As we all know, the news about COVID-19 changes every day and, sometimes, every hour. Information is coming at us from many directions and it can be overwhelming. I thought I would share the resources I turn to for up-to-date information about health concerns, testing, and resources that people and businesses can turn to during this extraordinary time.
Please do everything you can to take care of your family, your friends, your neighbors, and yourself. In times of crisis, people do remarkable things for each other that fill me with optimism.
My staff and I are working remotely, but we are available to assist in any way that we can.
Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker
16th Legislative District
What to do if you do not feel well or believe you or a family member has been exposed to COVID-19:
- NJ COVID-19 Hotline: 1-800-222-1222
Staffed by medical professionals, this hotline is open 24hr/7days a week to answer any and all COVID-19 related questions and concerns.
NJ 211: https://www.nj211.org/
Residents with questions or concerns about COVID-19 and resources available to them can call 2-1-1. Residents can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.
GENERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION
Center for Disease Control
The CDC national site provides the most up-to-date medical facts and guidance to all U.S. residents.
New Jersey Department of Health
The New Jersey Health Department website gives a detailed account of the COVID-19 situation specifically for New Jersey residents.
Office of the Governor
The New Jersey Governor’s site has information on the latest actions Governor Murphy has taken.
BUSINESS OWNER/EMPLOYER RESOURCES
NJ Business First Stop Initiative
This website offers guidance to businesses on how COVID-19 will impact them and what resources are available.
New Jersey Economic Development Authority
This site has information for New Jersey businesses, including information on the waiver for specific requirements relating to employee presence under EDA incentive programs.
New Jersey Department of Labor
Information focused on employer strategies during the COVID-19 crisis.
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Resources for employees in case they are out of work as a result of COVID-19.
HUMAN SERVICES AND SOCIAL SERVICES
New Jersey Department of Human Services
The latest on support available to residents that receive services including Medicaid coverage, SNAP benefits, Aging services, Individuals with Disabilities, Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services.
Social Security Administration
The latest information on the impact COVID-19 will have on the SSA and what resources are available to recipients.
New Jersey Department of the Treasury
Information for individuals and businesses who may have tax or revenue questions as a result of COVID-19. It also has COVID-19 resources for SHBP/SEHBP.
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Utility providers are temporarily suspending gas and electric service shut-offs during the coronavirus outbreak. They also have pledged continued provision of safe and reliable electricity and gas, even though their customer service centers and neighborhood walk-in centers have been closed.
Grocery Stores and Retail
Many grocery stores and retailers are creating special senior-citizens-only shopping hours early in the morning or have adjusted their hours in an effort to protect people with a higher risk of becoming seriously ill from the COVID-19 virus. To see what services are being offered in your area please contact your local retailer.
- Food banks/Pantries in and around the 16th Legislative District:
Flemington Area Food Pantry
(formerly Crisis Ministry of Mercer County)
Food Bank Network of Somerset
South Brunswick Township Food Pantry
(732) 329-4000 x7674
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
Latest on NJ Transit operations relating to COVID-19.
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
The Motor Vehicle Commission has created an FAQ page related to COVID-19. They have also extended the expiry date by two months for any driver’s licenses, non-driver IDs, vehicle registrations and inspection stickers due to expire by May 31st of this year.