Coronavirus News

December 12, 2020

NEW JERSEY — The state's Labor Department is planning to provide another round of FEMA Lost Wages Assistance payments to more than 10,000 newly eligible workers next week, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Friday. "Because of legislation I recently signed expanding eligibility for extended unemployment ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy presented a “worst case scenario” predictive model if New Jerseyans become lax in following social distancing and mask-wearing protocols during his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Dec. 9. He reported that one model he saw had the state topping out at a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Regional Health Department cleared 983 COVID-19 cases across the eight towns in its service area in November, comprising 27% of the cases that it has seen since the beginning of the pandemic, the department’s director said Monday. “November was by far the worst ...

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NEW JERSEY — Monday 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 ...

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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 on Sunday: 6,046 new positive cases 368,016 cumulative cases 16 new confirmed deaths 15,485 total deaths "These ...

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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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TRENTON, NJ — Lifelong Scotch Plains resident Mark Douches was one of the three New Jerseyans who Gov. Phil Murphy memorialized during his COVID-19 press briefing on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Douches died at age 62 on Nov. 17.  “He led an active and noteworthy life within his community,” Murphy ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town has seen 39 new coronavirus cases in the past three days — a report that comes amid a statewide surge in COVID-19, the mayor said Friday. “Please stay vigilant and make responsible choices — as difficult as they may be —that protect not just our own health, but also that ...

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This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. Schools may prove Gov. Phil Murphy’s trickiest balancing act of the pandemic. While the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A 94-year-old man from Westfield recently died from COVID-19 — a death that comes amid a significant rise in cases, the mayor said Tuesday. Mayor Shelley Brindle reported the death — Westfield’s 45th by coronavirus — as part of an extensive update in which she said that local ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy announced soaring state's COVID-19 figures for Dec. 1 via Twitter. The governor reported 90 new deaths, the highest recorded figure since June. This new deaths bring the total loss of life in the state to 15,254 individuals. Overall, Murphy reported 4.661 new ...

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NEW JERSEY, NJ — Santa Claus may be coming to town, but he’ll have to physically distance when he gets here. Medical Director at the New Jersey Department of Health, Edward Lifshitz, said Monday that among other COVID-19 health protocols, this year children should not be permitted to sit on ...

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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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WESTFIELD, NJ — When students return from Thanksgiving break, they will transition to remote learning for 14 days, the superintendent said Wednesday. In a letter to parents, Superintendent Margaret Dolan cited an increase in the coronavirus’ spread throughout the community as the reason for ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town has seen at least 18 new coronavirus cases over the course of the past four days, the mayor said Tuesday. Mayor Shelley Brindle said the town received reports of the following positive COVID-19 tests: three on Saturday, five on Sunday, two on Monday and eight on ...

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NEW JERSEY — 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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WESTFIELD, NJ — A 63-year-old town resident is the latest local person to die from COVID-19 — the first Westfield coronavirus death since July — and one that comes amid a dramatic rise in cases, the mayor said. The death — Westfield’s 44th — comes as the Westfield Regional Health Department ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A popular restaurant and bar in Downtown Westfield has reopened for business following its closure due to an employee’s positive coronavirus test. Addams Tavern was among four establishments in the Harvest Restaurant Group located in Union and Morris counties to temporarily close ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Winter is coming for high school sports, but most student athletes will have to wait until 2021 for action — including in this town where players are coming off of a shortened season of fall sports due to a spate of COVID-19 cases. The NJSIAA, New Jersey’s governing body for ...

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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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NEW JERSEY — Due to the increase spread of COVID-19, Gov. Murphy has signed an Executive Order retightening restrictions on gatherings, he announced Monday morning: Effective Tuesday, Nov. 17, indoor gatherings limited to a maximum of 10 people. Effective Monday, Nov. 23, outdoor gatherings ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy reported on Sunday that New Jersey has recorded its highest daily COVID-19 case totals since the pandemic began in early March. Murphy tweeted that the state had 4,540 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing New Jersey's cumulative total to  279,274 cases, ...

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SUMMIT, NJ — Harvest Restaurant Group of Morris Plains — which operates 14 dining establishments in New Jersey, including Roots Steakhouse in Summit and Addams Tavern in Westfield — is getting grilled on social media over the way some claim it has handled a COVID-19 outbreak that caused ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The COVID-19 related closure of Addams Tavern was the result of one employee’s positive test and that person was not at the restaurant during the virus’ “infectious period,” officials said Friday. The popular restaurant was among four of the Harvest Restaurant Group ...

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NEW JERSEY — In response to recent coronavirus outbreaks associated with interstate youth hockey activities, Gov. Phil Murphy joined on Thursday with fellow governors in five other states in calling for the suspension of interstate hockey competitions. In addition to Murphy, governors Janet ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday 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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WESTFIELD, NJ — Addams Tavern is among the Harvest Restaurant Group establishments temporarily closed due to staff members testing positive for COVID-19, its owner said. Roots Steakhouse and The Huntley Taverne in Summit, along with Tabor Road Tavern in Morris Plains are also closed “until ...

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NEW JERSEY, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has advised individuals traveling to New Jersey from states or territories with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state or territory. The updated advisory includes the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — One day after students protested the cancellation of high school athletics, municipal officials defended and placed more context around local leaders’ decision to call off the sports due to 23 coronavirus cases among Westfield High School students. Health Officer Megan Avallone ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy called the latest COVID numbers “devastating” on Twitter on Tuesday and reminded New Jerseyans: “We are still in the midst of a pandemic. Wear a mask. Social distance. Stay safe.” The numbers reported earlier in the day were at levels not seen in New Jersey since ...

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