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Coronavirus News

December 22, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- The start of the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine to people in long-term care facilities has been delayed until next week in New Jersey because the state did not fill its paperwork in time. The delay was discussed during Gov. Murphy's COVID-19 press briefing on Monday ...

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NEW JERSEY — Months of back and forth appear to be over with Congress expected to pass a $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus package to help an economy in dire straits - with businesses crushed by the pandemic and families struggling financially. The agreement, like the first, would include checks of ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Six vaccine “mega sites” will open across the state in early January,  Gov. Phil Murphy announced Friday. The six state-coordinated sites will vaccinate front-line healthcare workers and then continue in a phased approach, depending on the supply of vaccine to New Jersey. After ...

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NEW JERSEY — A day after New Jersey made history with its first COVID-19 vaccines in Newark, Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday that it is no time for residents to stop taking preventative steps. “Yesterday was a historic day, a day for optimism with some of our health care heroes receiving the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Hours after the first health care workers in New Jersey received doses of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at University Hospital, Essex County revealed plans to open five centers that will distribute the impending Moderna vaccine.  Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo said ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Maritza Beniquez, a University Hospital emergency room nurse, became the first person in New Jersey to be inoculated against COVID-19 on Tuesday.  The frontline health care worker, who also turned 56 on the history-making occasion, said receiving the vaccine was the best gift she ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be administered in Newark at University Hospital on Tuesday morning. Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Twitter that he would be present to visit and inspect UH’s Vaccine Clinic at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School along with Health ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced that help is on its way in New Jersey for people who are unemployed: the NJ Labor Dept. is planning to provide another round of FEMA Lost Wages Assistance payments to more than 10,000 newly eligible workers next week. "Because of legislation I recently ...

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NEW JERSEY — This morning when Gov. Phil Murphy learned that the number of people not cooperating with contact tracers had ticked up to 74% he said he was shocked. “It’s completely unacceptable," he said, a week after his office stated the same figure stood at nearly 70%. "There's going to be ...

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NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported that New Jersey had its first-ever day with more than 6,000 positive COVID cases. Murphy updated the latest state figures late Sunday morning: 6,046 new positive cases 368,016 cumulative cases 16 new confirmed deaths 15,485 total ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey set a new record high number of daily COVID-19 cases 5,673, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his press briefing in Trenton Friday afternoon. This figure eclipses any total even during the early days of the pandemic's first wave back in March and April. The mark breaks the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — With Newark’s local lockdown officially over, the city released a new set of rules for restaurants and gatherings on Friday outlining restrictions going forward into a winter of uncertainty.  Mayor Ras Baraka issued a 10-day lockdown “advisory” from Nov. 25 to Dec. 4, which limited ...

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NEWARK, NJ — With people across Newark hurting financially as the pandemic escalates nationwide, the city is devoting additional resources to support small businesses and renters facing eviction.  Officials are enforcing a 10-day lockdown between Nov. 25 and Dec. 4, which means revenue lost for ...

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NEW JERSEY — While a statewide shutdown will not be implemented as many have come to expect, that possibility “has to stay on the table,” Gov. Phil Murphy said during his coronavirus press briefing Monday at noon. For now, he has instituted a number of other new restrictions. As of Saturday, ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers is leading a clinical trial that aims to assess the combination of three drugs’ ability to treat people 21 or older who are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. The trial is testing to see the efficacy of nitazoxanide, ribavirin and hydroxychloroquine in ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark’s famed Ironbound dining scene, offering flavors of Portugal, Brazil and Latin American cuisine, has attracted visitors far and wide over the decades to a historically stigmatized city.  But now, restaurants are saying that they are on the brink of closure due to the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A new collaboration between United Way of Greater Newark and Investors Bank is gearing up to collect and match donations for UWGN’s Community COVID-19 Relief Fund.  Forged in preparation for Giving Tuesday, the fund’s proceeds go directly to Newark residents who have been negatively ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic has not relented on New Jerseyans since March, claiming loved-ones, putting families in financial ruts and set to change the fabric of the holiday season to come.  With three days to go until Thanksgiving, Gov. Phil Murphy shared resources for those feeling ...

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This article has been updated with comment from Mayor Ras Baraka.  NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras Baraka’s announcement of another lockdown for Newark on Thursday set off a tide of confusion among local businesses and residents, but a person inside City Hall now said the “restrictions” are just an ...

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UPDATE: Newark is now saying the lockdown is an advisory only. Read an updated story here. NEWARK, NJ — Newark officials are asking the city to shelter-in-place for the 10 days leading up to Thanksgiving as the virus’ second wave continues to escalate, but whether the reinstated lockdown is ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Three organizations in Newark were awarded $1.262 million from New Jersey’s Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC) COVID-19 Relief Grants, most of which will be redistributed to local small businesses.  The funding is being allocated from the state’s portion of CARES Act ...

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NEWARK, NJ — At 3 p.m. on a Monday afternoon in Newark's East Ward, the one thing that hasn’t changed is Maryann Downar’s keys turning the lock to open her family-owned dive bar, The Deep Inn.  Housed under a vintage neon sign flashing its name and a foamy pint, the windowless establishment has ...

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NEW JERSEY — Indoor gatherings will be subject to new capacity limits in New Jersey starting Tuesday - the most aggressive steps Gov. Phil Murphy has taken in the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.  As of Tuesday, no more than 10 people may gather indoors (includes indoor entertainment ...

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NEWARK, NJ — As Newark’s positive COVID-19 cases threaten to surpass those recorded at March and April’s “peak,” area hospitals are beginning to see concerning increases in patients being admitted for the virus.  Essex County reported more than 400 new cases on Thursday, nearly half of which ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy announced today that he will sign an Executive Order giving municipalities and counties the option to regulate the operating hours of non-essential businesses after 8 p.m. He noted that often, as the night progresses, people let their guard down (when it comes to ...

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NEW JERSEY -- In response to recent coronavirus outbreaks associated with the conduct of interstate youth hockey activities, Gov. Phil Murphy joined with fellow governors, Janet Mills (Maine), Gina Raimondo (Rhode Island), Chris Sununu (New Hampshire), Phil Scott (Vermont), Ned Lamont ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The city’s COVID-19 cases are approaching peak numbers, leading Mayor Ras Baraka to issue a new executive order with more stringent health and safety restrictions than those announced in October.  Baraka took to Facebook Live on Monday to tell Newarkers that the city’s infection ...

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NEW JERSEY — A significant set of COVID-19 rollbacks will take effect in New Jersey starting Thursday in the form of indoor dining curfews and ban on interstate indoor youth sports travel. After weeks of high case figures, Gov. Phil Murphy affirmed Monday that “the second wave is here.” The ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey's positivity rate has risen to 7.74%, a figure that Gov. Murphy called "unacceptable" at Thursday's COVID-19 press briefing. Additionally, for nine days in a row, the state has had over 1,000 new cases.  "While we have seen cases related to activities such as sports or ...

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NEW JERSEY — Would you rather be online or on line? New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) chief administrator Sue Fulton said Monday afternoon that the agency is considering keeping some of the systems put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic once the health crisis subsides - namely ...

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