Governor Phil Murphy and Colonel Patrick Callahan, Superintendent of the State Police, announced that all local, county and state public libraries are closed, effective at 8 p.m. last night, as are all libraries and computer labs at public and private colleges and universities.
“New Jersey will continue to be proactive in our approach to identify and enact measures to promote social distancing,”said Governor Murphy.“While many of these facilities are an important part of the fabric of our communities, it’s critical that we take this opportunity to slow the spread of coronavirus seriously.”
The municipal elections in Allenhurst, Deal, Keansburg and Loch Arbour will be conducted via Vote-By-Mail ballots only, Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon announced on Friday afternoon.
Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order on Thursday mandating that May 12 elections be held via mail to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19.
Clerk Hanlon is notifying voters in these four municipalities that due to this unprecedented situation, every registered voter will automatically receive a mail-in ballot, by law, and will not need to fill out an application. Voters will not be permitted to vote in-person at their polling locations on May 12. Read the rest of this entry »
Senator Declan O’Scanlon and his district mates in LD 13, Assembly Members Serena DiMaso and Gerry Scharfenberger are urging NJ residents not to rush to the PNC Art Center for COVID-19 testing on Monday unless they would be seeking medical treatment under normal circumstances.
“We are happy to see how many entities came together quickly to get this testing site online for Monday, however, we want to prevent the sorts of lines we saw today at Bergen’s testing site and we want to avoid the use of precious resources – testing kits, personal protective equipment, and human resources,” said O’Scanlon. “The lines are likely to be huge, and we have to make sure that the folks we are testing are those that really need it. If you show up without checking the news and verifying that you qualify to be tested, you could wait in line for hours only to be turned away. If you have to exaggerate your symptoms to qualify, don’t do that!” Read the rest of this entry »
Volunteers at one of New Jersey’s most historic museums on Thursday donated more than 1,400 N-95 face masks to a local hospital and other emergency workers to help them fight the spread of coronavirus.
“They were in the back of one of our warehouses, literally gathering dust,” said Mike Ruane, chief executive officer of InfoAge Science and History Center in Monmouth County.
The masks, which had originally been ordered eight years ago for people responding to Hurricane Sandy, were uncovered days ago inside at the museum on Marconi Road in Wall Township.The museum is the site of the former U.S. Ar… Read the rest of this entry »
Wawa has adopted New Jersey’s gasoline pumping protocols at its coffee stations. You can’t d0 it yourself.
The company temporarily suspended self-service coffee distribution at all of its stores, effective at 5 a.m. this morning, according to an announcement by the company. A Wawa employee will serve coffee to customers.
The company is temporarily suspending self-service fountain beverages, ice drinks, cappuccino and iced coffee.
Wawa stores, which are normally open 24 hours per day, will close daily between 2 and 3 a.m. for additional cleaning, sanitation and stocking.
The Monmouth County EMS Task Force has set up surge tents at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold and Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune City, as a precaution should they become necessary due to the COVID-19, Sheriff Shaun Golden announced. The tents are designed to provide additional screening to prevent the spread of exposure to the virus. Read the rest of this entry »