COVID-19 VIRUS INFORMATION
*As of 1/27/2022, Atlantic City has 6,437 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (124 Deaths). Atlantic County has 65,160 confirmed cases (904 Deaths).
New Jersey COVID-19 Hotline (8am-8pm): (855)568-0545
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. Most cases of COVID-19 are mild to moderate, like the common cold. But it can be more severe in older adults and people with chronic health conditions.
The virus is most likely to be spread from person to person by droplets when coughing and from contact with surfaces where those droplets have landed. Since this virus is new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads.
If COVID-19 spreads enough, it mutates. Greek letters are used to tell them apart. Some of the mutations are more dangerous than others. Two variants currently impacting the U.S. are the Delta and Omicron Variants:
- About the Delta Variant
- About the Omicron Variant
COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Information
Free At-Home Testing
The New Jersey Department of Health is now offering free saliva COVID-19 test kits shipped directly to your home. To order a test, visit learn.vaulthealth.com/nj
- Every household in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free COVID-19 tests. To order your tests, visit covidtests.gov
Public COVID-19 Testing Sites in Atlantic City
- Atlantic County and Stockton University: offer free rapid nasal swab and PCR tests. The testing site opens to the public on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 and is open to any NJ resident ages 4 and up.
◦ Hours: 10am to 4pm on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday
◦ Location: 35 S. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Atlantic City, NJ 08401
- ACCC Atlantic City Campus: offers free PCR tests at 1535 Bacharach Blvd. Testing is open to everyone but the first two hours of each day are dedicated to ACCC students and staff. Minors seeking testing must be accompanied by an adult/guardian.
◦ Tuesday: 8am-5pm
◦ Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
◦ Thursday: 8am-5pm
- Friends in Action: has partnered with Advanced Management Services to offer free PCR tests to residents. This is a drive-thru testing site only; no walk ups.
◦ Hours: 10am-4pm, Monday through Saturday
◦ Location: Open air parking lot at Bourre – 201 S New York Avenue Atlantic City, NJ 08401
- Praxis Screening: offers free PCR tests. All are welcome – insured & uninsured
◦ Monday through Sunday from 7am – 7pm
◦ Location: open air parking lot at 147 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (beach block)
COVID-19 Testing in New Jersey
- To find COVID-19 testing sites in Atlantic County, visit atlantic-county.org/covid/index.asp
- To find COVID-19 testing sites throughout New Jersey, visit https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing
Everyone ages 5 years or older is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey and is encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective at preventing you from getting sick. They are one of the most important tools to ending the COVID-19 pandemic and getting back to what you love.
Pop-Up Vaccination/Booster Clinics in Atlantic City
- ACCC Worthington Atlantic City Campus: Drive-Thru COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Clinic
◦ January 29 from 10am-3pm
◦ 1535 Bacharach Blvd
◦ Adults will receive free Johnson’s popcorn and children will receive a free all-day wristband to Steel Pier.
How to Get Vaccinated
- Use the NJ Vaccine Appointment finder to find available vaccination appointments near you or sites with walk-in vaccinations (no appointment needed): https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/finder
- Visit the Atlantic County Department of Health for a list of vaccine locations in Atlantic County: https://www.atlantic-county.org/covid/covid-vaccinations.asp
- Seniors (ages 65+) can call the New Jersey Senior Hotline from 8am to 8pm for vaccination scheduling support. Dedicated appointment slots are reserved for those aged 65 and older: Call 856-249-7007 for support.
Help Getting Vaccinated
The State of New Jersey has several initiatives in place to support New Jerseyans in getting vaccinated:
- Learn more about requesting an in-home vaccination for homebound residents
- Find information on free, public transportation transit options to/from vaccine locations: NJ TRANSIT’s VAXRIDE Initiative
- Learn about 211’s partnership with United Way Worldwide and Lyft to offer free rides to/from vaccination sites.
Updates to Atlantic City Services
Atlantic City Municipal Courts
In order to mitigate public exposure during the Covid-19 pandemic, Atlantic City Municipal Court will hear scheduled court appearances in a virtual setting using Zoom video conferencing. Limited exceptions for in-person trials will be made on a case by case basis. If you receive notice for a scheduled court date, contact the court by phone (609-347-5560) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive information on how to participate via Zoom.
Department of Licensing and Inspections
Permit application forms can be downloaded at: https://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/codes/resources/constructionpermitforms.html
Code enforcement, construction, and mercantile inspection services will be provided on an as needed and required basis. If you need to contact a specific department, please call or email that department using the Department Directory listed below.
If unable to reach by phone at 609.347-5660, Clerical questions about permit status / inspection request should be directed (via email) to (according to street address):
Street Address begins with: Contact Person Email Address
- D, E, J – Atlantic Club, Hard Rock Tara Dato: email@example.com
- C, F, G, H, L, Q, M – Golden Nugget, Showboat, Ocean Casino Lateefa Thompson: firstname.lastname@example.org
- I, N, P, T, V, W – Borgata, Tropicana, Bally’s, Caesars Lez Lee Warren: email@example.com
- A, B, K, O, R, S – The Walk, Resorts, Harrah’s, Claridge Lamont Thomas: firstname.lastname@example.org
- TBD Sears Wright email@example.com
If unable to reach by phone, Subcode Official questions about permit status / inspection request should be directed (via email) to:
|Trade||Official||Cell Phone #||Email Address|
|• Building||Ron Casdia:||609-350-8796||RCasdia@acnj.gov|
|• Electric||Martin Block:||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|• Plumbing||Charles Kovac:||email@example.com|
|• Fire||James Foley (acting):||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|• Elevator||Wilson Grant:||609-350-8797||WGrant@acnj.gov|
If unable to reach by phone at 609-432-9626, the Construction Official (Anthony R. Cox) can answers questions or concerns regarding the administration and enforcement of the uniform construction code, unsafe conditions, demolitions, etc. via email at email@example.com.
Assistance Programs for Residents
- Atlantic County COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Grant Program
- State of New Jersey COVID-19 Residential Mortgage Relief
Covid-19 Resources for Businesses
Temporary Outdoor Dining Information Documents (Effective through 1/2/2022):
- Cover Letter for Outdoor Seating Application – COVID 19
- Outdoor seating check list (COVID 19)
- Outdoor Seating Application – COVID 19
- NJ Dept of Health Executive Directive 20-014 for Temporary OutdoorDining (0603.20)
- Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 150
- Hold Harmless – 6-12-2020
Resources from the State of New Jersey
Covid-19 Prevention & Protection Measures
Protect Yourself From COVID-19
Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart and lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19.
- Know How It Spreads and Symptoms
- It’s presently being spread from person to person, people who are close contact with each other (sick to well). It’s recommended to keep at least 6 feet apart.
- It’s passed through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- When the droplets lands on our hands then transferred to the mouth, nose, and eyes is the pathways to infection along with touching surfaces like door knobs, faucet handles, counter top surfaces, and etc. that may have been contaminated with COVID – 19.
- Flu like symptoms; fever, coughing, sneezing and shortness of breath.
- Symptoms may take 2 to 14 days to produce illness.
Take Steps To Protect Yourself
- Clean your hands often. Wash with soap and water, vigorously wash on and between your fingers, thumbs, and your wrists. Wash for at least 20 seconds, and especially after coughing, sneezing, and blowing your nose.
- The use of sanitizer is recommended, make sure it has at least 60% alcohol. Read the label.
- Avoid touching your face with your hands
Avoid Close Contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- If COVID-19 is spreading in our community, those with higher risk it is especially important to keep away from sick people.
- Avoid gathering events of 50 or more people per CDC.
Take Steps To Protect Others
- If you are SICK, stay home, call your doctor and or your medical provider. They will give you instructions on what to do. HOW EVER IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN EXTREME RESPIRATORY DISTRESS, SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY.
- It’s a good idea to have some over the counter fever reducing medication (Tylenol, Aspirin, Ibuprofen), and plenty of fluids.
- Cover Coughs and Sneezes with your inner arm or use tissues and handkerchiefs. Throw used tissues into the trash and do not hold them in your hands.
- Wash your hands immediately, Soap and Water. Use sanitizer if not close to a hand wash sink, but as soon as possible wash those hands.
- Clean and disinfect as often as you can within your home and work space; door knobs, sink faucet handles, counter tops, cell phones, computer key boards. Focus on area in which you touch with your hands.
- You can find EPA recommended disinfectants at your local supermarket, warehouse stores, and hardware stores.
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