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NJ News Commons: MURPHY CONFIDENT NJ'S COVID TO DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE

Gov. Phil Murphy reflected on the state's future yesterday, as COVID vaccines start to become available. The day we achieve a 70% vaccination rate is getting closer. “If you get to the last week of March or first week of April, I believe the supplies from Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna are going to explode,” he said. “We will be in a dramatically, quantumly different place.” (ROI-NJ)

NJ REPUBLICANS PLAN TO TACKLE MURPHY'S COVID RECORD


The Murphy administration has received a public records request from the Republican Governors Association. The issue appears to be Gov. Phil Murphy's communication with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo “regarding nursing homes and long-term care facilities.” Still, the "request is likely to be denied, as New Jersey’s public records laws include a wide exemption for executive communications," reporter Matt Friedman writes. (Politico / NorthJersey)

NJ SAW A SLIGHT UPTICK IN DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS IN 2020


The opioid epidemic got slightly worse last year, according to statewide data. In 2019, 3,021 people died via suspected drug overdose in our state. In 2020, 25 more people died than the year before — which is 3,046 overdose deaths.

“These are our daughters, our sons, brothers, sisters, our parents, our loved ones,” state Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said. “They deserve services that can put them on a healthier path to get the most out of life.” (WHYY)

LAW PROTECTS HIV+, LGBTQI SENIORS IN LONG-TERM CARE


The LGBTQI+ Senior Bill of Rights is now law. Under the legislation, which Gov. Phil Murphy signed on Wednesday, LGBTQI and HIV-positive seniors have the freedom to live at any long-term care facility in our state without fear of eviction, discharge, or discrimination. Also, the law requires facilities to develop employee training to ensure this population is treated with respect and dignity, pronouns, bathrooms, and room sharing preferences. (NorthJersey)
  • "Through our work, we know LGBTQ older adults are at greater risk for social isolation, health issues, and poverty, and often have concerns about living in a long-term care facility," said Christian Fuscarino, executive director of Garden State Equality.
 

😷 Coronavirus—

  • NJ names new CEOs at COVID-infected veterans homes (NorthJersey)
  • How NJ hospitals are dealing with COVID-19 one year later (NJ Spotlight)
  • First-day flashback: ‘Oh my gosh, we could be like Italy' (ROI-NJ)
  • Rowan University plans for campus to be ‘fully open’ this fall (NJ.com)
  • Camden updates testing hours, J&J vaccines on the way (TAPinto)
  • Wegmans says it will start giving out COVID vaccines in NJ, (NJ.com)
  • CT going to 100% capacity at restaurants, gyms, retail March 19 (ROI-NJ)
  • Jersey City teachers to receive 2,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from city, mayor says (Jersey Journal)
 

☝️ Lastly—

  • Opinion: Investing in resiliency for power grid with renewables (TAPinto)
  • Food banks brace for persistent demand if COVID fades (NJ Spotlight)
  • Climate, not just weather, takes center stage at summit (NJ Spotlight)
  • Camden basketball star stands by article that outraged others (WHYY)
  • Opinion: Facing the facts — nuclear subsidies or a huge spike in greenhouse gases (NJ Spotlight)
PLUS — not everything is terrible:
  • ‘Bruce Springsteen Day’ could soon be a thing in NJ (NJ.com)
  • Newark High School student submits top design in contest sponsored by state education officials (TAPinto)
  • Tech Toys: How old-time store in Parsippany earned starring role in Progressive’s national ad campaign (ROI-NJ)

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