BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - There are 27 active cases of coronavirus reported in Berkeley Heights as of Tuesday, April 21. This is a reduction of seven cases. Twenty of those cases are from Long Term Care Facilities, a reduction of four cases.

To date, there have been a total of 129 cases reported in Berkeley Heights with 102 closed cases, 81 recovered, 18 deaths from Long Term Care facilities and three community deaths. According to the Township website, there have been no new reported cases reported at Autumn Lake Healthcare at Berkeley Heights since April 14, 2020.

Across Union County, the number of positive cases rose to 10,289 cases, an increase of 322 cases, and across New Jersey, 92,387 people have tested positive for COVID-19, state Health Department figures show.

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The COVID-19 dashboard provides important information with a tab for LTCs which lists all facilities reporting positive cases and deaths by facilities. Today, Union County is reporting 28 LTC facilities with positive cases, up two from yesterday. [The cases reported are self-reported by facilities at a point in time and may not reflect real-time data. Case numbers are constantly changing and subject to updates.]

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On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan package to provide $484 billion in additional federal support for small businesses, frontline hospitals and to expand COVID-19 testing.

Small Business Provisions

CV3.5 provides an additional $310 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), up from $349 billion included in the CARES Act to a total of $659 billion. Of this additional $310 billion, $60 billion is set aside for smaller and community-oriented lenders to make PPP loans.

  • $30 billion for loans made by smaller lenders with between $10 billion - $50 billion in assets;
  • $30 billion for loans made by CDFIs, Small Insured Depository Institutions, and credit unions with assets less than $10 billion

Additionally, the bill provides $50 billion more in Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and $10 billion more in EIDL grants.

Health Provisions

CV3.5 provides $100 billion to shore up the health care system’s fight against COVID-19, including:

  • $75 billion for health care providers for expenses and lost revenues related to coronavirus. 
  • $25 billion to expand testing capacity, including money to develop, produce, purchase, and administer testing capacity including for tests that can determine prior exposure.
    • Of that, $11 billion goes to States, localities, territories, tribes, etc.
      • $2 billion of that distributed by the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program formula
      • $4.25 billion will be distributed based on relative number of COVID-19 cases
    • $1 billion to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for surveillance, lab capacity expansion, and workforce
    • $1.8 billion to NICH to develop rapid testing
    • $1 billion to BARDA (Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority) for COVID-19 tests and supplies
    • $825 million to Community Health Centers
    • $1 billion to cover testing for uninsured

Governor Murphy and Commissioner Caride Announce Expansion of Payment Relief for Student Loan Borrowers

Governor Phil Murphy and Department of Banking and Insurance Commissioner Marlene Caride announced today that the state has secured relief options with private student loan servicers to expand on the protections the federal government granted to federal student loan borrowers. These new options stand to benefit an estimated 200,000 New Jerseyans with privately held student loans.

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided much needed relief for students with federal loans, including the suspension of monthly payments, interest, and involuntary collection activity until September 30, 2020. However, the CARES Act does not apply to millions of student loan borrowers with federal loans that are not owned by the US Government as well as loans made by private lenders.

New Jersey residents with commercially-owned Federal Family Education Program Loans or privately held student loans who are struggling to make their payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be eligible for expanded relief. The initiative is modeled on the agreement made by the New York Department of Financial Services with commercial student loan servicers in its state. Borrowers in need of assistance must immediately contact their student loan servicer to identify the options that are appropriate to their circumstances. Relief options offered by participating servicers include:

  • Providing a minimum of 90 days of forbearance relief for borrowers;
  • Waiving late payment fees for borrowers;
  • Ensuring no borrower is subject to negative credit reporting;
  • Ceasing debt collection lawsuits for 90 days; and
  • Working with eligible borrowers to enroll them in other applicable borrower assistance programs.

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