James F. Callahan, of Gloucester City, age 88; Machinist, Parishioner of St. Mary's
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NJ News Commons: MURPHY SAYS NURSING HOMES SHOULD PAY PRICE FOR COVID

MURPHY: NURSING HOMES SHOULD PAY PRICE FOR COVID


On CBS, Gov. Phil Murphy spoke about concerns over his administration's work to slow or stop the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes. Some blame sits with the facilities who failed to follow the health department's "explicit, black-and-white" instructions, Murphy said. While it's true that the state's policy asked long-term care facilities to not turn away COVID-positive residents, Murphy said the state told the facilities the residents must live in "their own wing, their own building" — and if that wasn't possible, operators were told to "come to us and we'll find another alternative." Still, some facilities "did not take our advice," Murphy said, and "they deserve to pay a price for that." (Patch / CBS News)

REPUBLICANS HOLD HEARINGS: MURPHY, LONG-TERM CARE


On Friday, Republicans in the state Senate began a series of hearings to investigate the Murphy administration's handling of the pandemic. They are zeroing in the state health department's controversial policy that compels nursing homes to admit patients during the pandemic, even if they have or might have COVID-19. New York adopted the same policy. No Democratic lawmakers participated in the hearings, including the governor. (NJ Spotlight)

GATEWAY COMMISSION SUPPORTS LATEST $25M PROJECT


The Gateway Development Commission on Friday shared details about a new, $25 million early work project with Amtrak. The plan aligns with the Hudson River Tunnel construction project. “With New York, New Jersey and Amtrak fully committed to Gateway, and a stronger federal partnership finally in place, we are excited about getting the Hudson Tunnel Project fully underway,” said Frank Sacr, the interim executive director of the Gateway Program. “That means taking the steps we can now to ensure the project is ready to build.” (ROI-NJ)

MARCHERS WANT RELIEF FOR NJ UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS


On Sunday, hundreds participated in the Excluded Women March in Passaic. Demonstrators called for steady unemployment payments — $600 per week — for undocumented workers. Because these front-line workers don't have social security numbers, they aren't eligible for state and federal benefits. (NJ.com)
  • “We ask for them to take care of our elderly, our children, our families... But when it comes down to it, we give them nothing. Our state, our government, gives them nothing. I say that is not acceptable. I say that needs to end,” said Nadia Hussein, co-founder of the Bangladeshi American Women’s Development Initiative.
 

😷 Coronavirus—

  • Residents want post-vaccine indoor visits at long-term care (NJ Spotlight)
  • Merck reports new antiviral COVID drug quickly reduces virus (NJ.com)
  • NJ launches vaccine targeting communities of color (NJ Spotlight)
  • Connecticut 100% capacity: restaurants, gyms, retail, March 19 (ROI-NJ)
  • South Plainfield school district to receive $1M in COVID relief (TAPinto)
  • How towns are helping teachers, staff get vaccinated (NorthJersey)
  • COVID-19 could affect public health for years to come (NJ Spotlight)
  • Plants brought him peace after losing family to COVID. Now, NJ man opens shop in their memory. (NJ.com)
  • In Hudson County and beyond, volunteers help complete strangers make vaccine appointments (Jersey Journal)
 

☝️ Lastly—

  • Can Jack Ciattarelli topple Gov. Murphy? (NJ Monthly)
  • Gov. Murphy pledges more funds to fight opioid epidemic (NJ Spotlight)
  • 3 more Camden schools to close, officials announce (WHYY / TAPinto)
  • Teaching gamblers in NJ, PA which sport betting sites are legal (AP)
  • Governors facing calls to resign: A NJ-NY tradition (NorthJersey)
  • Bill would reduce energy, wate household devices use (NJ Spotlight)
  • 37-year NJ police officer who provided aid after 9/11 dies (NJ.com)
  • New Jersey Natural Gas gets OK to expand energy efficiency program; average customer to see $21 yearly increase on bill (ROI-NJ)
  • Showdown brewing at Ocean County Republican convention (TAPinto)
  • ‘True Blue’: A day in the life of the woman helping Camden’s unhoused people escape the cold (WHYY)
PLUS — not everything is terrible:
  • Franklin School participates in "The Great Kindness Challenge" (TAPinto)
  • They're in! Here are your Best of Bergen results for 2021 (NorthJersey)
  • Outdoor ‘The Bard at Bell Works’ theater and dance festival (NJ Arts)
  • Hasbrouck Heights teacher on network talent show (TAPnto)

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