Information from the CDC
Resources and Services
- COVID-19 Information Dashboard – Confirmed cases and deaths reported in Mercer County
- Jewish Family & Children Service of Greater Mercer County offers counseling by phone and support groups via Zoom
- Millhill Child & Family Development in Trenton announced it now is offering telecounseling services
- Office of Economic Development – Small Business Assistance
- princetoncovid.org – Princeton Area Resources
COVID-19 Updates from Mercer County. Stay connected to Mercer County government through an email subscription service that provides regular updates regarding COVID-19. To subscribe, click here. Also follow Mercer County on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Nutrition and Food-Related Resources
- Food Assistance – Mercer County Board of Social Services
- Food Assistance — NJ SNAP. Many New Jerseyans who receive food assistance through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive additional benefits in February.
- “Food Planning During the Coronavirus Pandemic” — US Department of Agriculture
- “Healthy Eating in the Time of COVID-19” — NJ Agriculture Experiment Station
- “Maintaining Good Nutrition is More Important Than Ever for Older Adults” — Cooperative Extension of Mercer County
- New Family Meals web page featuring recipes, tips, videos and many other resources to help make family meals easy, healthy and affordable. — Cooperative Extension of Mercer County
- “Teaching Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to Plan, Cook and Enjoy Meals” — free webinar with Michelle Brill, Cooperative Extension of Mercer County
- Trenton Area Free Food Resources — Trenton Health Team
- “Using Non-Perishable Items to Build a Healthy Plate” — University of Georgia Extension
The NJ Poison Control Center and 211 have partnered with the state to provide information to the public on COVID-19:
- COVID-19 Information Hub – Confirmed cases and deaths reported in New Jersey
- COVID-19 vaccines: know the facts – [English] [Spanish] [Arabic] [Chinese.-Simplified] [Creole] [Gujarati] [Hindi] [Korean] [Polish] [Portuguese] [Tagalog]
- Department of Health – Resources for Individuals Who Are Undocumented or Uninsured
- Emergency use authorization fact sheet for COVID-19 vaccine recipients and caregivers – [Pfizer/BioNtech] [Moderna]
- Fact Sheet: Phases of Vaccine Distribution – Addressing the most frequently asked questions by New Jersey residents:
- New Jersey Library Association – Resources for residents
For information on COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus and its impact on businesses – including resources, assistance and regulations — visit the State of New Jersey business portal and the Mercer County Office of Economic Development’s COVID-19 Business Resources page.
- Consumer Affairs – Report scammers and price gouging
- Economic Development Authority – Business assistance and loans
- NJ Open – Who’s open and looking for customers near you?
Jobs and Hiring
Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? The State of New Jersey has created a resource page to help you connect to benefits and resources you need while you are trying to safely get back to work, as well as some tips for coping with the stress of losing a job: covid19.nj.gov/work. For a listing of employment opportunities, visit jobs.covid19.nj.gov.
- Department of Labor – Unemployment benefits
- 8 Things to Know about Vaccine Planning
The 8 things you need to know about the new COVID-19 vaccination program and COVID-19 vaccines.
- Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination
Questions answered about the vaccine, getting vaccinated, vaccine distribution and vaccine safety.
- Ensuring the Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines in the United States
See the steps taken to be as certain as possible that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective.
- How CDC is Making COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations
Read about the rigorous process the Centers for Disease Control has gone through to recommend the COVID-19 vaccine.
Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990)
Caregivers and Guardians
- AACAP – Resources for Helping Kids and Parents Cope Amidst COVID-19
- Child Mind Institute – Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During the Coronavirus Crisis
- Child Mind Institute – Supporting Families During COVID-19
- DCF – COVID-19 Resources for Families
- NASP – Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19
- National Autism Association – COVID-19 Resources for Families
- unicef – 6 ways parents can support their kids through the coronavirus disease outbreak
- World Health Organization – Parenting in the time of COVID-19
- Zero to Three – Tips for Families: Coronavirus
- ADAA – How to Talk to Your Anxious Child or Teen About Coronavirus
- Newsday – The psychology of isolation: Issues your child may be facing, by age group
- Consumer Fraud Alert: COVID-19 — Senior Medicare Patrol
- COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Grandfamilies and Multigenerational Families – Program for Parents
- People Who Are at Higher Risk for Severe Illness: Older Adults – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Resources for Older Adults during COVID-19 — National Council on Aging
- Virtual SHIP Mercer County — State Health Insurance Assistance Program
- Virtual SHIP Mercer County (Español)
If you’re feeling stressed, anxious or depressed due to COVID-19, help is available to provide emotional support, guidance and mental health referrals as needed. Among the resources available are the following:
- Capital Health Emergency Mental Health Services 24/7 hotline at 609-396-HELP (4357)
- Child in Crisis 24-hour hotline services for children and young adults struggling with mental health concerns
- COVID-19 Pandemic Response Resources — Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
- Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-572-SAFE (7233) — 24/7 hotline provides bilingual service and is accessible to hearing impaired
- Essential Healthcare Workers Support Group — free, online, clinician-led support group for health care professionals
- Jewish Family & Children Service of Greater Mercer County
- Living With Mental Illness During COVID-19 Outbreak — Mental Health America
- Managing Stress and Anxiety Related to COVID-19 — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Mental Health: Managing Fears and Anxiety Around COVID-19
- Millhill Child & Family Development in Trenton
- Mobile Response and Stabilization Services – Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton En Español
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide
- New Jersey Hopeline at 1-855-654-6735 — 24/7 peer support and suicide prevention hotline
- New Jersey MentalHealthCares Helpline at 1-866-202-HELP (4357) or njmentalhealthcares.org
- NJVet2Vet at 1-866-838-7654 — 24/7 support to NJ National Guard members, active military personnel, veterans, their families and caregivers statewide
- ReachNJ at 1-844-ReachNJ — 24/7 hotline staffed by trained addiction experts
- SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 (TTY 1-800-846-8517)
- In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NJ’s Drug Monitoring Initiative (DMI) has created a “New Jersey Resource Guide” to provide all partners and the public with a comprehensive directory/list of programs, links, and information to relevant resources for a variety of topics. COVID-19_Resource-Guide and NJ COVID-19 Guía de recursos en Español
HEAL, NJ Health Care Workers COVID Hope & Healing Helpline, provides live COVID crisis counseling support, 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to all New Jersey health care workers, their families, and caregivers statewide, with emergency support available 24/7. Call 1-833-416-8733 or visit healhealthcareworkers.com.
RISE, NJ First Responders COVID Hope & Healing Helpline, provides live COVID crisis counseling support, 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to all New Jersey first responders, including police, firefighters, EMS, National Guard, military and veterans, their families, and caregivers statewide, with emergency support available 24/7. Call 1-833-237-4325 or visit risefirstresponders.com.
Talking to Children
- AACAP – Talking to Children About Coronavirus
- ADAA – How to Talk to Your Anxious Child or Teen About Coronavirus
- CBC – How to talk to children and address their coronavirus concerns
- CDC – Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Child Mind Institute – Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
- The Kid Should See This – Coronavirus COVID-19: What is social distancing?
- NJFamily – How to Manage Your Kid’s Anxiety Over Coronavirus
- NPR – Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
- PBS – How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
- unicef – How to talk to your child about coronavirus disease 2019
Losing a Pet
As we stay at home with our loved ones, a lot of us are relying on our pets for emotional support. Losing this support can be devistating, so we included some resources for grieving a pet.
- Grief Support Center
- Psychology Today – Four Steps to Take After Experiencing Pet Loss
- HelpGuide – Coping With Losing a Pet
- Cash Assistance — Mercer County Board of Social Service
- Community Relief & Recovery Fund
- Coronavirus Advice for Consumers — Federal Trade Commission
- Contact tracing: what it involves and what to expect — NJ Department of Health
- COVID-19: Video-based Telehealth Accessibility for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patients — National Association o the Deaf
- Funeral and Burial Assistance
- Home Energy Assistance (Low Income Heating Assistance and USF programs)
- Medical assistance – Mercer County Board of Social Services
- Patient access to telehealth services – NJ Health Care Quality Institute
- Price gouging. If you receive a call from a scammer or suspect price gouging, report it to the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs at 973-504-6240 or online.
- Rentals and Eviction Moratorium — No one may be removed from their home for inability to pay rent during COVID-19 emergency — https://covid19.nj.gov/forms/renter
- Tax help for taxpayers, businesses, tax-exempt organizations and other — including health plans — affected by COVID-19.
- TRADE (Transportation Resources to Aid the Disadvantaged and Elderly)
- Transportation Assistance (Mercer County Board of Social Services)
- Unemployment information from NJ Department of Labor: Worker Benefits, Protections and the Coronavirus: What NJ Workers Should Know and Frequently Asked Questions