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Scathing letter from health department insiders says N.J.’s pandemic failures led to ‘preventable deaths’

New Jersey’s response to the pandemic inside nursing homes was “an unmitigated failure” that led to “preventable deaths,” a group of anonymous health department employees charged in a letter to lawmakers Monday. Moreover, the administration “is making things up as they proceed” in order to reopen the economy, the writers also allege.

The letter, sent to Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester, and Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr., R-Union and obtained by NJ Advance Media, also calls for the resignation of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli and an investigation into other top admin… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 1st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

O’Scanlon and DiMaso bash Murphy’s slow reopening of restaurants and other small business

Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso and Senator Declan O’Scanlon standing with restaurateurs in Sea Bright, May 29, 2020. Photo by Art Gallagher

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso have blasted Governor Phil Murphy’s slow reopening of the New Jersey restaurant industry, calling the governor’s rules a “slow death” for the small businesses.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: June 1st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Scharfenberger and Arnone call for real guidance from Trenton to reopen NJ small businesses

Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger and Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone issued the following statement:

When the State of New Jersey ordered our business community to shut down for a two-week quarantine period, we agreed that it was in the best interest to do so for the safety and well being of our residents, business owners and their employees. Now, ten weeks later, our small businesses remain shut down without any guidance from Trenton as to when they can reopen their doors, bring back employees and attempt to move forward in the wake of a significant loss of revenue.

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Murphy to announce outdoor dining will be allowed starting June 15

Masked legislators, restaurateurs and supporters gathered in Sea Bright on May 29 to plead with Governor Murphy to allow them limited reopening on June 5.

Governor Phil Murphy will announce today that he will allow outdoor dining at New Jersey restaurants starting on Monday, June 15, MMM has learned.

The NJ Restaurant and Hospitality Association has pleaded with Murphy to open restaurants on June 5. Murphy’s action will cost these small businesses and their employees 10 days of business, including two traditionally busy late spring weekends.

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Murphy will not reopen NJ restaurants by June 5

Ray Cosgrove, owner of Bahrs Landing in Highlands, center, at Woody’s in Sea Bright for the NJRHA press conference on Friday, May 29. Photo by Art Gallagher

UPDATE 06/01/20. MMM has learned that Murphy will announce a June 15 reopening date for restaurants this afternoon.

Governor Phil Murphy will not allow the State’s restaurants to open for outdoor dining on June 5, as requested by the New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association, MMM has learned.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 31st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Jersey Shore, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 11 Comments »

May 31: 8,253 COVID-19 cases, 597 deaths in Monmouth

Chef David Burke speaking during the NJ Restaurant and Hospitality Assoc press conference in Sea Bright, May 29, 2020. Photo by Art Gallagher

Monmouth County has reported a total of 8,253 positive cases on COVID-19, according to an announcement by Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Deputy Director Sue Kiley on May 31. The NJ Department of Health reports that 597 County residents have succumbed to the virus.

A town by town breakdown of positive cases since March is as follows:

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A behind-the-scenes battle raged between top Murphy aides over $500K contract as nursing home deaths mounted

New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli and senior officials in Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration clashed behind the scenes over the cost of a $500,000 contract for a consultant the state hired to help navigate the deadly coronavirus crisis inside the state’s nursing homes, NJ Advance Media has learned.

Murphy announced May 6 that Persichilli had retained Manatt Health, a national health advisory consulting group, to assess the state’s response to the coronavirus in long-term care facilities, where one in 13 residents have died in the pandemic. And Persichilli seemed in full accord wi… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 29th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Restaurant Owners Plea To Open

Clad is masks and keeping their distance, about 60 restaurant owners from throughout New Jersey gathered in Sea Bright this morning for a press conference during which they pleaded with Governor Phil Murphy to approve their plan to reopen their businesses safely.

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Arnone calls on Murphy to empower Counties to regulate New Jersey’s Reopening

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone wants New Jersey’s economy to reopen safely and he wants County officials, rather than the Murphy Administration, to regulate the reopening of restaurants and retail stores and to provide the safety guidance required.

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Pandemic-Related Decline in Childhood Vaccines Prompts State Plea to Parents

Department of Health also urges pediatricians to devise new office protocols to keep patients and parents safe from coronavirus, reduce fear factor

By Lilo H. Stainton, NJspotlight

With a dramatic decline in childhood vaccine rates during the coronavirus pandemic, New Jersey officials urged parents to ensure their kids are properly immunized to protect them from measles, mumps and other infectious diseases.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 27th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Health Care, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | No Comments »