***Please see the latest BH COVID case numbers on our COVID statistics page here***
June 14, 2021
Since terminating the COVID-19 public health and state of emergency, and signing legislation expiring all COVID-19 executive orders, Governor Murphy continues to promote the vaccination programs to reach the goal of having 4.7 million New Jerseyans fully vaccinated by June 30. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) New Jersey ranks 6th among all states with 72% of all residents eligible for vaccination having received at least their first shot. There are approximately 1,800 vaccination sites across the state.
Summer Camp Mask Update -The State’s Department of Health released their guidance for summer camps with changes made pursuant to recent CDC updates. As part of the guidance, wearing a mask outdoors will not be required for either campers or staff.This goes for Berkeley Heights Recreation Departments's Playground Camp for this summer, as well! The State does strongly encourage unvaccinated individuals to wear a mask when in crowds and during situations that include sustained contact with others. Read more of the guidance here.
Cases Identified in N.J.: Experts Warn that the New Delta Variant is a ‘More Dangerous Virus’ - The new Delta variant of the coronavirus — which originated in India — is spreading in New Jersey where 30 cases have been identified. Vaccines work against the variant but one shot of a two-dose vaccine isn’t enough; people need a second dose to gain 88% protection. According to the state's COVID dashboard, this variant so far accounts for only 3.1% of all cases. New Jersey has among the highest vaccination rates in the nation. But Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration, said Sunday that the Delta variant could become the dominant strain in the U.S. by fall 2021 Gottlieb added that unvaccinated Americans are most at risk for catching the variant, which could become the main source of new coronavirus infections in the U.S.
Updated COVID Testing - Where New Jersey residents can get free, public COVID testing and treatment.
COVID-19 Hospitalizations Fell to the Lowest Level Since N.J. Has Been Keeping Stats - The number of COVID-19 patients in New Jersey hospitals fell to the lowest number since New Jersey began tracking the information on March 24, 2020. On Sunday, the state reported 377 COVID-19 patients in hospitals — following totals of 388 on Saturday and 383 on Friday. (ROI-NJ)
As Demand for the COVID-19 Vaccine Changes, so Does the Distribution Process - New Jersey is using EMS teams to pack up and distribute COVID-19 vaccines across the state, as the focus shifts from mega-sites to community centers and doctors' offices. (NJ Spotlight News)
How to Apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan - Eligible small businesses, nonprofits, sole proprietors and independent contractors can still apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan. The program provides economic relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. For more information, click here. (U.S. Small Business Administration)
The State is Setting Up Vaccine Clinics Hosted by Employers - The state Health Department is pairing vaccine providers with employers to create on-site vaccine pop-up clinics. The Health Department is asking employers interested in hosting a clinic at no cost to take this survey. (N.J. Department of Health)
New Jersey Released an Employers Guide to the COVID-19 Vaccine - The guide recommends actions employers can take to promote COVID-19 vaccines. The guide calls the vaccines "a key enabler of the new normal and New Jersey’s economic recovery from the pandemic." To read the guide, click here. (N.J. Department of Health)
June 10, 2021
With Customers Owing Millions in Back Payments, N.J. Extends its Ban on Utility Shut-Offs - The state has extended a ban on utility shut-offs until the end of the year, providing a respite for the hundreds of thousands of gas, electric and other utility customers who, in aggregate, are over a half-billion dollars behind in paying their bills. (NJ Spotlight News)
Get Your Grants Here: Next Phase of N.J.’s Emergency Assistance Grant Program Open - Pre-registration reopened for Phase 4 of the state's Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program, which provides grants of up to $20,000 to eligible small- and medium-sized businesses and nonprofits that have been hurt by the pandemic. Interested business owners and non-profits will need to pre-register access the application. Pre-registration will remain open until Wednesday, June 30th, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. For more information, click here. (State of New Jersey)
Interested? Check out the Phase 4 Small Business Emergency Grant Program Pre-Registration Walkthrough!
The SBA Launches a Grant Program for Businesses Owned by Veterans, Women and Economically Disadvantaged People - The U.S. Small Business Administration launched the ‘Community Navigator Pilot Program,’ a $100 million grant program, that also provides counseling and networking, for small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, women and veterans. For more information, click here. (U.S. Small Business Administration) Community Navigator Pilot Program
N.J. reports 7 COVID deaths, 247 cases. More than 4.3M residents fully vaccinated. - This marks the sixth straight day of fewer than 300 positive tests announced in a single day, as the state’s outbreak continues to wane amid increasing vaccinations.
June 3, 2021
Legislation Passed Ending COVID19 Public Health Emergency in NJ
New Jersey will Begin Closing Vaccination Megasites - Gov. Murphy said the state will instead look to bring more vaccination capability to communities. The megasites once represented some of the few places to get shots, but now there are nearly 1,800 sites across New Jersey. Here are the details on the closings. (ROI-NJ)
N.J.’s COVID indoor gathering limits end today including large concert, sports venues. Here are the details.
Voting in Berkeley Heights - Primary Day is Tuesday June 8. Voters are strongly encouraged to wear masks to their polling places; they are not required.
While COVID Lingers, Student-Athletes Remain Resilient - Special in TAPinto Berkeley Heights, from The Highlander at GL
Survey: Communities of Color are Increasingly Willing to be Vaccinated - The share of Black respondents willing to be vaccinated increased from 62% in February to 69% in May, and 83% of Hispanic voters said they will be vaccinated, compared with 77% in February. The survey was conducted by Change Research and commissioned by Newark-based nonprofit Project Ready. (ROI-NJ)
New Jersey Released an Employers Guide to the COVID-19 Vaccine - The guide recommends actions employers can take to promote COVID-19 vaccines. The guide calls the vaccines "a key enabler of the new normal and New Jersey’s economic recovery from the pandemic." To read the guide, click here. (The New Jersey Department of Health)
Get Your Grants Here: Next Phase of N.J.’s Emergency Assistance Grant Program Open - Pre-registration reopened for Phase 4 of the state's Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program, which provides grants of up to $20,000 to eligible small- and medium-sized businesses and nonprofits that have been hurt by the pandemic. Interested business owners and non-profits will need to pre-register access the application. Pre-registration will remain open for five weeks, until Wednesday, June 30th, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. For more information, click here. (State of New Jersey)
Interested? Check out the Phase 4 Small Business Emergency Grant Program Pre-Registration Walkthrough!
SBA Launches a Grant Program for Businesses Owned by Veterans, Women and Economically Disadvantaged People - The U.S. Small Business Administration launched the ‘Community Navigator Pilot Program,’ a $100 million grant program, that also provides counseling and networking, for small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, women and veterans. For more information, click here. (U.S. Small Business Administration)
The State's Latest Easing of Restrictions (State of N.J.)
Federal Grants for Restaurants and Bars (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Vaccine Guide for Businesses: From Communicating about Vaccines to Developing a Vaccine Strategy.
The U.S. Small Business Administration's website with guidance and details on forgivable business loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
New Jersey small businesses can buy PPE at a 10% discount through this state program.
The state is offering assistance programs for New Jersey businesses.
The N.J. Economic Development Authority is offering assistance programs for New Jersey businesses. Information and applications can be found here.
For the U.S. Chamber's return-to-work playbook for employers, click here.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's report on reopening and preparing workplaces for COVID-19.
The CDC's recommendations for employers to prevent the spread of the coronavirus when they reopen their offices.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Survival Guide has a complete listing of coronavirus resources for small businesses.
The New Jersey Business Action Center's guide to opening a business in N.J.
The state's jobs and hiring portal matches employers and candidates. For employers to participate, click here.
New Jersey's website for information on all of the state's business resources during the pandemic.
New Jersey's website for up-to-date information about COVID-19.
Here in Berkeley Heights, as COVID eases up...
Summer Playground Camp WILL run this year from 8:30 - 3:30pm Monday thru Friday. Please read all protocols put forth, prior to registering for camp. Protocols will most likely change again by the time camp begins and summer is underway.
Summer Concerts in the Park. This year we added some fresh new bands to the line-up which may bring a semi younger crowd. There will be 5 weeks of concerts instead of 4. A notice will go out separately for the line-up. Please make an effort to come out and have a great time and listen to some awesome music! Every Wed between June 30th - August 4th.
Kids 12 & Older Can Get Vaccinated
Did you know? Everyone 12 years and older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky answers some common questions you might have:
• Is the vaccine safe and effective for children?
• Why do children also need to be vaccinated?
• Where can children receive the vaccine?
The County of Union is transitioning to a new vaccination portal that will allow greater flexibility in scheduling appointments and convenient other features such as a printable vaccination card. As the County transitions, please use the links below to check on vaccination sites, dates and availability:
Need Assistance or Want to Speak With Someone?
- Call 908-613-7VAX (7829)
- Monday-Friday, 9 am to 7 pm
- Saturdays, 9 am to 1 pm
- The hotline can provide assistance in making and managing appointments for our County residents.
Age Requirements for Vaccinations
- Johnson and Johnson – 18 years and older
- Pfizer – 12 years and older
- Moderna – 18 years and older
Homebound residents who have not yet connected with their local health department, or a home health agency, and who need an in-home vaccination should visit www. covid19.nj.gov/HomeboundVax or contact the call center. The state Department of Health will follow up with them to assist in connecting them with a vaccine provider.
As a reminder anyone 16 and older living, working, or studying in New Jersey is eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. The State hotline, 855-568-0545, continues to assist residents, with live agents from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., in getting information on how to register, as well as how to schedule vaccine appointments as people become eligible. The agents remind residents that there is no out-of-pocket expense to get vaccinated and that the two vaccines are not interchangeable.
All six of New Jersey’s COVID-19 vaccine mega-sites are now offering walk-in vaccinations. A person does not need an appointment to get vaccinated nor do they need to be a resident of a specific county to get vaccinated at the mega-sites.
New Jersey has also launched a COVID-19 vaccine appointment finder to assist in scheduling an appointment.