April 28, 2020 (New York, NY) -- In response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, the Sikh Coalition is providing updated resources and information for Sikh community members living or working in New Jersey. So far, the state has reported approximately 6,000 deaths and more than 110,000 confirmed cases.
For real-time updates about COVID-19, access the NJ Information Hub
online or text “NJCOVID” to 898-211 to receive alerts by text message.
Testing in New Jersey is limited to individuals who have developed symptoms of COVID-19. This online Symptom Checker
can help you determine what actions you or someone in your care should take to protect your health, including if you should seek testing.
New Jersey COVID-19-related testing services will be free, regardless of immigration status or whether you have health insurance. Click here
for more information on caring for those who lack health insurance.
Currently, New Jersey has 25 testing sites.
Testing sites will continue to prioritize individuals that are among the highest risk population. Click here
for a map of locations, hours, and eligibility.
Unemployment Benefits and Small Business Relief
In addition to relief that has been made available through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
at the federal level, New Jersey has state benefit policies regarding unemployment, health insurance, and support for small businesses.
These benefits include:
Taxi Cab/Rideshare Resources for NJ Residents Working in New York City
- Unemployment insurance benefits: If your work has been affected by COVID-19, you likely qualify for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Eligibility has been expanded, compensation has been increased by $600 per week, and benefits are available for an additional 13 weeks. Click here to learn more.
- 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. Click here to learn more.
- Resources for Businesses: For information on loans, programs, or resources to support businesses impacted by COVID-19, visit the NJ Business Information Hub by clicking here.
If you work in New York City as a taxi or vehicle for hire (VFH) driver, like those who work for Uber or Lyft, there are emergency relief options available to you. Click here
to review this detailed information regarding relief options.
If you require food assistance, you may be eligible for NJ SNAP. Click here
to learn more, and click here
to apply now.
New Jersey WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) is also allowing remote access to benefits and additional food items. Click here
to learn more.
How You Can Help New Jersey
- New Jersey Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (NJ VOAD) has launched an online portal for volunteers. These opportunities include services for seniors, food pantries, and support for the healthcare system. Click here to sign up to volunteer.
A background check is required of all volunteers. Once you have finished the registration process--and your background check has been completed--your contact information will be shared with any organization in your area that can utilize your help. The organizations will reach out to you directly to discuss volunteering. You may be immediately matched or you may be contacted over the coming weeks and months.
- In New Jersey, 865,900 people are struggling with hunger, and of them, 260,340 are children. Feeding America NJ is looking for both monetary and food donations, as well as volunteers at food banks. Click here for information on where to donate and how to volunteer.
- Qualified health, mental health, and related professionals can supplement New Jersey’s health care capacity on a temporary basis. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.
- For a full listing of volunteer opportunities and programs in New Jersey, click here.
The Sikh Coalition recognizes that millions of American families are being impacted by COVID-19, including many Sikh American families. As a civil rights organization, we are shifting some of our organizational priorities and working with partners to better meet the unique challenges that we are facing as a nation. Please expect more resources and information as we continue to mobilize support in response to COVID-19. To access the resources we have created to date, please click here
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.