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Follow along on our social media for the latest on on the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Our nation continues to reckon with a deadly and quickly worsening pandemic. The United States has crossed 21,100,000 infections and 357,000 deaths due to COVID-19. Yesterday, we recorded over 3,400 deaths and yet another single-day record of 131,195 coronavirus hospitalizations

During this deeply trying time, I want to ensure you have the latest information about the pandemic and my work in Congress to protect the safety and economic security of North Jersey workers and families.

Update on COVID Relief

Questions about the new $600 direct payments? Learn more and check the status of your payment here.   

Our country continues to reckon with a deadly and quickly worsening pandemic. The United States has crossed 23,100,000 infections and 385,000 deaths due to COVID-19. Yesterday, we recorded over 4,000 deaths and over 130,000 hospitalizations. During this deeply trying time, I want to ensure you have the latest information about the pandemic and my work in Congress to protect the safety and economic security of North Jersey workers and families.

Update on Cases in New Jersey

As of January 14, there are 602,791 confirmed cases and 20,166 deaths in our state, an increase of 39,052 infections and 553 deaths from last week. Yesterday, New Jersey reported a record 6,922 new cases and 95 additional deaths. 

Cases continue to spread rapidly across our state and we cannot let our guard down. Help is on the way as vaccine distribution ramps up. In the meantime, it is vital we slow the spread by continuing to practice social distancingwearing a mask, and practicing good hygiene

Vaccine Distribution

Questions about COVID-19 vaccine distribution? Learn more here or pre-register to receive a vaccine when eligible here

New Jersey was provided over 400,000 vaccines in the month of December. Of that, approximately 120,000 doses were reserved for long-term care facilities and 280,000 doses were allocated to hospitals and community sites. The state was provided an additional 106,000 vaccines for the first week of January. Of that, approximately 53,000 doses have been reserved for long-term care facilities with another 53,000 being allocated to hospitals and community sites.

Currently, vaccines are available to those who are in Phase 1A, including health care workers and residents and staff of long-term care (LTC) congregate settings. Vaccines are also available to certain individuals in Phase 1B, including law enforcement officers, fire professionals, and other first responders. Starting today, vaccines are available to individuals over 75 and individuals aged 16-64 with medical conditions that increase risk for severe COVID-19. 

This online portal enables the various groups in the initial phases and eventually the general public to register, find a vaccination site, and schedule an appointment. 

New Jersey’s goal is to vaccinate 70 percent of the adult population – or 4.7 million adults – within six months.

Containing the Spread

In light of the rapidly increased spread, Governor Murphy has announced that the indoor gathering limit has been reduced from 25 to 10 people and the outdoor gathering limit has been reduced from 500 to 150 people, with certain exceptions detailed here. Additionally, restaurants, bars, and lounges must close their indoor premises from 10:00pm-through-5:00am and will not be allowed to offer indoor bar seating at any time. 

Further, anyone returning or visiting from out of state beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) must abide by the state travel advisory to self-quarantine for 10 days, or 7 days with a negative test. 

You can help contact tracing efforts across the state by downloading the new COVID Alert NJ app. This app notifies users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Update on COVID Relief

Questions about the new $600 direct payments? Learn more and check the status of your payment here.   

Last month, Congress acted on a COVID-19 relief measure which provides up to $600 in direct payments for many Americans, extended unemployment benefits including weekly $300 payments, and billions to support small businesses, vaccine distribution efforts, schooling, child care, transportation, rental assistance, the postal service, and nutritional assistance for hungry families. 

The House of Representatives additionally passed the CASH Act to increase the recent round of direct payments to Americans from $600 to $2,000. The Senate did not act on our measure. As further relief legislation is considered please know I am committed to fighting for every last dollar my constituents need to stay healthy, fed, housed, and safe during this time of deep crisis.

Unemployment

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) has distributed over $20.7 billion in state and federal unemployment benefits to over 1.4 million New Jerseyans across the state since COVID-19 upended businesses nine months ago, with claimants receiving an average of more than $14,000 in benefits. 

Last month, Congress passed additional relief legislation which extends for 11 more weeks the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) programs. NJDOL has already begun distributing the $300 weekly federal benefit to unemployment recipients. While far more relief will be needed, these federal unemployment programs help keep hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans afloat. I am committed to fighting to get my constituents the aid they need to weather and rebuild from this crisis. 

If you are experiencing issues receiving your owed unemployment benefits, please reach out to my Paterson office anytime at 973-523-5152 for assistance. 


We are facing a global pandemic, and ensuring the safety of all families from COVID-19 and its impact on day-to-day life is my top priority. My office has prepared an informational webpage to ensure workers, families, businesses, and health care providers know their options for relief. For the latest on the coronavirus in New Jersey, check the state’s website at covid19.nj.gov

Finally, in the face of a global pandemic and deteriorating economic conditions, more and more Americans are experiencing mental health issues. The U.S. Census Bureau found earlier this year that three times as many American adults are facing depression or anxiety this year compared to last year. If you feel overwhelmed or in crisis, please know there are resources and people available to help. New Jersey has set up a free mental health support line. Just call 866.202.HELP or text NJHELP to 51682 for support from 8am to 8pm.

You can always reach me and my staff in Washington at 202-225-5751 or New Jersey at 973-523-5152 for assistance or further guidance. Remember, my door is always open to you. We are all in this together.

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