Economic Recovery & Reopening: 1/12/2022

NJ Chamber
Economic Recovery & Reopening Update
January 11, 2022
Content Curated By Scott Goldstein
  • Gov. Murphy declares new public health emergency in New Jersey to battle COVID-19.
  • Pediatric COVID-19 cases in N.J. continue to climb, and deaths among children rise to 10 since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • COVID cases among school staff quadrupled over winter break.
Breaking News: Gov. Murphy Declares New Public Health Emergency in New Jersey to Battle COVID-19
Gov. Phil Murphy said today that he has declared another health emergency in the state to keep emergency measures in place to try to contain the spread of COVID-19 – including requiring masks in schools – ahead of them expiring at the end of the day. The health emergency being reinstated will allow him to keep current measures in place – including mandates for teachers and health-care workers to be vaccinated or face regular testing, and a requirement that hospitals regularly report information to the state. The new 30-day order does not include any new restrictions and the governor has also said he doesn’t intend to issue any new rules. (
Pediatric COVID-19 Cases in N.J. Continue to Climb, and Deaths Among Children Rise to 10 Since the Beginning of the Pandemic
Two children in New Jersey have recently died of COVID-19, state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said at Gov. Murphy’s Monday coronavirus briefing, bringing the total number of children in the state who have died since the start of the pandemic to 10. Six of the deaths were children up to four years old and four deaths were of children between ages 5 to 17, according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard. (
COVID Cases Among School Staff Quadrupled Over Winter Break
Staff rates jumped between the weeks ending Dec. 19 and Jan. 2 from 12.04 cases per 1,000 to 58.49 cases per 1,000, the state coronavirus dashboard shows. Student cases also spiked during that time; case rates went from 7.79 per 1,000 students before the holidays to 24.84 during winter break. Nearly a third of New Jersey schools came back from winter break to virtual learning. More than a quarter of schools are still virtual this week. (
Omicron Dominates New Jersey Cases. In the Meantime, the Overall Rate of COVID-19 Hospitalizations Slows.
State lab analyses show the omicron variant now dominates COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, comprising more than 76% of those sequenced. The rate of new hospitalizations related to COVID-19 has slowed considerably since back in December. Health officials now estimate the omicron surge will peak in late January or early February. (NJ Spotlight News)
Pfizer CEO Says an Omicron Vaccine will be Ready in March
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said the vaccine will also target the other variants that are circulating. He said it is still not clear whether or not an omicron vaccine is needed or how it would be used, but Pfizer will have some doses ready since some countries want it ready as soon as possible. (CNBC)
Biden Administration Lays Out Rules for Reimbursing At-Home COVID-19 Tests
The Biden administration on Monday issued guidance that will require private health insurers to reimburse people for up to eight over-the-counter COVID-19 tests every month beginning Jan. 15. Under the plan, private insurers can set up programs at preferred pharmacies or retailers where the upfront cost of home tests is covered for beneficiaries. The initiative is intended to ease the financial burden of utilizing at-home tests to detect and stop further spread of COVID-19. But public health experts warn that number is a vast undercount in part because results from millions of at-home tests are not being reported to state and local health departments. (Politico)
The Most Common Symptoms of the Omicron Variant 
Cough, congestion, runny nose, sore or scratchy throat, night sweats and fatigue are common symptoms. The loss of taste or smell, as were seen in previous strains, is not a common symptom. Symptoms can be similar in vaccinated and unvaccinated patients, but the severity of the symptoms can vary based on a patient’s vaccination status. (
N.J. Chamber Appeals to Murphy Before State of the State Address
With the state of the state address today, N.J. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Bracken urges Gov. Murphy to not lose sight of New Jersey's economic growth and affordability. "Creating economic opportunity and making New Jersey more affordable are pathways to a stronger economy," he said. (N.J. Chamber of Commerce)
N.J. Chamber of Commerce Applauds Passage of Bills Aimed at Helping those with Disabilities
Michael Egenton has spent a career at the N.J. Chamber of Commerce advocating for the business community. Today, he noted an appreciation for the passage of a series of bills aimed at making it easier for people with disabilities to enter the workforce. (ROI-NJ)
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)
Looking to Get Vaccinated? Here's an Easy Way to Find COVID-19 Vaccines Near You.
Just punch in your area code. You can even search for a specific vaccine. (
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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)
The Best Tool for Your Business - Membership in the N.J. Chamber
The N.J. Chamber provides members with guest speakers, webinars, networking opportunities and discount programs that help businesses grow. The N.J. Chamber also advocates for pro-growth and pro-business legislation.
N.J. Coronavirus Cases
Total Confirmed Deaths Reported: 26,765
Total Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Reported: 1,634,131
Fully Vaccinated People in N.J.: 6,482,698
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