LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston residents age 65 and older are encouraged to answer questions about their life over the past year in a COVID-19 Impact Survey being distributed through the North Jersey Age-Friendly Coalition Partners by March 31.

The survey, which can be accessed BY CLICKING HERE, takes about 15 minutes and can be taken on a computer, smartphone, tablet or any device with Internet access. After completing, respondents can register for a raffle drawing to receive a $25 gift card to ShopRite.

As of Monday, March 29, the Livingston Health Department has reported 193 cases this month for a cumulative total of 1,846 cases since the start of the pandemic.

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Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Monday that 4,030,061 vaccinations have been administered throughout the state and that 1,473,409 New Jerseyans are fully vaccinated during press briefing today where he also reported a list of updates to citizens about the state’s evolving COVID-19 measures as well as other relevant statewide news and happenings.

The governor also expanded vaccine-eligibility requirements to a new group of citizens beginning this week, including:

  • Restaurant, food processing and distribution industry workers
  • Grocery personnel
  • Warehouse workers
  • Remaining eldercare workers
  • Hospitality workers
  • Election workers
  • Clergy
  • Postal/shipping workers
  • Judicial system employees

The governor is also signing an executive order to ease some restrictions around indoor gatherings and seating at large venues. The following updated restrictions will take effect on April 2 at 6 a.m.

  • The threshold for venues considered to be “large” has been lowered to a range of 2,500-to-5,000 people.
  • College and youth sporting events will be permitted up to 200 spectators if the outdoor venue can accommodate appropriate social distancing.
  • The capacity for indoor seating at these types of venues has been increased to 20%, and the capacity for outdoor seating at the same venues has been increased to 30%.
  • The general outdoor gathering limit has increased to 200 people, and the general indoor gathering limit will remain at 25 people.

The order also clarifies that banquet halls and similar dining establishments and venues that use a licensed caterer can host indoor celebrations and other private catered events at 35 percent of the room’s capacity, up to 150 persons.

“We know this virus is many times more transmissible indoors than it is outdoors,” said Murphy. “As the weather continues to get warmer, we urge everyone to engage in social activities outside whenever possible.

“Additionally, we are confident in increasing capacity in our large venues as we have seen the strict enforcement of our COVID-19 health and safety protocols by spectators since we reopened these venues last month. By continuing to follow public health guidance and data, I am hopeful that we will be able to responsibly and incrementally expand capacities in the coming months.”

The governor reported the latest COVID-19 numbers for the state as follows:

  • 3,174 new positive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, for a total of 792,616 total positive PCR tests
  • 660 new positive antigen tests, bringing the total to 107,657 total positive antigen tests 
  • 2,225 patients in New Jersey hospitals with 491 patients in intensive care and 240 ventilators in use
  • 16 new confirmed deaths, bringing the loss of life to 21,869 New Jersey residents since the pandemic began
  • Statewide rate of transmission of 1.1

Mental Health Support

Also on Monday, Murphy announced the introduction of a mental health hotline for New Jersey residents who are feeling the enormous emotional and mental toll of the past year. Emotional and Mental Health Support is available for free to any citizen and can be accessed via text message or phone.

The services can be accessed through the resources below:

  • Call 866-202-HELP
  • Text “NJHOPE” to 51684 .
  • Videophone 973-870-0677 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

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