Congressman Donald Norcross

Representing the 1st District of New Jersey
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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information

What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

 Everyday practices to help prevent sickness:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

For more information visit www.cdc.gov/COVID19

CARES Act

The House passed H.R. 748, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act – a $2 trillion federal relief package to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are a few of the initiatives in this legislation that will benefit New Jersey residents.

  • A $150 Billion State and Local Coronavirus Relief Fund:  Creates a $150 billion State and Local Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide states and localities additional resources to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. It is estimated that our state of NJ will receive approximately $3.44 billion in desperately needed funds to benefit our state’s residents.
  • $260 Billion in Dramatically Expanded Unemployment Benefits:  Includes numerous provisions to improve unemployment benefits including providing an additional $600 per week for the next four months, providing an additional 13 weeks of federally funded benefits, and expanding eligibility to include workers in the gig economy and self-employed workers.
    • Details on the provisions related to Unemployment Compensation are available here.
  • Immediate Direct Cash Payments to Lower and Middle-Income Americans:  Provides for immediate, direct cash payments to lower-and middle-income Americans of $1,200 for each adult and $500 for each child, beginning to phase out at an annual income of $75,000 for an individual and $150,000 for a household. These payments will provide individuals with the cash they need right now to survive with much of the economy currently shut down.
    • FAQs on the CARES Act rebates are available here and are available in Spanish here.
  • More Than $375 Billion in Small Business Relief:  Provides more than $375 billion in small business relief, including $349 billion for low-interest and forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees and keep them on the payroll; $17 billion for debt relief for current and new SBA borrowers; and $10 billion in immediate disaster grants.
    • A guide for small business owners and nonprofits from the US Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship can be found here.
    • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Checklist for Small Business Owners on the CARES Act is available here.
  • Approximately $200 Billion for Our Hospitals, Health Care Workers, and Health Research:  Provides an investment of about $200 billion in our hospitals, health systems, and health research, including expanding funding for the personal protective equipment desperately needed by our health care workers, including ventilators, n95 masks, gowns, gloves, etc.
    • FAQs on the Public Health and Social Services are available here.
  • A summary of the full bill can be found here.

Resources

Information & Guidance

  • New Jersey Government has a COVID-19 website with live updates and resources here.
  • All NJ residents with questions or concerns about COVID-19 and resources available to them can call 2-1-1.
    • Residents call 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.
  • The Camden County Department of Health has a Coronavirus information page here.
  • The Burlington County Health Department has information on Coronavirus here.
  • The Gloucester County Department of Health and Human Services has a Coronavirus information page here.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call my District office at 856-427-7000.

NJ Workers

  • The New Jersey Department of Labor is offering guidance to NJ workers here.
    • You can file a claim for unemployment insurance benefits through NJ DOL either online or via phone based on where you live:
      • North Jersey: 201-601-4100
      • Central Jersey: 732-761-2020
      • South Jersey: 856-507-2340
  • Information on tax filing deadlines can be found here.
  • NJ launched a jobs portal to help residents during the coronavirus crisis.
    • It is available here.
    • Companies with urgent hiring needs should submit information here.

Food Assistance

  • NJ food bank locations can be found here.
  • South Jersey food assistance:
    • South Jersey Food bank locations: (856) 662-4884
    • Touch New Jersey Food Pantry: (856) 803-3030
    • Catholic Charities Food Assistance: (856) 845-9200
    • Salvation Army Food Banks: (856) 331-1700
  • If you or an elderly family is in need of food, reach out to Meals on Wheels:
    • Camden County (856) 374-MEAL
    • Gloucester County (856) 686-8327
    • Burlington County: (609) 702-7053
  • Information about SNAP and how to apply for help buying groceries are available here.
  • COVID-19 SNAP Provision fact sheets from the House Agriculture Committee are available here:
  • USDA-Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Resource Home can be found here.

NJ Businesses

  • NJ.gov offers guidance for all NJ businesses being impacted by the Coronavirus here.
  • Governor Murphy recently announced that the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Board approved a package of emergency assistance programs that will drive $75 million of public and private funding to help small businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19.
    • NJEDA launched a new online “Eligibility Wizard” to help small businesses and nonprofits. By guiding users through a series of 25 easy-to-answer questions, the Eligibility Wizard provides information on which emergency assistance programs a business may want to consider for its specific needs. The Eligibility Wizard can be found here.

Veterans

  • Guidance and resources for veterans are available here.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

  • FAQs about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act can be found here.

Avoid Coronavirus Scams

Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. Here are some tips to help you keep the scammers at bay:

  • The government will not charge you to receive a stimulus payment. It will not ask you to pay anything up front to get this money. No fees, charges, or anything else. 

  • The government will not ask you for your Social Security Number, bank account, or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer. 

  • Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer. The checks aren’t a reality yet. As the stimulus package is finalized, refer only to trusted sources of information for the disbursement timeline. 

  • Report scams. If you either spot a scam or receive a suspicious inquiry, please report to the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/complaint.

  • Hang up on robocalls. Don’t press any numbers. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from scam Coronavirus treatments to work-at-home schemes. The recording might say that pressing a number will let you speak to a live operator or remove you from their call list, but it might lead to more robocalls, instead.

  • Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.

More information can be found here.