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Widespread Testing Signals 'Enormous’ Progress for NJ’s Road Back

May 27, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — One month into New Jersey’s recovery period, trends in data are showing the state is well past COVID-19’s harrowing April peak. 

But according to officials, the decreases in new cases and hospitalizations aren’t a declaration of victory. Gov. Phil Murphy reminded citizens on Wednesday that while numbers continue to fall the state, they’re still ...

Coronavirus: Latest New Jersey Numbers from Gov. Murphy

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Sunday, May 24, via his Twitter account that New Jersey had 1,065 new confirmed positive cases of COVID19, bringing the state total to 154,154. Of those cases, 2,857 are in hospitals, 760 are in critical or intensive care, and 639 are on ventilators.The governor also announced 52 more new deaths, pushing New Jersey's total ...

Though Memorial Day Activities Are Different This Year, Food Safety Remains a Priority

WASHINGTON – Every year, millions of Americans commemorate Memorial Day to honor the sacrifices so many have made to protect our country. This holiday weekend might not be like past years, so while we keep public health recommendations in mind, let’s not forget food safety practices to prevent foodborne illnesses.

“Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer ...

Keeping an Eye on Our Mental Health During These Unsettling Times

WAYNE, NJ – It’s been two months since we have been under stay at home orders.  This quarantine has forced many of us to make big changes to our daily routines.  With the state of New Jersey surpassing one million people filing for unemployment, financial difficulties are mounting. Couple this with the stresses of home-schooling children and the fear of contracting a deadly ...

NJ 4-year-old Who Died from COVID-19 Did Not Have Kawasaki, Officials Say

NEW JERSEY — State officials on Saturday said the 4-year-old reported dead from the coronavirus this week did not also have the inflammatory syndrome Kawasaki disease.

While the underlying condition was not Kawasaki disease — a syndrome being discovered in children with COVID-19 — the child’s undisclosed condition was a contributing factor, state Health Commissioner ...

COVID-19 Testing at Parsippany Rite Aid Pharmacy Drive-Through Begins May 11

PARSIPPANY, NJ - A new protocol stating that you do NOT have to be symptomatic or have a doctor's prescription to get tested for COVID-19 has been issued for testing that takes place at the Parsippany Rite Aid store.  The Rite Aid is located at 480 North Beverwyck Road and will begin testing for COVID-19 starting Monday, May 11. Testing will be done through the pharmacy’s ...

2 COVID-19 FEMA Sites in NJ Will Begin Testing Asymptomatic Patients

TRENTON, NJ — Two New Jersey FEMA sites will begin testing anyone for COVID-19 whether you're displaying symptoms or not, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Friday during the state’s daily press briefing.

The testing centers at Bergen Community College in Paramus and PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, will start administering the additional screenings starting Sunday and Monday ...

NJ Sending National Guard to Help Long-term Care Centers With COVID-19 Care

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday said that he is ordering over 120 National Guard troops to assist at long-term care facilities hard hit by the pandemic.

Long-term care facilities in New Jersey had reported 4,556 COVID-19 associated deaths and 24,874 cases at their 513 centers by Thursday, state figures show. The troops assisting long-term care facilities will serving in ...

Arden Courts Shows Morristown Medical Center Some Summer Lovin' for Nurses Week

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Arden Courts of Whippany showers Morristown Memorial Medical Center Emergency Room staff with some early summer lovin' on Monday by sponsoring a Kona Ice Cream truck for the healthcare workers.

As the healthcare workers lined up outside the Emergency Room, they enjoyed the summer tropical sound of steel drum music while they were ...

Gov. Murphy’s Daily Update: “Today’s COVID Numbers are Suspect”

TRENTON, NJ – During his May 4 COVID-19 daily briefing, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy stated that the low number of new positive cases and recorded deaths reported today were “suspect.”

“The numbers may be low as a result of a network outage we had yesterday. This may have prevented all cases from being processed,” said Murphy.

New positive cases reported: ...

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How We Return to High School Sports in New Jersey

May 22, 2020

Dear Editor:

In my decades as an educator and school administrator, I’m hard pressed to find a situation as challenging as what we face related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The last few months have been painful on many levels, from the heartbreaking loss of life to the millions who have suffered emotional and economic loss. It’s been a harrowing time for everyone.

For our students, ...

A Letter to His Colleagues

Dear Colleagues,

I can remember vividly watching the gulf war unfold on TV. I watched all of the coverage I could and would tape whatever I missed. Those days and nights: watching our nation lead the world in the course of good was an inspiration; injecting me with a dose of patriotism that would never leave me. It was those moments that drove me to West Point and ultimately to serve my ...

Common Sense and Leadership Both Lacking During this Crisis

May 11, 2020

 

Common sense and leadership are essential to pull through a crisis.  In New Jersey, we currently seem to be lacking both when it come to the COVID19 response.

We were told to shelter in place and flatten the curve, so we did.  The curve flattened and is clearly on the downward trajectory.  Good news, right?  Not exactly.  Governor Murphy just ...

Statewide Virtual NJ Race for Recovery because our Mental Health matters

May 27, 2020

NJ Race for Recovery

 

Shore House Statewide Virtual “NJ Race for Recovery” Announced

 

We hear again and again that mental health matters. It does. For all of us. The mental health effects of the pandemic could linger long after the crisis has passed. Moving forward, we will all need to heal, recover, rebuild, de-stress and come back stronger physically and ...

Senator Joe Pennacchio to Assume Leadership Role on Senate Oversight Committee

PARSIPPANY, NJ - State Senator Joe Pennacchio today thanked Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. for allowing the formation of a special committee to investigate the state’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

Pennacchio released the following statement:

“I echoed the same concerns and desires articulated by the Senate President ...

Congratulate Your Graduate with Milestones on TAPinto

Graduation season is upon us and that means celebrating your graduate’s accomplishments and honors.  TAPinto Milestones gives you an easy and affordable way to honor your graduate.  You can submit a note of congratulations, highlight achievements and submit photos.  Your Milestone post will be posted on the TAPinto site of your choosing and stay there forever.  ...

Pennacchio Legislation Would Help Commercial Tenants, Landlords Survive Coronavirus Crisis

Says Bill is a Win-Win for Businesses and Commercial Property Owners

Senator Joe Pennacchio has introduced legislation that would provide state income tax credits for landlords who voluntarily grant rent forgiveness to commercial tenants during the pandemic crisis.

“As the marathon of this financial recession drones on, more and more businesses are slipping deeper into debt and ...

NJ Restaurant Creates Blueprint to Reopen Safely When Pandemic Regulations Relax

May 27, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Rocco Petriello, General Manager of the Grain & Cane Restaurant, to learn how they have adapted to serve their customers during the pandemic and their developing plans for returning to business once New Jersey enters into a new phase of reopening. 

Grain & Cane focuses on homestyle cuisine with American influences. Now that the ...

NJ’s CSAs Stepping Up to Provide Local Food During Pandemic

May 23, 2020

As people avoid going into grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic, many in New Jersey are turning to CSAs as an alternate source for fresh food.

CSAs, or community supported agriculture programs, connect local farmers with consumers. They typically provide locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some also offer other kinds of locally produced foods, such as eggs, cheese, ...

Morris County Prosecutor Warns Residents of Criminals Posing as Contact Tracers

May 22, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Morris County officials are warning residents that criminals have been using the COVID-19 emergency to carry out a new type of scam – posing as contact tracers to steal money or personal information.

Contact tracing is the process of identifying people who have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for an infectious disease. Public health department ...