Economic Recovery & Reopening Update: 11/23/2021

NJ Chamber
Economic Recovery & Reopening Update
November 22, 2021
Content Curated By Scott Goldstein
  • Jab or Job? Federal vaccine mandates are a concern at long-term care facilities.
  • N.J.’s first formal report on COVID-19 in schools suggests about 85% of school staff are vaccinated, but the stats are incomplete.
  • Is travel safe during the pandemic this holiday season?
Jab or Job? Federal Vaccine Mandates are a Concern at Long-Term Care Facilities
Long-term care facilities, already struggling with chronic staffing shortages, are facing a new federal COVID-19 vaccination mandate that could push more employees out the door. The new rules require every worker at facilities that accept Medicare or Medicaid to get a first COVID-19 shot by Dec. 6. Testing opt-outs are no longer allowed, although there are medical and religious exemptions. Industry officials predict most workers will choose to get the jab and keep their jobs. But if staffing levels keep falling, it will mean changes at nursing homes. (NJ Spotlight News)
Affordable Energy for New Jersey
Infrastructure Bill Can Reshape N.J. From Top to Bottom, Chamber Leaders Say
Business leaders are clear: The recently signed $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill represents a huge win for New Jersey, and its congressional delegation deserves kudos for getting it passed. It is expected to send about $13 billion to New Jersey to help fix and upgrade the state's infrastructure. “This could be the kick-start for New Jersey's economic rebound,” said N.J. Chamber CEO Tom Bracken. “The jobs that are going to be created are vital to helping our economy rebound.” (ROI-NJ)
N.J.’s First Formal Report on COVID-19 in Schools Suggests about 85% of School Staff are Vaccinated, but the Stats are Incomplete
New Jersey publicly reported for the first time Monday at least 22,842 positive Coronavirus tests among students and school staff in grades K-12 since the start of this academic year, along with numbers showing 85% of school staff are fully-vaccinated. The new data includes 2,081 schools — nearly 60% of the state’s total — that are now providing weekly updates to the Department of Health. (
Is Travel Safe During the Pandemic this Holiday Season?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says not to travel if you’re sick, or if you tested positive for COVID-19 and your isolation period isn’t over yet — even if you’re fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated people who decide to travel should get a COVID-19 test one to three days before travel and three to five days after returning. (The Associated Press)
Why N.J. Delegation's Trip to Israel May Quickly Produce an Economic Impact
Israeli companies, eager to fast-track business moves, appreciate that New Jersey was the first state to visit the country after the pandemic shutdown. The New Jersey delegation last week held key meetings with Israeli industry leaders and entrepreneurs — including representatives of logistics, life sciences, technology and financial services industries, among others — who are seeking growth opportunities in New Jersey. (ROI-NJ)
First-Ever Statewide Diversity Gala Attracts 300 Leaders who Desire a More Inclusive and Equal N.J., and a More Competitive One Too
The Nov. 10 event at the Pines Manor in Edison, hosted by the N.J. Chamber and the African American Chamber of N.J., was a call to action. It featured a roster of rousing speakers who discussed the imperative of equality in New Jersey – and in America. "The question we have to answer is: Do we have the will for change?" leaders asked. For a recap and photos, click here. (N.J. Chamber of Commerce)
The N.J. Chamber's Walk to Washington Next Year 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)
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N.J. Coronavirus Cases
Total Confirmed Deaths Reported: 25,442
Total Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Reported: 1,071,383
Fully Vaccinated People in N.J.: 6,158,795
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