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Lessons Learned After Three Months on COVID-19 Front Lines

Coronavirus is a moving target, but NJ’s health care professionals now know telemedicine, sharing data and stockpiling PPE can mean difference between life and death

By LILO H. STAINTON , NJ Spotlight

A cough and a fever aren’t always among the warning signs. Nearly one-third of those infected don’t show symptoms. Telemedicine really can be integrated into our health care practices. Stocking 90 days worth of supplies makes sense, even if they tell you otherwise in business school.

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Explainer: COVID-19 Testing, Testing, One, Two, Three…


Making sense of the variety of tests being put into service to help stem the coronavirus pandemic and save lives

By Lilo H. Stainton, NJSpotlight

Like leaders in other states hard-hit by the novel coronavirus, Gov. Phil Murphy has repeatedly stressed that New Jersey’s public health and economic revival must be rooted in widespread, rapid-result testing of residents.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: April 30th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Explainer: COVID-19 Testing, Testing, One, Two, Three…

Analysis: Nursing Homes, Other Group Living Settings, Skew NJ’s COVID-19 Rates

More than 17% of positive cases stem from long-term care centers, prisons and state developmental centers

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By Colleen O’Dea, NJSpotlight

New Jersey health officials can’t say who are among the thousands of new positive COVID-19 cases reported daily — health care workers, grocery store clerks or people who violated social-distancing orders — but data shows that group living situations are responsible for significant proportions of cases and deaths to date. An analysis by NJ Spotlight of publicly available data from multiple state agencies found that more than 17% of the nearly 114,000 who have tested positive for the deadly virus since its outbreak in New Jersey March 4 are in such group settings as nursing homes, developmental centers and prisons. More than a third of the 6,442 confirmed deaths to date, or 2,253, are related to these facilities.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: April 29th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Analysis: Nursing Homes, Other Group Living Settings, Skew NJ’s COVID-19 Rates

New Jersey’s Fishing Industry Gets Walloped

NJ’s commercial fishing industry is fifth largest in US; its sales have cratered in the pandemic

By Andrew S. Lewis, NJSpotlight

From Delaware Bay oysters to Atlantic scallops, the state’s fisheries are struggling to survive as retail sales dry up.

In the town of Port Norris, on South Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore, the first weeks of spring have for well over a century marked the beginning of the annual oyster harvest, a time when the waters of the Maurice River burst to life with a commercial fleet eager for prosperous days ahead. But as the first few weeks of the season come to a close, Port Norris remains still, a sign of just how deep the COVID-19 pandemic has drilled into the state’s economy.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: April 27th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on New Jersey’s Fishing Industry Gets Walloped

State Distributes ‘Triage Guidelines’ to Allocate Medical Resources If No Other Options Exist

Guidelines call for triage teams to save lives and life-years; Murphy and Persichilli insist no patient would be excluded based on age, race, sex, gender identity and other concerns

By Lilo H. Stainton, NJSpotlight

While there are some signs the impact of the coronavirus may be lessening in New Jersey, state officials have distributed guidelines to help hospitals allocate patient resources if there are widespread shortages of things like ventilators or other critical-care supplies.

State Department of Health commissioner Judith Persichilli said the “triage guidelines” issued Saturday evening would not be activated unless a hospital’s intensive-care capacity was overwhelmed and assistance or supplies could not be provided by another facility in the region.

The document outlines a decision-making framework that a triage team can use to assign a score to patients in need of critical care — whether they have COVID-19 or another condition — based in part on the likelihood of short- and long-term survival. These scores would be used to determine who is allocated resources if there are not enough to go around.

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Posted: April 14th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , | Comments Off on State Distributes ‘Triage Guidelines’ to Allocate Medical Resources If No Other Options Exist

A Role for Retired Officers as Pandemic Depletes Police Departments

State Police have said that some 10% of police officers in NJ are either self-quarantining or ill with COVID-19 on any given day; retired officers can now be hired back to help

By Kimberlee Bongard, NJSpotlight

With more than 3,000 New Jersey police either testing positive for COVID-19 or in quarantine, some police departments have been having trouble putting enough officers out to enforce stay-at-home and other orders, which people continue to violate.

State police have been reporting that as much as 10% of New Jersey’s total complement of officers are either ill with the disease or in quarantine on any given day. A State Police spokesman said that on Thursday, 623 officers had tested positive for COVID-19 and 2,712 were self-quarantining, representing nearly 10% of the state’s 34,000 police officers.

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Posted: April 10th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on A Role for Retired Officers as Pandemic Depletes Police Departments

Mortgage Help During COVID-19 Crisis, But What About Property Taxes?

Without relief, property owners hit hard by illness or income loss will have to cover payments due May 1 or incur penalties

Homeowners are facing a May 1 deadline for paying property taxes.

By JOHN REITMEYER , NJSpotlight

To ease the economic pain of the coronavirus pandemic, New Jersey homeowners have been granted mortgage relief from banks and a reprieve from evictions. But no such help has been approved thus far from local property tax bills.

That means many homeowners who are dealing with economic hardships caused by severe illness, the loss of a job or a shuttered business are also being forced to cover quarterly property tax payments by a state-imposed May 1 deadline.

Potentially making matters worse for thousands of New Jersey homeowners is the state’s recent freezing of all funding for the next installment of Homestead property-tax relief benefits. They were supposed to be paid out by the state as direct credits to effectively reduce those May quarterly bills, but Trenton is facing its own economic shortfalls.

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Posted: April 8th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey, Property Taxes | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Mortgage Help During COVID-19 Crisis, But What About Property Taxes?

Get up to the minute primary results at MoreMonmouthMusings

MMM will be providing up to the minute primary results tonight courtesy of NJSpotLight.

The polls close at 8PM tonight.

The Republican and Democrat gubernatorial results as well as contested legislative races will be updated throughout the night as the results are reported by New Jersey’s County Clerks.

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Posted: June 6th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Get up to the minute primary results at MoreMonmouthMusings

Patrick Murray: Mark Magyar mischaracterized his analysis

Magyar admits mistake, promises to fix it but doesn’t

By Art Gallagher, [email protected]

Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray responded to my post this morning, Patrick Murray is emphatic that his next poll will be negative for Christie, about his quote in Mark Magyar’s anti-Chistie spin piece on NJSpotlight with an email asserting that his analysis was mischaracteriszed.

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Murray provided an email exchange between himself and Magyar wherein Magyar admits his mistake and promises to fix it.

Murray said:

My assessment of what is likely to happen to public opinion going forward was based on an analysis of the underlying dynamics of my own poll released on April 2 — specifically the public’s underlying initial skepticism of the Mastro report was in my own poll and my analysis of potential movement in that opinion.  Mark, by his own admission, mischaracterized my analysis, which was based on actual public opinion data that I have collected and analyzed.

In the NJSpotlight piece, Magyar quoted Murray as follows:

Quinnipiac Poll released last week showed that 56 percent of New Jerseyans regarded the report as a “whitewash” and only 36 percent believed it to be a “legitimate investigation.” Even more ominously, 65 percent of voters knew of the Hoboken case, and 57 percent of that group believe Zimmer’s allegation that the Christie administration improperly withheld Sandy aid from her city because she refused to support the Rockefeller Group development.

Murray said he expected to see similar results in his next Monmouth Poll. “It will be negative. This is not going to be positive,” Murray stated emphatically, asserting that the controversy over the Mastro report clearly resonated with voters. “The question now with Christie is, ‘Have we hit a floor where a certain percentage of people will defend him no matter what, and everyone else will attack him?’”

Murray corrected Magyar in a email at 9;32 this morning:

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Posted: April 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Department of Community Affairs, Kim Guadagno, Monmouth University Poll, Patrick Murray | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Patrick Murray: Mark Magyar mischaracterized his analysis

Patrick Murray is emphatic that his next poll will be negative for Christie

By Art Gallagher, [email protected]

UPDATE 4:15PM:  Murray says Magyar/NJSpotlight mischaracterised his analysis.  Read the next chapter here.

Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray already knows that his next poll about Bridgegate and the Mastro Report, will have an negative outcome for Governor Chris Christie.

Murray is quoted by Mark Magyar in a NJSpotlight piece posted this morning saying emphatically that his next poll will have negative results.

“The Mastro report raised more questions than it answered about what is going on in the Christie administration,” Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, noted. “Now, the release of the memos has raised even more questions, including questions about the credibility of the Mastro report itself.”

Murray said he could not imagine what Christie and his top advisers were thinking when they settled on their current legal and political strategy. “Every time they put something out, they undercut their credibility,” he said. “Everything they do provides fodder that keeps this investigation alive and keeps this story alive. The report was overly protective of the governor, and now everyone is looking through the memos to see what the report left out. Nothing gets settled, everything looks worse.”

A Quinnipiac Poll released last week showed that 56 percent of New Jerseyans regarded the report as a “whitewash” and only 36 percent believed it to be a “legitimate investigation.” Even more ominously, 65 percent of voters knew of the Hoboken case, and 57 percent of that group believe Zimmer’s allegation that the Christie administration improperly withheld Sandy aid from her city because she refused to support the Rockefeller Group development.

Murray said he expected to see similar results in his next Monmouth Poll. “It will be negative. This is not going to be positive,” Murray stated emphatically, asserting that the controversy over the Mastro report clearly resonated with voters. “The question now with Christie is, ‘Have we hit a floor where a certain percentage of people will defend him no matter what, and everyone else will attack him?’”  (emphasis added)

 

IMG_9512Murray enjoys a well-earned reputation for producing polls that most accurately match the results of elections in New Jersey.  However, his declaration of a poll’s results before he’s asked a question raises serious questions about his credibility as a political scientist and the perceived “independence” of his analysis.

In fairness I should point out that it is possible that Murray already conducted his survey and hasn’t reported the results yet.

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Posted: April 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Dawn Zimmer, Hoboken, Monmouth University Poll, NJ Media, Patrick Murray | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Patrick Murray is emphatic that his next poll will be negative for Christie