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Grewal limits Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine Prescriptions

NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal today announced statewide restrictions for prescribing and dispensing Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine, two existing drugs that have shown promise in treating COVID-19.

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Monmouth County has 1,033 COVID-19 cases

Monmouth County officials address the COVID-19 crisis

Monmouth County has 1,033 positive cases of COVID-19, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Deputy Director Sue Kiley announced on Monday afternoon.

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NJ Gun Shops are now essential and open by appointment

Gun shops can now open in New Jersey, as an essential service, during the COVID-19 shutdown, Governor Phil Murphy reluctantly announced today.

According to NJ.com, Murphy reversed himself after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security deemed firearms dealers as essential services in a memo released over the weekend.

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Video: Dr. Emily Porter, COVID-19 by the numbers

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Missing Social-Distancing Data Delays Modeling for COVID-19 Hospital Surge

Middletown Township Committee members practicing social distancing on TakeoutThursday

But health commissioner says hospitals will be able to handle coming spike in demand for critical care

By Jon Hurdle, NJ Spotlight

New Jersey hasn’t yet been able to model an anticipated surge in demand for hospital capacity for COVID-19 patients because it doesn’t have data on the effects of social distancing, but there are signs that hospitals will be able to cope, according to the state’s Commissioner of Health, Judith Persichilli.

The state’s health officials have been using CHIME, a tool for COVID-19 hospital capacity planning, which Penn Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania issued in mid-March. The tool, which has been made available to health care providers in 150 countries via open-source software, allows users to input data including the percentage of infected patients who have been hospitalized; the number of patients currently hospitalized, and the population a hospital system serves.

The resulting model also relies on the degree to which social distancing has reduced social contact, and that data wasn’t yet available, Persichilli said at Gov. Phil Murphy’s Friday briefing on the pandemic.

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Posted: March 30th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

House Unanimously Passes $2 trillion economic stimulus

The House of Representatives unanimously passed the $ 2 trillion CARES Act this afternoon in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Congressman Chris Smith spoke of the House floor prior to the vote. His remarks are printed and can be viewed below.

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Congressman Smith secures 41 million medical gloves held by Customs

Medical-grade gloves before release by Customs and Border Protection. photo courtesy of Ansell

Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ4) became aware on Monday that 41.3 million medical-grade gloves owned by Iselin based Ansell had been held by
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) since last September.

Twenty-four hours later, after dozens of phone calls from Rep. Smith to numerous federal officials, CBP released the gloves which are now being distributed to medical professionals and first responders throughout the United States.

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NJEDA Announces New Initiatives to Support Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Press Release

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.  

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O’Scanlon: Computer repairs shops can open

Senator Declan O’Scanlon said that the Governor’s Office told him that computer repair shops are considered essential and that they are allowed to open in the current COVID-19 shutdown.

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Murphy closes child care centers, except for essential workers’ kids

Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order today which requires all New Jersey child care centers to certify that they are serving only the families of essential workers or close.

The certification is due on Friday, March 27. Centers that do not certify that can and will solely care for the children of essential workers must close by Wednesday, April 1.

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