Resources for More information:
• Center for Disease Control Coronavirus Page
• NJ Department of Health Coronavirus Page
• Coronavirus questions are being handled by the health experts at NJ Poison Control Center, 24 days a week / 24 hours a day. Call them with any questions you may have: 1-800-222-1222
• NJ business concerns during the Coronavirus emergency:
cv.business.nj.gov or 1-800-JERSEY-7
• COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus Information for New Jersey Businesses from Business.nj.gov
• Recommendations from the New Jersey Business and Industry Association on other resources related to the Coronavirus
• News from the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey related to COVID-19
• Recommendations of the CDC/NIOSH on extending use and limited re-use of your PPE supply
NOTES: Inspira Health, and health systems across the state, are also taking other measures to keep their patients and employees safe. Inspira has adopted a “no visitation” policy with very limited exceptions. Elective procedures are also being canceled. Visit www.InspiraHealthNetwork.org for more details.
See President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE.
Latest COVID-19 Updates ...
EXCERPTS FROM NJ GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY'S MESSAGE TO STAtE
We’ve received 89 new positive test results since yesterday, bringing our statewide total to 267.
Today is Day One of life in New Jersey under the aggressive social distancing measures we put in place yesterday to #FlattenTheCurve. I thank everyone who is taking these measures to heart, and urge others to follow their lead. If there is no reason to be out, don’t go out.
I have sent a letter to Donald J. Trump requesting the assistance of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in constructing temporary hospitals to ensure our greater regional preparedness and help alleviate the strain on our hospitals.
We understand that county and local governments are focused on their own concerns.
We ask these officials to coordinate closely with us prior to making any local directive.
Effective 8:00 PM tonight, I’m directing the closure of all indoor retail shopping malls, amusement parks, and amusement centers across New Jersey until the current emergency ends. Restaurants which are located within malls, and which also have their own entrances separate from the general mall entrances, may remain open for takeout or delivery only.
Outside of our restrictions on malls, restaurants and bars, and other businesses specifically ordered to shut down – all other non-essential retail, recreational, and entertainment businesses may remain open until 8:00 PM daily if they abide by social distancing guidelines.
Help is available for residents who are out of work as a direct result of this emergency. Workers whose place of employment has closed, or whose hours have been cut, as a result of #COVID19 are, in all likelihood, eligible to receive either full or partial unemployment insurance.
We’re asking the federal government for assistance in ensuring that every unemployment insurance application is properly received and handled.
I urge every resident whose job has been directly impacted to visit nj.gov/labor for comprehensive info from New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
We know that anxiety is high among New Jersey business owners – particularly, among our small businesses which are the backbone of our economy. Our entire economic team is working alongside the U.S. Small Business Administration to ensure that available financial relief can flow into New Jersey as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Our full application was submitted this morning, and we’re pushing for swift approval. We’re also working to ensure continuity of operations for ongoing construction projects. We’re working with the Legislature in the hopes of standing up a state business-assistance program within the coming week.
I encourage banks, particularly the local and regional lenders who are deeply embedded in their communities, to do the right thing and work directly with their small business clients to defer loan payments, or to open up credit lines for critical working capital whenever possible.
We’re working nonstop to ensure that we are on a strong footing to protect our economy and people’s jobs, so we can emerge stronger once this emergency is over.
To all residents – I urge you to be vigilant against scammers trying to profit from this emergency. If you receive a call from a scammer or suspect price gouging, please report it to the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs at (973) 504-6240 or at www.njconsumeraffairs.gov
We will get through this as one New Jersey family, stronger than ever.”
FROM NJ GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY
• Murphy Announces Changes to NJ Elections in Response to COVID-19. CLICK HERE
FROM COUNTY GOVERNMENT
• First COVID-19 case confirmed in Cumberland County. CLICK HERE
• Attorney General directive on handling of Coronavirus cases. CLICK HERE
• NJOEM Administrative Order 2020-02 is released, announcing
additional closures of hair salons, tattoo parlors, spas, etc. CLICK HERE
• Governor Murphy Announces Statewide Stay at Home Order, Closure of All Non-Essential Retail Businesses. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS OF EO107-108
• Governor Murphy Announces Departmental Actions to Expand Access to Telehealth and Tele-Mental Health Services in Response to COVID-19. CLICK HERE.
• Governor Murphy Announces Opening of COVID-19 Testing Site for New Jerseyans at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. CLICK HERE
• EO 109: Governor Murphy executive order restricts elective surgeries. CLICK HERE.
• AO 2020-6: List of essential businesses expanded. CLICK HERE.
• FROM COUNTY GOVERNMENT: First Coronavirus death in Cumberland County.
• Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Requiring Child Care Centers Close on April 1 Unless Serving Children of Essential Workers. CLICK HERE.
• INFORMATION FROM US SENATOR CORY BOOKER'S OFFICE ON LEGISLATION PASSED BY US SENATE LATE YESTERDAY WHICH STILL HAS TO BE APPROVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. CLICK HERE.
• Congressman Van Drew Requests Drive Thru Testing for COVID-19 in South Jersey Congressman Jeff Van Drew requested a drive-thru testing site for COVID-19 in South Jersey from FEMA and Governor Murphy. CLICK HERE.
• NJ Human Services Announces $70 Million in Food Assistance for Vulnerable Families in New Jersey Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many NJ SNAP recipients will receive enhanced benefit payments on Sunday and their benefits will be higher in April to help address critical food needs related to the COVID‐19 pandemic. CLICK HERE
• NJ Hospital Association Releases Latest Figures on COVID-19 Cases, Deaths in State. In a March 25 press release, the NJHA noted that the total number of COVID-19 cases in New Jersey stood at 4,402 after 736 more individuals were confirmed to have the virus since the previous day. There have been 18 COVID-19 fatalities in the last 24 hours, bringing the statewide toll to 62. CLICK HERE.
• NJEDA Announces New Initiatives to Support Garden State Businesses Impacted by COVID-19. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Board approved a suite of new programs designed to support businesses and workers facing economic hardship due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. CLICK HERE.
• Congressman VanDrew Speaks on House Floor in Support of Coronavirus Relief Bill: CLICK HERE.
• Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship releases informational booklet on CARES Act. CLICK HERE.
• Governor Murphy Announces Mortgage Payment Relief, Financial Protections for New Jerseyans Facing Economic Hardship as a Result of COVID-19. CLICK HERE
• Murphy issues Executive Order 111: This order defines the protocol for health care providers to report data on coronavirus patients. CLICK HERE.
• Murphy Amends EO107: Governor announces changes and clarifications to executive order detailing approved businesses operations in New Jersey, including re-opening of gun stores and golf course closures. CLICK HERE.
• Testing in Cumberland County: Drive-thru COVID-19 testing site opening in Cumberland County. CLICK HERE.
• Instructions for Tested Individuals: Have you been tested for COVID-19 and are not sure
how to proceed? See attachments for individuals who have tested negative and positive.
• U.S. Treasury program allocates up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses. CLICK HERE.
• NJEDA reminds businesses that Friday, April 3 at 9 a.m. arks the start of application process for its Small Business Emergency Grant Program. See details from NJ Business Magazine.
• New Jersey Chamber of Commerce hosts live call: Find Out What the $2 Trillion Federal CARES Package Means to You. 1.) Dial in to 833-420-0374. It is recommended that you dial ten minutes before the scheduled start time. 2.) Provide the operator with conference ID 1439028. Before calling in, please download the presentation
LOCAL UPDATE: County releases latest COVID-19 figures: 51 cases, two fatalities across Cumberland County as of 4:00 pm on 4.4.20.
• New administrative order expands guidelines specific to hotels, motels and season rentals. CLICK HERE.
• NJ Department of Health letter to religious leaders provides reminder specific to group gatherings. CLICK HERE.
• According to Cumberland County Government officials, as of 4/7/2020 at 4:00 pm. there were 74 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases and two fatalities in
Cumberland County. The new confirmed cases for yesterday are highlighted in bold type. For a map showing Coronavirus cases in Cumberland County, click here. Then go to top red bar and click link to go to map page that has up-to-date COVID-19 confirmed cases.
• Murphy signs Executive Order allowing retirees to return to State, Local Government employment. CLICK HERE.
• Murphy closes all state and county parks. CLICK HERE.
• According to Cumberland County Government, as of 4/8/2020 at 4:00 pm.
there were 92 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases and 3 fatalities in Cumberland County. The latest victim of the Coronavirus was an elderly male resident (in his 80s) and a resident of Upper Deerfield Township.
• Gov. Murphy's Executive Order Targets Non-Essential Construction: Governor Phil Murphy Wednesday signed Executive Order No. 122, ceasing all non-essential construction projects and imposing additional mitigation requirements on essential retail businesses and essential industries to limit the spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey. The order also outlines specific protections and policies for all essential retail, manufacturing, and warehousing businesses, as well as businesses engaged in essential construction projects. CLICK HERE.
• Executive Order 120 Moves Date of Primary Elections Yesterday, Gov. Murphy also signed Executive Order No. 120, moving all primary elections to July 7th. CLICK HERE.
LOCAL UPDATE: As of April 14, 2020 at 4:00 pm., there were 203 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases and 3 fatalities in Cumberland County. Please note that there is a map on the county website that shows cases per city across Cumberland County. Visit www.co.cumberland.nj.us, go to the top red bar on the homepage and and click the link to go to map page that has up-to-date COVID-19 confirmed cases.
• Mental Health Services Extended to State Residents: The Mental Health Association of New Jersey has provided information on how to access free mental health telecounseling, emotional support and resource information. For more information, visit https://www.mhanj.org/
• Governor Murphy recently signed Executive Order No. 124 establishing a process to grant temporary reprieve for certain at-risk inmates housed in State prisons. CLICK HERE.
• Executive Order No, 125 was also signed. This order implements additional COVID-19 mitigation requirements on NJ Transit, private carriers, and restaurants. CLICK HERE.
• In signing Executive Order No. 126, Governor Murphy prohibits cable and telecommunications providers from terminating internet and voice service during the COVID-19 crisis. CLICK HERE.
LOCAL UPDATE: As of April 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm., there were 317 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 4 fatalities in Cumberland County. Visit www.co.cumberland.nj.us for a town-by-town breakdown of cases.
As of 4/24/2020 at 4:00 pm, there were 478 confirmed COVID19 cases with six fatalities in Cumberland County. For more details, see the town-by-own map on the County website (www.co.cumberland.nj.us).
• Governor Phil Murphy and Superintendent of the State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan announced Friday an Administrative Order protecting access to hotels and motels for individuals without safe, permanent housing. The order clarifies that municipalities and counties may not impose restrictions in
response to COVID-19 on the ability of hotels, motels, guest houses, or private residences to accept any individuals who have no permanent housing to which they may safely or lawfully return. Individuals protected under the order include, but are not limited to:
Individuals affected by domestic violence; and
Individuals in hotels or motels in compliance with a court order.
• EO 128: Tenants' Use of Security Deposits: To provide additional options to tenants who are struggling financially as result of COVID-19, Governor Phil Murphy Friday signed Executive Order No. 128, allowing tenants to direct their landlords to use their security deposits to offset rent or back rent.
• Omnibus Order on Court Operations, Legal Practice: The New Jersey courts are committed to continuing court operations during and after the COVID-19 public health emergency. To that end, the Supreme Court Friday announced the next phase of
remote court operations and legal practice. (CLICK HERE)
VanDrew: It's Time to Hold China Accountable: Congressman Jeff Van Drew is calling out China’s government for their role in the death, destruction and dereliction of human decency in their behavior over the handling of the Coronavirus outbreak
-As of 4/26/2020 at 4:00 pm, 511 confirmed COVID19 cases with 7 fatalities in Cumberland County. For more information, please visit the Cumberland County website at www.co.cumberland.nj.us.
- The following information was released by Governor Murphy's office and pertains to guidelines for essential employees who may be returning to their workplace: Public and private sector organizations that provide essential services or functions who have personnel needed to maintain critical functions including infrastructure, public safety, and other essential operations, may allow personnel who are exposed to or recovering
from COVID-19, to work in the workplace setting where needed to maintain essential operations. (CLICK HERE)
- As of 5/3/2020 at 4:00 pm, there were 898 confirmed COVID-19 cases recorded in Cumberland County. There are 18 fatalities in Cumberland County. This includes one
fatality of an inmate at Bayside State Prison in Maurice River Township (a male inmate in his 60s).
- Seven States Unite to Form Regional Coalition to Develop Supply Chain for PPE, Testing:
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Delaware Governor John Carney, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker Sunday announced a joint multi-state agreement to develop a regional supply chain for personal protective equipment, other medical equipment and testing.
While the states will continue to partner with the federal government during
this global and national public health crisis, they will also work together to identify
the entire region’s needs for these products, aggregate demand among the states,
reduce costs and stabilize the supply chain. The states will also coordinate policies
regarding the inventory of PPE each state’s health care infrastructure should have to
be prepared for a possible second wave of COVID-19. The states will also coordinate
policies on what supplies local governments should have on hand for their First
Responders, and if any requirements regarding PPE for the non-for-profit and private
sector are needed.
- Murphy's Order Extends Statutory Deadlines for Various Environmental Laws in NJ:
Governor Phil Murphy Sunday signed Executive Order No. 136, extending statutory deadlines required under environmental laws for the length of New Jersey’s public health emergency. The order, which suspends timeframes for certain permit decisions and reporting, will ensure greater opportunities for public engagement while enabling the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to conduct thorough environmental reviews. (CLICK HERE)
- County Sheriff's Department Offers Assistance to Area's Elderly Residents:
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sheriff Robert Austino and the Special Services Division of the Sheriff’s Office are assisting seniors. The seniors, who are most at risk and may not have family members available, are given assistance by picking up groceries for them. This allows them to stay home and stay safe.
The seniors are provided assistance by helping them or a family member set up the Shop Rite app on their electronic device. They then place the order with the Shop Rite of Millville, give us the order number and the officers will pick up their order and deliver it to their home. They can also call when they are in need of household essentials. We will go to the store, purchase them and deliver to their homes. (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS)
- County Reports 1,641 Cases, 55 Deaths Across All Municipalities: As of Monday, May at 4:00 pm, there were 1,641 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cumberland County.
There are 55 fatalities among the 156,000-plus residents in Cumberland County (.00035 of the population) which includes one fatality of an inmate at Bayside State Prison in Maurice River Township (male in his 60s) and three fatalities of inmates at South
Woods State Prison in Bridgeton (male in his 30s; male in his 50s; male in his 50s). Please note that the NJDOC (State Prisons) confirmed COVID-19 positive cases are NOT included in Cumberland County's total numbers - only the fatalities.
For a town-by-town breakdown of cases, please see the map
on the Cumberland County website at www.co.cumberland.nj.us.
- NJMVC Further Extends Driver License, Registration, Inspection Expiration Dates Due to COVID-19: Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Sue Fulton Monday announced additional extensions to driver license, registration, and inspection expiration dates in their continuing efforts to
Effective immediately, the following documents, if expiring between March 13 and May 31, have been extended to July 31. Documents expiring June 30 are extended two months to August 31, and those expiring July 31 are extended to September 30.
All Standard driver licenses ( and permits) and standard non-driver IDs
Privately owned and commercial vehicle registrations
Purple Heart/Disabled Veteran placards
“Extending the expiration dates further is the right move with our agencies closed to the public, as we work to stamp out the threat of COVID-19 together,” Fulton said. “We continue to urge eligible customers to renew their licenses and registrations online
- Murphy Unveils Multi-Stage Strategy to Fully Open Garden State Businesses: As part of his vision, “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health,”
Governor Phil Murphy unveiled a multi-stage approach to execute a responsible and strategic economic restart to put New Jersey on the road back to recovery from
COVID-19. The multi-stage blueprint, guided by the Governor’s Restart and Recovery Commission and complementary Advisory Councils, plans for a methodical and strategic reopening of businesses and activities based on level of disease transmission risk and essential classification. (SEE CHART AT LEFT)
- Murphy Executive Order No. 145 Allows Elective Surgeries, Procedures: Governor Phil Murphy has signed Executive Order No. 145, allowing elective surgeries and invasive procedures, both medical and dental, to resume on Tuesday, May 26 at 5:00 a.m. These procedures will resume according to policies that will be issued by the New Jersey Department of Health and the Division of Consumer Affairs. This order rescinds the suspension of all elective surgeries and invasive procedures performed on adults, which was instituted beginning on March 27 prohibiting such medical procedures.
“Our collective efforts to flatten the curve in New Jersey has
- Executive Order Reopens Charter Fishing and Watercraft Rental Businesses in NJ:
Governor Phil Murphy has signed Executive Order No. 146, which allows charter
fishing services and for-hire vessel activities, as well as watercraft rental businesses, to open with required social distancing measures. These businesses were allowed to
open on Sunday, May 17 at 6 am.
County: 1,675 Total Cases, 56 Deaths: As of May 19, there were 1,675 confirmed
COVID-19 cases in Cumberland County (.0107 of the total population).
There are now 56 fatalities across Cumberland County (.000358 of the total
population). This includes one death of an inmate at Bayside State Prison in
Maurice River Township (male in his 60s) and three fatalities of inmates at
South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton (male in his 30s; male in his 50s;
male in his 50s). For a town-by-town breakdown of cases, please visit the Cumberland
County website at www.co.cumberland.nj.us.
- VanDrew Letter to Murphy: Open South Jersey - On May 19, 202, Congressman Jeff VanDrew released a copy of a letter to Governor Phil Murphy, seeking support for a broader, more precise plan to re-open South Jersey businesses. "Today, I sent a letter to Governor Murphy asking that he safely reopen portions of our economy," Van Drew noted in a press release. "South Jersey is hurting, and businesses need to start reopening, but we must help inform their decisions to open safely. With the proper precautions in place, both can be done."
- Murphy: Some Outdoor Activities May Open: Governor Phil Murphy has signed Executive Order No. 147, allowing certain outdoor activities at recreational
businesses, including archery ranges, batting cages, golf driving ranges, horseback riding, shooting ranges, and tennis clubs as well as community gardens to open with required social distancing measures in place. The Order takes effect on Friday, May 22
at 6:00 a.m.
- AG Says Pharmacists to Play Key Role in Testing: Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal
yesterday announced that the Division of Consumer Affairs has authorized licensed New Jersey pharmacists to widely administer COVID-19 tests to customers, paving the way for thousands of pharmacies statewide to serve as testing sites.