Feeding the Frontline

Food trucks from Marys Mobile DinerRed's Rolling Restaurant and Not Your Mama's Tacos have been helping to keep the EMTs and hospital staff at Cooper Hospital nourished with comfort food as they care for patients during the pandemic. They have received generous donations from local residents to meet their goal of free 1000 meals. A donation of a $15 gift provides a meal or snack for Cooper Hospital staff members. Please keep supporting the cause to take care of our frontline hero’s! Donations may be made through Venmo, credit card or check. Please IM them through Facebook or text them by phone listed on their business pages.

Virtual Town Hall Tomorrow

The Freeholder Board and Congressman Donald Norcross will be hosting their second virtual town hall to address public concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Facebook Live. The event will begin at 3 PM on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The town hall event will be streaming on Camden County’s Facebook page. You do not need a Facebook account to view live videos, but will need an account in order to utilize Facebook’s live chat feature. Residents who do not have access to internet services will now also have the opportunity to dial-in to the event via telephone so they can listen live. Anyone interested in listening to the town hall live should dial (855) 962-1051 at 3 PM.  

Residents are invited and encouraged to join live Thursday afternoon as our panel answers your questions and addresses the state of affairs in Camden County. If you can’t join us live, don’t worry, the stream will remain available on our page immediately after it concludes for future viewing. Participants will be responding to questions submitted via Facebook’s live chat function and a submission form available online. If you would like to submit a question, please complete the form at https://bit.ly/Covid19_VirtualTownHall.

Congress Reaches $2 Trillion Aid Deal

The stimulus deal was the product of a marathon set of negotiations among Senate Republicans, Democrats and the White House that had stalled as Democrats insisted on stronger worker protections and oversight of a $500 billion fund to bail out distressed businesses. The aim of the legislation is to deliver critical financial support to businesses forced to shut their doors and relief to American families and hospitals reeling from the rapid spread of the disease and the resulting economic disruption. A Democratic aide familiar with the proposal said that it would expand unemployment benefits by $600 per week for four months, in addition to what states would provide as base salary compensation. For the average worker, adding the $600 per week would amount to 100 percent of wages and $100 billion dollars in funding for hospitals.

After complaints from Democrats, a $500 billion fund will now have far stricter oversight, in the form of an inspector general and a 5-person panel appointed by Congress, lawmakers said. Companies that accept money must also agree to halt any stock buybacks for the length of the government assistance, plus an additional year. Companies that accept money must also agree to halt any stock buybacks for the length of the government assistance, plus an additional year. Democrats also secured a provision that will block Trump family businesses — or those of other senior government officials — from receiving loan money under the programs

The agreement also includes $350 billion that would establish lending programs for small businesses, but only for those who keep their payrolls steady through the crisis. If the employer continued to pay its workers for the duration of the crisis, those loans would be forgiven.

Need a Job, Need to Hire?

The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community. Businesses across New Jersey are looking to hire THOUSANDS OF WORKERS, including those who lost their jobs or have had hours reduced as a result of #COVID19. If you are looking for work visit this portal: https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/. If you are looking to hire visit this portal: https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake

Expert Advice

Dr. Emily Landon is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Executive Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Control at the University of Chicago Medicine. Her research is focused on protecting patients from the harm and mortality that come from healthcare-associated infections and suboptimal use of antibiotics and other antimicrobials. She studies novel electronic hand hygiene monitoring techniques and evaluates the impact of direct, individual-level feedback to encourage provider actions that prevent infections. Hear her explain why the statewide order to stay at home is crucial to protecting everyone.

NJ EDA Business Information

Governor Murphy just signed legislation authorizing @NewJerseyEDA to provide grants during a state of emergency and to extend business documentation submission deadlines. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), the Business.NJ.gov and NJ Business Action Center web pages provide information to NJ businesses on the COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus Outbreak including who at the State they should reach out to; existing programs that small or medium-sized business could utilize during coronavirus-related impacts; how Executive Order 104 on closures and social distancing will affect their business; programs the State is developing to support businesses that are financially or operationally impacted; what financial assistance is available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA); and, the status of current business loan or a tax credit agreements. 

NJDOH Halts Adult Day Health Services

NJ DOH is halting Adult Day Health Services in all counties. As of 2:00 p.m. on March 20th they reported 155 new cases, 890 total and 2 additional deaths, 11 total. The Monmouth County testing site is set to open on Monday, March 23. New Jersey residents should be prepared for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community. You can take measures to reduce the spread of COVID- 19. The NJ Poison Control Center and 211 have partnered with the State to provide information to the Public on COVID-19: Call: 2-1-1; Call (24/7): 1-800-962-1253; Text: NJCOVID to 898-211 or Text: your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance. Learn more here.

New Bills Signed by Governor Murphy

From March 18th - 19th Governor Murphy signed the following bills to support residents and businesses and curb the spread of coronavirus during the Covid-19 pandemic. Bills A3680 and A3682 to expand access to tele-health services and to allow professional and occupational licensing board to expedite licensure of out-of-state professionals. Executive Order 106 places a moratorium on removing people from their homes due to evictions or foreclosures. No renter or homeowner can be evicted until further notice. Executive Order 105 implemented changes to upcoming elections to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and ensure that voters can exercise their right to vote without risking their health and safety. Bill A-3852/S-2296 allowing conduct of State business and legislative sessions at locations other than Trenton during periods of emergency or other exigence and allows conduct of legislative business using electronic means. Additionally, new amendments were added to the Child Care Subsidy Program to help provide access to critical child care subsidies while eligible parents attend jobs.

Advocare Advice

Advocare Merchantville Pediatrics urges please call us first rather than using the Emergency Department or Urgent Care Centers for non-life threatening issues, as there are many conditions that can be treated in the office. Please note the following precautionary measures our office is taking to protect you, your child, and our staff. Our waiting rooms are separated between sick and well. All books, magazines, and toys have been removed. The playhouse will be closed until further notice, which has saddened many of our patients. The office will be closed at lunchtime for a thorough cleaning. We are limiting well exams to the morning. We will be contacting you to reschedule afternoon well exams and also to confirm your existing morning well exam. We will have a tent outside if your child is very sick and needs to be seen in the morning. Please do not hesitate to call the office anytime for sick children. We also may ask to see you outside if you or your child is coughing or has a fever. We will see sick children from 1:00 p.m. to closing. Please do not hesitate to call us at any time. As always, your child's health is our main concern. We cannot stress enough that we are available 24/7 - call us first - at (856) 665-7337.  As this is an ever-changing situation, please check our page frequently or call our office for updates.

Changes at Wawa

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, Wawa is doing everything we can to support the communities, customers and associates that rely on us every day, while constantly evaluating the best way to operate our stores. Effective March 20th effective at 5 a.m. Wawa is introducing changes to Self-Serve Coffee and other Beverages, Bakery Processes, and adding Store Closures for Enhanced Cleaning. Moving forward a Wawa associate will serve coffee to customers. We are suspending all self-service fountain beverages, iced drinks, cappuccino and iced coffee. Wawa will be individually bagging all bakery products for customers. In order to remain open safely, Wawa has enhanced our already strict cleaning and quality standards by increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting all touch points and surfaces. Wawa is adjusting store hours and implementing overnight closure between 2-3 a.m. at all locations for additional store cleaning, sanitation and stocking. Wawa remains committed to delivering our purpose of fulfilling lives every day and will continue to monitor the way we operate and make adjustments as needed. Please visit www.wawa.com/alerts/COVID-19-safety-readiness for details and updates on our store status, processes and measures taken to support our communities and ensure the health of our customers and associates.

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