Gov. Murphy halts Internet, phone providers from terminating service due to nonpayment until after coronavirus crisis ends

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey has joined with five other states to create a council aimed at restoring the region’s economy, while slowly lifting stay-at-home orders resulting from the coronavirus crisis.

New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Rhode Island will be participating in the coordinating group, which will consist of one health expert, one economic development expert and the respective chief of staff from each state.

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The council will create a fully integrated regional framework to ease social isolation without triggering renewed spread — including testing, contact tracing, treatment and social distancing — and will rely on the best available scientific, statistical, social and economic information to achieve that goal, according to a statement by Gov. Phil Murphy on April 13.

"We cannot act on our own," Murphy said during his daily press conference (see video below). "This must be a truly regional effort, especially in New Jersey with our location between New York and Philadelphia our direct connection to Delaware and or economic connections through Connecticut and Rhode Island. I'm grateful that my fellow governors also understand how vital this is. We are all intertwined. One of the silver linings is our coordination between states."

Murphy also announced that he has signed an executive order prohibiting cable and telecommunications providers from terminating Internet and voice service due to nonpayment until 30 days after the current public health emergency has ended.

The order also mandates that all service downgrades, service reductions, or late fees due to nonpayment are prohibited unless they are imposed in accordance with a policy approved by the N.J. Board of Public Utilities. Additionally, any Internet or voice service that was disconnected after March 16 due to nonpayment must be reconnected.

The latest numbers show that some 64,584 New Jersey residents have tested positive for COVID-19. The death toll is at 2,443 — 94 more than the previous day. Another 556 persons have been discharged since 10 p.m. on April 12.

In addition, 7,781 New Jersey residents remain hospitalized, including 1,886 in critical or intensive care units — and of those,1,611 are on ventilators.
There are 3,875 positive cases of the coronavirus in Monmouth County and deaths climbed by seven to 127.

As the following breakdown accounts for 3,858 cases, it is important to note that agencies report COVID-19 information at different times every day, and verification can also result in discrepancies in the reported numbers.

  • Aberdeen: 110
  • Allenhurst: 2
  • Allentown: 2
  • Asbury Park: 75
  • Atlantic Highlands: 14
  • Avon-by-the-Sea: 10
  • Belmar: 8
  • Bradley Beach: 15
  • Brielle: 20
  • Colts Neck: 48
  • Deal: 22
  • Eatontown: 112
  • Englishtown: 15
  • Fair Haven: 15
  • Farmingdale: 10
  • Freehold Borough: 112
  • Freehold Township: 322
  • Hazlet: 149
  • Highlands: 14
  • Holmdel: 126
  • Howell: 342
  • Interlaken: 1
  • Keansburg: 54
  • Keyport: 47
  • Lake Como: 11
  • Little Silver: 24
  • Loch Arbour: 1
  • Long Branch: 210
  • Manalapan: 296
  • Manasquan: 21
  • Marlboro: 277
  • Matawan: 101
  • Middletown: 313
  • Millstone: 45
  • Monmouth Beach: 14
  • Neptune City: 22
  • Neptune Township: 209
  • Ocean: 163
  • Oceanport: 41
  • Red Bank: 78
  • Roosevelt: 2
  • Rumson: 23
  • Sea Bright: 7
  • Sea Girt: 9
  • Shrewsbury Borough: 22
  • Shrewsbury Township: 6
  • Spring Lake: 6
  • Spring Lake Heights: 15
  • Tinton Falls: 67
  • Union Beach: 26
  • Upper Freehold: 27
  • Wall: 133
  • West Long Branch: 40
  • Unknown: 4

 

CORONAVIRUS: STAYING ‘IN THE KNOW’

The  COVID-19 Information Hub has been created by the N.J. Office of Innovation, providing live updates, resources and other vital information on the coronavirus.

For more information on novel coronavirus, click here to access the N.J. Department of Health website and click here for the latest details from CDC. 

Anyone with questions can call the N.J. Poison Control Center hot line at 1-800-222-1222  or email ncov@dohnj.gov.

NJ 211 is handling COVID-19 related calls from residents. Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.

 

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