Coronavirus News

July 22, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy, at his COVID-19 press conference Wednesday, slammed U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who is supporting a bill that does not include additional funding for states, such as New Jersey, that have suffered serious economic hardships because of the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — During his COVID press briefing on Tuesday, Gov. Phil Murphy took the time to clarify Monday’s Exec Order on the resumption of contact drills and practices for high-risk sports and activities. “All contact activities can only be conducted outside,” the governor said. Yoga and ...

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NEW JERSEY — As of Tuesday, travelers coming into the Garden State from 31 states are advised to self-quarantine to cull the spread of COVID-19 with the pandemic intensifying across the country.  “It is critically important that all New Jerseyans remain committed to beating COVID-19 by remaining ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The resumption of contact sports practices and new state guidance for all-remote learning were announced by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy during his COVID-19 briefing Monday. Murphy said he signed an executive order today allowing for sports practices that require contact drills and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — When thunderstorms interrupted Westfield High School’s graduation, Jake Tannenbaum was not surprised by the rain — but he was surprised by the response to it. The recently minted Westfield High School graduate recalls being instructed to head into the Edison Intermediate School ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town has gone three days without reporting a new COVID-19 case, the mayor said Friday night. The number of Westfield cases remains at 325, Mayor Shelley Brindle said in her coronavirus update. The break in new cases followed a recent uptick cases that officials had traced to ...

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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. New Jersey is about to have the ability to borrow up to $9.9 billion without asking voters for ...

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NEW JERSEY — Air travelers will he be reminded to put their seats and table trays in the upright position, turn off their electronic devices — and as of Monday — fill out their electronic surveys. Despite the latest COVID-19 figures lending to some optimism, Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday ...

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IRVINGTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy moved Thursday to put a computer in every student’s hands and internet connectivity in their homes. The initiative to bridge the so-called digital divide in New Jersey will cost $115 million and will be paid for mostly with federal grants. The rest will come from ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — In an effort to honor those in Westfield taken by coronavirus, TAPinto Westfield is joining 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. More than 15,000 New Jersey residents have ...

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NEW JERSEY — Pediatric, as well as developmentally and intellectually disabled, residents of long-term care facilities in New Jersey will soon be permitted to visit with loved ones indoors.  Gov. Phil Murphy and State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said Wednesday during the state’s ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — An additional 12 coronavirus cases reported on Tuesday have brought the total number of town residents who have been infected with the virus to 325, the mayor said. The new cases, Mayor Shelley Brindle said in her COVID-19 update, are concentrated among people under age ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The State Health Commissioner has stern words for younger New Jersey residents who feel as if they are impervious to COVID-19. In fact, residents 18-29 make up the fastest growing COVID-19 group in the state, State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said during Monday’s COVID-19 ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Small businesses in Union County will have a chance to benefit from $2 million in federal CARES Act funding being distributed by county government. The Union County Freeholders on Monday announced the initial-round launch of the Union County COVID-19 Relief Grant Program for ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy says he is “nervous” that spikes in COVID-19 hotspots such as Florida could trigger an uptick, if not a surge, of cases in New Jersey. For now, Murphy said he is relying on people arriving from the Sunshine State or any of the other 18 states on the travel advisory ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — As she reported three new COVID-19 cases Sunday, including two people between the age of 20 and 22, the mayor asked members of the public to take personal responsibility for containing the virus. Mayor Shelley Brindle said she had heard from “numerous residents” that people ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Memorial Library will not reopen for browsing Monday as had been announced earlier this week. The decision comes out of an abundance of caution, a press release from the library says. Thirty-one confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Westfield since June 30, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town received confirmation of 11 new COVID-19 cases, Mayor Shelley Brindle said in an update Saturday afternoon. Of these, nine are people between the ages of 18 and 21 and two are between 22 and 25, she said. Three have been traced to attendance at parties, while the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield has seen 17 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in July, 10 of which have emerged in the past three days, Mayor Shelley Brindle said in her update Friday night. The increase comes after almost two weeks of no new cases, she said. Of the seven cases reported Friday, five are ...

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NEW JERSEY — While asking New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) customers not to crowd or hunker down overnight at local agencies, Gov. Phil Murphy outlined a set of extensions Friday during his coronavirus briefing in Trenton. Expiration dates have been lengthened for driver’s licenses, ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Face coverings are now required in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not practicable, Gov. Phil Murphy announced during his COVID-19 press conference in Trenton on Wednesday, July 8. Exceptions are individuals under age two, people who are eating/drinking at an outdoor ...

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TRENTON, NJ — During the press conference in Trenton Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy addressed the frustrations of New Jerseyans who waited in long lines at the state's Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) facilities when they reopened this week. "I completely understand the frustration felt by every ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Face coverings are now required in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not practicable, Gov. Phil Murphy announced via Twitter today before his COVID-19 press conference. The exceptions for individuals under two years old, people who are eating/drinking at an outdoor ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Travelers making their way back to the Garden State from over a dozen states have been advised to self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days due to the rise of COVID-19 cases — a list that as of Tuesday also includes Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma.  Gov. Phil Murphy and State Health ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey’s daily coronavirus press briefings, which began in March, will now be held three days a week, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday afternoon.  “Unless you hear otherwise, and sadly given the world right now in the state of COVID in the country we may shift courses, but we're ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Newly released COVID-19 figures that show New Jersey maybe heading in the wrong direction could mean the state will be forced to remain in Stage 2 of its recovery plan longer than expected. Gov. Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said Monday during the state’s ...

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BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy called upon the federal government to mandate face coverings at the spread of COVID-19 surge across the United States' Sunbelt. Murphy said New Jersey is seeing a small spike in cases due to travelers coming into the Garden State from Florida and South ...

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Gov. Phil Murphy said flags will fly at full staff on the Fourth of July. NEW JERSEY — If you’re celebrating the Fourth of July, you are now permitted do so with up to 500 people together — as long as they are outdoors and practicing social distancing, the governor announced. Gov. Phil Murphy ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Playgrounds blocked off with caution tape have been a common scene during the pandemic, something that will no longer be the case. Playgrounds across Westfield reopen Thursday, following their prolonged closure during COVID-19, Mayor Shelley Brindle said in a statement. “As ...

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TRENTON, NJ — At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues Thursday — with social distancing and face covering requirements in place — for the following businesses: Casinos, Outdoor amusement parks and water ...

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