Coronavirus News

August 24, 2020

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy reported several “unquestionably good” coronavirus figures Monday. A rate of transmission (Rt) of .85 — below the key metric of 1.0 for the third day in a row. A daily positivity rate of 1.33% (below 2% for a fourth day in a row for a fourth consecutive ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The department of public works’ latest addition to the punch list includes handling an excess of litter being left on municipal playgrounds. Citing a rise in reports of garbage left on local playgrounds, Mayor Shelley Brindle on Friday reminded residents to properly dispose of ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy pleaded with New Jerseyans to cooperate with the state's contact tracers during hid COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday.  “More than half the people our contact tracers are getting in touch with are refusing to cooperate. This is highly disturbing to say ...

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ROBBINSVILLE, NJ — The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (NJSIAA) Sports Advisory Task Force released its Return-to-Sports Plan Thursday, which provides detailed, compressed schedules for fall and winter high school sports. The dates for the spring sports seasons are expected ...

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Restaurant Association Leader Says Murphy Ignored 10 Requests to Meet TRENTON, NJ — The rate of daily positivity and the numbers of New Jersey residents in hospital ICUs and on ventilators continues to trend downward, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, who released the latest figures at his COVID-19 ...

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TRENTON — Alaska and Delaware have been added to New Jersey's list of quarantine states and territories. Individuals who enter New Jersey after having traveled from one of the 35 identified states or territories now must quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Responding to the news that the Trump campaign is suing New Jersey over mail-in voting, Gov. Phil Murphy went on the offensive during his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton. “Vote-by-mail is not new in New Jersey and takes on the added importance of protecting both public health ...

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TRENTON, NJ - There could be renewed hope for the 1,100 or so gyms and health clubs across New Jersey, whose rowing machines, treadmills and elliptical machines have been powered down since the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Phil Murphy revealed that while he was conducting Friday's ...

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NEW JERSEY — Weeks after attending the Last Dance World Series, which concluded in Trenton, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday that high school sports can stay on track for a fall opening day. “Some districts have already given notice that their teams will not be playing, as is their right, and we’re ...

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TRENTON, NJ — About 1 in 5 New Jersey residents don’t take the call when contacted by one of the state’s COVID-19 contact tracers. And about half of those who do answer refuse to cooperate. That was the disturbing news delivered by an obviously chafed Gov. Phil Murphy at his COVID-19 briefing ...

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TRENTON, NJ – The Nov. 3 general election will be held overwhelmingly via a vote-by-mail model as per an executive order forthcoming from Gov. Phil Murphy, who says this is the safest way to ensure the voting process during the COVID-19 pandemic. All registered New Jersey voters will receive ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Looking for a COVID-19 test, but don’t have a car? The county is offering free COVID-19 testing at walkup test sites throughout the county, including Tamaques Park in Westfield Aug. 20. Any county residents can make an appointment at any mobile test unit site regardless of the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday announced that school districts could have the option of staying closed to students in the fall because of the threat COVID-19 poses. Under intense pressure from public teachers’ unions in the state, Murphy said in his coronavirus briefing that schools ...

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SHORT HILLS, NJ — In the lower level of the Short Hills Mall, a new pop up store is selling masks, hand sanitizer and other essential sanitary gear in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. But as store owner Eric Markowitz said, he hopes that his store will not have to be around for much longer, ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey has updated its list of 33 states and territories — near and far — from which people should self-quarantine for 14 days after visiting. The states include populous ones such as Texas, Florida and California, as well as remote locations including Montana, Idaho and Puerto ...

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NEW JERSEY — Despite almost 7,000 lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths across 679 long-term care facilities, New Jersey health officials and Gov. Phil Murphy believe there’s a way some can soon open their doors to visitors safely.  Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli signed a directive Monday for ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The school board earlier this week approved the district’s hybrid learning model for the coming academic year. Students in grades 6-12 will see two days a week of in-person instruction and K-5 students will see 2.5 days of in-person instruction per week with students alternating ...

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TRENTON, NJ — There are now 10 contact tracers per every 100,000 New Jersey residents — looking to limit the spread of COVID-19 by informing all potentially infected parties of steps they should be taking.  A new dashboard, announced by Gov. Phil Murphy during a press conference Friday ...

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NEW JERSEY — Seeking to extend COVID-19 relief to New Jersey landlords, who have had to reckon with a moratorium on evictions since April, Gov. Phil Murphy announced a $25 million grant program Friday. According to state officials, one of three renters in the Garden State lives in 3 to10 unit ...

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TRENTON, NJ – The state’s new advertising campaign to raise awareness for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing is targeting, among others, the 30-and-under population because of the “risky behaviors” they have exhibited. Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said the “For Each Other, For Us All” ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — With New Jersey’s rate of transmission (Rt) nearly doubling in a month — from 0.87 in early July to 1.48 today — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that he will again tighten caps on indoor gatherings. “We believe that some of this increase is attributable to the number of indoor ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The school board is set to vote on an update to the district’s calendar and a package of coronavirus policies at a virtual meeting set for noon Monday. The agenda released Friday includes proposed revisions to the 2020-21 academic year calendar that set students’ first day of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town reported seven new COVID-19 cases on Friday, including six discovered that same day. Mayor Shelley Brindle said the seven new cases are among 65 reported to the town in July. Of those 65 cases, Brindle said, 27 were linked to social gatherings mostly of young people.

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TRENTON, NJ — Despite reporting that there were no in-hospital COVID-19 deaths during the 24-hour period ending 10:30 p.m. last night for the first time since March 10, Gov. Phil Murphy expressed disappointment over the increase in the positivity rate in the state during his COVID-19 press briefing ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Murphy reported the daily COVID-19 figures, slammed people who attended overcrowded house parties, defended the performance of the Motor Vehicles Commission and discussed the updates to the state’s travel advisory regulations at his COVID-19 press briefing on ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Murphy again condemned crowded house parties, which he says are causing the number of new COVID-19 cases to rise in the state, during his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday. He said that over the past four months, New Jersey residents have “crushed the curve,” but was ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — To help honor those in Westfield taken by the coronavirus, TAPinto Westfield has joined Loved and Lost, a statewide media collaborative with a goal to name and celebrate the life of every New Jersey resident who died of COVID-19. Nearly 16,000 New Jersey residents have succumbed to ...

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NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – April Scelsa’s story mirrors those of thousands of small business owners whose nail salons, coffee houses and nutrition supplement boutiques wouldn’t have been able to re-open in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic without a little help. Scelsa used money she got from the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday pleaded with New Jersey’s youth and their parents to protect public health by not holding secret indoor parties and other large indoor gatherings. “We have many examples of people congregating indoors without face coverings, without social distancing and ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Education was a main focus of Gov. Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 press conference in Trenton on Friday afternoon. Earlier, he had announced that parents who want their children to participate online learning only would not be required to send their kids to school. “This is not going to ...

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