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This page contains information and web links for community programs and services that help residents and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue updating this page as more resources develop.

Please look out for each other and check-in with your neighbors during this challenging time.
We are in this together, and we will get through this together!






State of New Jersey COVID Vaccine information: COVID Vaccine FAQ

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This Week's NJ COVID-19 Updates

Do you have questions about getting tested for COVID-19, contact tracing, traveling to or from the State of New Jersey, or even finding a new job? The State of New Jersey offers up-to-date information, resources, and guidance at our COVID-19 Information Hub.


Over One Million Doses Administered in New Jersey

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As of this week, more than 1.2 million vaccine doses have been administered in New Jersey, and more than 900,000 individuals have received at least one dose.

Even if you are not yet eligible, you can pre-register in the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System to be notified when you become eligible. More than 2.5 million New Jerseyans have pre-registered to date.

View Vaccine Information


PPE Access Program Update

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Starting February 16th, NJ-based small businesses and organizations under 100 employees will again be eligible to apply for an additional 65 percent discount on PPE products, in addition to the 10 percent discount available to all businesses and non-profits. Businesses and organizations that were already approved for the 65 percent discount in November or December will not need to reapply.

PPE Access Program


Enroll in Health Insurance at GetCoveredNJ

Health Insurance

Get Covered New Jersey is the State’s official health insurance marketplace that provides access to the resources and financial help you need to find the right coverage. This year, there is more financial help available than ever before. The enrollment window for health insurance is extended until May 15th, 2021 through a COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period for residents who still need coverage. Enroll by February 28th for coverage effective March 1st.

Learn About GetCoveredNJ


New Jersey Food and Benefit Programs are Available

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Do you need help applying for food assistance or understanding how to access sick leave or family leave benefits? Do you need information about support for New Jerseyans experiencing homelessness? Visit the COVID-19 Information Hub to learn more about benefits and assistance available to you.

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DOH Vaccination Newsletter

Vax Matters

Each week, the Department of Health is issuing a new edition of their vaccine newsletter, Vax Matters. Last Friday’s newsletter provided insight into megasite operations, provided updated information on an upcoming federal retail pharmacy program, and highlighted a new podcast series on COVID-19 vaccination.

Read Vax Matters


Visit the COVID-19 Info Hub


COVID-19 Vaccine Registration

COVID-19 vaccines are on the way to hospitals and clinics across New Jersey. You can reserve your spot to get a vaccine now by pre-registering here. We’ll ask some questions to determine when you are eligible to receive a vaccination.

Filling out this form should take about 15 minutes, and the information you enter will be kept private with the State of New Jersey. Click here to reserve your spot:  COVID-19 Vaccine Registration

       N.J. vaccine hotline can now make appointments for COVID vaccines, state says

COVID Vaccine Hotline

After a delay of about a week, New Jersey’s vaccine hotline can be used to make COVID vaccine appointments, Department of Health commissioner Judy Persichilli said at the governor’s Monday coronavirus briefing.
 
More than 600 people have gotten appointments through the hotline, she said.
 
Over the weekend, the call center took more than 16,000 calls, she said. It registered 514 people with the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System (NJVSS) and made appointments for 286 people.
 
“They started making first dose appointments last Wednesday,” Persichilli said, noting she wasn’t sure if second dose appointments were being made.
 
The move comes after complaints from residents who said they have been unable to book a vaccine appointment online, and by others who said they are not computer-savvy enough to compete with more digitally-adept people who are able to maneuver through the online system faster to secure appointments before they are snapped up.
 
The call center, which is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, is (855) 568-0545.  The hotline started taking calls in January and was able to give general information and help people register for the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System (NJVSS).


Monmouth County COVID-19 Vaccination Waitlist (MCCVW)

Due to high demand and the limited number of available COVID-19 vaccinations, in order to ensure accessibility to all of those in need, please enter in your information through this link to be contacted when a vaccination timeslot is available for you. 
Monmouth County COVID-19 Waitlist

Here are some of the local sites that are also distributing vaccines.  Currently, vaccines are limited to category 1A, and to 1B those 65 and older and those under 65 with certain medical conditions

Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore in Neptune
Visiting Nurse Service in Asbury Park
Various CVS locations including Wall Township  


Monmouth County Free COVID-19 Testing Sites

The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners, in conjunction with the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office and the Monmouth County Health Department are bringing FREE COVID-19 testing to your community.  Open to Monmouth County residents only.  No appointment necessary, simply walk up during the times listed below and a health care professional will administer the nasal swab test.  Residents do not need to be symptomatic to be tested.

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It is especially important to get tested if:

  1. You are experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, muscle pain, shivering, headache, or new loss of taste or smell)
  2. You have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19
  3. You are an essential worker (health care worker, first responder, food service worker, or transit worker)
  4. You were recently in a large crowd where social distancing was hard to maintain
  5. You recently travelled to an area or a state with high COVID-19 infection rates

U.S. Department of Treasury Announces Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has published information for state and local governments about the new $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program that was enacted as part of the most recent COVID-19 emergency relief package. In general, funds under this program may be used for housing and utility payments, and emergency payments can be made to either the landlord or utility, or directly to the household/resident in need.

Under the program, the U.S. Treasury will make funding directly available to state and local governments with more than 200,000 residents that apply by January 12, 2021. Local governments that cannot access ERA funds directly will need to negotiate with the state and county governments to gain access to aid for residents.
Click here for more information:  Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Contact: Paul Penna, Legislative Analyst, ppenna@njlm.org, 609 695-3481, x110.

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How can people safely get together? What are the limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings?

Indoor Gatherings

Given the current surge in COVID-19 cases, indoor gatherings should be limited to immediate household members if possible.

  • General indoor gatherings must be limited to 10 people. All attendees at indoor gatherings must wear face coverings and stay six feet apart.
  • Indoor gatherings for wedding ceremonies, funerals, or memorial services must be limited to 35 percent of a room's capacity, but no more than 150 individuals.
  • Indoor gatherings for religious and political activities protected under the First Amendment must be limited to 35 percent of a room's capacity, but no more than 150 individuals.
  • Indoor gatherings for entertainment centers where performances are viewed or given, including movie theaters, performing arts centers, and other concert venues, must be limited to 35 percent of a room's capacity, but no more than 150 individuals.
  • Indoor meetings of addiction support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, must be limited to 35 percent of a room's capacity, but no more than 150 individuals.
  • Legislative and judicial proceedings are not subject to the limits on indoor gatherings.

Outdoor Gatherings

  • General outdoor gatherings must be limited to 25 people and social distancing must be practiced.
  • There is no limit for outdoor gatherings for wedding ceremonies, funerals, memorial services, religious activities, or political activities.

Note: Indoor receptions held separately from wedding ceremonies are currently capped at 10 people, while outdoor receptions held separately from wedding ceremonies are limited to 25 people under the current limits on gatherings.

Safety Tips For Gatherings

To avoid putting your loved ones at risk as COVID-19 cases remain high, the NJ Department of Health has offered safety tips for in-person gatherings:

  • Wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and stay home if you are sick. Face coverings are required in indoor public spaces and in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is difficult to maintain.
  • Given the current surge in COVID-19 cases, only gather indoors with immediate household members if possible. Indoor gatherings are particularly dangerous places for the virus to spread. Host outdoor activities rather than indoor activities as much as possible.
  • If you do host indoors, increase ventilation by opening windows and doors or by placing central air and heating on continuous circulation.
  • The smaller the gathering is, the less likely it is that someone is infected and put loved ones at risk.
  • Require guests to wear masks when not eating, whether indoors or outdoors.
  • Plan ahead and ask guests to avoid contact with people outside of their households for 14 days before the gathering.
  • Guests should avoid direct contact, including handshakes and hugs, with others outside their household.
  • Make hand sanitizer available for guests.
  • Gatherings that last longer pose more risk than shorter gatherings.
  • When hosting activities, do so with people only from your local area as much as possible. Activities with attendees traveling from different locations increase the risk of infection and spread, especially if they are coming from or traveling to a location with higher levels of COVID-19 cases and community spread.
  • Remind invited guests to stay home if they have been exposed to the virus in the last 14 days, are showing COVID-19 symptoms, or recently travelled to an area or a state with high COVID-19 infection rates.
  • Limit the number of people handling or serving food—for example, consider identifying one person to serve all food so that multiple people are not handling the serving utensils.
  • Remind guests to wash their hands before serving or eating food.
  • Use single-use hand towels or paper towels for drying hands so guests do not share a towel.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces and any shared items between use when feasible.
  • Consider keeping a list of guests who attended for potential future contract tracing needs. If you are called by a contact tracer, it's critical that you answer the call to protect us all. Your help is the key to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and saving lives.
  • Download the COVID Alert NJ App. The app is 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-19. COVID Alert NJ uses Bluetooth proximity technology, never records any identifying data, and all users will remain anonymous. Download the app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

For more information on rules for indoor gatherings, refer to paragraphs 4-6 on pages 9 and 10 of Executive Order No. 183 and paragraph 1 on page 6 of Executive Order No. 152.

For more information on rules for outdoor gatherings, refer to paragraph 1 on page 5 of Executive Order No. 161 and paragraph 2 on pages 7-9 of Executive Order No. 152.





Monmouth County CARES Program for Businesses

FREEHOLD, NJ — Small businesses in Monmouth County can apply for more funding under an expansion of the CARES Economic Assistance Grant Program.

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone announced that businesses that already have received a $10,000 grant can now apply for another $10,000 of coronavirus-related funding through the program.

“Any small business that has already applied and submitted expenses in excess of $20,000 does not need to do anything — your application will be reviewed and eligible expenses will be processed,” he announced during a November 2 press conference. “If you submitted more than $10,000 but less than $20,000 and have incurred additional expenses, please submit them as soon as possible.” Since the program launched on August 3rd, the county has approved more than 2,100 applications and dispersed nearly $18 million in CARES grants, Arnone said.

To qualify, businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • Be physically located in the county since January 1, 2019 or earlier.
  • Provide documentation of being negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Have $5 million or less in annual gross revenues.
  • Employ 50 or fewer full-time workers, including the owner, as of March 1, 2020.
While nonprofit organizations that are registered with the Internal Revenue Service can apply, banking, educational, governmental and medical service providers are not eligible at this time.

To learn more about the program or apply, visit monmouthcountycares.com or call 732-375-2196, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Economic Assistance Grant Program Portal:  https://solixconsulting.force.com/Monmouth/s/?language=en_US

10% off PPE for all NJ based businesses and non-profits

New Jersey Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Access Program, all NJ-based businesses and non-profits are eligible for a 10% discount on PPE purchases made through an approved online retailer. Small businesses with 100 employees or fewer may be eligible for an additional 65% discount.
The deadline for registration is extended to Thursday, December 17, 2020. For more information, please visit ppe.covid19.nj.gov.

Monmouth ACTS Financial Recovery Initiative

The devastating COVID-19 pandemic has created financial challenges for Monmouth County residents – some for the very first time in their lives. This is where the Monmouth ACTS Financial Recovery Initiative (FRI) can step in to help.

Through FRI, residents can connect with the following resources to help put them on the path to financial recovery:

    • Financial Assistance and Support
    • Financial Coaching and Income Tax Assistance
    • Housing Assistance
    • Workforce Training and Employment Assistance
    • Nutrition Assistance
    • Child Care Resources
Residents can connect with FRI Services and Support online by visiting any of the following links:

If you would rather speak personally to someone, you can make a Warm Call to 732-683-8959 to be connected with a dedicated member of our Financial Recovery team, who will assess their needs and direct them to the best resource for their situation.
 

Residents with general questions or concerns about the COVID-19 are able to contact the Monmouth County Health Department (MCHD) phone bank by calling 732-845-2070 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

When the phone bank is not operational, please visit the MCHD website at www.visitmonmouth.com/health for general information related to COVID-19. Residents can also visit the NJ 211 website for additional information at www.nj211.org/coronavirus-covid-19 or by dialing 2-1-1.

If you would like to read more Monmouth County news updates and information regarding the COVID-19 situation, go to www.visitmonmouth.com.

State of New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub COVID19.NJ.GOV has several links available for assistance.

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