COVID-19 Resources

Please use the following as a resource with links to as much information as possible about the current situation involving the coronavirus.

  • The CDC has a helpful page with explanations about how it spreads, what to do if you are sick, and how to prevent transmission.
  • New Jersey Department of Health has also put together a hotline (1-800-222-1222) as well as resources to help answer questions. Questions via email can be sent to: ncov@doh.nj.gov
  • Monmouth County Health Department’s phone bank is open for residents who have any questions and concerns about COVID-19, or need to talk to someone about how this situation is affecting them.Crisis Counselors from the Monmouth County Division of Behavioral Health are available through the phone banks to help residents who may be experiencing stress or anxiety due to the evolving situation. The counselors will provide County residents with guidance to help them through this challenging time. The phone bank can be reached at 732-845-2070
  • There is now a hub for COVID-19 Information from NJ.gov with an archive of announcements.

Governor Murphy has announced aggressive an executive order directing all residents to stay at home until further notice. The order provides for certain exceptions, such as obtaining essential goods or services, seeking medical attention, visiting family or close friends, reporting to work, or engaging in outdoor activities.

    • Governor Murphy’s Executive Order further directs the closure of all non-essential retail businesses to the public, with the exceptions of:

    • Grocery stores, farmer’s markets and farms that sell directly to customers, and other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists at a grocery store;
    • Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries;
    • Medical supply stores;
    • Gas stations;
    • Convenience stores;
    • Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities;
    • Hardware and home improvement stores;
    • Banks and other financial institutions;
    • Laundromats and dry-cleaning services;
    • Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years;
    • Pet stores;
    • Liquor stores;
    • Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics;
    • Printing and office supply shops;
    • Mail and delivery stores.

Nothing in the Order shall limit 1) the provision of health care or medical services; 2) access to essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks; 3) the operations of the media; 4) law enforcement agencies, or 5) the operations of the federal government.
Additionally, the order mandates that all businesses or non-profits, wherever practicable, must accommodate their workforce for telework or work-from-home arrangements. To the extent a business or non-profit has employees that cannot perform their functions via telework or work-from-home arrangements, the business or non-profit should make best efforts to reduce staff on site to the minimal number necessary to ensure that essential operations can continue.

Examples of employees who need to be present at their work site in order to perform their job duties include, but are not limited to, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, other first responders, cashiers or store clerks, construction workers, utility workers, repair workers, warehouse workers, lab researchers, IT maintenance workers, janitorial and custodial staff, and certain administrative staff.

The Order continues existing bans on recreational and entertainment businesses, requirements that all restaurants operate by delivery and takeout only, and the directive that all pre-K, elementary, and secondary schools close and all institutions of higher education cease in-person instruction.

Governor Murphy also signed Executive Order No. 108, which invalidates any county or municipal restriction that in any way will or might conflict with any of the provisions of Executive Order No. 107. Municipalities or counties cannot 1) make any additions to or deletions from the list of essential retail businesses; 2) impose any additional limitations on businesses beyond the Governor’s Order; 3) impose any additional density or social distancing requirements; or 4) impose any additional restrictions on freedom of movement. The only exceptions are two categories over which municipalities or counties may impose any additional restrictions: 1) online marketplaces for arranging or offering lodging and 2) municipal or county parks.

All additional county and municipality restrictions, subject to the provisions above, are not only invalidated, but, going forward, municipalities or counties may not enact or enforce any rule or ordinance which will or might conflict with any of the provisions of Executive Order No. 107.

New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund will raise funds and organize and coordinate resources to fight the medical, social and economic impact of COVID-19 on New Jersey’s most vulnerable.

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