Coronavirus News

November 9, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — About 150 student athletes marched from Westfield High School to the school district administration building and then to the municipal building Monday afternoon to protest the cancellation of high school athletics, something the superintendent had attributed to 23 new coronavirus ...

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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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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School, which had been scheduled to resume in-person learning Monday, will instead remain all-virtual through Thanksgiving due to the number of positive COVID-19 cases among the student body, Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan said Sunday. Extracurricular activities ...

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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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WESTFIELD, NJ — If a student tests positive for COVID-19 but is not what the state considers to be a “close contact” to other students, then there is no requirement the parents of those other students in his or her classroom be notified. Director of the Westfield Regional Health Department Megan ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Eight months into the pandemic and with a second wave of the coronavirus here, the public’s cooperation with contact tracers is declining with some people defying orders to isolate or quarantine, a regional health department director said. Briefing the Westfield Board of Health ...

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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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WESTFIELD, NJ — Proceedings at the Westfield Municipal Court have been canceled for the week as a result of a court employee testing positive for COVID-19, a spokeswoman for the town said Monday. Due to COVID-19, the court had already been holding court sessions via Zoom to minimize foot traffic ...

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The new test will also offer faster results. UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s drive-up COVID-19 testing center at Kean University will be the first in New Jersey to also test for the influenza, officials said. Starting Monday, Nov. 2, the drive-through testing center at Kean University will ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Two members of the Westfield Police Department and two public works employees have tested positive for COVID-19, the mayor said. The news of four town employees testing positive for COVID-19 came as Mayor Shelley Brindle on Tuesday night reported eight more local coronavirus ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The number of Westfield High School students with COVID-19 has risen to 13, with an additional seven students testing positive for the virus in recent days as school officials indicate trouble getting some youths to quarantine. The additional seven students to test positive for ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — While officials said the guidance is subject to change based on the prevalence of COVID-19, Halloween is on in Westfield, albeit with physical distancing measures to be observed. The guidelines issued by the town provide for a six-hour window recommended for trick-or-treating, a ...

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NEW JERSEY — Cutting off indoor dining and mandating that all non-essential businesses close their doors at 8 p.m. are part of the measures that will begin in Newark on Tuesday, after the largest city in New Jersey confirmed more cases Sunday (101 total) than all other Essex County towns ...

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NEW JERSEY — Five days after Gov. Phil Murphy suddenly left a briefing in Camden County over concerns of having the coronavirus, he said this afternoon he has not been symptomatic and tested negative four times since last Monday. First Lady Tammy Murphy, who entered a ...

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NEW JERSEY — New Jersey has submitted a draft of a coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to the CDC, Gov. Phil Murphy and other state officials announced Monday during a virtual press briefing.  While a COVID-19 vaccine or therapeutic has not been created, the governor said the “growing reality” ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Eight more Westfield residents have tested positive for coronavirus in the past three days, bringing the official number of town cases to 422, the mayor said. The town is reporting the new figure even though the Westfield Regional Health Department is actually investigating 28 ...

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BLACKWOOD, NJ — Over 1.6 million people in New Jersey have filed for unemployment benefits since mid-March when the coronavirus pandemic began to ravage the state. Looking to help individuals out of work, as well as employers unable to hire more people due to the financial impact of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Another student at Westfield High School has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of students confirmed to have the virus to six, the school district’s superintendent said Friday afternoon. In-person instruction will resume for some students Monday, Nov. 9 — ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School, which was closed for in-person learning Thursday after five students tested positive for COVID-19, will remain closed Friday, the schools superintendent wrote in an update. In a letter addressed to the Westfield School Community Thursday, Superintendent Dr.

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Five students at Westfield High School have tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the school to close its building for in-person instruction Thursday as health officials trace the virus, the district’s superintendent said. In a message to the school community Wednesday, ...

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BLACKWOOD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and his wife, First Lady Tammy Murphy, entered a voluntary self-quarantine Wednesday afternoon after a senior staff member — who the governor was in close proximity to Saturday — tested positive for coronavirus.  Murphy unexpectedly left a press briefing ...

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UPDATE: Gov. Murphy, First Lady Cancel Events, Enter Coronavirus Self-Quarantine BLACKWOOD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy abruptly left a press briefing Wednesday in Blackwood after learning that someone who he was in close proximity to him on Saturday has tested positive for COVID-19. It is unclear ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The mayor on Tuesday reported what she described as a concerning uptick in coronavirus cases — 11 town residents testing positive for COVID-19 over the past four days — results that come amid a statewide increase in transmission of the virus. Mayor Shelley Brindle said the town ...

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NEW JERSEY — Bar and restaurant owners across New Jersey will be able to toast this week to the latest expansion on liquor license permits — initially triggered to help businesses weather the coronavirus pandemic while serving outdoors.  “For many of our residents having the ability to serve ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy announced the launch of the state’s official health insurance marketplace, Get Covered New Jersey, during his COVID press briefing in Trenton on Thursday. The exchange is now open to Garden State residents to browse health plans, compare prices and find out if they ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his COVID press briefing on Thursday that he has signed Executive Order No. 190, extending a moratorium that prevents New Jersey residents from having their utilities disconnected through March 15, 2021. The moratorium applies to all residential gas, ...

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NEW JERSEY — Residents are advised to quarantine if they're returning to New Jersey from 38 states or territories - a new high for that total since the state began issuing the list back in June. Regardless of the mode of transportation — bus, airplane, train, car, etc. — travelers from the ...

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NEW JERSEY — Practice that involves contact and indoor sports scrimmages will once again be possible despite the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday as he signed a new executive order. No. 187 allows for sports to resume activities inside defined as “medium risk” and “high risk” ...

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NEW JERSEY — Standing before a wall of kegs Tuesday, Gov. Phil Murphy spoke of $100 million in new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds that will go toward New Jersey businesses and residents hit the hardest by the global health crisis.  “We're ready to help ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Village has been designated as a mandatory mask zone by the Maplewood Board of Health at last night’s Township Committee meeting. The suggestion for such a designation came from Public Health Officer Candace Davenport and Deputy Mayor Dean Dafis, who also serves as ...

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