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Mayor de Blasio calls it a good day as he points out positive coronavirus data for New York City.    

The mayor seemed more upbeat than previous days when talking about the data.  In a recent 24 hour period, the number of people admitted to city hospitals for suspected coronavirus was down significantly, the number of people in IC units is lower slightly as is the percentage of people testing positive.

 

As COVID-19 cases continue to soar in New Jersey, addiction treatment providers who are usually in close contact with people who use drugs have been figuring out how to continue offering services — at arm’s length.

With the state’s harm reduction centers cutting back their hours and in-person consultations becoming trickier, advocates for those with addiction worry that the coronavirus pandemic may cause other public health emergencies to worsen while nobody’s watching.

Ask Governor Murphy
WBGO

The latest edition of Ask Governor Murphy on April 23 focused on how New Jersey is handling the coronavirus.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, practicing social distancing, joined the show from his home.  The show was hosted by WNYC's Nancy Solomon.

Calls and social media questions focused on nursing homes, the need for more PPE, unemployment and the desire for the Governor to change his mind about closing the state's parks and golf courses,

Anthony Dean

Bootsie Barnes, a tenor saxophonist and bandleader who set a rigorous standard for hard bop, presiding as a master and mentor in his hometown of Philadelphia, died on Wednesday at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pa. He was 82.

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Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is calling on the federal government for assistance as it works to stop the spread of COVID-19 and limit its impact on the city’s budget.  

Just a few short weeks ago the city put in several of its own stimulus packages to help residents but now Baraka says those, along with the additional burden on health, public safety and sanitation services have put a significant dent in the city coffers. Baraka says if they don't get help, they may be forced to furlough city employees and face possible buyouts.

New Jersey reported 3,551 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 95,865 residents with the sickness.

Another 314 people died of COVID-19, which means New Jersey has now seen a total of 5,063 as a result of the pandemic.

Testing criteria unchanged at Bergen, Monmouth sites

New Jersey residents must still show signs of a respiratory illness to get tested at the state’s two main drive-thru testing sites, Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday.

LPCCD Facebook Page

Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District is partnering with the City of Newark, The Greater Newark Conservancy, and Rutgers Newark medical students, along with a host of other local organizations, to feed seniors and families in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

Executive Director Anthony Smith says the multi-organizational partnership has allowed them to expand on their already existing initiative to provide fresh produce and healthy meals to seniors in the Lincoln Park community Newark.

Fulfill
fulfillnj.org

Food banks in New Jersey are finding business is booming as more and more people lose their jobs.

Fulfill … a food bank in Monmouth and Ocean Counties … is serving about 200,000 people these days … up from about 136,000.

And it has served about 364,000 meals … up about 40 percent. Kim Guadagno … president and CEO … says they’re trying to help the resort areas.

Feeding Westchester
impactnews.com

Westchester County was the epicenter at the beginning of the pandemic … and food banks there had a lot of on the job training in how to deal with a surge in demand.

Matthew Honeycutt is vice president for development at Feeding Westchester … he says one problem has been manpower.

NYC to Launch Widespread Test and Trace Program

Apr 22, 2020

New York City officials are getting ready to do wide scale coronavirus testing once the tests become available.  In the coming weeks, a test and trace program will get going.  Mayor Bill de Blasio says this involves quickly tracking down and assessing people in contact with someone with coronavirus.

New Jersey reported an additional 3,643 cases of the coronavirus Tuesday, bringing the state total to 92,387.

Another 379 people died as a result of COVID-19, which means the state has seen a total of 4,753 fatalities.

Central Jersey sees signs of a surge 

Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said hospitals in Central Jersey were beginning to see a surge in COVID-19 patients, as infections move from the hardest-hit northern counties further south.

Brad Lander
Councilman Lander's office

With little traffic right now, legislation is expected to be introduced at the virtual city council meeting today that would shut many New York City streets in an effort to battle coronavirus.

This has widespread support among city lawmakers. Councilman Brad Lander says the legislation would close 75 miles of streets in all five boroughs to allow new Yorkers more room for social distancing and for exercise.

 New York City plans to honor the heroes on the front lines battling coronavirus. 

Mayor de Blasio guarantees the first thing the city will do when the coronavirus pandemic dies down is have a ticker tape parade along Broadway for health care workers and first responders.

“This parade will mark the beginning of our renaissance.  But it will also be most importantly a chance to say thank you.”

The mayor says the parade will speak to a kind of heroism that is intrinsic to who we are as New Yorkers.

Coronavirus update: 8 N.J. prisoners die of COVID-19

Apr 21, 2020

New Jersey reported 3,528 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the state total to 88,806 cases.

Another 177 New Jersey residents died as a result of coronavirus for a total of 4,377 fatalities.

Hospital discharges outpace new admissions

The rate of new hospitalizations of those sickened with COVID-19 is slowing in New Jersey, a positive sign that officials said showed the statewide stay-at-home order was succeeding at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

MTA
Scott Pringle

A group of New York City lawmakers is calling for the subway and bus system to be shut down temporarily because of coronavirus.

Robert Holden is one of four council members who signed off on a letter to Governor Cuomo asking for the transit system be shut down for at least a week for a deep cleaning.

He points to stats showing about 25-hundred MTA employees have tested positive for coronavirus.

News Voices
WBGO

WBGO News is hosting a DIGITAL CONVERSATION ABOUT NEWARK on April 21 (Tuesday) at 3pm and you are invited to join in.  

The event is part of the News Voices-Free Press partnership that began a year ago in the WBGO News Deparment, made possible by a grant from the Dodge Foundation.  

New York City Cancels All June Events

Apr 20, 2020

Planned events in June in New York City are being cancelled.

Popular events like the Pride March and Puerto Rican Day Parade where hundreds of thousands gather annually will not happen in June

“A lot of these events will be postponed.  I want to be clear.  The permits are being cancelled for June.  But the event organizers, a lot of them are looking at doing something later in the year.”

Justin Bettman

Like any artist releasing new music right now, Nir Felder has had to make some adjustments.

Mayor Bill de Blasio
Mayor's office

There is data showing the worst has past with the coronavirus in New York State, but New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says folks need to keep social distancing.

The mayor says with the weather getting nicer, officers will be ramping up enforcement of coronavirus related restrictions.

“This is a horrible disease. We have seen the toll it’s taking. And if we let it back in the door, it will reassert itself."

Mayor de Blasio wants new Yorkers to send in pictures of violators to NYC.gov

Alex Urrea
eduscape.com

Alex Urrea, CEO of Eduscape, has been leading educational companies for more than 20 years.  Urrea says passion is to reach as many learners as possible by leveraging technology to personalize the learning process and give teachers and students an active voice in their education.

Urrea spoke to WBGO News Director Doug Doyle about how Eduscape, based in Montvale, New Jersey is working with schools and parents during the coronavirus pandemic.

Peter Gannushkin / DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET

Henry Grimes met with a hero’s welcome, his first of many, when he lugged an upright bass onstage at the eighth annual Vision Festival.

Peter Gannushkin / downtownmusic.net

Giuseppi Logan, a saxophonist, clarinetist and flutist whose esteemed career in free jazz bracketed a mysterious absence of almost 40 years, died on Friday at the Lawrence Nursing Care Center in Far Rockaway, Queens. He was 84.

New York City will remain quiet in May with more events cancelled because of the coronavirus.  Mayor de Blasio says parades; concerts and rallies along with other non-essential permitted events will not take place in May. De Blasio says it’s not looking good for June either…after being asked about the Pride March.

“We got a lot we got to get done to be safe for June.  We are far from out of the woods.  So we are talking to people who organize those big June events.”

Brian Fitzgerald
Easterseals NJ

Since January 8th, 1948, Easterseals New Jersey says it has worked to meet the continuously growing needs of people with disabilities and the families who love them here in New Jersey.

Easterseals New Jersey CEO Brian Fitzgerald talked to WBGO News Director Doug Doyle about how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted his organization.

Ed Cotton
Ed Cotton

Even before Eddie Cotton officiated the Mike Tyson vs. Lennox Lewis fight in 2002 in Memphis, Tennessee, he was legend in Paterson, New Jersey.

Cotton, who served as the first black president of the Paterson City Council, died early this morning at the age of 72.  He had been hospitalized for more than a week after contracting the coronavirus.

Paterson public historian Jimmy Richardson says Cotton was extremely popular in town.

Courtesy of the artist

Steve Lehman, the acclaimed alto saxophonist, needed a place to play.

For over a month now, he has been operating under conditions familiar to many of us. He and his wife live in a Los Angeles apartment with their two young children, and every day is a negotiation between their home schooling, online lessons with his students at CalArts, cooking and various other tasks.

New Jersey officials reported another 4,391 cases of coronavirus cases on Thursday, with the state’s total now at 75,317.

Gov. Phil Murphy also said another 362 people have died, bringing the state’s total number of fatalities to 3,518.

N.J. schools to remain closed through May 15

New Jersey’s schools will remain closed through at least May 15, Murphy said Thursday.

The state’s nearly 600 public districts, plus charters, religious and other schools, have not held in-person classes since March 16, but are doing remote instruction.

Should the coronavirus pandemic devastate state revenues across the country, as is widely expected, New Jersey will be among the states most dependent on federal aid to keep itself running.

That precarious position — relying on a president and Congress who have been willing to let New Jersey bleed money in the past — is the product of decades of poor financial planning and spending instead of saving.

Parks
Seth Wenig/AP

There’s a growing call to reopen parks in New Jersey after they were shut by Governor Murphy to help slow the spread of coronavirus. 

The governor shut state and county parks earlier in the month. He says he got reports of too many people forming gatherings in the parks which disobey social distancing rules.

However, a number of politicians including Republican Assemblyman Jay Webber say closing all of them went too far

“Break up the groups that are not obeying the social distancing guidelines.”

Frans Schellekens/Redferns / Getty Images

Lee Konitz, an exemplar of modern jazz improvisation, and arguably the most influential alto saxophone soloist after bebop progenitor Charlie Parker, died on Wednesday at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. He was 92.

His son, Josh Konitz, said the cause was pneumonia, related to COVID-19.

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