July 28, 2020 - COVID-19 Update

 7/28/2020 10:49 AM

Stimulus checks, changes to unemployment benefits, small business loans and other aspects of the COVID-19 emergency relief bill. The state unemployment rate is highest on record. A coronavirus cluster among lifeguards on Long Beach Island.

Update on the Federal Relief Package Being Ironed Out in D.C. — U.S. Senate Republicans unveiled a roughly $1 trillion relief package yesterday, paving the way for negotiations with the Democrats. It includes $1,200 stimulus checks and an additional $500 for dependents; additional funding for forgivable loans to small businesses under the Paycheck Protection Program; an extension of federal unemployment benefits though at a less generous level; and a five-year shield from coronavirus-related lawsuits unless an entity — such as a business, school or government agency — is found to have engaged in “gross negligence” or “intentional misconduct.” (The Hill) 

Details on Federal Unemployment Benefits in the Proposed Federal Relief Package — Here’s how unemployment benefits could change if the Senate Republicans' relief legislation is passed as proposed. (nj.com)

State Unemployment Rate is Highest on Record — New Jersey's unemployment rate reached 16.2% in June, the highest since record keeping began in 1976, and the second-highest in the nation behind only Massachusetts. The number of jobs in the state are down to what they were in 1985, when at least 1.2 million fewer people lived here, according to a Rutgers University report. (nj.com) 

Lakewood Schools Plan to Reopen for Five-Days-A-Week, In-Class Instruction — The Lakewood School Board has approved a reopening plan in which students will attend classes five days per week and regular coronavirus tests will be offered upon request to teachers and students — and possibly family members, said the board’s attorney. (nj.com) 

Another Coronavirus Cluster, This Time on Long Beach Island — Seventeen lifeguards in Harvey Cedars and 18 lifeguards in Surf City tested positive for COVID-19. It stemmed from parties on July 12 and July 14, officials said. It’s the second reported cluster in just one week. In Middletown, a group of teens between the age of 15 and 19 are battling the virus after attending a party on July 11. (NJTV News) 

In the Wake of Clusters, State Officials Implore People to Get Tested and Work with Contact Tracers — With nearly 90 new COVID-19 cases linked to young people who attended house parties at several Jersey Shore communities — and possible exposure of hundreds more — New Jersey officials continue to encourage people to get tested and cooperate with contact tracers. (NJ Spotlight) 

Fireworks are Back in Wildwood — The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority announced yesterday that weekly fireworks held in Wildwood would be returning to the city, beginning Aug. 7 at 10 p.m. Wildwood had previously canceled its weekly fireworks display, as well as its Fourth of July show. (nj.com) 

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. tomorrow, July 29. Register here.

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: 13,884, up from 13,867 yesterday.
Total Positive COVID-19 Tests Reported: 179,812, up from 179,363 yesterday.
For data on hospitalizations and discharges, click here.


* Resources from NJ Chamber of Commerce