Economic Recovery & Reopening Update: 1/6/2022

NJ Chamber
Economic Recovery & Reopening Update
January 6, 2022
Content Curated By Scott Goldstein
  • CDC recommends that all teens get a Pfizer COVID-19 booster.
  • Hospitals are seeing a different kind of COVID-19 surge. 
  • Buses, trains canceled as COVID-19 sidelines 900 NJ Transit staffers.
CDC Recommends that All Teens Get a Pfizer COVID-19 Booster
The new guidance strengthens the CDC's earlier suggestion that 16- and 17-year-olds "may" get boosters at least five months after their primary two-shot series to say they "should." It also allowed the boosters for kids as young as 12 to help fight back the contagious omicron. (Politico) 
U.S. Hospitals are Seeing a Different Kind of COVID-19 Surge
Health care workers are getting sick with the fast-spreading variant. People are showing up at emergency rooms in large numbers in hopes of getting tested. And a surprising share of patients are testing positive while in the hospital for other reasons. At the same time, hospitals say the patients aren’t as sick, and ventilators aren’t needed as much as they were before. (The Associated Press)
Buses, Trains Canceled as COVID-19 Sidelines 900 NJ Transit Staffers
With 900 of its employees in quarantine and out of action due to COVID-19, NJ Transit has been forced to cancel service for multiple buses and trains. Most service continues uninterrupted, but riders must cope with erratic schedules. The agency notes bus service is still operating at 94% of its full weekday schedule, and rail service at 97%. (NJ Spotlight News)
State Board of Education Gets a Look at 'Learning Loss' from the Pandemic
Almost two years after the pandemic first jolted New Jersey’s public schools, the first statewide data on the extent of the damage is starting to be made public. A presentation before the state Board of Education on Wednesday showed anywhere from a third to half of students fell short of grade-level expectations for the fall. Numbers were starker in some racial and income groups. The data was culled from both the state’s assessment tests administered in the fall, and information derived by local districts through their own classroom measures. (NJ Spotlight News)
A Guide to Succeeding in 2022
Business leaders and entrepreneurs share their top small business growth strategies for the year ahead. Read the guide here. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
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.
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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: 26,460
Total Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Reported: 1,502,150
Fully Vaccinated People in N.J.: 6,446,689
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