Coronavirus News

October 7, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Since the pandemic’s start, the Westfield Regional Health Department has investigated over 1,801 coronavirus cases across the eight towns it serves, its director said. But the department’s resources continue to be strained, and the start of the academic year has led to a rise ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A staff member who works at two schools in Westfield — Lincoln and Jefferson — has tested positive for COVID-19 but was not exposed to students or other employees at either location, the school district superintendent said Tuesday. The Westfield Regional Health Department ...

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NEW JERSEY — You can dress like a knucklehead this Halloween but that doesn’t mean you can act like one, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday while touching on the state’s health department guidelines for the spooky holiday to come. At his coronavirus press briefing out of Trenton, Murphy said Halloween ...

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BAYVILLE, NJ — Friday's news that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19 reverberated across the country. It especially hit home in New Jersey in light of the fact that the president attended a fundraiser Thursday at his sprawling Bedminster golf ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy began his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Wednesday by reporting on the successful reopening of schools overall in the state, despite 11 "outbreaks" of schools with two or more cases.  “Our overarching aim remains ensuring that our schools do not become the ...

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NEW JERSEY — The front lines of the coronavirus pandemic in New Jersey appears to now be in Ocean County, which has made up 28% of the state's 3,660 new cases over the last six days.  Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said Monday that a “hotspot team” will soon increase testing capacity in ...

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TRENTON, NJ — During his COVID-19 press briefing today, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he has extended the public health emergency in New Jersey for an additional 30 days. These declarations, unless extended, expire after 30 days. “As we enter the Fall season, it is important to continue to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The president of the local volunteer rescue squad, who faces criticism for his view that the pandemic is a hoax aimed at “Orwellian control” of the population, has stepped down from his leadership role. David Sloan is resigning from his role as the squad's president, Chief Sergio ...

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TRENTON, NJ – The state is piloting a mobile app that will notify residents if they have been in close, prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said state employees as well as students from Montclair State University, ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy was in Union City Tuesday with Mayor Brian Stack to rally folks to fill out the 2020 Census. There are only eight days left to complete it — it's quick, easy and safe, and can be done online. COVID-19 Gov. Murphy reported New Jersey has 457 new positive cases, ...

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NEW JERSEY — Referring to the coronavirus as a marathon, rather than a sprint, New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli wants residents to be wary of “pandemic fatigue.” As New Jersey passes 200,000 coronavirus cases Monday, she said the COVID-19 has forced many families to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Another Westfield High School student has tested positive for coronavirus, and at least 30 other students have been ordered to self-quarantine after reporting that they had contact with someone infected with the virus, the school district’s superintendent said ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy began Friday’s COVID-19 press briefing on a somber note by expressing his outrage over two gunmen who fired on the home of two Camden County police officers while their newborn baby was inside. The gunmen shot at the officers’ home in Camden late Tuesday and struck ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s public schools are now accepting paper statements or handwritten notes in lieu of the required online COVID-19 questionnaire, while technical problems with the questionnaire are being fixed, school officials said this week. “We experienced a few mornings where parents ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday said a trio of YouTubers — called The Nelk Boys — were willfully negligent in drawing thousands to the famous Jersey Shore house in Seaside Heights for a “Drop Day” earlier this week. The stunt, by the Canadian YouTubers who have over 5.7 million ...

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Updated at 9:10 p.m. WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School is switching to all remote learning for the next 14 days after six high school students tested positive for coronavirus, the superintendent said Wednesday. The students contracted the virus as a result of exposures outside of school, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town has seen 11 new COVID-19 cases in the past seven days, bringing the total number of cases in Westfield since the beginning of the pandemic to 383, the mayor said Tuesday. The uptick in cases comes along with “many messages of concern” that Mayor Shelley Brindle said she ...

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TRENTON, NJ — NJ Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli today, during the governor's COVID-19 press briefing, warned of a possible “twin-demic” this year during flu season and urged New Jerseyans to get their flu shots.   “As we enter the fall season, we are also moving into the flu season. This ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Sue Fulton read a recent tweet from a man who had arrived at his local Motor Vehicle Commission agency site and, in short time, gleefully walked away with his new license plates. Even Fulton, the head of the much-maligned and often-mocked state department, had to admit that such ...

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NEW JERSEY — For many New Jersey school districts, this week will mark the first day of class.  While all have prepared — opting for in-person, remote or a hybrid of the two — new coronavirus cases are to be expected, state officials said Tuesday.  “We have all the public health protocols and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The school district’s superintendent recently announced that 84% of families representing 6,100 students have opted to send their children to schools using a hybrid model of learning, with the rest opting to have their children learn remotely. The decision is one that parents can ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Six months after New Jersey’s first reported COVID-19 case, and on the same day restaurants reopened for indoor dining at 25% capacity, the mayor reported four new coronavirus cases associated with the town in the past three days. Two of the cases are college students who are out ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Marking the milestone of six months since the confirmation of the first coronavirus case in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy kicked off the holiday weekend by signing an Executive Order to allow for the resumption of indoor dining, albeit at 25 percent capacity. The order also allows for ...

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TRENTON, NJ – More than half the public school districts and private schools that are working with the state on drafting their reopening plans will start the school year with a hybrid model of in-person and remote learning, officials said Wednesday. Gov. Phil Murphy said 434 school districts ...

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NEW JERSEY — New Jersey’s much-anticipated wait for indoor dining looks to be over and just in time for Labor Day. On Friday after nearly five months, restaurants will once again be able to serve indoors while following coronavirus limits, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday at his press briefing ...

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TRENTON, NJ — After a review of fuel consumption statistics, the New Jersey Department of the Treasury announced on Friday that lower fuel consumption trends, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, will result in a gas tax increase of 9.3 cents per gallon. The Treasury Department said that the hike is ...

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METUCHEN, NJ — With the school year starting in New Jersey amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy announced plans Friday to dedicate $250 million from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide support to children and their families, as well as for thousands of child care ...

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WASHINGTON, DC — The Department of Justice requested COVID-19 data from the governors of New Jersey and three other states that issued orders which may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents. According to the Justice Department, New Jersey, New York, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Prospects are shaping up for some gyms and fitness centers following Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement Wednesday that the establishments can reopen at 25% capacity beginning Sept. 1. A spokeswoman for the Westfield Area YMCA said that they’ve yet to see the standards that the ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — Gov.Phil Murphy today delivered his revised $32.4 billion Fiscal Year 2021 Budget — including “revenue raisers,” such as higher taxes on New Jersey millionaires, a “baby bond” of $1,000 for babies born in 2021, spending cuts, $4 billion in borrowing and a $2.2 billion closing ...

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