State Wants Illegal Dump in Camden City Shut-Down
NJ Dept of Transportation: Route 42 lane and ramp closures Thursday night

NJ NEWS COMMONS: PEDIATRIC CASES RISE, BUT NO SCHOOL MASK MANDATE

 


In June, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that students will be able to attend public schools mask-free. But now, coronavirus cases are surging, thanks to the now-dominant delta variant strain. Still, New Jersey isn't re-instating the mask requirement for public schools — at least not yet, not until there's a "wholesale deterioration in health data," the governor told CNBC. The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that everyone wear a mask in schools, largely because vaccines are still not available for anyone younger than 12.

"Universal masking ... has been proven effective in protecting people against other respiratory diseases," said Dr. Sara Bode. "It’s also the most effective strategy to create consistent messages and expectations among students without the added burden of needing to monitor everyone’s vaccination status."

(Patch / NorthJersey)

More:
  • Fauci supports the call for kids, adults in schools to again wear masks (AP)
  • Children should wear masks in school this fall, even if vaccinated, pediatricians group urges (NJ Spotlight News)

SECURITY DEPOSIT AS RENT: COURT BACKS MURPHY ORDER

 
Yesterday, a state appeals court ruled in favor of Gov. Phil Murphy's order that gives renters the option to use their security deposit to pay rent during the pandemic. A group of landlords unsuccessfully challenged the order. 70,000 households now face eviction notices. Once the public health emergency ends, the state will face an "eviction tsunami," advocates say. (NJ.com)

AC PROSECUTOR RESIGNS AMID ETHICS COMPLAINTS


Damon Tyner, Atlantic County's prosecutor, resigned yesterday. He has faced various ethics complaints: a colleague claimed that Tyner bribed him, and three employees in the prosecutor's office filed a lawsuit over an allegedly toxic work environment and discrimination against women. (Associated Press / NJ.com)

ADVOCATES: INFRASTRUCTURE DEAL CAN FIX WATER ISSUES

 
Environmental justice advocates are urging local water utilities to use an unusually high wave of funding to serve everyone, especially those in underserved areas who lack safe water. "The majority of funding tends to go to more resourced communities, and we don’t want that to happen here in New Jersey with this opportunity," said Andy Kricun, Managing Director at Moonshot Missions and Senior Fellow at the US Water Alliance. (NJ Spotlight News)
 

😷 Coronavirus—

  • Spread among unvaccinated still the main concern for NJ (NJ Spotlight)
  • Hospital association honors efforts during pandemic (ROI-NJ)
  • 'Breakthrough' COVID-19 cases, deaths in NJ: What to know (Patch)
  • Murphy on mask mandates, vaccine passports (not there yet) (ROI-NJ)
  • 6 RWJBarnabas employees fired for refusing COVID vaccine (Patch)
  • J&J’s vaccine less effective against Delta variant, study says (NJ.com)
 

☝️ Lastly—

  • Advocates say the eviction process is going too fast (NJ Spotlight News)
  • Rep. Andy Kim responds to video by potential challenger (NorthJersey)
  • Fund for New Jersey announces latest grant recipients (Planet Princeton)
  • Newark social justice advocates want charges dropped (TAPinto)
  • Immigration activists block ICE office in Newark (NorthJersey)
  • Alarm over admissions process in Jersey City schools (NJ Spotlight)
  • NJDOH rules change clears path for cottage-industry bakers (NJ Pen)
  • Republican Sen. Chris Brown joins Murphy administration (NJ Spotlight)
  • State asks court to force clean-up of the illegal dumpsite in Camden (TAPinto)
  • Novartis, foundation launch a 10-year collaboration with minority organizations, HBCUs to focus on health disparities (ROI-NJ)
PLUS — not everything is terrible:
  • A donation that could advance the futures of students in Camden (WHYY)
  • Trenton police officers help fight food insecurity (NJ Spotlight News)
  • NDD downtown market makes its glorious return to Newark (TAPinto)
  • Garden State Plaza: Restaurant has games and dining (Daily Voice)

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