Economic Recovery & Reopening: 1/10/2022

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
NJ Chamber
Economic Recovery & Reopening Update
January 7, 2022
Content Curated By Scott Goldstein
  • Nursing home outbreaks are soaring, as COVID-19 continues to spread.
  • Another daily jump in COVID-19 cases among staff and patients keeps pressure on N.J. hospitals.
  • Gov. Murphy: New COVID-19 restrictions in N.J. are ‘highly unlikely.’
Nursing Home Outbreaks are Soaring in New Jersey as COVID-19 Continues to Spread
More than 75% of New Jersey's nursing homes and long-term care facilities now have COVID-19 outbreaks, according to state Health Department data – with those numbers jumping by nearly 25% the past week. Currently, there are 503 outbreaks in the state’s 655 nursing homes, assisted living and other long-term care facilities, officials reported. (
The New Jersey National Guard Again is Deployed into Long-Term Care Facilities
The New Jersey National Guard is being sent into some of the state’s nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to help respond to a soaring number of COVID-19 outbreaks amidst growing staffing shortages. Approximately 150 soldiers and airmen will be involved in the deployment, beginning Jan. 10, at more than a dozen long-term care facilities. It is not the first time the Guard has been enlisted to help out in nursing homes during the pandemic. (
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Another Daily Jump in COVID-19 Cases Among Staff and Patients Keeps Pressure on New Jersey Hospitals
Another 780 COVID-19 infections were detected among hospital staff in New Jersey on Wednesday, the second highest daily total since the pandemic began. That and another overnight increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations to nearly 5,600 continues the pressure that has stressed the state's hospitals in recent weeks. (
Hospitalizations Skyrocket for Kids Too Young for COVID-19 Shots
Hospitalizations of U.S. children under 5 with COVID-19 rose to their highest level since the pandemic began, according to government data on the age group not eligible for a vaccine. The hospitalization rate in these youngest children has surged to more than 4 in 100,000 youngsters, up from 2.5 per 100,000. That compares with a current rate of about 1 per 100,000 for children ages 5 to 17, according to CDC data. (The Associated Press)
Gov. Murphy: New COVID Restrictions in N.J. are 'Highly Unlikely'
Gov. Phil Murphy said this week it’s “highly unlikely” New Jersey will install new restrictions to battle the COVID-19 surge. Instead, he said, the focus is on increasing vaccine booster shots, helping hospitals and with staffing, and expanding testing. (
FDA Shortens Timing of Moderna Booster to 5 Months
U.S. regulators on Friday shortened the time that people who received Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine have to wait for a booster – to five months rather than six. The two-dose Moderna vaccine is open to Americans 18 and older. That’s in line with new recommendations for recipients of the Pfizer vaccine. Initial Pfizer vaccinations are open to anyone 5 or older. But only Pfizer recipients 12 and older are eligible for boosters, and earlier this week U.S. health authorities said they can get one five months after their last shot. (The Associated Press)
NJIT is Latest NJ College to Require COVID-19 Boosters
New Jersey Institute of Technology became the latest college Thursday to announce a COVID-19 booster requirement for all students, faculty and staff. At least seven colleges in the state have now mandated boosters, including Princeton University, Rutgers University, Drew University, Stevens Institute of Technology, St. Peter’s University and Felician University. (
The N.J. Chamber's Walk to Washington is Cancelled — to be Recast as 'ReNew Jersey Business Summit' in Atlantic City
The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce announced that its Walk to Washington networking train trip will be recast as the ReNew Jersey Business Summit, to be held April 13-14 at Borgata in Atlantic City, due to lingering concerns about COVID-19. The announcement marks the second consecutive year that the Walk to Washington, the state’s largest business networking event, has been canceled due to the pandemic. Chamber officials said they intend to resume the annual train trip in 2023. (ROI-NJ)
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Business Resources
State & Federal Financial Assistance (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Reopening Playbook for Employers (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Vaccine Guide for Businesses (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Jobs and Hiring Portal Job Seekers | Employers (State of N.J.)
Guide to Starting a Business in N.J. (New Jersey Business Action Center)
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N.J. Coronavirus Cases
Total Confirmed Deaths Reported: 26,519
Total Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Reported: 1,535,503
Fully Vaccinated People in N.J.: 6,448,137
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