COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak Updates and Resources

This page is here to provide our members with updates and resources on what CWA is doing to protect our members and what our members can do to protect themselves, their fellow workers, and their communities.

Note: Information on this website may change as the situation/recommendations/resources evolve. Please check back frequently. 

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Have general COVID-19 questions? Call the public call center at 1-800-222-1222 or 1-800-962-1253 if in NJ but using an out of state cell phone.

News and Updates

From Attention NJ CWA Members! You Can Get Tested.

If you need a COVID-19 test, you have several options:
If you are a CWA Public Worker and you are engaged in First Responder work to the virus, you are eligible for First Responder testing. (example: our 24/7 healthcare workers, Child Protective Services workers, on the job Dept. of Health responders, EMTs, public-facing emergency social services.)
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Send an Email to Say: Save Public Services!
April 20, 2020
Senator Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator Cassidy (R-LA) are sponsoring the State and Municipal Aid for Recovery and Transition (SMART) Fund, a bill for a $500 billion fund for state and local governments. STATES, COUNTIES AND MUNICIPALITIES need this bill! Take two minutes right now to send an email to your Member of Congress and tell them to sponsor and support this bill!
Take Action Here

CWA Tele Town Hall with Governor Murphy
April 15, 2020

From These charts show how quickly coronavirus is spreading in N.J.
March 16, 2020
By Disha Raychaudhuri

The number of reported coronavirus cases shot up drastically Monday in New Jersey, when the state announced 80 new cases, bringing the total to at least 178. The first reported case was on March 5, when a 32-year-old man from Fort Lee, Bergen County, tested positive. Since then, the state has seen exponential growth.
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From New Jersey closing motor vehicle offices for 2 weeks in response to coronavirus outbreak
March 15, 2020
By Avalon Zoppo

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agencies and road testing facilities will be closed starting Monday as schools, municipal courts, and businesses across the state shut down to help stop the spread of the fast-moving coronavirus. The more than 60 motor vehicle offices across the state will re-open March 30, the agency said in an alert on its website Sunday night.
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From N.J. state workers will be allowed to work from home amid coronavirus pandemic
March 15, 2020
By Brent Johnson

State government workers in New Jersey soon will be allowed to work from home in an effort to minimize the impact of the coronavirus, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Sunday. Murphy said during a telephone briefing with reporters that employees will not be mandated to work from home. But the state is requiring each government department to institute its own work-from-home plan by Wednesday, the governor said. The plans will vary by department, he said.
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Coronavirus Information for New Jersey Members of CWA
March 13, 2020
CWA is carefully monitoring the situation for our members. We are in direct communication with both the Governor’s Office and the Coronavirus Taskforce. We are asking Employers to conduct themselves responsibly, and we are particularly focused on making sure actions that protect our members and families are being considered wherever possible. 
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CWA Opposes Rollbacks in Protection for Healthcare Workers
March 12, 2020
Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released guidelines for healthcare workers working with patients affected by the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). These guidelines apply to all healthcare settings in the U.S. In their guidelines, the CDC made several recommendations that can endanger healthcare workers, including allowing the use of facemasks instead of respirators and not requiring Airborne Infection Isolation Rooms for COVID-19 patients.
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From the NY Times: Flattening the Coronavirus Curve
March 11, 2020
By Siobhan Roberts
One chart explains why slowing the spread of the infection is nearly as important as stopping it. Mitigation efforts like social distancing help reduce the disease caseload on any given date, and can keep the healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed.
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CWA Address Coronavirus
March 5, 2020
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect communities across the globe, CWA leaders are engaging with employers to ensure that they are providing CWA members with comprehensive safety and prevention measures in an environment that encourages open and free communication without fear of reprisal or negative impacts on pay or continued employment.
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