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NJ nursing-home residents won’t start COVID-19 vaccinations before next week

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Long-term-care facilities covered by federal program scheduled to begin next week at earliest

By Lilo Stainton, NJSpotlight

Public health officials have repeatedly underscored the importance of protecting vulnerable nursing-home residents from the potentially deadly impacts of the coronavirus, given that nearly half of New Jersey’s confirmed COVID-19 fatalities involve long-term-care residents or staff.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: December 17th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Monmouth County, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on NJ nursing-home residents won’t start COVID-19 vaccinations before next week

In major hit to NJ’s credit rating, Wall Street agency lowers state’s bond grade

S&P Global Ratings concerned about state’s ‘significant structural deficits’ as it prepares to borrow more than $4 billion

By John Reitmeyer, NJSpotlight

New Jersey’s credit rating has taken a significant hit from a major Wall Street rating agency as the state is preparing to borrow more than $4 billion to sustain the budget during the coronavirus pandemic.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: November 9th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey | Tags: , | Comments Off on In major hit to NJ’s credit rating, Wall Street agency lowers state’s bond grade

‘A complete shift’: Not just ventilators, doctors now use a range of COVID-19 treatments

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Dramatic drop in patients on ventilation shows impact of new methods

By Lilo H. Stainton, NJSpotlight

When the first wave of coronavirus patients flooded New Jersey hospitals earlier this year, clinicians were heavily focused on ventilators. At the apex of the pandemic, one in four people hospitalized for COVID-19 needed these machines to breathe, and the state’s supplies were running short.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: October 8th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19 | Tags: , | Comments Off on ‘A complete shift’: Not just ventilators, doctors now use a range of COVID-19 treatments

NJ readies for widespread inoculations when coronavirus vaccine arrives

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By Lilo H. Stainton, NJSpotlight

Health officials want 70% to get vaccine in six months, spending $6 million to get ready

New Jersey has big plans for a potential coronavirus vaccine. State health officials said they hope to get 70% of residents inoculated within six months, have identified most of the funding needed and are crafting a strategy to prioritize distribution to those most at risk.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: October 5th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 18 Comments »

NJ’s Powerful Teachers Union Says Remote Learning This Fall

Joint statement adds pressure on Murphy to make remote-only the only option for reopening schools

By JOHN MOONEY , NJSpotlight

New Jersey’s largest teachers union along with its administrator associations added their powerful voices to the growing calls for a remote-only reopening of schools in the fall while the pandemic remains ongoing.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: August 12th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Education, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Murphy Pays Boston Consultant $23.5M for Coronavirus Work Rutgers Already Doing

BY LILO H. STAINTON, NJSpotlight

New Jersey has committed to spend some $23.5 million over three months to beef up the state’s contact-tracing capacity under a deal signed last week with a Boston-based consulting group doing similar work in New York state.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: August 7th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Murphy Pays Boston Consultant $23.5M for Coronavirus Work Rutgers Already Doing

NJ School Reopening: What’s Next as Plans Are Made to Open Classrooms

Lawmakers, unions and activists are weighing in as schools work out details

By JOHN MOONEY , NJSpotlight

The back-and-forth continued this week over what New Jersey schools will look like in a month, with districts up against an August deadline to devise their reopening plans and others not shy about weighing in on what those plans should look like.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: July 31st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Education, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on NJ School Reopening: What’s Next as Plans Are Made to Open Classrooms

Plans in the Works to Increase Capacity of NJ’s Contact-Tracing Corps

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House parties tied to new coronavirus cases point to need for tracking infected people — especially teens

By LILO H. STAINTON, NJSpotlight

With nearly 90 new COVID-19 cases linked to young people who attended house parties at several Jersey Shore communities — and the potential exposure of hundreds more — state officials continue to encourage people to get tested and cooperate with contact tracers.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: July 28th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Plans in the Works to Increase Capacity of NJ’s Contact-Tracing Corps

Despite Commitment to Transparency, Murphy Less Than Open About COVID-19 Spending

The state has received more than $5B in federal funds to deal with coronavirus, but it’s taken more than four months for administration to announce a dashboard to follow the money

By COLLEEN O’DEA , NJSpotlight

Today, it is virtually impossible for any member of the public — and even some members of the New Jersey Legislature — to know how or even if the state is spending more than $5 billion received so far from the federal government to deal with COVID-19.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: July 20th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Despite Commitment to Transparency, Murphy Less Than Open About COVID-19 Spending

$9.9B Borrowing Bill OK’d by Legislature, Signed Into Law by Gov. Phil Murphy

Ambassador Murphy and cardboard President Obama. That shirt looks familiar

Last-minute bid for changes to legislation fails; some lawmakers sought to ensure Black and Latino representation on panel that will review borrowing proposals 

By JOHN REITMEYER  , NJSpotlight

Despite passionate calls to add diversity to the process, the Legislature sent Gov. Phil Murphy legislation Thursday that gives a panel of four state lawmakers power to determine the fate of up to $9.9 billion in emergency borrowing.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: July 17th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on $9.9B Borrowing Bill OK’d by Legislature, Signed Into Law by Gov. Phil Murphy