Gov. Phil Murphy came to North Jersey in order to provide more relief to small businesses.
The governor signed legislation on July 22 to offer $135 million to small businesses throughout the state, administered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) as part of its Phase IV Emergency Grant Program and NJ Community Stage Relief Grant Program.
Murphy signed the bill into law at the Simply Vietnamese restaurant in Tenafly, with lawmakers including 37th Legislative District members State Sen. Loretta Weinberg and Assemblyman Gordon Johnson on hand. He later visited with small business owners in Passaic.
“As small businesses throughout New Jersey continue to struggle from the economic aftermath of COVID-19, we remain committed to providing them with the resources they need to recover,” said Murphy. “Together with our partners at the federal level, the NJEDA and other departments have provided more than three quarters of a billion dollars to our small business community as we emerge from the pandemic stronger and more resilient.”
The bulk of the funding will be administered by the NJEDA, and will help fund all eligible Phase IV applications. To date, the economic agency has allocated more than $650 million in aid to tens of thousands of small businesses across the state.
The breakdown of the $135 million in today’s legislation is as follows:
- Microbusinesses: $55 million
- Bars and Restaurants: $15 million
- Child Care Facilities: $10 million
- For-Profit Arts and Culture Organizations: $10 million
- Eligible Small Businesses and Nonprofit Organizations: $45 million
“The last year and a half have been economically challenging for many New Jersey families, businesses, and the organizations serving our communities,” said Johnson, a sponsor of the bill. “It’s time to get back on track. The allocation of this federal funding will aid in helping New Jersey do just that.”
The owners of Simply Vietnamese, owned by K.T. Tran, and Ma Mi Eatery, owned by Joseph Diovisalvo, said the aid they have received has allowed them to keep their doors open.
“Business is picking up and that money has really, really helped me,” said Tran. “When you own a business, it is a stressful business.”
Diovisalvo added, “Say we started at a 10, we almost went down to a 1. I think we are getting back to an 8 or 9. We’re pushing back now.”
NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan said supporting small businesses is a central component of the Murphy Administration’s plan for a stronger, fairer recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The $135 million in additional COVID-19 relief funding enacted today will be a lifeline to small businesses as they reopen and return to full capacity,” said Sullivan. “The targeted funds for restaurants, arts and culture organizations, and child care providers will be particularly important in ensuring businesses that were severely impacted by the pandemic have the resources they need to make a full recovery.”
The number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in New Jersey totaled 10,301,669 in-state, plus an additional 345,447 administered out-of-state for a grand total of 10,647,116 as of July 22. Of those who have received the vaccine, 5,045,957 received their second dose or the one jab Johnson & Johnson dose in state and another 149,327 out of state, bringing those fully vaccinated to 5,195,284.
Demographically, 53% of those vaccinated are women and 47% men. As for ethnicity, 48% are White, 15% Hispanic, 11% Asian, 7% Black, 9% other and 9% unknown. In regards to the age of those having received the vaccine, 24% are 65 years old or olders, 27% are between the ages of 50-64, 29% are between the ages of 30-49, and 20% are between the ages of 12-29.
In North Jersey, Bergen County has delivered 1,170,243 doses (575,999 fully vaccinated), Essex 870,221 doses (422,144), Hudson 797,171 doses (383,128), Morris 644,341 doses (315,342), Passaic 539,537 doses (262,063), Sussex 150,230 doses (74,585), and Warren 96,954 doses (47,795).
As of July 22, the cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Jersey was 900,128 with 750 total new PCR cases reported. There were 312 probable cases, bringing the cumulative total of antigen tests to 131,218. The total number of individual cases for the state is 1,031,346.
As for those that have passed, the state reported four confirmed deaths, bringing that total to 23,846. The state listed probable deaths at 2,718, bringing the overall total to 26,564. State officials noted two deaths occurred in the last 24 hours of reporting that have not yet been lab confirmed.
For North Jersey counties on July 22, Bergen had a total of 86 new confirmed cases and 44 new probable cases, Essex 103 new cases and 25 new probable case, Hudson 49 new cases and 20 new probable cases, Morris 49 new confirmed cases and 19 new probable cases, Passaic 33 new cases and 24 new probable case, Sussex eight new cases and four new probable cases, and Warren had no new cases.
Of the total confirmed deaths in North Jersey, Essex County has the most with 2,731, followed by Bergen at 2,598, Hudson with 2,092, Passaic at 1,743, Morris at 981, Sussex at 240, and Warren County at 212.
In regards to probable deaths reported July 19, Essex has 304, Bergen has 302, Morris has 262, Hudson has 218, Passaic has 203, Sussex has 68 and Warren has 26.
As for the rate of transmission reported July 22, it remained unchanged from the day before at 1.40. The daily rate of infections from those tested July 17 was 3.8%; by region, the rate was 3.4% in the North, 4.2% in the Central region and 4.6% in the South.
Officials reported 356 patients were hospitalized; by region, there were 182 in the North, 110 in the Central and 64 in the South. Of those hospitalized, 60 are in intensive care units and 30 on ventilators. A total of 58 patients were discharged.
Officials have continually cited transmission rate, hospitalizations, intensive care units, ventilators and positivity rate as health data they rely on to track how the coronavirus is being contained in New Jersey, guiding them in determining when restrictions have to be tightened or lifted.
Bergen Tops County Count
Bergen has the most confirmed cumulative cases in the state with 90,938, followed by Middlesex at 85,778, Essex at 85,643, Hudson at 79,424, Monmouth at 68,884, Ocean at 66,724, Passaic at 66,338, Union at 61,068, Camden at 49,547, Morris at 42,403, Burlington at 38,678, Mercer at 31,905, Gloucester at 26,825, Atlantic at 25,259, Somerset at 24,668, Cumberland at 15,025, Sussex at 11,832, Warren at 9,073, Hunterdon at 9,078, Salem at 5,619, and Cape May at 4,693.
In regards to probable cases, Bergen had the most at 14,797, followed by Union at 11,196, Ocean at 10,513, Essex at 9,628, Hudson at 9,412, Morris at 8,380, Monmouth at 8,315, Middlesex at 7,508, Passaic at 7,506, Camden at 6,857, Atlantic at 6,692, Burlington at 6,099, Somerset at 5,831, Cape May at 4,639, Gloucester at 4,124, Mercer at 2,463, Sussex at 2,370, Cumberland at 2,291, Warren at 1,031, Hunterdon at 912, and Salem 557.
Another 726 cases are still under investigation to determine where the person resides.
Long-term Care Facilities
Health officials noted 25 long-term care facilities are currently reporting at least one case of COVID-19, accounting for a total of 90 of the cases, broken down between 51 residents and 39 staff.
Cumulatively, 1,504 long-term care facilities reported a case infecting 32,815 residents and 22,244 staff, for a total of 55,062.
The state’s official death total will now be reported as those that are lab confirmed, sits at 8,063 on July 21. The facilities are reporting to the state 7,878 residents deaths and 144 staff deaths.