County Updates for December 21, 2020
The latest update from Monmouth County at the time of this posting can be found below; click through to read the full Press Release.
Monmouth County has 279 additional positive cases of COVID-19
You can find the most up to date press releases from the Monmouth County Newsroom at any time via https://www.co.monmouth.nj.us/PressRelease.aspx.
COVID Updates from Congressman Frank Pallone
Congressman Pallone’s latest update, including links to press releases and information on his website, is included below.
I’m hopeful that Congress will pass a COVID relief bill in the coming days that will include direct payments to Americans, grants for small businesses, and more funding for vaccines, testing, and contact tracing. I will continue to fight for a bill that responds to this public health crisis with the urgency it deserves.
This week, the FDA Vaccines Advisory Committee met and recommended the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for Emergency Use Authorization. The FDA is likely to authorize the vaccine soon. This is the second vaccine that will be approved by the FDA.
Health care providers in New Jersey will receive over $217 million through the Provider Relief Fund established in the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. As coronavirus cases go up in New Jersey and across the country, it’s imperative that our health care providers have the resources they need to fight this pandemic. Read more here
New Jersey will receive over $5 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to improve the state’s vaccine preparedness and COVID-19 testing capacity. The state will receive $4,096,616 through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for vaccine preparation and $1,806,500 through the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act for COVID-19 testing. Read more here
Once vaccines are more widely available, New Jersey will open over 200 satellite vaccination sites, including hospitals, federally qualified health centers, urgent care centers, and pharmacies. CVS and Walgreens will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines for both staff and residents at enrolled NJ long-term care facilities starting December 28. In January, the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Middlesex County will serve as a vaccination site for frontline health care workers.
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced that applications are open for Sustain and Serve NJ, a $2 million grant program that will provide funding to organizations to purchase meals from New Jersey-based restaurants that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are due January 8, 2021. Read more here
If you have questions about stimulus checks, unemployment benefits or other resources available to New Jerseyans during the coronavirus pandemic, click here to visit my website or call my offices directly:
Middlesex County: 732-249-8892
Monmouth County: 732-571-1140