State & Federal Updates

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General Information

Updated: October 8, 4:00 p.m.

  • COVID ALERT NJNEW! The State has launched COVID Alert NJ, a free and secure mobile app that anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app also provides users with up-to-date information on New Jersey reopening news, key COVID-19 metrics, and a user-friendly symptom tracking tool. For more information and to download the app, visit COVID Alert NJ App
  • NJDOH issued guidelines on Halloween 2020 celebrations. Read the full document here: Halloween 2020 Celebration Guidance (PDF)
  • The New Jersey Department of Health has released guidelines for permitted sporting activities, including some contact sports. Read the full document here: DOH Guidance for Sports Activities (PDF).
  • The Governors of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut announced that individuals traveling to or returning to New Jersey from states with increasing rates of COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. This includes travel by train, bus, car, plane and any other method of transportation. As of Tuesday, July 14, there are 22 states that meet the criteria. See the list and additional information at the NJ COVID-19 Information Hub.
  • DCA announced the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which will provide temporary rental assistance to selected low and moderate income households who have experienced unemployment or reduced income due to the pandemic. For more information on the program and how to apply, visit Enrollment opens July 6 and runs through July 10.
  • Information from the NJ Department of Health and NJ Communicable Disease Service on COVID-19 Antibody testing (PDF).
  • Governor Murphy unveiled a multi-stage approach to executing a responsible and strategic restart of New Jersey’s economy. Read the press release on the plan here: Strategic Restart of the NJ Economy (PDF).
  • Senators Menendez and Cassidy introduced a bipartisan legislation to deliver critical, federal resources to states and communities on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight. This legislation, the State and Municipal Assistance for Recovery and Transition (SMART) Act, targets $500 billion in emergency funding to every state, county and community in the country. Read more information on the bill here: Menendez, Cassidy Introduce Bipartisan SMART Fund to help Frontline States, Communities in COVID-19 Fight (PDF).
  • The New Jersey Poison Information & Education System  published a story on the safe use of COVID prevention products. Read the information here: Safety, Sanitizing and Social Distancing (PDF)
  • The State of New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness maintains a webpage dedicated to rumor control and disinformation surrounding COVID-19 to help the public distinguish between facts and rumors regarding the pandemic. This page will be updated as more information becomes available. See it here: COVID-19 Rumor Control and Disinformation.
  • The Office of U.S. Senator Cory Booker has complied and shared a specialized resource guide for New Jerseyans, featuring important information for Frontline Workers, Homeowners and Renters, Veterans, New Jerseyans Abroad, and more. See the full list of resources here: A Coronavirus Pandemic Resource Guide for New Jerseyans.
  • On March 20, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Department of Environmental Protection and Board of Public Utilities asked that every water provider, private or public, including those operated by municipal governments, suspend any water shut offs for reasons of non-payment, safe reconnection of anyone previously shut off, and a suspension of the use of liens as a collection practice until the outbreak of COVID-19 has subsided. Read the notice here: All Water Providers Asked to Suspend Shut Offs During Covid-19 Outbreak.
  • On March 19, The Supreme Court of New Jersey extended the deadline for Tax Appeal Filings to May 1, or 30 days following a determination by the Governor that the State of Emergency declared under Executive Order No. 103 has ended. Read the order here: Extension of Property Tax Appeal Filing Deadlines Because of COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns
  • On March 17, the Social Security Administration closed all Social Security offices to the public for in-person service. The SSA can still be contacted by phone and online. Visit Social Security & Coronavirus for more information on get in touch with the SSA.

Daily Updates from Governor Murphy

Updated: October 6, 11:00 a.m.

Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

Updated: October 6, 11:00 a.m.

Locations that are accepting donations of Convalescent Plasma/Antibodies of cases who were positive for COVID-19

Updated: May 8, 2:00 p.m. 

Plasma donation from people who have recovered from COVID-19 may help people who are still severely ill with the disease. Because you fought the infection, your plasma may contain COVID-19 antibodies. You may qualify to donate plasma for coronavirus patients if you meet specific post-illness guidelines and also meet regular blood donation eligibility requirements:

  1. Some locations may require that donors be age 18 and older. Age and weight requirements may vary based on location. Generally donors age 17 and older must weigh at least 110 pounds.
  2. You are overall in good health and feel well, even if you’re being treated for a chronic condition.
  3. You had a verified diagnosis of COVID-19, are fully recovered from COVID-19 and are symptom free.
  4. Some locations may have additional criteria for those who would like to donate.

What is Plasma? Plasma is the clear, straw-colored liquid portion of blood. It carries out a variety of functions in the body, including clotting, fighting diseases and other critical functions. Organizations that are looking for VOLUNTEERS to donate plasma (each may have different requirements):

  • New York Blood Center ( There are various locations in NJ (Paramus and Scotch Plains) and are the locations listed for Atlantic Health Hospitals.
  • American Red Cross ( People wishing to donate complete a donor request form and then will be notified of an appointment site if they qualify. 
  • Hackensack Meridian Health (     Potential donors complete a survey. Location is in Hackensack, NJ.
  • Valley Hospital ( Testing is in Paramus, NJ.
  • University Hospital/Rutgers:  Newark, NJ    Those wishing to donate must have a COVID + result and be eligible to donate blood.  Call the Rutgers/University Hospital COVID-19 Treatment Group at 973-972-5474 or email
  • 6. RWJ Barnabas Health Hospitals: *Recovered patients of RWJ Barnabas Hospitals may receive notification from the hospital about donating plasma. Plasma is collected at blood banks the hospitals have contracts with which are the American Red Cross and New York Blood Center. More information can be found here, or specifically for RWJ University Hospital in New Brunswick
  • Vitalant Blood Center:

Other locations are currently pending and may become available soon.

Testing Locations

Updated: March 30, 9:30 a.m.

NJ State Testing Location – Northern Jersey

  • Bergen Community College
  • 400 Paramus Road
  • Paramus, NJ 07652
  • No appointment, drive in only

NJ State Testing Location – Southern Jersey

  • PNC Bank Arts Center
  • Garden State Parkway, Exit 116
  • Holmdel, NJ 07733
  • No appointment, drive in only

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