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FDA Approves First At-Home Saliva Collection Test for COVID-19

May 8, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers’ RUCDR Infinite Biologics received an amended emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration late Thursday for the first SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus test that will allow people to collect their own saliva at home and send to a lab for results.

The new at-home saliva self-collection assay, developed by RUCDR in partnership with Spectrum ...

Rutgers-Eagleton Poll: Gov. Murphy'a Ratings Soar Amid Pandemic

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy’s leadership during the coronavirus pandemic has catapulted him to one of the most-liked governors in New Jersey history, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. 
Echoing the highs reached by governors Thomas Kean, Christine Todd Whitman and Chris Christie, Murphy’s favorability rating is almost touching the 60% mark (59% ...

COVID-19: Rutgers Engineer’s Mathematical Model Predicts Cumulative Deaths in U.S.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Rutgers engineer has created a mathematical model that accurately estimates the death toll linked to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and could be used around the world.

“Based on data available on April 28, the model showed that the COVID-19 pandemic might be over in the United States, meaning no more American deaths, by around late June 2020,” said ...

Rutgers to Stream Virtual Commencement On May 31

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University will stream a virtual celebration of its 2020 graduates on May 31 to honor their academic achievements completed during a pandemic that required remote instruction through the final weeks of the spring semester. 

Barchi will preside over and confer degrees during Rutgers University’s 254th Anniversary Commencement celebration, which will ...

Rutgers Announces Tuition Freeze, Pay Cuts

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers President Robert Barchi on Friday today announced sweeping cost-cutting measures to help the university address the immediate fiscal challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic and called for a budget for the coming fiscal year with no increase in tuition and fees.

Barchi informed the university community that he and senior leadership will take a 10% reduction in ...

3-D Hobbyists Inspired by Somerville Physician Fill Critical Need Producing Face Shields

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Beyond the operating room and beyond the classroom, acute care surgeon Dr. Joseph Hanna is one person who has made a difference

Make that two - a second person who has chosen to make a difference - Chanyoung Oh, a 13-year-old 7th-grader in Montgomery.

And a third - Somerville High School student Alexandra Schweid of Branchburg - , and others who have joined a growing list ...

Rutgers Experts Explain How COVID-19 Has Upended Our Ability to Grieve

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Jennifer St. Pierre watched from her home as the motorcade slowly made its way down the street.

A beloved neighbor had died from complications of COVID-19. Instead of a wake and funeral, the line of cars stopped briefly and the wife and son emerged, masks on. The hearse opened to reveal the casket and on it they placed a rose from a mourning bouquet, eventually taking ...

Rutgers Bioblitz, Phone Apps Encourage Earth Day Home Schooling

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - There are not many upsides to being stuck at home during a pandemic.

But since our shelter-in-place orders overlap with the start of spring and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22), it does present a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the plant and animal life native to our neighborhoods.

“When people think about nature, they think of ...


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May 27 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 3,960 Cases, 406 Deaths

May 27, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Wednesday reported 3,960 cases of COVID-19 with a total of 406 deaths.

There are 132 cases in Somerville and 6 deaths.

Statewide, there is a total of 156,628 cases, an increase of 864 overnight, with 11,191 deaths reported, an increase of 148 since Tuesday, according to the State Department of Health.There are 1,692,786 cases in ...

Congratulate Your Graduate with Milestones on TAPinto

May 20, 2020

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.  ...