New Jersey’s coronavirus outbreak capacity limits for restaurants, bars, casinos, gyms, personal care services and amusement venues increase to 50% beginning Friday.Read the rest of this entry » Posted: March 19th, 2021 | Author: NJNewsCommons | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: COVID-19, New Jersey American Water Company | Comments Off on N.J. restaurant, casino, spa, gym, amusement indoor capacities increase to 50% today
The first of two big expansions this month of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in New Jersey begins Monday with transportation workers and several other groups who can now schedule shots, though appointments remain hard to get.Read the rest of this entry » Posted: March 15th, 2021 | Author: NJNewsCommons | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: COVID-19, New Jersey, Vaccines | Comments Off on N.J.’s COVID vaccine eligibility expands today. Here’s everyone who can now schedule a shot.
A year after officials reported the first case of COVID-19 in New Jersey, the numbers of cases, deaths and hospitalizations tied to the virus are declining. Demand continues to outpace supply for coronavirus vaccines, but hundreds of thousands of doses are expected to ship in coming weeks and the state’s goal of immunizing 4.7 million people by this summer seems possible.Read the rest of this entry » Posted: March 8th, 2021 | Author: NJNewsCommons | Filed under: COVID-19 | Tags: COVID-19 | Comments Off on COVID-19: Why it could affect public health for years to come
New Jersey-based Merck said Saturday that the experimental antiviral drug molnupiravir it has been developing with Ridgeback Bio showed a quick reduction of the infectious virus in a study among participants with early COVID-19.Read the rest of this entry » Posted: March 6th, 2021 | Author: NJNewsCommons | Filed under: COVID-19 | Tags: COVID-19, Merck, New Jersey, Ridgeback Bio | Comments Off on N.J. drugmaker Merck reports new antiviral COVID drug quickly reduces virus
By Gary Rich, Sr
After over 40 years observing, studying and serving on the political stage I am disturbed by what I see going on in politics today. Back in 1980 when first elected in South Belmar (now Lake Como) I can’t remember the intrusion of politicians (Federal, State or County) in our day to day lives like I see today.
What bothers me most about today seems to be a lack of understanding from citizens of how politics really work. Real politics, not fantasy promises.Read the rest of this entry » Posted: February 17th, 2021 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: COVID-19, Gary Rich, Monmouth County News, Opinion | Tags: Gary Rich, Gary Rich Sr., Monmouth County News, Opinion | Comments Off on Rich Ideas: How do we recover freedom in a COVID reality?
By Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD
In the 1960s anti-war activists adopted songs like the Eve of Destruction and For What It’s Worth as their anthems. Disenchanted youth feared that the world was on the verge of collapse; we were nearing the end of days. Concurrently, the civil rights activists were singing the hopeful “We Shall Overcome.” (Black folks singing an upbeat and emboldening song written by a white guy would be frowned upon today.) Both groups were buoyed by the blessing of free speech. Their voices were heard. Attempts at silencing them only made their voices louder and more widespread. Even people on the sidelines began to pay attention.Read the rest of this entry » Posted: February 16th, 2021 | Author: admin | Filed under: COVID-19 | Tags: American Association of Physicians and Surgeons, COVID-19, Dr. Marilyn Singleton, OpEd, Opinion | 4 Comments »
Governor Phil Murphy will announce that he is lifting restrictions on indoor dining from 25% capacity to 35% and that he will lift the 10 pm curfew on the establishments, according to a report at NorthJersey.com
Municipal officials with political death wishes will be allowed to impose their own curfews.Read the rest of this entry » Posted: February 3rd, 2021 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey, Phil Murphy | Tags: Gov Phil Murphy, New Jersey, Restaurants, Super Bowl | 3 Comments »
State Senators Declan O’Scanlon and Anthony Bucco launched an online petition today urging Governor Phil Murphy to allow New Jersey’s bars and restaurants to stay open for the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Murphy has mandated that eateries close at 10pm, despite the fact that there is no evidence of greater COVID-19 transmission after 10. With the Super Bowl scheduled to start at 6:30 pm, it is likely that the game will extend beyond 10 pm and forcing the establishments to send their customers home before the Vince Lombardi Trophy is awarded.Read the rest of this entry » Posted: February 1st, 2021 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: Anthony Bucco, COVID-19, Declan O'Scanlon, New Jersey, Super Bowl | 2 Comments »
A Rutgers research professor whose work led to the creation of the first coronavirus saliva-based test died unexpectedly on Saturday, the university announced Tuesday.
The cause of death for Andrew Brooks, 51, who was a research professor in Rutgers-New Brunswick’s School of Arts and Sciences in the Department of Genetics, was not released by the university.Read the rest of this entry » Posted: January 26th, 2021 | Author: NJNewsCommons | Filed under: COVID-19 | Tags: Andrew Brooks, COVID-19, Rutgers, Saliva Test | 1 Comment »
Federal dollars flow from legislation he supported
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) applauded this week’s announcement that the federal government is sending $216,000,000 to New Jersey to reimburse the state for vaccination efforts against COVID-19.
“I greatly welcome this important federal reimbursement to assist New Jersey’s six mega sites in the distribution of vaccines,” said Congressman Smith.Read the rest of this entry » Posted: January 26th, 2021 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Smith, COVID-19 | Tags: CARES Act, Congressman Chris Smith, COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccine, FEMA, New Jersey | 1 Comment »