May 20, 2020 - COVID-19 Update

 5/20/2020 12:19 PM

Dealerships can re-open today – by appointment only. Pharmacists to give COVID-19 tests. N.J. Chamber kicks off 'Buy NJ' campaign. Liability is a big question for colleges and for everyone.

Dealerships Can Open Today - The state is permitting in-person sales to resume at car, motorcycle and boat dealerships, as well as bike shops, by appointment only, and with social distancing and special sanitization requirements.
 
 
N.J. Chamber Kicks off “Buy NJ” Campaign - The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce announced today it is launching a “Buy NJ” campaign to urge companies and consumers to purchase their goods and services from New Jersey-based businesses, especially small businesses, as the state reopens and recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. (Insider NJ) 
 
Support the Campaign - To promote the ‘Buy NJ’ campaign, put this postcard on your website and share it on social media.
 
Public Areas for Cocktails - A Cape May County town will allow patrons to sip takeout cocktails in certain public areas - just in time for the Memorial Day weekend. (nj.com) 
 
Pharmacists to Give Tests - New Jersey pharmacists will be permitted to administer COVID-19 tests to customers, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced yesterday, paving the way for hundreds of pharmacies statewide to serve as testing sites.  
 
The Fine Print on Elective Surgeries - With elective surgeries permitted to resume Tuesday, the state Health Department issued guidelines for hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.  
 
Migrant Workers in South Jersey - More than 50 migrant workers at a farm in Gloucester County tested positive for COVID-19. With thousands more seasonal workers – expected to be living in cramped quarters – due to arrive in South Jersey, farmers still await safety guidelines from the state Department of Health. (NJ Spotlight) 
 
Liability Is a Big Question for Colleges, and For Everyone - New Jersey colleges seek legal immunity if COVID-19 hits students or faculty this fall. (nj.com) 
 
The CDC is Offering Guidance - As the economy gradually reopens, businesses will need to consider a variety of measures for keeping people safe. The CDC recently issued "interim guidance" contained in this report
 
A Return-to-Work Playbook for Employers - Here is sector-specific guidance, small business advice, and other resources to help employers and employees return to work safely and successfully. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
 
Who's Ready for Some Football? - The Giants and Jets likely can play football without fans amid coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Murphy says. (nj.com)
 
Get Covered - The Department of Banking and Insurance has launched the 'Get Covered New Jersey' public awareness campaign – which typically runs during the Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Period – to promote health insurance options for residents whose health coverage is affected by the pandemic. For more information on health insurance coverage, click here
 
Get Counted - New Jersey residents can respond to the 2020 Census to ensure the state gets its fair share of federal funding. The Census provides valuable data for businesses, including population trends, growth projections and demographic information. Spread the word! Respond to the Census.
 
N.J. Coronavirus Cases - New Jersey Residents
 
Total Deaths Reported: 10,586, up from 10,435 yesterday.
Total Positive COVID-19 Tests Reported: 149,013, up from 148,039 yesterday.
For data on hospitalizations and discharges, click here.