TRENTON – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Board today approved a suite of new programs designed to support businesses and workers facing economic hardship due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
District 13 legislators, Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assembly Members Serena DiMaso and Gerry Scharfenberger want Governor Murphy to amend the types of businesses allowed to operate during the COVID-19 shutdown to include gun dealers, car dealers and computer repair shops.
Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration has put nearly $1 billion in planned spending in reserve in response to ongoing concerns that the coronavirus outbreak could take a huge chunk of revenue out of the state budget.
Among the fiscal year 2020 appropriations that have been sidelined by the administration’s spending freeze is $142 million that was supposed to cover the next installment of the state’s popular Homestead property-tax relief benefits, which was due to be paid out to thousands of New Jersey residents to help offset their sky-high property-tax bills in May.
The Monmouth County Health Department reports that there are 207 positive cases of COVID-19 in the County, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Deputy Director Sue Kiley announced this evening.
“As we see these numbers climb, while anticipated, it reminds us why social distancing is so important,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “It is critical for everyone to practice social distancing so that we can slow the spread.”
New Jersey now has at least 2,844 coronavirus cases with 27 deaths as officials announced Monday 935 new positive tests on the same day the second state-run testing site opened in Monmouth County and quickly hit capacity due to overwhelming demand.
“There’s clearly community spread going on,” Gov. Phil Murphy said at a news briefing in Trenton Monday. “There’s also a lot more testing going on. As the testing regime expands, we’re going to see these numbers go up in a big way. We are getting a clearer and better sense of how far the coronavirus has already spread.”
Restricted Access to Municipal Facilities Extended Through April 5th
The Middletown Department of Health and Social Services reports a total of 18 COVID-19 cases, including a resident of Luftman Towers, an apartment building for seniors in Lincroft. Direct contact persons, organizations and workplaces will be notified by health officials as they receive information from the patients. To date, the Health Department has received 53 negative cases from laboratory reports.
Photo of PNC Arts Center courtesy of Assemblywomen Serena DiMaso
The much anticipated COVID-19 testing site at the PNC Arts Center is opening today, Monday, March 23 at 8 a.m. The Arts Center is located a mile 116 on the Garden State Parkway.
The center will be open seven days per week until daily supplies last, Governor Phil Murphy announced. Gates will open at 8 a.m. Individuals will not be permitted to line up along the Garden State Parkway. The PNC commuter parking lot will be closed. Read the rest of this entry »