Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

This page was last updated December 2nd, 2020.

La Casa’s Programs & Services Updates

Some La Casa de Don Pedro centers are now open with limited capacity, social distancing, and health & safety measures in place. Other programs continue to be offered remotely.

If you need to reach a La Casa team member but do not have their email or phone number, please email us at info@lacasanwk.org. Include the name of the person you wish to speak with, and we will do our best to connect you to that individual.

Now enrolling for all Early Childhood Education programs: preschool, Head Start, Early Head Start, and Prenatal Support. Programs are all virtual with very limited in-person classrooms. Call Wendy Garcia at 973-370-4467 or email earlychildhoodeducation@lacasanwk.org to enroll.

Family and domestic violence counseling services, emergency assistance services, community health, and HIV/AIDS services continue virtually and through Facebook Live: (Facebook.com/LaCasaFamilySuccessCenters). Call us at 973-483-2703 or 973-624-4222, email Health services: health@lacasanwk.org.

Please be advised that our Youth, Family, and Health Services division including La Casa’s Study Hall Center will adhere to the mayor’s closure ordinance effective Thursday, November 26, 2020 and will remain closed for the duration until Friday, December 4th, 2020. Contact us with any questions at 973-483-2703, 973-624-4222 or youth&families@lacasanwk.org.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance season is up and running! Our center at 317 Roseville Ave is now closed to the public but you can still download all forms online and submit LIHEAP and USF applications, emergency requests and all supporting documents to: energyasst@lacasanwk.org, drop off in our drop box on site, mail to La Casa de Don Pedro/LIHEAP, P.O. Box 7118, Newark, NJ 07107, or fax to 973-485-9984. Email inquires and questions to energyasst@lacasanwk.org.

All adult education, LEAD Charter School, citizenship and English as a Second Language classes continue to be offered online only. Immigration legal services are provided in person by appointment only. Contact us at 973-481-4568, careerservices@lacasanwk.org or immigration@lacasanwk.org to learn more or to make an appointment.

Housing counseling (foreclosure prevention and first time homebuyer counseling) is available by telephone and email. Email Dante Lara (dlara@lacasanwk.org) or Dorothy Rivers (drivers@lacasanwk.org). HUD-Certified First Time Homebuyer Education workshops are available online at www.ehomeamerica.org/lacasa. Rental Housing Assistance: housingassistance@lacasanwk.org.

All Weatherization and Lead Abatement clients can submit program applications, supporting documents and questions to: wxleadasst@lacasanwk.org.

Please stay tuned to this webpage, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for news & resources. We are committed to share important news and information to inform and engage our community as we work together to move forward.

News Headlines



New Jersey is RETIGHTENING the limit on outdoor gatherings to 25 individuals – effective 6:00 AM on December 7th.

Only exceptions:
☑️Religious or political activities
☑️Funerals
☑️Memorial services
☑️Wedding ceremonies


Travel Advisory

  • New Jersey is highly discouraging all non-essential interstate travel given the increased spread of the virus nationwide.
  • Vermont was added to New Jersey’s travel advisory this week, bringing the total to 46 states and territories.
  • Travelers from impacted states should quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

View the updated list and learn more here.


Limits Lowered on Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, New Jersey has lowered the limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings:

  • General indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people max (effective November 17th)
  • General outdoor gatherings are limited to 150 people max (effective November 23rd)
  • Exceptions: Weddings, funerals, memorial services, religious and political activities, performances, legislative and judicial proceedings

Click Here for More information about limits and how to gather safely


Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Extending Public Health Emergency in New Jersey

Trenton, NJ – November 21, 2020 Governor Phil Murphy has signed Executive Order No. 200. The Order extends the Public Health Emergency that was declared on March 9, 2020 through Executive Order No. 103, which was previously extended on April 7, May 6, June 4, July 2, August 1, August 27, September 25, and October 24. Under the Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency expires after 30 days unless renewed.


NEWARK ENACTS ADDITIONAL MEASURES GOING INTO EFFECT IMMEDIATELY TO STEM SPREAD OF COVID-19

9 p.m. curfew for zip codes with significant increase of COVID-19 cases; 

Sports canceled for two-week period; Restaurants must limit reservations to no more than 10 people; visitation limited for senior housing

Newark, NJ – November 10, 2020 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced that the Administration is taking additional measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus. COVID-19 is still on the rise in Newark, with the City reporting 12,779 positive cases and 677 deaths as of November 9.

In addition to the measures implemented on October 27, including the closing of non-essential businesses nightly at 8 p.m. (requiring restaurants and eateries to end dining-in at the same time), requiring beauty salons, nail salons, and barbershops to be open by appointment only, and gyms and health clubs to close for half an hour each hour for sanitizing, Mayor Baraka signed an executive order requiring further protocols effective immediately. The City will re-assess the situation after Tuesday, December 1, to determine the next steps.

Click here to read full article.


Governor Murphy Announces New COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

Trenton, NJ – Nov. 10, 2020 – Governor Phil Murphy has signed Executive Order No. 194, which includes new COVID-19 mitigation measures. The measures include restrictions on seating and hours for restaurants, bars, clubs, and lounges, and prohibition of interstate indoor K-12 and youth sports.

“As cases of COVID-19 increase across the country and in our state, we must take all measures necessary to stop the spread,” said Governor Murphy. “In the interest of public health, we are requiring modifications in operations for businesses that serve food and drinks, and temporarily prohibiting interstate games and tournaments for indoor K-12 sports. We must come together as a state to once again beat back this deadly virus and to save lives.”

The measures include:

Restrictions on Hours for Restaurants, Bars, Clubs, Lounges, and Casinos –

  1. Restaurants, bars, clubs, lounges, and other businesses that serve food or drinks will not be able to operate their indoor premises between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.  Outdoor dining can continue after 10:00 p.m., as can takeout and delivery services. 
  2. Casinos will not be able to serve food or drinks between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., with the exception of room service delivered to guest rooms and takeout.  Other casino operations would be unaffected.

Restrictions on Bar Seating, Increased Flexibility for Restaurants –

  1. Seating at the physical bar in the indoor areas of bars and restaurants will be prohibited during all operating hours.
  2. Due to the impact this may have on restaurants with small seating areas, restaurants will be allowed to have groups at tables indoors that are closer than six feet together, if they are separated by barriers that comply with guidance from the Department of Health. 
  3. Restaurants will be allowed to set up plastic domes outdoors, limited to one group each, as additional outdoor dining space.

Restrictions on Interstate Indoor Sports Competitions –

  1. All interstate games and tournaments involving indoor sports, up to and including the high school level, will be prohibited. 
  2. Collegiate and professional sports will be unaffected.

The measures will take effect on Thursday, November 12th, at 5:00 a.m.

For a copy of Executive Order No. 194, click here.


Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Extending Utility Shutoff Moratorium Through March 15, 2021

Trenton, NJ – October 15, 2020 – Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 190, extending a moratorium preventing New Jersey residents from having their utilities disconnected through at least March 15, 2021. The moratorium applies to all residential gas, electric and water utilities, both public and private. Further, the utilities will not be charging late fees nor fees to reconnect services that have been disconnected. The Order also requires that all residential services that were disconnected after social distancing measures went into effect on March 16 be reconnected. The Governor and legislative leadership further announced that $15 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund will be allocated to assisting low income households in paying off utility arrearages.


New Jersey is currently in Phase 2 of Governor Murphy’s Restart and Recovery Plan.

Click here to view Governor Murphy’s full details of Stage 2 Restart and Recovery plan.


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City of Newark Updates

See Mayor Ras Baraka’s Daily Facebook Live Video Streaming Here

NEWARK ENACTS ADDITIONAL MEASURES GOING INTO EFFECT IMMEDIATELY TO STEM SPREAD OF COVID-19

9 p.m. curfew for zip codes with significant increase of COVID-19 cases; 

Sports canceled for two-week period; Restaurants must limit reservations to no more than 10 people; visitation limited for senior housing

Newark, NJ – November 10, 2020 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced that the Administration is taking additional measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus. COVID-19 is still on the rise in Newark, with the City reporting 12,779 positive cases and 677 deaths as of November 9.

In addition to the measures implemented on October 27, including the closing of non-essential businesses nightly at 8 p.m. (requiring restaurants and eateries to end dining-in at the same time), requiring beauty salons, nail salons, and barbershops to be open by appointment only, and gyms and health clubs to close for half an hour each hour for sanitizing, Mayor Baraka signed an executive order requiring further protocols effective immediately. The City will re-assess the situation after Tuesday, December 1, to determine the next steps.

“Newark’s prescription is not the state’s prescription,” said Mayor Baraka. “Newark’s test positivity rate is at 19%, while New Jersey’s is at 7.74% -more than double. “Stricter measures are required in the city’s hotspots in order to contain the virus and limit the spread. I know we are all tired, but the virus is not, therefore we must remain vigilant and do what is necessary to get this under control and save lives.”   

The following will be strictly enforced without exception:

CURFEW:

·    Per Mayor’s previous executive order, all non-essential businesses must close at 8 p.m. every day. All restaurants, bars, etc. must close their indoor service at 8 p.m. and outdoor service at 11 p.m. Due to the significant rise in COVID-19 positive cases, there is a 9 p.m. curfew in specific zip codes.

·    For zip code​s 07104, 07105, and 07107, a mandatory curfew is imposed.  No one should be on the street after 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 p.m. on weekend​s, unless traveling to or from work or if there is an emergency.

·    In 07104, the boundaries are 7th Avenue to 2nd Avenue and from Broadway to Clifton Avenue. 

·    In 07105, this is the entire area, not including the airport or the highways.  

·    In 07107, the boundaries are 3rd Avenue North to Berkley Avenue. North 3rd Street to 11th Street. 

SPORTS:

·    All sports of any kind being played in the City shall cease immediately for a two-week period. During this time, all players, coaches, trainers, etc. must be tested for the COVID-19 virus and have to test negative to resume play.

·    When sports resume after this two-week period, all players, coaches, trainers, staff must be tested for the COVID-19 virus every week.

·    ​Those individuals not actively playing in the game must wear a face mask and practice social distancing (including coaches, players on the bench, referees, parents, staff, and spectators).

·    The City will consider canceling, rescheduling games, and/or practices or any other activity for two (2) weeks if two or more players/employees/staff, etc. on the team test positive for the virus.

·    Any team or team member that doesn’t follow the face mask protocol may be subject to having their remaining games canceled, removed from the team, or terminated.

INDOOR/OUTDOOR GATHERINGS:

·    Gatherings and/or events are limited to no more than ten (10) people.

SENIOR HOUSING:

·    No visitation is allowed at long term health care facilities for the next two weeks.

·    Senior housing buildings residents are allowed one (1) non-essential visitor per unit per day.

·    All building managers/security must perform temperature checks of all individuals prior to entering the building. No one with a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees will be allowed inside.

RELIGIOUS SERVICES:

·    Attendance is restricted to 25% capacity.

·    Anyone speaking or singing during religious services must wear a mask (including pastors while preaching).

·    No one with a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees will be allowed inside.

RESTAURANTS/BUSINESSES/OFFICES:

·     Restaurants, businesses, and offices must follow face mask protocols.

·     All businesses must perform temperature checks of anyone entering the building and no one with a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees will be allowed inside.

·     No holiday (i.e. Thanksgiving) gatherings or events of ten (10) people or more at restaurants. 

·     Reservations for more than ten (10) people are not allowed.

Dr. Mark Wade, Director of the Department of Health and Community Wellness for the City of Newark said, “The most potent immunization we have available is a decision to take personal responsibility to obey and model the recommendations that keep us all safe. We need each other to get us through this and to save lives.”

On Friday, November 6, Newark reported a test positivity rate of 19.01%, using a three-day rolling average, in comparison to New Jersey’s test positivity rate of 7.74%.

Based on testing information for Newark from October 25 to October 31, which counts each test, the city’s positivity rate is 16.3% and the highest rate continues to be in the East Ward (32.5% in zip code 07105), as well as in the North and West Wards (18.1% in zip code 07104 and 15.4% in Zip Code 07107). The city’s positivity rate continues to be as high as it was in May.

To download executive order, click here.



  • The City of Newark is partnering with Partners in Health, Rutgers School of Public Health and local volunteers to trace the person to person spread of COVID-19. The goals are threefold: 1. To slow the spread of the virus. 2. to protect the most vulnerable populations, monitor populations difficult to track and clear frontline workers for continued work and 3. help the City of Newark develop strategies on how, when and where to reopen businesses and begin economic recovery.
  • Newark has launched COVID-19 testing for Public Housing residents with seniors being tested first.
  • Newark has launched city-wide COVID-19 testing for the city’s homeless population. Those who test positive will be quarantined.
  • Mayor Baraka announced a collaboration of city leaders to develop the Newark Reopening and Recovery Strikeforce. Led by Chief of Staff Amiri Baraka and Newark Alliance CEO, Aisha Glover, committees will focus on on public health, economic recovery, data collection and analysis, education, arts, community outreach and engagement, and communications.

For a wealth of COVID-19 Information and Resources from the City of Newark click here:

COVID-19 Testing Centers

Click HERE for up to date information on where to get tested for COVID-19 in New Jersey. Everyone can get tested, even if you don’t have health insurance. You will not be denied. But if you do have health insurance, bring your health insurance card.

Testing for all Newark residents is available at the following locations on Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.:

Ann Street School
30 Ann Street
Walk-up only

Sharpe James/Kenneth A. Gibson Recreation and Aquatic Center
226 Rome St
Walk-up only

Boylan Street Recreation Center
916 South Orange Ave
Walk-up only

Branch Brook Park Roller Skating Rink
Park Ave entrance
Walk-up and drive through

CityPlex 12
360-394 Springfield Ave
Walk-up and drive through
155 Mt. Pleasant Ave
Walk-up only

Testing at all of the sites listed below is reserved for NEWARK RESIDENTS only and residents do not have to have symptoms. Testing is free at all sites and residents with insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid, should bring their insurance cards with them.

All undocumented Newark residents can apply and receive a Newark Municipal ID when they go to take their COVID-19 test at Ann Street School. There are requirements (like with DMV) needed to get the ID. (Examples: Passport, proof of residency, current bill, notarized letter for residency, picture ID, etc. There is a points system. You can contact a Mayor’s Aide at (973)733-6400 for more specific information.

Housing Information

The State of New Jersey’s Department of Human Services recently opened their COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program. See details below. Need rent or mortgage help? Visit nj.gov/humanservices/covid19housingassistance/ today.


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are working together to help homeowners and renters during the coronavirus pandemic. If you or anyone you know is concerned about how to pay your mortgage or rent because of the coronavirus emergency, here is information on what to do now, and options for mortgage and rent payment relief.

Learn about:

·         Mortgage relief options

·         Protection for renters

·         Watch out for scams and bad actors

·         Mortgage basics

Visit the new Mortgage and Housing Assistance site for the latest information on how to get help with housing.


Hotels & Motels as Temporary Housing is Protected

On April 27th, Governor Murphy and Superintendent of the State Police Colonel Callahan announced an Administrative Order protecting access to hotels and motels for individuals without safe, permanent housing. Municipalities and counties may not impose restrictions in response to COVID-19 on the ability of hotels, motels, guest houses, or private residences to accept any individuals who have no permanent housing to which they may safely or lawfully return. Individuals protected under the order include, but are not limited to:

  • Homeless individuals;
  • Individuals affected by domestic violence; and
  • Individuals in hotels or motels in compliance with a court order.

The order further clarifies that individuals who have no permanent housing to which they may safely or lawfully return and live at a hotel or motel on a continual basis are not considered “transient guests or seasonal tenants,” and thus are entitled to the protections against evictions included in Executive Order No. 106.

Statewide Eviction Moratorium

Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 190 on October 15th, 2020, extending a moratorium preventing New Jersey residents from having their utilities disconnected through at least March 15, 2021. The moratorium applies to all residential gas, electric and water utilities, both public and private. Further, the utilities will not be charging late fees nor fees to reconnect services that have been disconnected. The Order also requires that all residential services that were disconnected after social distancing measures went into effect on March 16 be reconnected. The Governor and legislative leadership further announced that $15 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund will be allocated to assisting low income households in paying off utility arrearages.

Emergency Tenant Court

The Superior Court in Essex has an emergency judge available to hear emergency applications from tenants. The tenant must go to Room 201 (Customer Service) at the Hall of Records to file the application before 4:30PM. After 4:30PM the tenant must go to the Sheriff’s Department, at Veterans Courthouse. 

City of Newark Down Payment Forgivable Loans to First-Time Homebuyers & Homeowners Making External Repairs

Support for Homeowners

Do you own a home? Here’s a comprehensive guide to your mortgage relief options if you’ve lost a source of income. Read more here.

As part of the City of Newark’s Covid-19 Stimulus Package, first-time homebuyers may qualify for a $5,000 down payment forgivable loan. Forgivable loans up to $15,000 is also available for for homeowners undertaking external repairs ad City employees have access to a be $5,000 down payment forgivable loans. The forgivable loan terms all require the recipient to live in the house for at least five years. For information on how to apply visit https://www.newarknj.gov/departments/economichousing.

Support for Renters

New partnership giving $2K to low-income Newark renters on the verge of eviction

Struggling Newark renters can get some financial assistance to stave off eviction for back rent that is owed to a landlord thanks to the city partnering with a nonprofit that helps low-income households.

The city’s Office of Tenant Legal Legal Services (OTLS) teamed up with NJ SHARES SMART program to provide $372,000 in funding overall. NJ SHARES will pay up to $2,000 a year to landlords for low-income renters who qualify. Visit https://njsharesgreen.org/ today for more information.


The state has also created an FAQ section and question portal for tenants and landlords about rights and responsibilities, which can be found at covid19.nj.gov/forms/renter.

Economic Impact Payment

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced two important updates about economic impact payments (EIP).  First, the IRS has extended the deadline for non-tax filers to provide information to get their EIP this year.  The IRS previously announced that adult non-tax filers would have until November 21 to submit their information via the IRS’ Non-Filer Tool, while the deadline to submit information for children had expired.  However, now, adults may continue to submit their children’s information until November 21 as well.  An adult may receive up to $1,200.  Adults with a qualifying child can get $500 per child.

Additionally, the IRS is now enabling Social Security and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries, who already received their own EIP, to use the Non-Filer Tool to register for a payment for their spouse or qualifying child if they did not receive their EIP.  Act now to receive your Economic Impact Payment this year.

Unemployment Resources

Have you found yourself unemployed due to the coronavirus? Visit
https://www.nj.gov/labor/ to learn about benefits and protections you may be eligible for.

In order to get your check processed, the unemployment office requires you answer these key questions. See more about certifying for your benefits each week.

Question 1 – Were you able and available for work? Question 2 – Were you actively seeking work? Question 3 – Did you refuse any work? (if the reason to refuse a work offer is related to the pandemic answer NO.) Question 4 – Were you attending school or job training? Question 5 – Did you receive holiday or vacation pay for the week beginning mm-dd-2020 and ending mm-dd-2020? Question 6 – Are you receiving or have you applied for a pension or other retirement pay from any of the employers listed below? Question 7 – Did you work between mm-dd-2020 and mm-dd-2020?

Community Resources

Free Storybooks for Kids!

Audible (stories.audible.com) has launched a free streaming offering that allows consumers to listen to hundreds of titles for as long as schools are closed. The title selections are available in six languages — English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Japanese. Consumers are not required to create an account or log in and listening is unlimited.
https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Job Opportunities

Looking for work? Visit NJ Covid-19 Jobs portal here.

Resources for Small Business Owners

Small businesses are being hit especially hard with the crisis. Fortunately, there are a variety of supports that are being made available.

SBA (US Small Business Administration)

Visit the Small Business Association’s Coronavirus Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources page for more information on what funding options they have available.

City of Newark Resources

Small Business Grants: With $2 million earmarked for this small business grant program supported by a consortium of foundations and corpoations, small Newark business can apply for grants up to $10,000. Funding will provide working capital for operating costs, payroll, accounts payable, inventory, equipment, rent, taxes, licensing or other business-related expenses. Apply through United Way of Greater Newark. Click here to apply. For assistance for a business located in the City of Newark, please contact the Newark Economic & Housing Development Department at EHD@ci.newark.nj.us with ‘Small Business Impact Grant’ in the subject line.

CDFI Resources (Community Development Financial Institutions)

Garden State Relief Fund. New Jersey Community Capital has launched this fund for businesses and nonprofits with 3-50 employees. The loan provides working capital loans to small businesses and nonprofits in New Jersey at a 3% interest rate for up to 36 months, with no fees.

Reliable News Outlets

The State of NJ Office of Homeland Security has a Covid-19 Rumor Control Page to help people distinguish between facts and false information. Click Here.

With lots of misinformation and plenty of fake news on the coronavirus, be sure toget your news from trusted news sources.

Here are some reliable news options:

Local News:

City of Newark Coronavirus Press Releases: https://www.newarknj.gov/news
https://www.tapinto.net/towns/newark/ (Newark)
https://www.tapinto.net/towns/east-orange/ (East Orange)

State News:

https://covid19.nj.gov/

Live Updates from NJTV:
https://www.njtvonline.org/news/uncategorized/tracking-the-coronavirus-in-new-jersey/
https://www.nj.com/
https://nj.gov/

National/International News:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
https://www.npr.org/
https://apnews.com/
https://abcnews.go.com/
https://www.cbsnews.com/
https://www.nbcnews.com/

School Resources

Murphy Administration Announces Reopening Guidance for New Jersey Schools

Governor Phil Murphy and Department of Education Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet announced the release of “The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education” to assist schools with reopening in the fall. The guidance announces that, absent a change in public health data, public schools will open for in-person instruction and operations in some capacity at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.
 
The guidance envisions schools operating within necessary standards to protect the health and safety of students and staff. The guidance includes minimum standards such as following certain social distancing practices in classrooms and face covering measures for students and staff. The guidance also provides recommendations to assist districts in achieving these standards, such as implementing hybrid learning environments in which students receive both in-person and remote instruction. 

Each district will be expected to develop, in collaboration with community stakeholders, a plan to reopen schools in the fall that best fits the district’s local needs. The guidance provides anticipated minimum standards regarding health and safety that districts should use as they plan for reopening. The guidance also provides additional considerations that may help districts as they develop their plans. 

Please check with your child’s local school district for further guidance.

Food Assistance


The Community FoodBank of New Jersey has compiled a list of partner agencies throughout the state of New Jersey where families and individuals struggling with food insecurity can find assistance near them. Visit cfbnj.org/findfood for more information.


Breakfast and Lunch is available for all Newark Public School students at designated schools on Mondays and Thursdays between the hours of 9:30am-11:30am.

Learn more here to find the location nearest you: https://www.nps.k12.nj.us/covid-19-resources/breakfast-lunch-program-locations/

Newark Emergency Services for Families (NESF)
Location: 982 Broad Street, Newark. Call to confirm: (973) 639-2100.

Newark Food Service Hotline: 973-733-5728. Call between 7am-3pm Newark seniors and families with financial need can call the city at the number below to put in a grocery shopping request. They will shop for you and deliver the groceries to your home. When you call, you will be asked questions to verify eligibility. Newark educators, please let your students & their families know.

SNAP and WIC Assistance is providing additional benefits to existing and new income eligible clients. Learn more here.

NJ SNAP recipients will be able to use their benefits card to order groceries from Amazon starting on May 27. Walmarts, ShopRites and The Fresh Grocers that provide online shopping will also accept online ordering with SNAP benefits starting on May 28.

To learn more, recipients can visit Amazon.com/SNAP to register their EBT card. Visit here to learn about Walmart’s SNAP online program.  Any Walmart, ShopRite or The Fresh Grocer that currently provides online shopping will also accept online ordering with SNAP benefits.


Child Care for Essential Workers

Healthcare Support

Instead of using healthcare.gov to enroll in health insurance coverage, New Jerseyans should now use www.GetCovered.NJ.gov. The new NJ health insurance marketplace will allow NJ residents under 65 to shop and apply for health plans for FREE from November 1st to January 31st. Individuals can enroll online at GetCovered.NJ.gov, by Phone at (833) 677-1010, or by mail.

Financial assistance is available! 8 in 10 enrollees will receive financial assistance. Incomes qualifying for assistance range from $51, 040 for a single person to $104, 800 for a family of four. Individuals who qualify for federal assistance will also be eligible for new state subsidies, with the average subsidy ranging from $578 for a single person to $2313 for a family of 4. And this year, net premiums will be lower than ever before – as low as $117 a month.

Mental Health Support


If you are struggling coping with the COVID-19 crisis, please call New Jersey Mental Health Cares, Mental Health Association in New Jersey, Inc. at (877) 294-HELP(4357) between the hours of 8AM to 8PM for emotional support, guidance, and mental health referrals as needed.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices and Application Support Centers (ASCs.) In the meantime, USCIS will provide limited emergency services. Please call the Contact Center for assistance.

All applicants and petitioners will be communicated by USCIS with cancellation notices and rescheduled interviews. Individuals who had InfoPass or other appointments must reschedule through the USCIS Contact Center once field offices are open to the public again. Please check to see if your field office has been reopened before reaching out to the USCIS Contact Center.   

Additional State of NJ Resources & Information

In anticipation of the COVID-19 vaccine, the New Jersey Department of Health has launched the COVID-19 vaccination website at https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/topics/covid2019_vaccination.shtml. Visit the site often for updates as information becomes available. This site will contain information regarding the state COVID-19 vaccination plan, frequently asked questions, resources ,as well as other information for both public and health care providers.  Please distribute to your staff and fellow stakeholders and consumers the attached Vaccine FAQs. 


  • COVID19 Info Hub: https://covid19.nj.gov/
  • Email questions to ncov@doh.nj.gov
  • 24/7 Public Hotline (available in multiple languages) 1800 222-1222 or if calling from an out of state area code call 1800 962-1253

Federal Student Aid Upates

If you’re having trouble making payments, contact your loan servicer as soon as possible. If you have a Federal Perkins Loan, contact your school. You can easily avoid the consequences of delinquency or default by staying in touch with your servicer or school.

Your servicer or school can provide information about deferment or forbearance options that allow you to temporarily stop making payments on your loans. You may also be able to change to a different repayment plan that would give you a lower monthly payment.

City of Newark’s Immunization Services

Immunization services provided at the City of Newark’s Immunization Clinic at 110 William St. will now only be available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday by appointment only. Call 973-733-7580 for more details.

Newark Public Library

The Newark Public Library is offering a robust selection of core and specialized services to patrons through their web, social media, and digital platforms, which are all available FREE with your NPL library card!

Students, parents, and teachers can take advantage of live online homework help and writing assistance offered by Brainfuse, which can be found by clicking on the link to Kids Place https://npl.org/kids-place/.  Additional educational resources are available through Gale in Context, also found on Kids Place. Brainfuse also offers opportunities for teen and adult learners.

NPL is will be hosting online storytimes on their YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/NewarkLibrary. Please tune in at 11:00 a.m & 2:00 p.m. Monday – Friday to participate!

Librarians love questions! Please don’t hesitate to ask any of yours by emailing reference@npl.org or calling 973-733-7779.

Please visit their website at www.npl.org, check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/newarkpubliclibrary, and find out what’s happening on Twitter or Instagram at @NewarkLibrary.

Essex County Updates

Find news from the County of Essex’s, including closures and the measures they are taking here.


New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES) 24/7 Hotline: 800 200-222-1222.

It is also important for everyone to know the signs and practice prevention tips as those provided by the NJ Department of Health.