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NJ CONFIRMS FIRST 2 CASES OF NEW CORONAVIRUS STRAIN

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On Friday, health commissioner Judy Persichilli announced that the state has confirmed two cases of COVID-19 that are caused by a second strain — the variant is called B.1.1.7, and is associated with the U.K. This strain is more contagious than the original, but there's no evidence that it is more lethal. The cases: a man in Ocean County, plus a child in North Jersey. (Politico / WHYY)

HOW BIDEN'S FIRST ORDERS WILL IMPACT NJ RESIDENTS


This write-up by reporter Colleen O'Dea frames what you might be able to expect from Biden's first executive orders in Washington. He has already signed over 30 orders, including an extension of student loan deferment — that is, no interest will accrue until September 30. Other areas of concern include: immigration, racial equity, gender, and climate issues. (NJ Spotlight).

NEWARK ASKS SCOTUS TO REVIEW OVERSIGHT BOARD


Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is gearing up for the city to bring a case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The state Supreme Court ruled 6-1 against the city over its Civilian Complaint Review Board, which tried to issue subpoenas and investigate cases separately from the police department. (TAPinto Newark)
  • “During every step of this journey, I promised we will fight to win this case until all judicial and legislative options are exhausted,” Baraka said. “In the long, tortured history of police brutality against Black Americans, we have learned the only possible guarantee of full police transparency and accountability lies in the hands of the people they are sworn to protect."

NJ QUIETLY LOOSENS COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOLS


State officials have changed the COVID-19 guidance for K-12 schools. According to a new health department document — no announcement, yet — schools don't need to close unless two people test positive for COVID. The parameters for the stop-light rules have changed, too. (Patch / NJ.com)
 

😷 Coronavirus—

  • What can honestly hurt NJ's COVID vaccine program: cheating (NJ.com)
  • What does Biden’s COVID-19 plan mean for New Jersey? (NJ Spotlight)
  • Rutgers President feeling better, working 'full remote schedule" (TAPinto)
  • Is it time to reconsider regional reopening plan? (ROI-NJ)
  • Should the government pay people to get vaccinated? (NJ Spotlight)
  • The COVID memorial, from the belfry (Morristown Green)
  • 12 Walmart stores in NJ ready to give COVID vaccinations (NJ.com)
  • You can give a parent your vaccine slot at Camden county site (TAPinto)
  • NJ’s COVID vaccine appointment call center goes live Monday (NJ.com)
  • North Haledon man relieved sister among first with disabilities to get COVID vaccine in NJ (NorthJersey)
  • NJ immigrant communities were hard hit by COVID. Now, they may not have ready access to vaccines, experts fear. (NJ.com)
  • Gov. Murphy: ‘We built a vaccine infrastructure that can handle this job. We need the doses’ (NJ Spotlight)
PLUS:
  • Still on the front lines: Montclair State public health students now help with COVID-19 vaccinations (Montclair State University)
 

☝️ Lastly—

  • Murphy thrilled unemployment claims dropped by 20% (ROI-NJ)
  • Educators support Biden’s school reopening plan, mostly (NJ.com)
  • ‘We’re very proud’: Indian community on Kamala Harris (Jersey Journal)
  • GOP claims credit for idea to auction blowing up Trump Plaza (Politico)
  • Newark soup kitchen persists in face of budget shortfall (TAPinto)
  • Activist: next social change hub can happen anywhere (SNJ Today)
  • For Murphy, aides’ NJ-DC shuttle means hope for Gateway (ROI-NJ)
  • Authorities investigate hate group stickers posted in Westfield (TAPinto)
  • 20 mph limit, new policies among strategies in Hoboken’s Vision Zero draft plan to eliminate traffic injuries/deaths by 2030 (Jersey Journal)
  • NJ meets first goal in reducing carbon emissions, but still has ‘incredible hill to climb’ (NJ Spotlight)
Capitol insurrection:
  • 9 from NJ at Capitol insurrection arrested so far (Patch)
  • Haddonfield man charged: unlawful entry, disorderly conduct (NJ Pen)
  • Jail guard from NJ used ‘emergency holiday’ to take part in riot at Capitol, FBI says (NJ.com)
PLUS — not everything is terrible:
  • Creepy, evil clown is an NJ landmark. It just turned 65. (NJ.com)
  • Pilot for CBS series will be shooting in Morristown (Morristown Green)
  • Foods that make you feel good when craving NJ classics (NJ Flavor)

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