  • Am I eligible for any unemployment benefits if my work has been negatively impacted by COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 01/07/2022
    If you've lost your job and are seeking help, refer to this guide that will help you connect to benefits and resources you may need while trying to safely get back to work as well as tips for copin...
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  • What if I can’t pay my rent? Can I still get evicted? Is there any rental relief?

    Last Updated: 12/16/2021
    Eviction Protection The State of New Jersey has introduced protections to renter households who experienced economic hardships during the pandemic: All renter households with incomes below 120% of...
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  • Can my employer fire me if I miss work due to COVID-19? Do I have any civil rights protections against discrimination or harassment?

    Last Updated: 10/19/2021
    On March 20, 2020, Governor Murphy signed a law that prohibited an employer from firing or otherwise punishing an employee who requested time off or took time off from work based on a medical profe...
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  • What resources are available for immigrants in New Jersey during the coronavirus outbreak? What information is there about enforcement of immigration policy?

    Last Updated: 02/23/2022
    Health Care Coverage and Resources COVID-19 Testing and Treatment: No one in New Jersey should hesitate to get tested, regardless of immigration status or insurance coverage. Testing for COVID-19-...
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  • How do the federal relief packages help me or my business? How do I get my economic impact payment?

    Last Updated: 01/03/2022
    AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT OF 2021 On March 11, 2021, the federal American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law. The act extended unemployment insurance benefits and eligibility, provided direct payme...
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  • How do I apply for food, cash, and health insurance assistance? How are assistance programs adjusting for COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 03/10/2022
    New Jersey has an online application and screening tool, NJHelps, that can be used to see if you are eligible for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (WFNJ/TANF or WFNJ/GA), and health Insuranc...
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  • Is there help for homeowners? What if I can’t pay my mortgage?

    Last Updated: 02/17/2022
    The moratorium on home foreclosures ended on November 15, 2021. Mortgage assistance, free foreclosure mediation, and housing counselors are available. In addition, participating financial instituti...
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  • Am I eligible for sick leave, family leave, or temporary disability insurance if I or a family member have been impacted by the outbreak?

    Last Updated: 02/25/2022
    New Jersey has among the most comprehensive Earned Sick Leave, Temporary Disability and Family Leave Insurance laws in the country, which cover all employees -- full-time, part-time, temporary and ...
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  • If I’m self-employed or own a business, am I eligible for unemployment or other benefits?

    Last Updated: 09/29/2021
    If you've lost your job and are seeking help, refer to this general guide that will help you connect to benefits and resources you may need while trying to safely get back to work as well as tips f...
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  • What programs, loans, or resources are available to businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak? Where can I learn more about resources for businesses?

    Last Updated: 02/03/2021
    For information about the various programs available to businesses, refer to this article on the COVID-19 Business Information Hub. New Jersey's COVID-19 Business Information Hub provides the lates...
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  • What if I can’t pay my water, gas, electricity, phone, or Internet bill due to the outbreak? Is the State doing anything to prevent utility shutoffs?

    Last Updated: 03/28/2022
    The utility shutoff grace period ended on March 15, 2022 for all water, electric, and sewer customers. Local authorities, municipal or public utilities, and rural electric cooperatives must continu...
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  • How can I get food or other essentials if I cannot leave my home? Is there any help with food, treatment, or bills if I need to self-isolate or quarantine? Will I get fired?

    Last Updated: 11/09/2021
    If you are quarantined or in home isolation, do not leave your home. There are many programs in place to help you and your family including food assistance, unemployment insurance, sick leave, and ...
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  • What can I do if I’m having child custody issues?

    Last Updated: 10/12/2021
    If you are unable to come to an agreement or settle the issue on your own, try seeking mediation. Legal Assistance Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) coordinates the statewide Legal Services syste...
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  • What services are available to help the homeless?

    Last Updated: 07/07/2021
    New Jersey residents experiencing homelessness should call 2-1-1 for help. 2-1-1 community resource specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can help clients who speak many diffe...
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  • Who can I call if I’m feeling stressed or anxious during the COVID-19 outbreak?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2020
    The NJ MentalHealthCares Help Line offers counseling, emotional support, information and assistance in helping to get behavioral health services needed by you or a loved one. To access emotional su...
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  • Where can I get legal help?

    Last Updated: 09/24/2021
    Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) coordinates the statewide Legal Services system, which provides free legal assistance to low-income New Jerseyans for their civil legal problems. For free legal ...
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  • If I’m pregnant or caring for my newborn and cannot work, what benefits or resources are available to me?

    Last Updated: 01/06/2022
    The New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children, or WIC, is a successful public health nutrition program that provides wholesome nutrition, education and community supp...
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  • What happens if I can’t pay my insurance premiums?

    Last Updated: 10/13/2020
    Governor Murphy has signed an executive order extending the grace period for residents unable to pay their insurance premiums because of a loss of income or other negative impact as a result of the...
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  • What can I do if I am denied health care for COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 01/20/2022
    No one should be denied access to health care. The Department of Health operates a 24-hour complaint hotline where patients, health care facility employees and other members of the public may file ...
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  • Are there any programs to help pay student loans? Have deadlines to apply for financial aid changed?

    Last Updated: 01/03/2022
    Federal Student Loans Student Loan Payment Pause Extended Through August 31, 2022 To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency, under the CARES ACT, federal st...
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  • What resources and assistance are available for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

    Last Updated: 01/25/2022
    In response to COVID-19, the Department of Human Services and the Division of Developmental Disabilities have: Temporarily allowing for in-home support or remote delivery of services including cog...
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  • How can I avoid COVID-19 scams and where can I report excessive delivery fees, price gouging, unlawful hoarding, and other COVID-19 scams?

    Last Updated: 01/14/2022
    To report any instance of unlawful or misleading activities related to COVID-19, file a complaint online with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs or call 973-504-6240. To learn more about C...
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  • What is the State doing to support older residents? Is there help registering for the vaccine?

    Last Updated: 03/07/2022
    COVID-19 Vaccines Individuals aged 65 and older can call a special senior hotline at 855-429-1168 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for vaccination scheduling support. Dedicated appointment slots are reserved ...
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  • What can I do if my child is being bullied or harassed because of COVID-19? What if it’s at school?

    Last Updated: 03/18/2021
    Under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD), schools and other places of public accommodation must take action to stop harassment based on race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual ...
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  • What resources are available to Veterans during the public health emergency?

    Last Updated: 12/16/2021
    Veterans and their families can check on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs public-facing website for the most current information: www.va.gov/coronavirus Guidance from local VA medical facili...
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  • What resources and support are available to survivors of domestic violence?

    Last Updated: 10/05/2021
    If you are in danger, call 911 right away. Isolation is one of the most significant factors that leads to an increase in domestic violence and safety risks. Don't let social distancing mean social ...
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  • Can I get addiction treatment help via the phone?

    Last Updated: 04/09/2020
    ReachNJ is a 24-hour-a-day, 7 day-a-week addictions hotline where people who have Substance Use Disorder or friends and family can get assistance and support from live, New Jersey-based, trained ad...
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  • What resources are available to help people with disabilities? Is there help during an emergency?

    Last Updated: 01/20/2022
    Resources To Save Money With NJ ABLE, individuals with disabilities can save for qualified disability expenses without losing eligibility for certain assistance programs, like SSI and Medicaid. Vis...
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  • How is New Jersey supporting deaf and hard of hearing individuals during COVID-19? Where can I find COVID-19 communication cards?

    Last Updated: 09/22/2021
    Vaccination Update Community-based sites have been designed to meet the needs of all residents in the state. These sites meet ADA accessibility standards, and special arrangements are made for thos...
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  • Where can I find information about the PPE Access Program?

    Last Updated: 06/08/2021
    New Jersey PPE Access Program The New Jersey Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Access Program helps businesses and non-profits protect the health and safety of their employees and customers. Thro...
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  • What is the Excluded New Jersey Fund? Can I get benefits if I didn't qualify for federal aid or unemployment?

    Last Updated: 03/14/2022
    The Excluded New Jersey Fund (ENJF) provides a one-time, direct cash benefit to eligible households who have suffered an economic hardship due to COVID-19 and were excluded from both the federal st...
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  • What is the Return & Earn Program? How can I find information about return-to-work paycheck bonuses?

    Last Updated: 02/24/2022
    The Return and Earn program benefits employers and their new employees. Qualified employers receive a wage subsidy for six months, while unemployed workers reentering the workforce and receiving jo...
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  • Can I use sick leave to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

    Last Updated: 02/12/2022
    Yes, employees can use their NJ Earned Sick Leave to get their COVID-19 vaccine, including for travel to and from their appointment and recovery from side effects. Under NJ state law, employers mus...
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  • How do I unsubscribe from NJ COVID-19 email updates?

    Last Updated: 05/14/2021
    The State of New Jersey regularly sends several email newsletters, so it depends which newsletter you wish to stop receiving. For the weekly COVID-19 email newsletter, click here to unsubscribe or ...
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  • Is the COVID-19 vaccine free? What if I don't have insurance?

    Last Updated: 03/15/2021
    No one will have to pay for the vaccine. There are no out-of-pocket costs for the vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines will be made available to individuals regardless of insurance coverage status. Individua...
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Reopening Guidance and Restrictions FAQs

  • Are there safety guidelines for businesses? Are any businesses closed?

    Last Updated: 04/13/2022
    All businesses, offices, and worksites may open in New Jersey. Social distancing and masking is not required in most indoor or outdoor spaces, and there are no capacity limits for businesses or wor...
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  • How can people safely get together? What are the limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings?

    Last Updated: 04/18/2022
    There are no numerical limits for indoor or outdoor gatherings. In New Jersey, face masks are no longer required in most outdoor and indoor settings. The Department of Health recommends wearing a f...
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  • When is New Jersey lifting restrictions?

    Last Updated: 02/09/2022
    On May 24, 2021, Governor Murphy announced the lifting of major COVID-19 restrictions and moving forward with the State's most significant reopening steps to date, including the lifting of the indo...
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  • Are schools open? What are the safety requirements?

    Last Updated: 03/07/2022
    2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR All public school districts in New Jersey are expected to provide full-time, in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year. All workers in preschool through Grade 12 sch...
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  • Have elections moved or changed in New Jersey because of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 04/05/2022
    2021 GENERAL ELECTION New Jersey voters had three options to cast a vote in this election: vote by mail, in person early voting, and in person Election Day voting. On November 30, 2021, the NJ Boar...
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  • Are New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agencies open? What new protocols or practices are in place?

    Last Updated: 02/24/2022
    Motor Vehicle Commission agencies are open to the public six days a week, Mondays through Saturdays. Most transactions are now being conducted online or by appointment only. Transactions that can b...
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  • What are the reopening rules for bars and restaurants? Are there safety recommendations?

    Last Updated: 04/13/2022
    Bars and restaurants may open in New Jersey. Social distancing and masking is not required in most indoor or outdoor spaces, and there are no capacity limits for businesses or worksites open to the...
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  • Can I still get married? Are wedding venues open?

    Last Updated: 04/18/2022
    WEDDING CEREMONIES AND RECEPTIONS There is no numerical limit for indoor or outdoor gatherings including wedding receptions and ceremonies. Dance floors at private catered events may reopen without...
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  • Are gyms open? Are there safety recommendations?

    Last Updated: 04/13/2022
    Gyms and fitness centers may open in New Jersey. Social distancing and masking is not required in most indoor or outdoor spaces, and there are no capacity limits for businesses or worksites open to...
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  • Are churches and other houses of worship offering services? What are the social distancing requirements?

    Last Updated: 04/13/2022
    Yes, houses of worship can open for in-person services. There is no numerical limit for indoor and outdoor gatherings including religious services and events. In New Jersey, face masks are no longe...
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  • Are beaches open? What are the restrictions?

    Last Updated: 04/13/2022
    Beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores in New Jersey can reopen. NOTE: For specific openings and safety protocols at beaches and lakeshores, please check with local or municipal authorities. Th...
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  • Can funerals or memorial services be held? Is there support for COVID-related funeral costs?

    Last Updated: 04/18/2022
    COVID-19 Funeral Assistance FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. To apply, call 844-684-6333. The hotline is open Monday thr...
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  • Are barber shops, nail salons, massage parlors, spas, and tattoo parlors open? Are there safety recommendations?

    Last Updated: 04/13/2022
    All personal care businesses may open in New Jersey including, but not limited to: At-home personal care services, including in-home massage and body work services Beauty salons Barber shops Cosme...
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  • Are parks open? Are campgrounds open? Are community gardens open?

    Last Updated: 04/13/2022
    State parks and forests are open. There is no capacity limit for outdoor gatherings. In New Jersey, face masks are no longer required in most outdoor and indoor settings. The Department of Health r...
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  • Can organized sports resume? What are the safety requirements for sports facilities?

    Last Updated: 11/16/2021
    Practices and competitions for indoor and outdoor organized sports, including indoor and outdoor interstate youth sports, may resume in accordance with health and safety protocols. There are no lim...
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  • Are swimming pools open? Are there safety recommendations?

    Last Updated: 04/13/2022
    Pools may open in New Jersey. Social distancing and masking is not required in most indoor or outdoor spaces, and there are no capacity limits for businesses or worksites open to the public. Busine...
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  • What are the safety guidelines for child care centers? Is there financial support for child care costs?

    Last Updated: 03/07/2022
    Child care centers are open for all clients. If you need help finding child care, contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Agency. Masks On March 7th, 2022, the indoor mask requi...
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  • Are playgrounds, amusement parks, and water parks open? Are there safety recommendations?

    Last Updated: 04/13/2022
    Playgrounds, amusement parks, water parks, carnivals, and fairs may open in New Jersey. Social distancing and masking is not required in most indoor or outdoor spaces, and there are no capacity lim...
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  • Can I visit a nursing home or long-term care facility? What are the safety protocols?

    Last Updated: 02/04/2022
    Visitation must be allowed for all residents of nursing homes at all times. Assisted living facilities, comprehensive personal care homes, dementia care homes, and residential health care facilitie...
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  • Are hotels open? Can I still use AirBnB? What safety precautions must they take?

    Last Updated: 04/13/2022
    Note: As of May 17, 2021, New Jersey's travel advisory is no longer in effect. The CDC, however, has recommendations for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Travelers leaving New Jersey sho...
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  • Are courts open? Do I have to report for jury duty? Can legal matters be dealt with remotely?

    Last Updated: 02/11/2022
    Federal Courts Criminal as well as civil jury selections and trials have resumed on a limited basis. Judicial proceedings, in both criminal and civil matters, shall continue to be conducted by vide...
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  • Is public transportation running?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2021
    Service Updates NJ Transit has resumed full-service and is running a regular weekday schedule on its bus, rail, light rail, and Access Link services. To learn more about NJ Transit's plan to safely...
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  • Can I get something notarized remotely?

    Last Updated: 09/28/2021
    Yes. A new law authorizes New Jersey notaries to remotely notarize electronic or physical documents. To find a notary, search through this online directory created by the Treasury. Source: https://...
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  • Can real estate agents continue to show properties in person? Can my landlord show my apartment to potential renters?

    Last Updated: 04/13/2022
    Open Houses Open houses to view real estate are permitted. There is no numerical limit for indoor or outdoor gatherings. In New Jersey, face masks are no longer required in most outdoor and indoor ...
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  • Is there a curfew?

    Last Updated: 04/13/2022
    There is no curfew in New Jersey. In New Jersey, face masks are no longer required in most outdoor and indoor settings. The Department of Health recommends wearing a face mask whenever you have sym...
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  • Are colleges and universities open?

    Last Updated: 04/14/2022
    Institutions of higher education may resume all in-person instruction. The State no longer requires face coverings for most indoor public spaces, however institutions may choose to adopt stricter C...
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  • Have elective surgeries resumed? What are the required safety protocols or social distancing policies?

    Last Updated: 06/16/2021
    Elective surgeries are permitted to resume in New Jersey. Guidance for Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers The Department of Health has issued guidance for hospitals and for ambulatory surgery...
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  • Has the State used data to make decisions and slow the spread of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 04/02/2021
    Working with a team of leading data scientists and epidemiologists, the State has used several dynamic epidemiology and growth models to predict the spread of the virus and the need for hospital be...
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  • Is there somewhere I can report violations of Executive Orders?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2021
    Compliance with Executive Orders is not voluntary. You can report a possible violation of all COVID-related Executive Orders using this online form: https://covid19.nj.gov/violation. If you believe...
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  • Where can I find the Executive Orders and Administrative Orders issued by the Governor and the State?

    Last Updated: 05/17/2020
    Executive Orders issued by Governor Murphy can be found here. Administrative Orders issued by the State of New Jersey can be found here.
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  • Can I visit someone at a Department of Corrections facility? What is the State doing to protect people at these facilities?

    Last Updated: 05/06/2022
    Visitation Visitation at NJ Department of Corrections (DOC) facilities has resumed by appointment. All visitors must adhere to COVID-19 restrictions when visiting facilities: Call the facility to ...
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  • Are programs funded by the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities open? What support is there for residents of Developmental Centers?

    Last Updated: 02/04/2022
    Congregate Day Programs Congregate day programs have been directed to reopen at full capacity provided they meet all the requirements in the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities' congregate da...
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  • Can I donate blood or convalescent plasma in New Jersey?

    Last Updated: 03/21/2022
    Blood Drives Blood drives continue to operate in New Jersey. Donors are needed to keep the supply strong amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthy individuals are encouraged to give blood to restock the ...
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  • Is COVID-19 test data being shared with law enforcement agencies?

    Last Updated: 01/28/2021
    To enable law enforcement officers across New Jersey to better protect themselves and to more effectively use their limited supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the midst of the COVID...
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  • Can I visit someone in a hospital? What guidelines are in place to protect patients?

    Last Updated: 02/24/2022
    Individual hospitals will set visiting hours and visitation duration. Before you visit your loved one, please check ahead to find out what specific policies the hospital has established so your vis...
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  • Can I order a cocktail from a restaurant or home delivery from my local microbrewery?

    Last Updated: 05/16/2020
    Sales and Deliveries of Alcoholic Beverages and Cocktails Holders of certain licenses and permit holders can sell alcoholic beverages for takeout or delivery. Businesses with plenary retail consump...
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  • How do I report an outbreak or misconduct at a long term care facility or nursing home?

    Last Updated: 05/07/2020
    Long term care facilities in New Jersey, such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities, are required to report many communicable disease cases, including COVID-19, to their local health depa...
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  • Where can I watch the Governor’s COVID-19 briefings?

    Last Updated: 03/04/2022
    On March 4, 2022, the two-year anniversary of New Jersey's first confirmed case of COVID-19, Governor Murphy held the last in-person briefing on the State's response to the pandemic. COVID19.nj.gov...
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  • How can I volunteer for COVID-19 response efforts? How can I help the State?

    Last Updated: 06/14/2021
    Our first responders and health care workers are saving lives every day -- so can you. Your family, your friends, your neighbors -- their lives are literally in your hands. Here's how you can do yo...
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  • Where can I donate personal protective equipment (PPE) like respirators, gowns, and gloves?

    Last Updated: 09/24/2020
    For anyone who has PPE they wish to donate like N95 respirators, face shields, protective goggles, surgical masks, or other protective equipment, visit covid19.nj.gov/ppedonations.
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  • How do I comply with mandated health care capacity and PPE inventory reporting required by Executive Order 111?

    Last Updated: 01/11/2022
    Under Executive Order No. 111, designated health care facilities are required to report on a daily basis to the Department of Health and the Office of Emergency Management, data concerning their ca...
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  • What inaccurate rumors are circulating about COVID-19? Where can I find accurate information?

    Last Updated: 04/23/2020
    NOTE: The FBI has warned of several emerging fraud schemes related to COVID-19 vaccines to illegally obtain sensitive personal information or money. No one will have to pay for the vaccine itself i...
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  • Has the government changed how it conducts business as a result of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 11/23/2021
    State Government At the start of the health crisis, the Governor signed legislation allowing for State business and legislative sessions to be conducted at locations other than Trenton, and for leg...
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  • Can graduation ceremonies be held?

    Last Updated: 04/18/2022
    School districts and colleges/universities are allowed to hold in-person graduation ceremonies. The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has published updated graduation guidance for school d...
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  • What are my rights and protections as a worker?

    Last Updated: 11/09/2021
    COVID-19 Workplace Health and Safety: Under legislation signed by Governor Murphy on June 4, 2021, the majority of Executive Orders issued pursuant to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency expired o...
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  • Can I still collect unemployment if it's not safe to go back to work? What if I'm at high-risk or have to care for someone at home?

    Last Updated: 09/04/2021
    If you have been collecting unemployment benefits and your former employer asks you to return to work or you receive another offer, you cannot refuse "suitable work" and still collect benefits in m...
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  • Can adult medical daycare centers reopen? What are the safety guidelines?

    Last Updated: 06/16/2021
    As of June 14, 2021, Adult Medical Daycare Centers can reopen, while following Department of Health safety protocols. These facilities will need to attest to satisfying the guidance requirements to...
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Slowing the Spread FAQs

  • How do I get a COVID-19 vaccine or a booster shot?

    Last Updated: 04/04/2022
    Note: Everyone ages 12 and older should get a booster shot at any vaccination location -- as long as it has been at least 5 months after your second Pfizer or Moderna shot, or 2 months after your o...
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  • Should I wear a mask to stop the spread of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 04/13/2022
    In New Jersey, face masks are no longer required in most outdoor and indoor settings. The Department of Health recommends wearing a face mask whenever you have symptoms of COVID-19, tested positive...
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  • Who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine or booster in New Jersey? How many doses of a COVID-19 vaccine should I get?

    Last Updated: 04/04/2022
    Get vaccinated and boosted. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. Everyone 5 years or older is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine i...
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  • What Is Contact Tracing? How Does It Stop The Spread of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 06/08/2021
    Contact tracing is the process used to identify those who come into contact with people who have tested positive for many contagious diseases – such as measles, HIV, and COVID-19 – and is a lon...
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  • How do I get the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine? What if I got my first shot in a different state?

    Last Updated: 04/04/2022
    Residents can get their second dose at any vaccination location. Use the Vaccine Appointment Finder to make an appointment for your second dose at a location near you. The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-...
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  • How do I know when a contact tracer is calling? How do I know it's not a scam? What will they ask me?

    Last Updated: 10/24/2020
    Contact tracers are calling with life-saving information that will keep you, your loved ones, and your community safe and healthy. When a New Jersey contact tracer calls, it's because you tested po...
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  • What should I do if I think I've been exposed to COVID-19? Should I quarantine? How long do I have to stay home?

    Last Updated: 03/02/2022
    You may have been exposed to COVID-19 if you were in close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more over 24-hours) with someone who had COVID-19, or if you participated in a high risk activity...
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  • Where is vaccination or testing required for workers in New Jersey?

    Last Updated: 03/03/2022
    All covered workers in the following settings are currently required to be fully vaccinated or subject to COVID-19 testing at minimum one to two times per week: Health care facilities and high-ris...
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  • What are common misconceptions about contact tracing?

    Last Updated: 11/09/2021
    Q: If I test positive for COVID-19, do I have to tell the contact tracer everyone I was in close contact with? Your help is the key to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and protecting your loved ones...
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  • How can I protect myself and others from COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 04/18/2022
    Our first responders and health care workers are saving lives every day -- so can you. Your family, your friends, your neighbors -- their lives are literally in your hands. Here's how you can do yo...
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  • How is the State tracing so many contacts?

    Last Updated: 07/16/2021
    As testing of individuals for COVID-19 has increased, so has the need for contact tracers to conduct interviews with individuals who may have come into contact with those who tested positive. To me...
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  • For Contact Tracing, Who is Considered A Close Contact?

    Last Updated: 01/11/2022
    For contact tracing purposes, a "close contact" is anyone who spent 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period and was within 6 feet of a person infected with COVID-19 while they were infectious (2...
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  • How Is My Data Being Used and How Is My Privacy Being Protected When Contact Tracing?

    Last Updated: 10/24/2020
    Your information is confidential. Your name will not be released to your contacts or your COVID-19 status – that information will only be known to public health officials and our local health dep...
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  • How do pregnant people or new mothers stay safe? What rules are in place for labor and delivery during COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 02/23/2022
    In partnership with the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, the Department of Health has issued guidance for pregnant individuals and health care providers to ensure they can obtain safe and ...
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  • How can I volunteer as a health care professional or join the Medical Reserve Corps? What if I’m retired, out of state, licensed in a foreign country, or just graduated with a degree in a health care-related field?

    Last Updated: 03/28/2022
    Medical Reserve Corps New Jersey is calling on retired health care professionals with vaccination skills to volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Register As a New Medical Reserve Corps V...
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  • How many COVID-19 vaccine doses do I need if I’m immunocompromised?

    Last Updated: 04/04/2022
    Children ages 5 through 11 years who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should get a primary series of 3 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to stay up to date. People 12 years and older who...
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  • What is the State doing to protect residents and staff of nursing homes or long-term care facilities?

    Last Updated: 03/12/2022
    COVID-19 has devastated long-term care facilities and nursing homes in New Jersey and across the nation. In an effort to protect the lives of residents and staff at these facilities, the State has ...
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  • How do I get a new copy of my COVID-19 vaccination card? Is there an app or a digital copy?

    Last Updated: 02/11/2022
    Docket App Docket is an app from the NJ Department of Health that makes it easier for you and your family to securely access your COVID-19 vaccination record. If you don't have your vaccination car...
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  • How can I avoid vaccine scams?

    Last Updated: 01/20/2022
    The FBI has issued an alert warning of several emerging fraud schemes related to COVID-19 vaccines to illegally obtain sensitive personal information or money. Signs of potential COVID-19 vaccine s...
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  • COVID Alert NJ: Overview

    Last Updated: 12/22/2021
    What is COVID Alert NJ app? COVID Alert NJ app is a New Jersey's free, and secure mobile app that anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive fo...
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  • COVID Alert NJ: Using COVID Alert NJ

    Last Updated: 12/22/2021
    How do users report themselves as positive for COVID-19? When an individual receives a positive test result, they will be contacted by a Department of Health public health representative and have t...
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  • Should I get a flu shot?

    Last Updated: 09/02/2021
    Yes, the CDC and the New Jersey Department of Health strongly recommend everyone six months of age and older get a flu vaccine every year. It is likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes CO...
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  • COVID Alert NJ: Technical Specifications and User Experience

    Last Updated: 04/07/2021
    I'm receiving a 1002 or 1005 error during onboarding, what do I do about this? If you were connected to Wi-Fi during the onboarding screens, please disable Wi-Fi, and then proceed through onboardin...
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  • What’s the difference between the COVID Alert NJ app and the Exposure Notification (EN) service setting on my iPhone?

    Last Updated: 04/07/2021
    They are both part of COVID Alert NJ exposure notifications. The COVID Alert NJ app can be downloaded and installed on your compatible phone. The app icon will appear on your screen like any other ...
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  • How can I get help with scheduling a vaccine appointment?

    Last Updated: 03/17/2021
    If you need help scheduling a vaccination appointment, try the following: Vaccine Call Center The Vaccine Call Center (1-855-568-0545) is available to register individuals in the NJ Vaccine Schedul...
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  • How do COVID-19 vaccines work?

    Last Updated: 03/01/2021
    Vaccines work by triggering a person's immune system to develop protection against a disease. COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having ...
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  • COVID Alert NJ: I'm receiving a 1002 or 1005 error during onboarding, what do I do about this?

    Last Updated: 10/07/2020
    I'm receiving a 1002 or 1005 error during onboarding, what do I do about this? If you were connected to Wi-Fi during the onboarding screens, please disable Wi-Fi, and then proceed through onboardin...
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  • COVID Alert NJ: Community Toolkit

    Last Updated: 09/30/2020
    How can I share COVID Alert NJ with my family, friends, and social network? Please visit COVID Alert NJ's Community Toolkit to view and download over a dozen of resources to help you share the app,...
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  • COVID Alert NJ: Data/Privacy

    Last Updated: 09/30/2020
    Does COVID Alert NJ track a user's location? COVID Alert NJ does not use, track, or collect any geolocation or GPS data. It works exclusively through Bluetooth proximity detection. Is COVID Alert N...
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  • COVID Alert NJ: Traditional Contact Tracing

    Last Updated: 09/30/2020
    What is traditional contact tracing and how does it work? Contact tracing is a long-standing vital public health tool used in New Jersey and throughout the world to identify infected individuals an...
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  • Consumer Access to COVID-19 Immunization Records with Docket FAQs

    Functionality What is Docket? Docket™ connects you directly with immunization registries (including the New Jersey Immunization Information System) to deliver up-to-date COVID-19 immunization re...
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Testing and Treatment FAQs

  • Where can I get free, public COVID-19 testing or treatment?

    Last Updated: 05/16/2022
    Free COVID-19 testing is available at many locations across the state. Free, at-home COVID-19 saliva PCR tests are available to every New Jerseyan who think they need a test. Order your test by vis...
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  • How can I get testing or treatment for COVID-19 if I'm uninsured or undocumented? How do I cover health costs associated with COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 01/20/2022
    COVID-19 testing and treatment is available to everyone in New Jersey regardless of their insurance or immigration status. Below you will find resources for free testing and treatment as well as ho...
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  • How do I get a free, at-home COVID-19 saliva test?

    Last Updated: 01/18/2022
    Note: Due to nationwide inventory constraints, Vault has capped the number of daily requests for New Jersey to 30,000 per day. If you try to request a kit and get a message stating that the cap has...
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  • What happens if I test positive? How long do I need to stay home?

    Last Updated: 02/07/2022
    If you tested positive for COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status): You should stay home and isolate for at least 5 days. If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, y...
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  • What type of COVID-19 test should I get and when should I get it? What’s the difference between a molecular/PCR, antigen, and antibody test?

    Last Updated: 01/03/2022
    If you want to find out if you are currently infected with COVID-19, get a diagnostic test. Testing is widely available and open to everyone in New Jersey. Visit covid19.nj.gov/testing to find a te...
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  • How many people have gotten COVID-19 vaccines in New Jersey? How is New Jersey collecting and protecting vaccination data?

    Last Updated: 05/04/2021
    For the latest number of COVID-19 vaccines administered by county, race/ethnicity, age, and gender, refer to the vaccination overview tab on the Department of Health's COVID-19 dashboard. The dashb...
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  • I was tested for COVID-19. How do I get my results?

    Last Updated: 07/14/2020
    Please follow the instructions from your testing site on how to get your test results. Pharmacies, local testing sites, physician's offices, hospitals, and other testing sites operate independently...
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  • How is New Jersey increasing access to COVID-19 testing?

    Last Updated: 01/25/2022
    Expanding access to COVID-19 testing has been a core principle of New Jersey's recovery plan for promoting public health and restoring economic health. New Jersey has been: increasing diagnostic t...
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  • Should I get tested if I do not have symptoms of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 01/03/2022
    You could have COVID-19 and not even know it. Protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community by getting tested for COVID-19. Testing is widely available and open to everyone in New Jersey. V...
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  • Should contacts of contacts be tested?

    Last Updated: 01/03/2022
    Being the contact of someone who had close contact with a COVID-19-postive person does not require testing. For example, if you have a coworker whose family member is a confirmed case, you are not ...
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  • Are commercial laboratories conducting COVID-19 testing required to share information with the Department of Health?

    Last Updated: 03/25/2020
    In a joint letter to commercial laboratory operators, Jared M. Maples, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and the Chair of the New Jersey Domestic Security Prep...
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  • What has the State done to expand vaccine capacity and access?

    Last Updated: 04/05/2022
    Appointments for COVID-19 vaccines are available across New Jersey to everyone 5 years and older, and booster shots are available to everyone 12 and older at any vaccination location. There is curr...
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  • Are COVID-19 vaccines safe and effective? How were they tested and approved?

    Last Updated: 04/04/2022
    COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines since they were authorized for emergency use by FDA. These vaccines have undergone ...
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  • Can I use new drugs or therapeutics to treat COVID-19? Where do I get them?

    Last Updated: 01/31/2022
    COVID-19 Therapeutics Overview If you test positive for COVID-19, you should ask your healthcare provider about whether a treatment is right for you. For patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 who...
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  • Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Last Updated: 01/06/2022
    COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for everyone 5 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. In addition...
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  • What can I expect at my COVID-19 vaccine appointment?

    Last Updated: 12/16/2021
    Before Your Appointment Taking over-the-counter medicine, like ibuprofen, aspirin, antihistamines, or acetaminophen, is NOT recommended before vaccination because it is unknown how these medication...
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  • Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I am undocumented?

    Last Updated: 11/04/2021
    Yes. Everyone 5 years or older is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey and encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible. If you are uninsured, you can still receive a vaccine. The vacc...
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  • Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I already got COVID?

    Last Updated: 10/06/2021
    Yes, you should get a COVID-19 vaccine even if you already had COVID-19 because: Research has not yet shown how long you are protected from getting COVID-19 again after you recover from COVID-19. ...
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  • Are vaccine sites accessible to individuals with disabilities?

    Last Updated: 09/21/2021
    Community-based sites have been designed to meet the needs of all residents in the state. These sites meet ADA accessibility standards, and special arrangements are made for those with mobility and...
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  • How can I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I’m homebound?

    Last Updated: 05/17/2021
    If you are unable to leave the home to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or are the healthcare provider or family caregiver of someone who is homebound, you may request an in-home vaccination appointment ...
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Travel and Transportation FAQs

  • Are airports, bridges, and tunnels open?

    Last Updated: 02/11/2022
    NOTICE TO TRAVELERS: New Jersey's travel advisory is no longer in effect. The CDC, however, has recommendations for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Travelers leaving New Jersey should ...
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  • Are there travel restrictions to or from New Jersey?

    Last Updated: 02/04/2022
    As of May 17, 2021, New Jersey's travel advisory is no longer in effect. All travelers are encouraged to follow travel recommendations from the CDC. International travelers must also follow federal...
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Uncategorized FAQs

  • Comprehensive Resources

    Last Updated: 03/30/2022
    Buddies of N.J. Programs and Services – Buddies NJ (njbuddies.org) Students living with HIV/AIDS in Bergen & Passaic Counties Provides a variety of services for individuals with HIV/AIDS, includ...
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  • Emergency Aid

    Last Updated: 03/30/2022
    Displaced Homemaker Program DCF | Office of Support, Employment and Training (nj.gov) For individuals who have previously been unpaid homemakers but now must enter the workforce due to separation,...
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  • Housing

    Last Updated: 03/30/2022
    Hunterdon County Housing Resource Guide & Food Pantry Directory Microsoft Word - Housing Resource Guide.docx (hunterdon.nj.us) Students in Hunterdon County This document provides a comprehensive g...
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  • What are food resources?

    Last Updated: 03/30/2022
    Cross County Connection Microsoft Word - Food Pantries List (1) (driveless.com) Students in Atlatnic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem counties A PDF of food pantrie...
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  • Why did I get this text?

    Last Updated: 01/06/2022
    You received this text from the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) (1-855-544-1300) as part of NJ's contact tracing efforts. Your phone number was given as a contact number associated with a C...
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  • Small Businesses: Information on How to Buy Discounted PPE through the PPE Access Program

    Last Updated: 08/12/2020
    Why should I use the PPE Access Program? The PPE Access Program was created to take the purchasing of PPE off your "worry list." It will provide several benefits to your business relative to other ...
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  • Renter Self-Certification Process and FAQs

    On August 4, 2021, Governor Murphy signed into law PL 2021 c 188 that affects tenants and landlords. The new law winds down the eviction moratorium imposed by the Governor in Executive Order 106 an...
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