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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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  • Is it safe to eat Chinese food?

    Last Updated: 03/24/2020
    Yes, Chinese food is safe to eat. Residents should help fight stigma and misinformation. People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get coronavirus than anyone els...
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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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  • Where can I find technical guidance on medical and logistical issues related to COVID-19 if I'm a health care professional, health provider, addiction services provider, or mental health provider ?

    Last Updated: 05/09/2020
    Health Care Professionals and Public Health Providers For health care professionals and public health providers, the New Jersey Department of Health has published several resources on COVID-19 incl...
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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: 05/22/2020
    Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) is a health condition appearing in children in the United States and elsewhere. Some doctors think the condition is related to having coronavir...
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  • I’m a health care administrator. Where can I find COVID-19 waivers and extensions issued by the Department of Health?

    Last Updated: 04/07/2020
    The Department of Health has placed these documents on its Legal and Regulatory Compliance website at https://nj.gov/health/legal/covid19/. Source: https://nj.gov/health/legal/covid19/
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Assistance and Benefits FAQs

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

    Last Updated: 10/19/2020
    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: 01/14/2021
    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: 01/11/2021
    Eviction Protection and Assistance Your landlord cannot remove you from your home during this emergency. This moratorium on evictions will remain in place for up to two months after the end of this...
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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: 12/01/2020
    No. Your employer cannot fire you if you miss work because you had COVID-19 or were told to quarantine by a medical professional. You are also legally protected against discrimination or harassment...
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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: 09/02/2020
    Health Care Coverage and Resources No one in New Jersey should hesitate to get tested, regardless of immigration status or insurance coverage. Testing for COVID-19-related services will not be at a...
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  • How are free school meals being distributed?

    Last Updated: 12/31/2020
    School Meals To ensure no child goes hungry during this public health emergency, the New Jersey Department of Education is working with school officials to continue distributing free meals for elig...
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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: 01/07/2021
    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: 09/09/2020
    You cannot be removed from your home during this emergency, even if a final judgment of foreclosure has been entered and a sheriff's sale of your property has taken place. On March 19, 2020, Govern...
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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: 09/23/2020
    The State of New Jersey has created a benefits eligibility tool to help you understand what benefits programs and job protections are available to you during the COVID-19 outbreak. You can also vis...
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  • How does the federal stimulus package (CARES ACT) help me or my business? How do I get my economic impact payment?

    Last Updated: 01/14/2021
    CONTINUED ASSISTANCE FOR UNEMPLOYED WORKERS ACT OF 2020 On December 27, 2020, the federal Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act (Continued Assistance Act) of 2020 was signed into law. It ...
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  • If I’m self-employed or own a business, am I eligible for unemployment or other benefits?

    Last Updated: 01/14/2021
    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: 01/11/2021
    COVID-19 BUSINESS INFORMATION HUB For detailed information on COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus and its impact on businesses, visit the State of New Jersey COVID-19 business information hub. There you'll ...
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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: 10/15/2020
    Water, Gas, and Electricity No household may have its electricity, gas service, or water service shut off for nonpayment. This moratorium on utility shutoffs is extended to at least March 15, 2021 ...
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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: 01/11/2021
    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: 05/27/2020
    If you are unable to come to an agreement or settle the issue on your own, try seeking mediation. If immediate and permanent harm will occur if your case isn't heard immediately, you can file your ...
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  • What services are available to help the homeless?

    Last Updated: 09/09/2020
    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: 05/07/2020
    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: 04/17/2020
    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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  • Was the deadline to file taxes extended? Where can I find information on tax relief programs?

    Last Updated: 01/08/2021
    2019 Income and Corporation Business Taxes The deadline to file federal and state income taxes for 2019 as well as corporation business taxes were all extended from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020....
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  • What federal grant opportunities are available to support New Jersey governments, institutes, and business communities?

    Last Updated: 11/25/2020
    Many grant opportunities are available to a broad spectrum of applicants, including small businesses, for-profit companies and non-profit organizations (NPOs), institutes of higher education (IHEs)...
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  • What resources or guidance is there for expecting mothers, new mothers, and health care providers? What rules are in place for labor and delivery during COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 06/29/2020
    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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  • 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: 12/01/2020
    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: 01/13/2021
    Federal Student Loans Loan repayment begins after January 31, 2021. To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency, under the CARES ACT, federal student loan bor...
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  • If I'm a business that urgently needs workers, or if I'm a worker looking for a job, where can I go?

    Last Updated: 05/07/2020
    Job Seekers 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 ti...
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  • What resources and assistance are available for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

    Last Updated: 11/06/2020
    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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  • What if I get sick and can’t take care of my child?

    Last Updated: 04/10/2020
    Parents are encouraged to consider temporary guardianship options for their children in the event they become sick or incapacitated with COVID-19. The New Jersey Department of Children and Families...
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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: 08/17/2020
    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?

    Last Updated: 12/30/2020
    To protect the health and safety of the older residents, the State has taken several steps including: Temporarily allowing supervising nurses to conduct required plan-of-care evaluations by phone ...
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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: 12/01/2020
    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: 08/31/2020
    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: 10/26/2020
    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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  • How can I contact my local health department?

    Last Updated: 03/21/2020
    The New Jersey Department of Health maintains both an interactive map and a printable directory of local health departments and local health officers.
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  • What support is available for individuals living with diabetes during the coronavirus crisis?

    Last Updated: 12/11/2020
    The Diabetes Foundation offers free supplies including insulin, A1C testing, medication care kits, sensors, glucometers, and more to residents of New Jersey living with diabetes. For help, visit di...
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  • What resources are available to help people with disabilities? Is there help during an emergency?

    Last Updated: 11/06/2020
    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: 07/27/2020
    Mental Health Support Line A free emotional support helpline was created to help deaf and hard of hearing New Jerseyans feeling the strain from the public health crisis. New Jerseyans can call the ...
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  • What financial assistance is available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)?

    Last Updated: 03/26/2020
    The answer to your question can be found in this article on the Business Information Hub.
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  • Where can I find information about the PPE Access Program?

    Last Updated: 12/31/2020
    New Jersey PPE Access Program The New Jersey Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Access Program is an innovative public-private partnership that helps businesses and non-profits protect the health ...
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  • Is the COVID-19 vaccine free? What if I don't have insurance?

    Last Updated: 01/07/2021
    No one will have to pay for the vaccine itself. The COVID-19 vaccine will be available without cost sharing barriers. Based on the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement, all providers...
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Reopening Guidance and Restrictions FAQs

  • What rules or safety guidelines are in place for reopened businesses? Are any businesses closed?

    Last Updated: 11/25/2020
    Most businesses can reopen, while following appropriate mitigation requirements. Links to industry-specific guidance can be found below. For a timeline of reopening dates and more information about...
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  • What safety precautions must my employer take?

    Last Updated: 10/28/2020
    Beginning November 5, employers that require or permit their workforce to be physically present at a worksite must abide by the following requirements, at a minimum, to protect employees, customers...
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  • How can people safely get together? What are the limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings?

    Last Updated: 12/07/2020
    Attending a gathering, ceremony, or celebration is permitted as long as the event complies with the following limits on gatherings. Gatherings are allowed, but different limits apply depending on t...
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  • When and how is New Jersey lifting restrictions? What does a responsible and strategic restart of New Jersey’s economy look like?

    Last Updated: 12/31/2020
    On May 18, Governor Phil Murphy unveiled a multi-stage approach to execute the responsible and strategic economic restart to put New Jersey on the road back to recovery from COVID-19. New Jersey's ...
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  • Are schools open? What are the safety requirements?

    Last Updated: 12/21/2020
    2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR The majority of schools currently remain open in some form for in-person instruction. Every school must reopen in accordance with the health and safety guidelines outlined in ...
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  • How have elections moved or changed in New Jersey because of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 01/08/2021
    Upcoming Elections Special Elections Upcoming February fire district elections, March special school elections, and all other special elections for filling vacancies or deciding municipal questions...
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  • Are New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agencies open? What new protocols or practices are in place?

    Last Updated: 12/31/2020
    Motor Vehicle Commission agencies are open to the public six days a week, Mondays through Saturdays. NOTE: For the safety of residents 65 and older, special senior hours have been set aside every T...
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  • What are the reopening rules for bars and restaurants? What precautions or policies must they take?

    Last Updated: 11/26/2020
    Food or beverage establishments may open, including restaurants, bars, cafeterias, and food courts, as well as all holders of a liquor license with retail consumption privileges. All restaurants, b...
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  • Can I still get married? Are wedding venues open?

    Last Updated: 12/15/2020
    Yes, so long as ceremonies and receptions comply with the limits on gatherings and other safety guidelines. Note: Indoor wedding receptions are currently capped at 10 people, while outdoor receptio...
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  • Are gyms open? What rules or safety guidance must they follow?

    Last Updated: 01/04/2021
    All gyms and fitness centers may reopen indoor and outdoor spaces so long as they follow required social distancing and other safety protocols. This also applies to health club facilities located i...
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  • Are churches and other houses of worship offering services? What are the social distancing requirements?

    Last Updated: 12/07/2020
    Yes, houses of worship can open for in-person services. Individuals should check with their houses of worship to see if in-person religious services have resumed. While services can resume, houses ...
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  • Are beaches open? What are the restrictions?

    Last Updated: 12/07/2020
    Beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores in New Jersey can reopen, permitted that social distancing measures are followed. NOTE: The beach season has ended at many localities for the year. For sp...
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  • Can funerals or memorial services be held?

    Last Updated: 12/15/2020
    Funerals and memorial services may continue to be held and must comply with the limits on gatherings. Indoor funerals, memorial services, wedding ceremonies, and religious and political activities ...
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  • Can retail stores and malls reopen? What are the social distancing requirements at retail businesses for customers, employees, and business owners?

    Last Updated: 12/01/2020
    Retail Stores Retail stores may open so long as they follow mitigation requirements described below. Indoor portions of retail shopping malls may also reopen and businesses must adhere to the same ...
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  • Are barber shops, nail salons, massage parlors, spas, and tattoo parlors open? What safety precautions must they take?

    Last Updated: 11/05/2020
    The following types of personal care businesses may reopen in New Jersey so long as they adopt the required social distancing and safety protocols: Beauty salons; Barber shops; Cosmetology shops S...
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  • Are golf courses, arcades, batting cages, shooting ranges, arts and crafts studios, dance studios, music lessons, and other art and recreational facilities open? What rules or safety guidance must they follow?

    Last Updated: 12/30/2020
    All recreational businesses may reopen their entire premises, whether indoor or outdoor. Indoor spaces must be limited to 25 percent of their capacity. These businesses include, but are not limited...
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  • Are parks open? Are campgrounds open?

    Last Updated: 12/07/2020
    State Parks State parks and forests are open. On days of high visitation, some parks may close early. As visitors leave, parks may reopen. Before visiting, check the New Jersey State Park Services'...
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  • Can organized sports resume? What are the safety requirements for sports facilities?

    Last Updated: 12/30/2020
    Organized Sports On January 2, indoor practices and competitions for organized sports may resume in accordance with health and safety protocols -- however, indoor interstate youth sports competitio...
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  • Are swimming pools open? What are the social distancing requirements and restrictions?

    Last Updated: 12/31/2020
    Indoor and outdoor pools can both reopen, subject to mitigation protocols. Pools must follow the appropriate requirements from Executive Order No. 153, Executive Order No. 157, and the Department o...
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  • Are offices open? What safety precautions must they take? How do I safely return to work?

    Last Updated: 11/05/2020
    Office spaces, as with all workplaces that do not have walk-in customers or products for sale, were never closed. The requirement that businesses or non-profits accommodate their workforce for tele...
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  • Are child care centers open? Is there financial support for child care costs?

    Last Updated: 01/07/2021
    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. Locations providing remote-learning supervision...
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  • Are playgrounds, amusement parks, and water parks open? What rules or safety guidance must they follow?

    Last Updated: 11/05/2020
    Playgrounds, amusement parks, and water parks may reopen, while following appropriate health and safety standards. Playgrounds and amusement facilities must follow appropriate mitigation requiremen...
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  • Are libraries open? What precautions or policies must be in place?

    Last Updated: 11/05/2020
    Indoor portions of libraries may reopen at 25% capacity, while following appropriate mitigation requirements. Reopening plans vary by library. Please check with your local library for more details ...
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  • What is guiding New Jersey’s recovery? What is “the Road Back”?

    Last Updated: 06/15/2020
    On March 9, Governor Murphy declared both a state of emergency and a public health emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to save lives, Governo...
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  • Can I visit a nursing home or long-term care facility? How are these facilities reopening? What safety precautions must they take?

    Last Updated: 01/15/2021
    Yes, long-term care facilities in New Jersey may permit visitors. However, please check with a specific facility for visiting hours and policies as there are strict health and safety requirements t...
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  • How can businesses, organizations, and residents support New Jersey’s restart and recovery? What is the One Jersey Pledge?

    Last Updated: 12/09/2020
    To help stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, New Jersey businesses, organizations, employees, and customers can participate in the One Jersey Pledge, committing to follow health and safety g...
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  • Are hotels open? Can I still use AirBnB? What safety precautions must they take?

    Last Updated: 12/09/2020
    TRAVEL ADVISORY: New Jersey strongly discourages all non-essential interstate travel at this time. Travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (Ne...
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  • Are courts open? Do I have to report for jury duty? Can legal matters be dealt with remotely?

    Last Updated: 12/30/2020
    Federal Courts All civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials have been postponed until March 12, 2021. All in-person judicial proceedings for both civil and criminal cases have been suspen...
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  • Are movie theaters, concert venues, and other entertainment venues open? Are museums, aquariums, and other cultural venues open? What safety guidance must they follow?

    Last Updated: 12/09/2020
    Entertainment businesses, cultural venues, and performance centers may reopen. Entertainment businesses must follow the mitigation requirements detailed in paragraphs 7 of page 13 of Executive Orde...
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  • Is public transportation running? What mitigation measures are NJ TRANSIT and private carriers adopting?

    Last Updated: 10/28/2020
    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 my child still go on playdates or attend a classmate/friend’s birthday party?

    Last Updated: 12/07/2020
    Yes, however any in-person gathering, ceremony, or celebration must comply with the limits on gatherings. Indoor gatherings must be limited to 10 people. All attendees at indoor gatherings must wea...
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  • Are the data models the State is using accurate? How do they account for all the day-to-day changes?

    Last Updated: 04/28/2020
    The State chose dynamic data models that take into account what we are seeing on the ground at a local level. New Jersey uses an ensemble of models which allow us to: Capture trends at a zip code ...
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  • Can I get something notarized remotely?

    Last Updated: 04/28/2020
    Yes. A new emergency law allows notaries and authorized officials to execute remote notarial acts during the current public health emergency. For remote notarization, the New Jersey Treasury has is...
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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: 01/04/2021
    Open Houses Open houses to view real estate are permitted, provided they comply with the restrictions on indoor gatherings. Indoor gatherings must be limited to 10 people. All attendees at indoor g...
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  • Can casinos reopen? What are the social distancing requirements?

    Last Updated: 11/05/2020
    Casinos, including casino gaming floors and retail sports wagering lounges, can reopen, while complying with mitigation requirements. Casinos must comply with all requirements from Executive Order ...
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  • Can construction projects continue? What rules or safety guidelines must they follow?

    Last Updated: 11/05/2020
    All construction projects may resume. Construction projects must follow appropriate mitigation requirements detailed inExecutive Order No. 142 and Executive Order No. 192, which are summarized belo...
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  • Is there a curfew?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2020
    There is no curfew in New Jersey. To save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and stay home if you are sick. Face coverings are required...
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  • Are colleges and universities open? What are the safety requirements?

    Last Updated: 01/15/2021
    Institutions of higher education may resume all in-person instruction in accordance with the safety requirements and guidance outlined by the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) and ...
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  • Have elective surgeries resumed? What are the required safety protocols or social distancing policies?

    Last Updated: 12/11/2020
    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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  • How is the State using data to make decisions and slow the spread of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 12/09/2020
    Working with a team of leading data scientists and epidemiologists, the State is using several dynamic epidemiology and growth models to predict the spread of the virus and the need for hospital be...
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  • Are manufacturing and warehousing businesses open? What safety precautions must they take?

    Last Updated: 11/05/2020
    Manufacturing and warehousing businesses may remain open and must follow required social distancing and safety protocols detailed in Executive Order No. 122 and Executive Order No. 192. Mask Requir...
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  • Can I still take a taxi or use a ride hailing app like Lyft or Uber?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2020
    Taxis and ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft remain in operation. To save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and stay home if you...
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  • Can I charter a boat? What are the rules and safety guidelines?

    Last Updated: 11/17/2020
    Charter fishing services, for-hire vessels, and watercraft rental businesses may open so long as they follow all safety requirements. Mask Requirement Under Executive Order No. 192, all employees, ...
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  • Is there somewhere I can report violations of Executive Orders? How can I report a business staying open despite being ordered to close or an employer that won't let me work remotely?

    Last Updated: 12/08/2020
    Compliance with Executive Orders is not voluntary. If your employer is not following COVID-19 workplace health and safety protections (Executive Order 192), there is a dedicated intake process main...
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  • If I’m a minor who needs working papers, can those be certified remotely?

    Last Updated: 05/02/2020
    You should contact your local school district to check on the process for certifying employment certificates or "working papers". Executive Order 135 allows minors seeking to certify working papers...
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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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  • How is the State of New Jersey preventing the spread of COVID-19 in state correctional facilities and halfway houses? Can I visit?

    Last Updated: 12/29/2020
    Visitation Temporarily Suspended Out of an abundance of caution, the Department of Corrections has temporarily suspended visitation until further notice to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The Depa...
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  • Are race tracks open and can horse racing resume? What are the restrictions?

    Last Updated: 11/17/2020
    Horse racetracks can reopen for racing as well as for in-person bets, including at their sportsbooks and lounges, so long as they adhere to required social distancing policies and safety guidelines...
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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: 01/12/2021
    Program Updates Congregate Day Programs The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has closed all in-person congregate day service facilities until further notice due to increased community s...
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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: 01/11/2021
    Thank you for your interest in serving the State of New Jersey and helping to save lives during this public health crisis. As part of the state's ongoing effort to combat COVID-19, the State of New...
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  • Can I donate blood or convalescent plasma in New Jersey?

    Last Updated: 12/02/2020
    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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  • Do I need any special credentials to drive on New Jersey roads during this emergency?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2020
    You do not need any special credentials or documentation to drive during this emergency. To save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and...
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  • Are trade, career, or training schools open? What rules or safety requirements must they follow?

    Last Updated: 10/28/2020
    Private trade schools, career schools, and training schools not overseen by the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) are allowed to resume in-person instruction so long as they follow...
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  • Where can I find results from the State’s COVID-19 survey for businesses and non-profits?

    Last Updated: 06/11/2020
    The New Jersey COVID-19 Business Impact survey was conducted by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University (https://heldrich.rutgers.edu) in collaboration with the ...
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  • Is COVID-19 test data being shared with law enforcement agencies?

    Last Updated: 04/14/2020
    The Department of Health has instructed all local public health officers to share limited information about addresses where an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 (but not the names of any ...
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  • Can I visit someone in a hospital? What guidelines are in place to protect patients?

    Last Updated: 10/28/2020
    Hospitals have opened their doors to visitors with new safety guidelines in place. Individual hospitals will set visiting hours and visitation duration. Before you visit your loved one, please chec...
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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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  • If I'm a State employee, where can I find information about leave time and health benefits?

    Last Updated: 01/07/2021
    NOTE: The COVID-19 Guidelines and FAQs and the Local Government COVID-19 Guidance have been temporarily removed as they are being revised to address changes for consistency with recent developments...
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  • Where can I watch the Governor’s COVID-19 briefings

    Last Updated: 12/21/2020
    The State of New Jersey's briefings and press conferences related to the State's response to the COVID-19 pandemic are livestreamed on Governor Murphy's YouTube channel, Twitter feed, and Facebook ...
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  • How can I volunteer for COVID-19 response efforts? How can I help the State?

    Last Updated: 11/23/2020
    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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  • Can community gardens open? What social distancing policies are required?

    Last Updated: 12/07/2020
    Community gardens may reopen so long as they implement reasonable restrictions that reduce physical interaction. In addition, all gatherings in gardens must comply with the rules placed on outdoor ...
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  • How do I comply with mandated health care capacity and PPE inventory reporting required by Executive Orders 109 and 111?

    Last Updated: 03/30/2020
    On March 28, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 111, directing designated health care facilities to report on a daily basis to the Department of Health and the Office of Emergency Managemen...
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  • I’m a retired public employee. How can I assist the State with the COVID-19 emergency?

    Last Updated: 08/04/2020
    To further strengthen the ability of New Jersey's public workforce to respond to COVID-19, Governor Murphy signed an executive order allowing retirees to return to State and local government employ...
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  • Have high school graduation assessment tests been canceled?

    Last Updated: 01/11/2021
    Governor Murphy announced an executive order waiving the graduation assessment test requirement for any current high-school senior who has satisfied all other statutory graduation requirements. Giv...
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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 Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness has warned of an increase in contact tracing scams via text. New Jersey contact tracers will never ask for your social security number or sens...
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  • I’m a technology professional. How can I assist the State in addressing the COVID-19 emergency?

    Last Updated: 04/13/2020
    Thank you for your interest in helping the State respond to the unprecedented challenges raised by COVID-19. Technology professionals and firms that would like to support the State's COVID-19 respo...
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  • Has the government changed how it conducts business as a result of COVID-19? Has the fiscal year been extended?

    Last Updated: 10/09/2020
    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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  • What is telehealth? Can I use it to visit my doctor?

    Last Updated: 04/17/2020
    Telehealth or telemedicine allows you to have a live video consultation with your doctor without visiting their office in person. During the COVID-19 emergency, telehealth is quickly becoming a wid...
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  • Have there been any changes to educator evaluations or educator certification?

    Last Updated: 01/11/2021
    SGOs Removed from Teacher Evaluations Student Growth Objectives (SGOs) are measurable and specific academic goals for groups of students set by educators in consultation with their supervisors. In ...
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  • Has New Jersey increased weight limits for trucks carrying relief supplies?

    Last Updated: 04/23/2020
    Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 121, allowing an increase in the maximum weight limit on certain interstate highways and toll roads from 80,000 pounds (40 tons) tons to 92,000 pounds (46...
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  • Can graduation ceremonies be held? Where can administrators find certification forms for in-person ceremonies for school districts or universities?

    Last Updated: 12/07/2020
    School districts and colleges/universities are allowed to hold modified in-person graduation ceremonies so long as they adhere to the limits on gatherings and follow required safety protocols. The ...
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  • What are my rights and protections as a worker?

    Last Updated: 11/05/2020
    Job Protections: Your employer cannot fire or punish you if you miss work because you have or are likely to have COVID-19. Learn more about the law and how it protects you at work, and report a vio...
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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: 09/11/2020
    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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Slowing the Spread FAQs

  • Who is eligible for vaccination in New Jersey? Who is included in the vaccination phases?

    Last Updated: 01/14/2021
    New Jersey is rolling out COVID-19 vaccines step-by-step to serve all adults who live, work, or are being educated in the state. The State's goal is to vaccinate 70 percent of the adult population ...
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  • Where, how, and when can I get vaccinated?

    Last Updated: 01/14/2021
    Currently, vaccines are available to paid and unpaid healthcare workers, residents and staff of long-term and congregate care facilities, first responders including sworn law enforcement and fire p...
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  • Should I wear a mask to stop the spread of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 08/03/2020
    Always wear a mask over your nose and mouth in public spaces. Even if you don't feel sick, germs can spread to others through respiratory droplets produced by breathing, talking, sneezing, and coug...
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  • What Is Contact Tracing? How Does It Stop The Spread of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 10/24/2020
    As part of the State's plan to safely restart the economy, we are implementing a comprehensive contact tracing program. For more information, visit the New Jersey COVID-19 Testing and Contact Traci...
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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 my co-worker has COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 11/24/2020
    NOTE: It's important to prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace. Employees should not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin and be sure to maintain confidentiali...
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  • What are common misconceptions about contact tracing?

    Last Updated: 10/24/2020
    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: 01/12/2021
    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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  • How you can help the State’s contact tracing program? How can I become a contact tracer?

    Last Updated: 10/24/2020
    Answer The Call – Protect Your Loved Ones – Stop COVID-19 Your help is the key to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and protecting your loved ones. Contact tracers are calling with life-saving in...
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  • How is the State tracing so many contacts?

    Last Updated: 12/08/2020
    As testing of individuals for COVID-19 increases, so does the need for contact tracers to conduct interviews with individuals who may have come into contact with those who tested positive. It is es...
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  • For Contact Tracing, Who is Considered A Close Contact?

    Last Updated: 10/24/2020
    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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  • Where has New Jersey established field medical stations for COVID-19 response?

    Last Updated: 07/08/2020
    The East Orange Alternate Care Site, located in a former physical therapy rehabilitation center, has space set aside for individuals in isolation who have tested positive for COVID-19, don't have s...
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  • How do I safely handle deliveries and interact with in-home service providers?

    Last Updated: 11/23/2020
    DELIVERIES Packages There is low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through clos...
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  • What's the best guidance for cleaning a facility when someone may have been sick?

    Last Updated: 04/20/2020
    It is recommended to close off areas used by anyone who is ill or has symptoms and wait as long as practical before beginning cleaning and disinfection to minimize potential for exposure to respira...
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  • Where can I find guidance on best practices to maintain the health and safety of seasonal farm workers? What rules are in place and what resources are available?

    Last Updated: 11/05/2020
    UnderExecutive Order No. 192, summarized below, all employers must adhere to new health and safety protocols to protect their in-person workforces. In addition, the Department of Health has created...
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  • New Jersey’s Phased Approach to COVID-19 Vaccination: Phase 1A

    Last Updated: 01/06/2021
    New Jersey is using a phased approach to COVID-19 vaccination to ensure that limited vaccines are distributed in a fair and equitable manner. Phase 1A started December 15, 2020. During 2021, additi...
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  • When should I quarantine? What’s a risky activity? How long do I have to stay home?

    Last Updated: 01/05/2021
    You should quarantine and stay at home away from others 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 h...
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  • Are COVID-19 vaccines safe and effective? How were they tested and approved?

    Last Updated: 12/29/2020
    COVID-19 vaccines that are authorized for use have gone through clinical trials involving tens of thousands of participants to determine their safety and efficacy. The known and potential benefits ...
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  • How do COVID-19 vaccines work?

    Last Updated: 12/29/2020
    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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  • What is the State doing to protect residents and staff of nursing homes or long-term care facilities?

    Last Updated: 12/28/2020
    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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  • Should I get a flu shot?

    Last Updated: 12/04/2020
    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. Although flu vaccination is recommended before the end of ...
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  • COVID Alert NJ: Using COVID Alert NJ

    Last Updated: 11/06/2020
    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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  • 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: Overview

    Last Updated: 09/30/2020
    What is COVID Alert NJ? COVID Alert NJ 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 for COVID-...
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  • COVID Alert NJ: Technical Specifications and User Experience

    Last Updated: 09/30/2020
    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: 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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Testing and Treatment FAQs

  • Where can I find a list of public testing locations? How can I access free COVID-19 testing or treatment?

    Last Updated: 01/13/2021
    Free COVID-19 testing is available at many locations across the state. Below, you can find a list of free public testing locations in New Jersey by county, including short-term pop-up testing sites...
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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: 12/02/2020
    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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  • What happens if I test positive? How long do I need to stay home?

    Last Updated: 01/05/2021
    If you test positive for COVID-19, a New Jersey contact tracer will reach out to you with life-saving information about how best to protect yourself and your loved ones. COVID-19 is mainly spread f...
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  • What’s the difference between local testing, pharmacy testing sites, and private testing sites?

    Last Updated: 07/14/2020
    Testing is now available to everyone in New Jersey. It's especially important to get tested if: You are experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, muscle pain, ...
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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: 11/20/2020
    If you want to find out if you are currently infected with COVID-19, get a diagnostic test. These tests are now available to everyone in New Jersey. You could have COVID-19 and not even know it. Fi...
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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: 11/20/2020
    Expanding access to COVID-19 testing is a core principle of New Jersey's recovery plan for promoting public health and restoring economic health. New Jersey is: increasing diagnostic testing capac...
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  • Should I get tested if I do not have symptoms of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 06/26/2020
    COVID-19 testing is now available to everyone in New Jersey. It's especially important to get tested if: You have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 You are an ess...
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  • Can I get tested for COVID-19 at a commercial laboratory, such as LabCorp or Quest?

    Last Updated: 11/20/2020
    No, you can not get tested for COVID-19 by taking yourself to a commercial laboratory. A commercial laboratory will not perform a COVID-19 test unless they have an order from a health care provider...
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  • Should “contacts of contacts” be tested?

    Last Updated: 06/26/2020
    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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  • How many people have gotten COVID-19 vaccines in New Jersey?

    Last Updated: 01/14/2021
    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.
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  • Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I’m pregnant or have a weakened immune system?

    Last Updated: 01/13/2021
    Individuals who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a weakened immune system are eligible for vaccination, but the CDC recommends talking to your healthcare provider before getting vaccinated. The...
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Travel and Transportation FAQs

  • Are there travel restrictions to or from New Jersey?

    Last Updated: 01/12/2021
    New Jersey strongly discourages all non-essential interstate travel at this time. Travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connectic...
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  • If I am visiting or returning to New Jersey after international travel, do I need to quarantine for 14 days?

    Last Updated: 12/24/2020
    You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels (domestic and/or international). You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can be contagious without symptoms and spread the virus t...
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  • Are airports, bridges, and tunnels open?

    Last Updated: 12/09/2020
    NOTICE TO TRAVELERS: New Jersey strongly discourages all non-essential interstate travel at this time. Travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region...
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Uncategorized FAQs

  • Designated Vendors: Information on How to Become a PPE Access Program Online Retailer

    Last Updated: 08/12/2020
    What is the application process and are there deadlines? The application to become a Designated Vendor is in two parts: a Program Application (available online here) and a Legal Questionnaire, to b...
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  • NJ Manufacturers and Small Wholesalers: Information on How to Access Funding Support and Register your Interest in Selling Products to the Designated Vendors

    Last Updated: 08/12/2020
    What supports are available for NJ manufacturers and small wholesalers? $3.5 million in funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis to be used by Designated Vendors to subsidize 20% of...
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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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