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CORONAVIRUS SPREADS TO 3675 CASES IN NJ, 44 DEATHS

 

The coronavirus continues to rage on: cases rose by nearly 850 in just one day, and yesterday's death toll — 17 deaths — was the worst single-day yet. New Jersey now 4ef2ddad-68fe-4367-af9d-5f794a541b69has the second highest number of cases in the nation. That's partly because of a surge in testing — and with new data shared by private labs, health officials are getting a better picture of the spread and severity of the virus. 1 in 4 (27%) of New Jerseyans who've had their nose or mouth swabbed to determine their COVID-19 status have tested positive. (That's about 3,600 positive results out of 12,000 tests so far.) (Patch / NJ Pen / Planet Princeton)

Economy:

  • Trump wants economy open by Easter; Murphy:‘I don’t see that' (NJ.com)
  • Booker: Trump’s plan to restart economy by Easter ‘premature’ (NJTV)
  • NJ could potentially tap $2.4B pool for jobless benefits (NJ Spotlight)
  • Resources in place for workers dealt blow: job losses (TAPinto Camden)
  • Thousands of job seekers flood state's jobs website (NorthJersey)
  • Supermarkets set up plastic shields, offer pay raises (Asbury Park Press)
  • Princeton Record Exchange owner talks to CNBC (Planet Princeton)
  • What COVID-19 has meant for Camden bodegas (TAPinto Camden)

Education:

  • School closures hard for parents of kids with special needs (NJTV)
  • Opinion: Camden schools closing the digital divide (TAPinto Camden)
  • MSU postpones commencement, offers flexible grading (NorthJersey)
  • DeVos halts collection of defaulted federal student loans (Politico)

Gut-wrenching stories:

  • Journalist Alan Finder, 72, of Ridgewood, dies of COVID-19 (NorthJersey)
  • Fake protective equipment sold to Holy Name Medical Center (NJ.com)
  • Garbage bags as protective gowns: improvising PPE (NJTV)
  • Doc shook my hand, said I was fine. I actually had COVID-19. (NJ.com)
  • Man coughed on worker, said he had virus (Asbury Park Press)
  • Theavirus is crashing wedding plans for thousands of NJ brides (NJTV)
  • Pregnant woman might deliver baby without her husband (NJ.com)
Prisons and jails: A bit of hope: More, so much more:
  • Rutgers: new coronavirus test with results in 45 minutes (NJ.com)
  • White House tells people recently in NYC to self-quarantine (Politico)
  • 9 Newark cops, firefighters test positive for coronavirus (NJ.com)
  • Pandemic pushes NJ to step up reliance on telemedicine (NJ Spotlight)
  • NJ Assembly set to make history with remote voting session (Politico)
  • Asbury Park worries that boardwalk, beaches could close (Patch)
  • Rutgers ready to donate dorm rooms (TAPinto New Brunswick)
  • Woodbridge nursing home preparing to close due to outbreak (Politico)
  • Lakewood hopes new lockdown stamps out coronavirus hot spot (NJTV)
  • Is takeout safe? Should we do laundry daily? (Morristown Green)

NOW, MORE BUSINESSES CAN OPERATE DURING SHUTDOWN

Last night, Gov. Phil Murphy announced a new list of shops that will now be considered "essential" under the statewide rules that govern who can stay open for business during the pandemic — and who can't. (Planet Princeton)

The list:

  • Cell phone shops (sale, repair)
  • Bicycle shops (service, repair)
  • Livestock feed stores
  • Garden centers
  • Farming equipment stores
Related stories:
  • Cell phone stores, garden centers are essential businesses (NorthJersey)
  • Why are liquor stores considered 'essential'? (NorthJersey)

SHUTDOWN: MURPHY WARNS NON-COMPLIANT BUSINESSES

Gov. Murphy said yesterday that his office has learned that some businesses in our state are still forcing employees to go into work through various work-arounds, despite his "stay-at-home" executive order — and some are simply refusing to comply at all. To report businesses that are doing this, check the state's website over the next few days. The phone line the governor mentioned has already been overwhelmed with reports. (TAPinto New Brunswick)

  • “Let me be clear: my executive order is not a polite suggestion,” the governor said. “It is an order. No one — and I mean no one — who can do their job from home should be going to work in an office. [...] This is about public health. And it’s about people’s lives: your employees’ lives, their families’ lives, and your life.”

STANDARDIZED TESTS CANCELED IN APRIL, DUE TO WAIVER

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the state has secured a waiver from the federal government to cancel standardized testing — for now. The New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (or PARCC, as they used to be called) were scheduled for next month, for third graders on up. (NorthJersey / NJ Spotlight)

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