May 27, 2020 - COVID-19 Update

 5/27/2020 11:47 AM

Auto sales in New Jersey cut in half. Elective surgeries are back. Cleaning offices is different now. What will modified graduation ceremonies look like?

Auto Dealership Sales Cut in Half - What is putting a hole in state and local budgets? One big cause is the struggles of New Jersey's 500 car dealerships. They account for nearly $2 billion annually in state and local taxes. Sales plummeted by nearly 50% in March. (NJ Spotlight) 
Elective Surgeries Are Back, Bringing Relief to Patients and Hospitals - The state's ban on elective surgeries ended Tuesday. For hospitals, resuming elective surgeries will bring financial relief. For their patients, it will end weeks of waiting and worry. (NJTV News) 
Cleaning Offices is Different Now - As buildings reopen, what will cleaning look like in the COVID-19 era? York Building Services CEO says: ‘Cleaning has always focused on appearance. Right now, the emphasis really needs to be cleaning for health and cleaning for safety.’ (ROI-NJ) 
What Will Modified Graduation Ceremonies Look Like? - While Gov. Murphy announced yesterday that modified outdoor graduations for high schools and colleges can start July 6, the guidelines on what they can look like are expected to be announced today. ( 
Drinking Outside - Last week, the North Wildwood Mayor announced the town would allow public consumption of alcohol in certain designated areas outside of bars - a major shift in public practice. And it's working, those in the Jersey Shore town say. ( 
A Quiet Boardwalk - Officials in Point Pleasant Beach plan to reopen the town’s popular boardwalk on Friday and start lifting parking restrictions, but the Jersey Shore town’s rides, amusements and games will remain closed. ( 
Tracing Those Exposed to the Virus Requires Trust - Contact tracing is key to New Jersey's efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, but unless New Jerseyans are secure about how their data is being used they may refuse to take part. A piece of state legislation is addressing this issue. (NJ Spotlight) 
Race for a Vaccine - Merck & Co., the pharmaceutical giant based in Kenilworth, announced Tuesday that it is trying to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus. It joins some two dozen companies racing to develop a vaccine. Several, including New York-based Pfizer and Massachusetts-based Moderna, have started human trials. ( 
Buy From New Jersey Businesses - To promote the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's ‘Buy NJ’ campaign, put this 'postcard' on your website and share it on social media with the hashtags #BuyNJ and #BuyLocalNJ.
Tell the State What You Think - The state is requesting your input to better understand how to help businesses get back to work safely and productively. By filling out this online survey, you will help guide the state’s reopening strategy and upcoming business assistance opportunities. 
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: 11,191, up from 11,144 yesterday.
Total Positive COVID-19 Tests Reported: 155,764, up from 155,092 yesterday.
For data on hospitalizations and discharges, click here.
* Resources from NJ Chamber of Commerce