Daily Life in the Time of COVID-19

Submitted by cchern on Wed, 03/18/2020 - 20:21
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The novel coronavirus pandemic has impacted people's daily lives. Below are a list of resources and information that can help during this time.



Personal Finance

Protecting Your Finances During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)

The CFPB is committed to providing consumers with up-to-date information and resources to protect and manage their finances during this difficult time.


Coronavirus Advice for Consumers (Federal Trade Commission)

Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. This resource has some tips to help you keep the scammers at bay.


Federal Student Loans

Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents (Department of Education)


Rent and Mortgages

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (Middlesex County)

Middlesex County has been awarded $24.6 million in federal funding to assist renter households that are behind on rent and/or payments for utilities such as gas, electric, and water due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The county has established the Middlesex County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (MCERAP) to distribute the funds on behalf of approved applicants on a priority basis.


What If I Can't Pay My Rent? (New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub)


COVID-19 and Residential Mortgage Relief (State of New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance)

The State of New Jersey is working to lessen the financial impact of COVID-19 on residents who are struggling to pay their mortgage and bills. On March 28th, Governor Murphy announced that Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, US Bank, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America, in addition to over 40 other federal and state-chartered banks, credit unions, and servicers have committed to providing relief for consumers and homeowners in New Jersey. Since that date, many institutions have joined the effort to assist New Jerseyans by committing to this providing this relief.



FirstEnergy (Jersey Central Power & Light)'s Response to Coronavirus

FirstEnergy's residential and business customers who are having difficulty making ends meet are encouraged to contact them now to enroll in payment plans or bill assistance programs. Customers who have lost income during this crisis may be eligible for assistance that was unavailable to them before.


PSE&G's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

PSE&G has suspended shut-offs of electric and/or gas service to residential customers for non-payment. This will give customers experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the outbreak additional time to pay their bills. For more information, visit pseg.com/help.


Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) (State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs)

The Home Energy Assistance Program helps very low-income residents with their heating and cooling bills, and makes provisions for emergency heating system services and emergency fuel assistance within the Home Energy Assistance Program.


Employment Resources

Find a Job

State of New Jersey COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal (State of New Jersey)

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.


Employment Benefits

Worker Benefits, Protections and the Coronavirus (COVID-19): What NJ Workers Should Know (NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development)

New Jersey has among the most comprehensive Earned Sick Leave, Temporary Disability and Family Leave Insurance laws in the country, which cover all types of workers – full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal.


COVID-19 Scenarios and Benefits Available (NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development)

This at-a-glance chart lists COVID-19 related benefits for NJ employees.


NJDoL and the Coronavirus(COVID-19): Updated Information for Employers & Businesses (NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development)

As employers recall employees to work, they often have questions about the unemployment benefits available, and workplace health and safety and caregiving protections they must offer their employees. The questions and answers in this resource help illustrate under which limited conditions benefits may still be available, and describe some of the laws that employers should be aware of as they bring employees back to work.


Health Insurance

Get Covered NJ: New Jersey's Official Health Insurance Marketplace (State of New Jersey)

New Jersey and the federal government are offering even more help to lower the cost of health insurance. You can enroll through the COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period now.


Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance

FRN Navigator (The Family Resource Network)

The Family Resource Network’s certified Health Insurance Navigators will continue to be accessible remotely.
Appointments by phone or video conferencing are available. To speak to a navigator please call 1-800-355-0271 or email frnnavigator@familyresourcenetwork.org to make an appointment.


Cover NJ (NJHA: Health Research & Educational Trust of NJ)

Since 2013, the nonprofit Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey (part of the New Jersey Hospital Association) has employed a team of former U.S. service members who have been trained as “health navigators” to help New Jersey residents access services available for their health and well-being.


State COVID-19 Data and Policy Actions (Kaiser Family Foundation)

Explore state-level data on a variety of COVID-19 metrics, including the latest hotspots, cases and deaths by race and ethnicity and at long-term care facilities. Find up-to-date information on state policy actions on social distancing measures and reducing barriers to COVID-19 testing and treatment.


COVID-19 Resources for Individuals Who Are Undocumented or Uninsured (New Jersey Department of Health)

The State of New Jersey is focused on ensuring that all people, regardless of immigration status and/or whether or not they have health insurance, are protected from the outbreak and receive appropriate testing and treatment. You should talk to a medical professional about when and how to seek testing and treatment.


Mental Health Support

Cancer Decision Support for the Newly Diagnosed (Crossroads4Hope)

If you or a family member have recently been diagnosed or had a recurrence, please call 908 658 5400 or Katherine Schaible, LSW, Program Director, to make an appointment.


Services and Referral Information for Victims and Survivors

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Gun Safety and COVID-19

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Information for Friends, Family, and Neighbors

Food Assistance

NJ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

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New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children COVID-19 Food Substitutions (New Jersey Department of Health)

In light of COVID-19, New Jersey WIC is allowing additional food items in anticipation of limited food selections related to recent events.

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Food Pantries in East Brunswick

For a list of food pantries in Middlesex County, please click here.

If you or someone you know has extra supplies or food they would be willing to donate, many pantries are accepting them. Please call ahead to identify what the pantry has run out of/is still in need of.

Aldersgate Outreach Community Center
Hours: Sunday, Tuesday, Friday 1:00pm - 3:00pm
732-254-7361 option 2
562 Ryders Lane
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Must be a resident of Middlesex County for food assistance. Government-issued photo ID (passport, driver's permit or license, city or state non-driver ID) must be presented. Referral through church or social service organization is recommended.


St. Mary & St. Stephen Coptic Church
Hours: Saturday 6:00pm - 7:00pm
917-436-8603 or 732-857-0188
12 Gates Avenue
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Food assistance is available to those in need twice a month. Clothing and financial assistance are also available on a limited basis.


Supporting Your Community

COVID-19 and Blood Donation (New York Blood Center)

The New York Blood Center Enterprises (NYBCe) continues to closely monitor the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and carry out their lifesaving mission in their communities.

It is safe to donate blood, and healthy individuals are encouraged to donate so that blood is available for those patients who need. Blood collection sites are disinfected frequently, and they are taking extra precautions to help prevent the person-to-person spread of COVID-19 as per CDC recommendations. Staff are also practicing health self-assessments prior to presenting at work.


Be a Citizen Scientist at Home

Use your phone and devices to be a participant in science projects to solve world problems and advance scientific knowledge. Be a Citizen Science.
Project examples: COVID-19, Gravitational Waves, SETI, Environmental research.


Outbreaks Near Me (Boston Children's Hospital & Harvard Medical School)

Influenza and COVID-19 pose major risks to our health and wellbeing. Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School has created a system that allows citizen scientists, like you, across North America to securely and anonymously self-report symptoms.
And since users generally report before they see a healthcare provider, we can see trends and the spread before local and national public health agencies.


Information for Immigrants

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Information for Kids

Coronavirus: A Book for Children

This is a free book for kids about the coronavirus that has a nice question and answer format. Publisher Nosy Crow made this book quickly to meet the needs of children and their families.


Remote Learning

NJTV Learning Live (New Jersey Television)

NJTV Learning Live was an unique on-air instructional series to help kids learn remotely. Created by NJTV in partnership with the NJEA and the NJ Department of Education, hour-long classes for grades 3-6 are taught by NJ public school teachers. Archived lessons are available to rewatch on the website.


Internet Access

Comcast is offering their affordable 'Internet Essentials' package for low-income households for free to new customers for 60 days. To sign up, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.


Price Gouging

New Jersey’s law against price gouging is now in effect. This law prohibits excessive price increases during a declared state of emergency, or for 30 days after the termination of the state of emergency. Excessive price increases are defined as price increases that are more than 10 percent higher than the price at which merchandise was sold during the normal course of business prior to the state of emergency. Retailers are subject to fines of $10,000 for an initial offense of violating the law, and $20,000 for each subsequent offense. Anyone who believes they have been targeted by a scheme related to coronavirus, or were victimized by unreasonable price increases, should file a complaint, either online at www.njconsumeraffairs.gov or by calling 973-504-6240.


Information for COVID-19 Workers and Researchers

Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 in the Workplace (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Worker Training Program has been tracking information about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as it pertains to protecting workers involved in emergency response and cleanup activities performed in the United States. This resource contains health and safety resources for workers who may be at risk of exposure to COVID-19.


COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus (DynaMed)

DynaMed is a resource with current and accurate, evidence-based content for practicing clinicians. They are making their information on COVID-19 available online for free.


Research on COVID-19

LitCovid (National Center for Biotechnology Information)

LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus. It is the most comprehensive resource on the subject, providing a central access to 1200 (and growing) relevant articles in PubMed. The articles are updated daily and are further categorized by different research topics and geographic locations for improved access.

Global Research on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) (World Health Organization)

WHO is bringing the world’s scientists and global health professionals together to accelerate the research and development process, and develop new norms and standards to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and help care for those affected.


Last updated: August 17, 2021


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