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“Senior Hours” at MVC for New/Used Car Purchases

he New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) announced today that starting Tuesday, September 22, all MVC Vehicle Centers will set aside special hours from 2-4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays for customers age 65 and over and those who are medically prohibited from wearing a mask.

These “Senior Hours” will only be for new and used car purchases, at Vehicle Centers. Customers are reminded that no license transactions are processed at Vehicle Centers.

No individual appointments are necessary. Eligible customers should arrive at the agency no earlier than 2:00pm so that they can be ticketed for service and not have to stand in line to be served.

Customers who cannot wear a mask must bring a doctor’s note verifying their condition. These customers will be provided with face shields.

The new law, signed by Governor Murphy on September 10, 2020, also extends the validity of all driver license and identification card photographs from a maximum of eight years to a maximum of 12 years. For residents 65 and older, driver license and ID photographs are permanently valid. The effect is that, even if your notice says you must visit an agency, most customers can renew online at NJMVC.gov.

For more information on MVC services, including all available online transactions, visit NJMVC.gov.

Free Naloxone Giveaway-September 24-26, 2020

The New Jersey Department of Human Services has an upcoming Naxolone Distribution Event. Below you will find a list of the participating pharmacies in the district.

ShopRite Pharmacy of Laurel Hill 1224 Blackwood/Clementon Road Clementon Camden
ShopRite Pharmacy of Chews Landing 1200 Chews Landing Road Laurel Springs Camden
Pitman Pharmacy 39 S Broadway Pitman Gloucester
RiteAid 2 S. Black Horse Pike Blackwood Camden
Sav-On Pharmacy 515 Berlin Cross Keys Road Sicklerville Camden
ShopRite Pharmacy of Sicklerville 542 Berlin Cross Keys Sicklerville Camden
Walmart 3501 Route 42 Turnersville Gloucester
CVS 1239 S. Black Horse Pike Williamstown Gloucester
RiteAid 1881 N. Black Horse Pike Williamstown Gloucester
ShopRite Pharmacy of Williamstown 100 N. Black Horse Pike Williamstown Gloucester

Camden County Food Distribution Sites

  • Friday, September 18 – Lindenwold Memorial Park, 1000 United States Ave, Lindenwold 10:30am
  • Friday, September 25 – St. Joseph’s Procathedral, 2907 Federal Street, Camden 10:30am
  • Friday, October 2 – Pennsauken Soccer Complex, 1601 Bethel Ave, Pennsauken 10:30am
  • Friday, October 9 – Antioch Baptist Church, 690-700 Ferry Ave, Camden 10:30am
  • **Friday, October 16 – Parkview at Collingswood, 700 Browning Road, Collingswood** 10:30am
  • Friday, October 23 – St. Joseph’s Procathedral, 2907 Federal Street, Camden 10:30am
  • Friday, October 30 – Camden County College, Blackwood Campus, Lot 6 10:30am

    **Walk Up only. Participants are encouraged to bring a cart/wagon.

Assistance & Benefits That Are Available During COVID

Health Insurance: If you do not have health insurance, or lose coverage, you may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through NJ FamilyCare, New Jersey’s publicly funded health insurance program. Learn more here.
 
Prescription Drug Refills: Medicaid and other health insurance must provide coverage of prescription drug refills even when the covered person has not yet reached the scheduled refill date. Learn more here.
 
Job Assistance: If you’ve lost your job and are seeking help, you are not alone. Connect with benefits and resources you need while you are trying to safely get back to work. Learn more here.
 
Unemployment Benefits: If your work has been affected by COVID-19, you likely qualify for Unemployment benefits. Eligibility has been expanded, compensation has been increased by $600 per week, and benefits are available for an additional 13 weeks. Learn more here or check your eligibility for benefits programs with here.
 
Food Assistance: If you need food assistance, you may be eligible for NJ SNAP, New Jersey’s food assistance program. To learn more go to NJSNAP.gov or to apply go to NJHELPS.org. New Jersey WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) is allowing remote access to benefits and additional food items. Learn more here.
 
Cash Assistance: Work First New Jersey (WFNJ), which includes Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and General Assistance (GA), provides monthly cash. Learn more here.
 
Family Leave Benefits: If you must care for children or family members due to the coronavirus outbreak, you may be eligible for federal emergency Childcare FMLA or New Jersey Family Leave Insurance (FLI). It’s against the law for an employer to retaliate against you for taking FLI, and your job may be protected under the Family Leave Act. Learn more here or check your eligibility for benefits programs with here.
 
Temporary Disability Benefits: If you’re unable to work due to illness, self-quarantine, or pregnancy, you may be able to apply for Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI). It’s against the law for an employer to retaliate against you for taking TDI, and your job may be protected under the Family Leave Act. Learn more here or check your eligibility for benefits programs with here.
 
Sick Leave: If you are sick, need time to care for others, or are unable to work due to the public health emergency, you may eligible for New Jersey Earned Sick Leave, or emergency federal paid sick leave, paid by your employer. Learn more here or check your eligibility for benefits programs with here.
 
Legal Aid: If you are in need of legal assistance or advice, there are many legal services available for free to low-income New Jerseyans on a range of issues including debt, domestic violence, eviction, applying for public benefits, immigration, and more. Learn more here.
 
Job Protection: A new law prohibits employers from firing, demoting or otherwise punishing workers if they take time off because they have or are likely to have COVID-19. Learn more here.
 
Job Search: Business across New Jersey are looking to hire thousands of workers, including those who lost their jobs or have had hours reduced as a result of COVID-19. Learn more here.
 
Resources for Businesses: For information on loans, programs, or resources to support businesses impacted by COVID-19, visit the State of New Jersey’s COVID-19 Business Information Hub. Learn more here.
 
Resources for Freelancers, Contractors, and Gig Workers: The recently enacted CARES ACT extends unemployment benefits to freelancers, gig workers and independent contractors, who typically are not eligible. Learn more here.
 
Eviction Protection: During the public health emergency, individuals cannot be removed as the result of an eviction or foreclosure proceeding. If you are a renter facing hardship, you may be eligible for housing assistance or for housing counseling. Learn more here.
 
Mortgage Relief: If you are facing economic hardship as a result of COVID-19, you may be able to request mortgage payment forbearance for up to 90 days. Learn more here.
 
Homelessness Services: New Jersey residents experiencing homelessness can get help with food, shelter, and finances. Learn more here.
 
Child Care Resources: If you are an essential employee, you can get support for child care costs. Learn more here
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Mental Health Resources: Help is available for individuals feeling stressed, anxious, depressed, or suicidal. Learn more here.
 
Substance Use/Addiction Treatment: Help is available for individuals seeking assistance for substance use disorders. Learn more here.
 
Resources for Immigrants: Help is available for immigrant families and individuals in New Jersey, including information on COVID-19 in a variety of languages, resoures and assistance for immigrants, and information on immigration enforcement policy. Learn more here.
 
COVID-19 Testing and Treatment for Undocumented Immigrants: Free testing and treatment is available at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) regardless of your immigration status or if you have insurance. Learn more here.
 
Resources for Veterans: Help is available for veterans and their families to cope with the stress of the coronavirus outbreak. Learn more here.
 
Domestic Violence Hotlines: Help is available for survivors of domestic violence. Learn more here.
 
Assistance for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Resources are available for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Learn more here.
 
Energy Assistance: LIHEAP helps eligible NJ residents with heating and cooling bills and makes provisions for emergency heating system services and emergency fuel assistance. Learn more here.
 
Note: To find short-term, emergency resources in your county, visit 211’s COVID-19 page and scroll down.

Travel Update-September 8th, 2020

As of Tuesday, September 8th, the state’s 14-day quarantine applies to 35 states and U.S. Jurisdictions. Delaware and Maryland have been placed back on the list.

New Jersey welcomes travel to and from our state.

However, to save lives and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the State has issued an incoming travel advisory that all individuals entering New Jersey from states with a significant spread of COVID-19 should quarantine for 14-days after leaving that state.

Under the 14-day quarantine travel advisory announced by the Governors of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, individuals traveling to or returning to New Jersey from states with increasing rates of COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. This includes travel by train, bus, car, plane and any other method of transportation.

The 14-day quarantine travel advisory applies to travel from certain states identified as those that have a positive COVID-19 test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or have a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average (“impacted states.”)

As of Tuesday, September 8, there are currently 35 states and U.S. jurisdictions that meet the criteria stated above:

  • Alabama (added 6/24/20)
  • Alaska (re-added 9/1/20)
  • Arkansas (added 6/24/20)
  • California (added 6/30/20)
  • Delaware (re-added 9/8/20)
  • Florida (added 6/24/20)
  • Georgia (added 6/30/20)
  • Guam (added 8/25/20)
  • Hawaii (added 8/11/20)
  • Idaho (added 6/30/20)
  • Iowa (added 6/30/20)
  • Illinois (added 7/28/20)
  • Indiana (added 7/21/20)
  • Kansas (added 7/7/20)
  • Kentucky (added 7/28/20)
  • Louisiana (added 6/30/20)
  • Maryland (re-added 9/8/20)
  • Minnesota (re-added 7/28/20)
  • Mississippi (added 6/30/20)
  • Missouri (added 7/21/20)
  • Montana (re-added 9/1/20)
  • Nebraska (added 7/21/20)
  • Nevada (added 6/30/20)
  • North Carolina (added 6/24/20)
  • North Dakota (added 7/21/20)
  • Ohio (re-added 9/8/20)
  • Oklahoma (added 7/7/20)
  • South Carolina (added 6/24/20)
  • South Dakota (added 8/11/20)
  • Tennessee (added 6/30/20)
  • Texas (added 6/24/20)
  • Utah (added 6/24/20)
  • Virginia (added 7/21/20)
  • West Virginia (added 9/8/20)
  • Wisconsin (added 7/14/20)

Note: Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands were removed 9/8/20. Arizona was removed 8/25/20. New Mexico, Rhode Island, and Washington were removed 8/11/20. The District of Columbia was removed on 8/4/20.

This list will be updated regularly.

Camden County Flu Shots – Drive Thru Schedule

The Camden County Freeholder Board announced that this year, due to the pandemic, the flu shot program will take place at various drive-thru locations. For more information and for the schedule please see the press release below.

Freeholder Board Announces 2020 Drive-thru Flu Shot Schedule

(Gloucester Township) – As our region continues to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, limiting the spread of seasonal influenza will be critical to protecting public health in Camden County this fall. To help keep residents safe and healthy this flu season, the Freeholder Board is announcing the 2020 Seasonal Flu Shot Schedule, beginning on Friday, Oct. 2. In order to accommodate social distancing recommendations, this year’s flu shot program will be conducted via a series of drive-thru events at locations throughout the county.

“It is always important for our residents to protect themselves and their families by getting vaccinated, but with our battle against COVID-19 still in full effect, it is especially important in 2020,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Health Department. “The flu is a dangerous illness, just like COVID-19, and patients frequently require hospitalization for treatment. A sudden surge in flu-related hospitalizations could reduce our health care system’s capacity to care for COVID-19 patients and endanger folks who would otherwise be treatable. We can save lives and keep our hospital beds open by preventing and limiting the spread of the flu, and that starts with as many residents as possible receiving their flu shot.”

Flu shots are also recommended for people with weakened immune or cardiovascular systems, or with chronic metabolic diseases, renal dysfunction or blood disorders. Children aged nine and older must be accompanied by an adult.  Children under nine require two shots, a month apart, and should be seen by a pediatrician.  For uninsured children, call CamCare at (856) 541-9811 or the Bellmawr Health Center at (856) 931-2700.

“Widespread vaccination dramatically reduces flu cases, protecting vulnerable residents and limiting the stress put on our health care system,” Rodriguez said. “If we are going to protect one another this fall, then flu shots will be as important a tool for our community as mask wearing and social distancing. Please find a flu shot site in your municipality and make plans to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

For more information, contact the county Department of Health and Human Services at 1-800-999-9045, or visit www.camdencounty.com.

Each fall, the county offers a number of times and locations throughout the county where residents can receive the influenza vaccine, at no out-of-pocket cost. See below for this year’s schedule:

2020 Flu Shot Schedule

 

Date

Day

LOCATION

TOWN / ZIP

TIME

Oct. 2 Friday Scottish Rite Parking Lot
315 White Horse Pike
Collingswood 08107 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Oct. 3 Saturday Scottish Rite Parking Lot
315 White Horse Pike
Collingswood 08107 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Oct. 6 Tuesday Dudley Grange Park
3101 Federal Street
Camden
08105
10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Oct. 8 Thursday Winslow Township Municipal Complex
125 South NJ-73
Braddock
08037
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Oct. 9 Friday Winslow Township Municipal Complex
125 South NJ-73
Braddock
08037
10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Oct. 10 Saturday Winslow Township Municipal Complex
125 South NJ-73
Braddock
08037
10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Oct. 13 Tuesday Camden County Regional Emergency Training Ctr
420 Woodbury-Turnersville Road
Blackwood 08012 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Oct. 16 Thursday Camden County College – Cherry Hill Campus
1889 Marlton Pike East
Cherry Hill 08003 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Oct. 17 Friday Camden County College – Cherry Hill Campus
1889 Marlton Pike East
Cherry Hill 08003 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Oct. 20 Tuesday Dudley Grange Park
3101 Federal Street
Camden
08105
10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Oct. 22 Thursday Lindenwold Complex
2311 Egg Harbor Road
Lindenwold 08021 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Oct. 23 Friday Lindenwold Complex
2311 Egg Harbor Road
Lindenwold 08021 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Oct. 24 Saturday Lindenwold Complex
2311 Egg Harbor Road
Lindenwold 08021 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Oct. 30 Friday Voorhees Town Center
2110 Voorhees Town Ctr
Voorhees Township
08043
10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Oct. 31 Saturday Voorhees Town Center
2110 Voorhees Town Ctr
Voorhees Township
08043
10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Nov. 6 Friday Gloucester City High School
1300 Market Street
Gloucester City 08030 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Nov. 7 Saturday Gloucester City High School
1300 Market Street
Gloucester City 08030 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Nov. 10 Tuesday Dudley Grange Park
3101 Federal Street
Camden
08105
10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Nov. 13 Friday BBT Pavilion Parking Lot – 1
Harbour Blvd
Camden
08104
10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Nov. 14 Saturday BBT Pavilion Parking Lot – 1
Harbour Blvd
Camden
08104
10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Nov. 17 Tuesday Camden County Regional Emergency Training Ctr
420 Woodbury-Turnersville Road
Blackwood 08012 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Nov. 20 Friday One Stop – Cherry Hill
101 Woodcrest Road
Cherry Hill 08003 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Nov. 21 Saturday One Stop – Cherry Hill
101 Woodcrest Road
Cherry Hill 08003 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Nov. 24 Tuesday Dudley Grange Park
3101 Federal Street