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President Trump announced this week that he and the first lady have tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning announcement that throws the final stretch of the presidential campaign even further into unknown territory.

President Trump plans to continue carrying out his duties, but is expected to remain home for two weeks, canceling campaign events as doctors watch him at the White House. The President is 74, an age that makes him more vulnerable to the disease.

New Jersey reported another 722 cases of coronavirus Wednesday, bringing the state’s total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 205,275.

Another nine residents died from complications of COVID-19, which means there have now been 14,335 lab-confirmed fatalities and another 1,787 probable deaths.

The state’s test positivity rate was 3%, the highest it had been since mid-July.

The rate of transmission was 1.15, which means for every 100 people who caught coronavirus they passed it to another 115 residents.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a state budget that he and top Democratic lawmakers say will help the state recover from the devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for a possible second wave of the virus.

The $32.7 billion, nine-month spending plan also includes Murphy’s long-sought tax hike on millionaires, which he said will allow the state to help low-income and middle-class families.

The New York City coronavirus infection rate is now up to three-point-two-five percent, concerning officials.   

This is about three times what the infection rate has been in recent weeks.  Health Commissioner Dr. David Chokshi points to nine zip codes in Brooklyn and Queens seeing a huge uptick.

“We are deeply concerned about the alarming increase.”

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A survey of people in New York City shows that almost half say they are more likely to get a flu shot this year because of the emergence of Covid-19.

But the survey, by EmblemHealth, also showed that 80% of those who had not had a flu shot in the past three years did not plan to get one this year. Emblem’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Richard Dal Col, said that may be misleading. 

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New Jersey officials reported 561 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Monday. That brings the new cumulative total to 204,107 since the state began tracking cases March 4.

Officials also reported one additional death from the virus; raising the cumulative toll to 14,316. The number of probable deaths is 1,791. The latest rate of transmission is at 1.12, meaning for every 100 new cases, 112 more people will get infected.

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A new collaborative study has revealed what Newark residents feel they need the most.  

WBGO Community Engagement Reporter Brit Harley chats with Vanessa Maria Graber of the Free Press about the results of the study that shows some of the top priorities are getting timely and useful information about food and education, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

Graber is the newest member of Free Press and is now focusing much of her work on Newark.

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Governor Cuomo is expressing concern about clusters of coronavirus cases in New York State. The state’s infection rate is now one and a half percent but Cuomo says that’s in large part due to a few areas of Brooklyn and Orange and Rockland counties.

Cuomo says the 10 zip codes with the worst coronavirus infection rate don’t even make up three percent of the state’s population but represent a quarter of the cases.


Governor Cuomo is putting in a mandatory quarantine for many out of country visitors coming into New York. Cuomo is directing some state officials to head to the New York Airports to alert international travelers of this mandatory coronavirus related quarantine.

Cuomo says it applies to all but 31 countries. “The CDC ended enhanced screening at the airports for some international travelers but we are seeing alarming increases in countries around world, especially in France, Spain and Israel.”

New Jersey reported another 612 cases of coronavirus on Friday, bringing the state’s cumulative total since the start of the pandemic to 202,100 infections.

Another seven people died of complications from COVID-19, which means there have now been 14,306 confirmed deaths and 1,791 probable deaths from the pandemic in New Jersey.

Gov. Phil Murphy also renewed the state’s public health emergency, which expires unless it is re-upped every 30 days.

Cases rise in a handful of counties

New Jersey added Wednesday 430 confirmed COVID-19 cases raising the overall total to 200,988. The state has added seven more mortalities bringing the death toll to 14,291. The number of probable deaths remained the same at 1,791.

The rate of transmission is 1.15. That means for every 100 new cases, the virus spreads to 115 more people.

According to the state hospital association, there are 459 people hospitalized for the coronavirus across the state; 90 are in intensive care.

 New York City is announcing more furloughs as the city deals with a massive fiscal hole because of coronavirus.   

Last week it was the mayor’s office that got notified of furloughs. Now, Mayor Bill de Blasio says more than 9 thousand managerial and non-union employees will go a week without pay to save the city 21 million dollars.

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As schools nationwide struggle with reopening during the pandemic, one school in New Jersey drew on the resources of the community to make a safe reopening.

Gottesman RTW Academy, a Jewish community day school in Randolph, was able to marshal a quarter-million dollar investment from the community and a number of grants to reopen safely. Learning right now is outdoors with each grade, K-8, under its own tent.

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Experts say drug manufacturing in the US is in need of an overhaul, and New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone has had a bill passed by the House that would help do just that.

Rutgers University has been leading research in this area, trying to get drug makers to make medications using a continuous process rather than making huge batches of a drug. The technology allows product quality to be precisely controlled, reduces challenges in scaling up production, can more readily produce ranges of drug strengths and doses, and requires less physical space.   

A budget for the remaining nine months of New Jersey’s fiscal year will include a tax hike on millionaires but scrap other proposals by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, including his “baby bonds” initiative.

The budget agreed to by Murphy and top lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled Legislature became public Tuesday, the same day budget committees in both houses voted on the $32.7 billion plan.

New Jersey reported 396 new COVID-19 cases and an additional 2 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus on Monday.

The state has recorded a total of 200,254 coronavirus cases and 14,278 confirmed deaths. There have also been a total of 1,791 probable deaths.

Currently, there are 185 (total 349 if you count those awaiting test results) people in hospitals with COVID across the state, with 87 in critical care and 32 on ventilators.

Cases growing, with resources ‘challenged’ in Ocean and Monmouth Counties

Newark's New Community Hangs Tough in Pandemic

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It’s been tough going for nonprofits during the pandemic, but in Newark, one that provides essential housing and healthcare is hanging in.

New Community Corp., Newark’s biggest community development corporation, provides housing, healthcare and childcare to Newark, among other services. Richard Cammarieri, director of community engagement, said child care and education in the age of Covid have proved to be a test.

New York City will now phase in the start of in classroom learning, an abrupt change. Mayor Bill de Blasio says he met for hours with school union leaders on Wednesday over many school concerns.

“Although they acknowledged that some real progress had been made that not enough had been made and more needed to be done.”

New Jersey officials reported another 519 cases of coronavirus on Friday, which means the state has now seen 198,848 confirmed cases since the pandemic began.

Another five people died from complications of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total number of fatalities to 14,270 confirmed deaths and 1,791 probable deaths.

The coronavirus test positivity rate was 2.19% and the rate of transmission was 1.08, meaning that for every 100 people who got the disease they passed it to another 108.

Ocean, Monmouth Counties driving new cases


The Loved and Lost project is a statewide media collaborative that launched in June to name and celebrate the lives of very resident in New Jersey lost to COVID-19.  It's being coordinated by the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University and was originally a project of

New Jersey officials on Wednesday reported an additional 447 confirmed COVID-19 cases, raising the cumulative case total to 197,792 since the first case was reported on March 4. An additional nine confirmed deaths were also reported, raising the death toll to 14,263. The total of probable deaths rose to 1,791.

The rate of transmission remains flat at 1.06, meaning that for every 10 people who test positive, the virus spreads to at least 10 others.

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Businesses in New Jersey, like everywhere else, are up against it these days.

Things could get even tougher in July 2021 if an automatic tax is triggered to replenish the depleted unemployment trust fund and repay a federal loan the state accessed to continue paying unemployment benefits. Christopher Emigholz of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association said the loan repayment though, is reversible.

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Acclaimed jazz guitarist Vic Juris died on December 31, 2019, at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston at the age of 66 after a six-month battle with liver cancer. This Sunday, September 20, from 4-5 p.m., fellow West Orange guitarist Dave Stryker (they lived on the same street) will give a nod to his late friend while also performing some of his own material at the New Jersey Jazz Society’s Virtual Social, which can be viewed on the NJJS Facebook page (NJJS).

NYC Health Officials Urge Getting a Flu Vaccination

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New York City officials are urging folks to get the flu shot in an effort to help the coronavirus situation. The City is launching a multi-media ad campaign to encourage folks to get vaccinated.

“With Covid-19 still around, it is especially important to protect yourself from getting the flu and needing medical care.”

Health Commissioner Dr. David Chokshi says officials are trying to keep the energy and time spent on flu cases down because of coronavirus which has similar symptoms

“This year’s flu vaccine could be the most important one you ever get.”

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New Jersey Transit commuters will have one less headache to deal with in the years ahead. Ground was broken Tuesday in South Amboy on the four-year project to replace the Raritan Bay Bridge, just 112 years old.

Governor Phil Murphy was there. He said the project will put thousands to work. “It is projected that this project will create and support more than 5700 good, overwhelmingly union, jobs,” he said, “and pay the workers on site here more than $350 million in wages.”

Trains will use the old bridge while the new one is built slightly west of it.

Hispanic Heritage Month

 Today (Tuesday)  begins a month of celebrating New Jerseyans with Hispanic or Latino roots.

It's the latest observance that will be different in 2020.

As Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy says the COVID-19 Pandemic will make the celebration not as vibrant as in years past.

"Across New Jersey Hispanic Heritage Month is one of our most colorful and meaningful celebrations and so much else this year we will have to celebrate a little differently."

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The state of New Jersey is predicting it's just a matter of time before cases of the Coronavirus occur in schools. It's how public health officials deal with the issue is of primary importance.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy says there has NOT been a reported case coming out of schools in the state and they are working to keep things that way as much as possible.

"I think it's about what we expected, It feels to me that the system is working, steps are being taken as it should be."

Flu season

The state of New Jersey is preparing for Flu season.

Health officials say they are aiming for a 20 percent increase in the number of people vaccinated. New Jersey Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli says they are worried COVID-19 coupled with the Flu will be a major problem in the state.

"This year we are preparing for the possibility of a twin-demic, a severe flu season and a resurgance of COVID-19 which could strain healthcare resources."

Perischilli says they are asking people to obtain a Flu shot as soon as possible to prevent the spread of that virus.

Macy's Parade

The famous annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be a TV and online event only this year because of coronavirus. 

Macy’s says this year on Thanksgiving, it will put on a television only special presentation with the production focused in and around Herald Square in Midtown. 

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There are now 55 positive coronavirus cases with New York City school staff with in classroom learning still on track to begin next Monday.

Mayor de Blasio says the infection rate among school faculty is well below half a percent, with nearly 17 thousand staff members tested.

“That tells us how much all the efforts to fight back this disease are working. And it tells us the folks who work in our school system have been really careful and diligent.”