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This Week’s Member Assistance Program Update

The Road Back: Expanding Testing Capacity and Contact Tracing in New Jersey

Two of the most critical steps to getting New Jersey on the road to recovery is our State’s expanded testing program for COVID-19 and contact tracing strategy. Together, they are the key to saving lives and stopping the spread of this deadly disease.

Our first responders and health care workers are saving lives every day – and so can you. Your family, your friends, your neighbors – their lives are literally in your hands. So here’s how you can do your part:

  • Get Tested – Testing is now available to all New Jerseyans. You could have COVID-19 and not even know it. Protect yourself and save the lives of your loved ones and neighbors by getting tested – especially if you have symptoms, have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, are an essential worker, were recently in a large crowd where social distancing was hard to maintain, or recently travelled to an area or a state with high COVID-19 infection rates.
  • Answer The Phone When A Contact Tracer Calls – You’ve been called because you tested positive for COVID-19 or may have come into close contact with someone who has. Contact tracers are calling with life-saving information that will keep you, your loved ones, and your community healthy.

Below you will find more information about how contact tracing works, how we’re expanding testing, steps we’re taking to protect your privacy, and what you can do to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

How Contact Tracing Saves Lives

Learn more about contact tracing and how it helps stop the spread of COVID-19.

Get Tested

Learn more about where and how to get tested for COVID-19 in New Jersey.

Symptom Checker

Use this self-assessment tool to help find out what you should do to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Testing For COVID-19

Learn more about how the State is expanding access to testing.

Answer The Call – Stop COVID-19

Learn why it’s so important to answer your phone when a contact tracer calls as well as what you will and will NOT be asked.

Protecting Your Privacy

Learn how the State is protecting your data and privacy in its contact tracing program.

Work As A Contact Tracer

Learn more about how you can work as a contact tracer and help save lives.

The Road Back

Learn what false rumors and disinformation are circulating about COVID-19 and get the facts.

Correcting Rumors and Misinformation

 

Additional Information

What happens if I test positive? Will I get fired if I need to quarantine? Is there any help for medical treatment, paying the bills, or getting food and other essentials?

 If you test positive for COVID-19, a New Jersey contact tracer will reach out to you with life-saving information about how best to protect yourself and your loved ones. Learn More

For Contact Tracing, Who is Considered A *Close Contact?

For contact tracing purposes, a *”close contact” is anyone who was within six feet of you for more than 10 minutes starting two days before you first had symptoms. Learn More

How you can help the State’s contact tracing program? How can I become a contact tracer?

Answer The Call – Protect Your Loved Ones – Stop COVID-19 Your help is the key to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and protecting your loved ones. Contact tracers are calling with life-saving information. Learn More

Is COVID-19 testing free? Where can I get free treatment?

Free COVID-19 testing is available at many locations across the state. Counties and cities have established free testing sites for local residents. To find a testing site near you, visit Learn More

How is the State tracing so many contacts?

As testing of individuals for COVID-19 increases, so does the need for contact tracers to conduct interviews with individuals who may have come into contact with those who tested positive. Learn More

What is the difference between local testing, pharmacy testing sites, and private testing sites? Learn More

Testing is now available to everyone in New Jersey. It’s especially important to get tested if:

  • You are experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, muscle pain, shivering, headache, or new loss of taste or smell)
  • You have been in *close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

LAST WEEK’S UPDATE

Did you know that you are required by law to respond to the US Census?  However only about 80 percent of Americans have done so?

Why is it so important?  Because the Census data, collected every 10 years to count every person living in the United States, is used to determine how Federal Funding is distributed to states and communities. That includes funding for things like new roads, education, health care and more.

Results from the 2020 Census also will be used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and your political representation at all levels of government.

The questionnaire takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and is safe, secure and confidential.  Make your voice count by taking a few minutes to complete the Census.

CLICK HERE FOR CENSUS 2020