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Officials expect to reduce New Jersey’s prison population 35% since the start of the pandemic by March

Jeffrey J. Zenna, Esq.

By Jeffrey J. Zenna, Esq

On November 4, 2020, prisons in the State of New Jersey started releasing over two thousand (2,000) inmates nearing the end of their sentences as part of New Jersey’s effort to address coronavirus transmissions in crowded prison facilities. The early release of eligible prisoners is in line with Senate Bill No. 2519 (S2519) which was enacted and signed into law on October 19, 2020. The legislation provides for the grant of “public health emergency credits” to certain inmates and parolees during public health emergencies. It further prohibits contact with victims upon release of inmate awarded credits.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: January 13th, 2021 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Vaccine updates for Monmouth County

Dr. Steven Landers, MD, CEO of VNA Health Group, administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Dr. Terry Shlimbaum, MD, Chief Medical Officer of the VNA Community Health Centers on Saturday, Jan 2 at the Asbury Park Community Health Center

Over 700 healthcare workers in Monmouth County received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during the holiday break as public health officials scrambled to ramp up their infrastructure to widely administer the shots as they become available.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: January 4th, 2021 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

COVID-19 Vaccines In Monmouth County

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is being administered to healthcare and long term care personnel by the Monmouth County Board of Health in Freehold and the VNA Community Health Centers in Asbury Park, Freehold, Keyport and Red Bank.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: December 31st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Congressman Smith votes ‘Yes’ for $2000 COVID-19 stimulus checks

Congressman Chris Smith

Congressman Chris Smith was one of 44 Republicans in the House of Representatives to vote in favor of the $2000 stimulus checks today. The measure, which was demanded by President Trump last week, passed on the House floor, 275-134.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: December 28th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, COVID-19 | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Congressman Smith votes ‘Yes’ for $2000 COVID-19 stimulus checks

REPORT: The Murphy Administration wanted mask wearers penalized at COVID-ravaged N.J. veterans homes

By Save Jersey Staff

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey’s veterans homes have been among the hardest hit places in the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now we have more insight into the reasons behind the severity of the outbreaks, and it doesn’t reflect well on the Murphy Administration. 

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: December 22nd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

O’Scanlon: Tragic failure In Long Term Care Vaccine Program Must Be Investigated

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) issued a statement following news that New Jersey had missed a federal deadline to begin long-term care vaccinations yesterday.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: December 22nd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Declan O'Scanlon | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on O’Scanlon: Tragic failure In Long Term Care Vaccine Program Must Be Investigated

Christie unloads on Murphy over missed vaccine deadline

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: December 20th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 5 Comments »

NJ serves up red tape for restaurants and hungry residents

Kim Guadagno is still cutting red tape while she is feeding thousands

photo via pixnio

By Art Gallagher

N.J. Looks to Award $2 Million to Buy Meals from Struggling Restaurants – A $2 million state program to provide $100,000 grants to organizations that purchase meals from restaurants impacted by the pandemic and distribute them at no cost to New Jersey residents has begun taking applications. Applications are due by Jan. 8. Click here for more information. (ROI-NJ) 

I got excited when I read the above headline and lede in yesterday’s NJ Chamber of Commerce’s daily Coronavirus and Economic Recovery Update.

The RAINE Foundation immediately occurred to me as an organization that could spring to action and support local businesses while feeding those struggling to put food on the table. In my mind I was thinking of other community organizations and restaurants that could participate.

My enthusiasm quickly dissipated when I clicked through to Business.NJ.Gov and read the fine print. There’s the usual hoops to jump through for government work–proving your entity is registered with the state and has no outstanding tax issues. But there’s one big obstacle that would probably knock my friends at RAINE, the Highlands Business Partnership, Middletown Helps Its Own and other non-profits from participating in the NJ Economic Development Authority’s grant program.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: December 18th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Kim Guadagno, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on NJ serves up red tape for restaurants and hungry residents

NJ nursing-home residents won’t start COVID-19 vaccinations before next week

photo by Christian Emmer, emmer.com.ar

Long-term-care facilities covered by federal program scheduled to begin next week at earliest

By Lilo Stainton, NJSpotlight

Public health officials have repeatedly underscored the importance of protecting vulnerable nursing-home residents from the potentially deadly impacts of the coronavirus, given that nearly half of New Jersey’s confirmed COVID-19 fatalities involve long-term-care residents or staff.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: December 17th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Monmouth County, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on NJ nursing-home residents won’t start COVID-19 vaccinations before next week

The COVID-19 vaccine: How will it get here?

It’s approved and the first doses are being sent. Here’s how that will happen

By Lilo Stainton, NJSpotlight

After months of planning and development, the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines is slated to arrive in New Jersey any day, providing a new level of protection for health care workers and nursing home residents most at risk for the disease.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: December 14th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , | Comments Off on The COVID-19 vaccine: How will it get here?