July 27, 2020 - COVID-19 Update

 7/27/2020 2:20 PM

New federal COVID-19 emergency relief bill expected to be rolled out today. State provides details on all-remote learning option for students. The first phase 3 clinical trial of a vaccine in the U.S. begins today. Major league baseball has a problem.

New Federal COVID-19 Emergency Relief Bill is Expected to Be Rolled Out Today – U.S. Senate Republicans are expected to propose a $1 trillion emergency aid bill today that would give Americans $1,200 stimulus checks, reduce unemployment benefits and provide tax breaks to small businesses. There's no direct aid to states and cities in the bill. (nj.com) 

Gov. Murphy Blasts the Relief Bill – "It's completely irresponsible. I don’t know what country they’re looking at frankly," Gov. Murphy said in response to no direct cash to states and cities in the federal aid bill expected to be proposed today. Murphy described the plan as "unfathomable." (nj.com) 

Back to School, If You Want To – Faced with an increasing number of parents unsure if they want to send their children back to class this fall, New Jersey education officials released new rules for an all-remote learning option for those who want to continue doing their classwork at home. (nj.com) 

Big New Jersey Teachers Union: Schools Should Not Open Yet – One of New Jersey's largest teachers unions is asking the state to scrap its plan to reopen schools, saying the risk to students and staff is “too high.” The Essex County Education Association, representing 12,000 teachers, is calling for a return to all-remote learning for public schools. (nj.com) 

Vaccine Update – The first Phase 3 clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. begins today. The trial of the investigational vaccine, developed by Moderna and the National Institutes of Health, is expected to determine whether it can safely prevent symptomatic COVID-19 after two doses. (CNN) 

N.J. Chamber’s Webinar Wednesdays Presents: How to Provide a Safe Workplace During the Pandemic – With offices and workspaces across New Jersey beginning to reopen, now is the time to be sure you are familiar with your obligations for ensuring a safe and healthy work environment for your employees and customers. Join the webinar, presented by N.J. Chamber member All Hazards Associates, at 9 a.m. on July 29. Register here.

What Else is the Year 2020 Giving Us? How About a Gas Tax Hike? – If you buy gas in New Jersey, you might be paying more by the end of August. The state gas tax automatically rises, under a 2016 law, if certain target revenues aren't met under the current gas tax rate. It's still unclear whether there will be an increase, the state Treasury said. (NJ Spotlight) 

College Life This Year – No boyfriends or girlfriends in dorm rooms. Limited use of dining halls. No parties. Based on state guidelines, schools are making plans for life with the coronavirus. ‘We’re in a fluid situation that could change at any time.’ (NJ Spotlight) 

Major League Baseball Has A Situation – Eight more players and two coaches with the Miami Marlins have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total cases in recent days to at least 14, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN. (ESPN) 

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.

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
(Source: N.J. Health Department)

Total Confirmed Deaths Reported: 13,867, up from 13,810 on Friday.
Total Positive COVID-19 Tests Reported: 179,363, up from 177,887 on Friday.
For data on hospitalizations and discharges, click here.


* Resources from NJ Chamber of Commerce