New Jersey on Wednesday reported an additional 4,063 new COVID-19, cases bringing the cumulative total — since the first case was reported in March — to 289,563. Officials reported 27 additional deaths, raising the overall number of fatalities to 14,843. The number of probable deaths from the virus has risen to 1,812.

The Garden State’s positivity rate now stands at 10.88%, while the rate of transmission crept up to 1.43; for every 100 cases, the virus will spread to another 143 people.


When New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy instituted new restrictions to mitigate a further spike in COVID-19, bars and restaurants in the state were just starting to get used to operating indoor dining again with seating at just  25% of the dining room’s capacity. Murphy has kept the capacity limit in place, but has prohibited dine-in service between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. and has prohibited bar seating.


Some establishments will be less hampered by the new restrictions.


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Essex County residents can apply for a 5.5-million-dollar coronavirus emergency rental assistance program. The program will provide a grant for income eligible Essex County residents to receive assistance on up to six months of rent. Residents must also meet the Federal income eligibility requirement, demonstrate a need or provide eviction notice and provide documentation of household income.

New Jersey on Thursday reported 1,301 confirmed COVID-19 cases, the highest daily case count since May 29. Ocean County accounted for 285 cases — or 22% — of the daily total while 128 cases — or 10% — is attributed to Monmouth County. The state’s cumulative number of COVID-19 cases is 211,148. 


The state reported another 11 deaths bringing the number of mortalities to 14,373; the number of probable deaths is at 1,788.


New Jersey on Wednesday reported an additional 329 coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 192,595. There were 11 additional fatalities reported, raising the number of confirmed COVID-related deaths to 14,181. The number of probable deaths was revised to 1,783. The rate of transmission remains below the benchmark at 0.96 as of the end of August.


According to the state hospital association, there 514 people are hospitalized for the coronavirus, with 99 in intensive care.


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The New Jersey Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case about whether Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration should be allowed to borrow as much as $9.9 billion in response to revenue shortfalls caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The lawsuit pits the Democratic governor and top Democratic state lawmakers against the state’s Republican party and several Republican legislators, who sued to block a plan they say would permit the administration to borrow for expenses unrelated to the pandemic and saddle future generations with a mountain of debt.

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The rate of coronavirus transmission in New Jersey is continuing to creep up and now stands at 1.14. That means each person who catches the disease is spreading it to more than one other person.

Governor Phil Murphy is urging caution.

“When you look at the raw numbers, it’s a mixed bag at best. We’re not out of the woods yet, and we need everybody to remain vigilant.”

On this month's edition of Newark Today host Michael Hill is  joined via Zoom by guests Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Dr. Mark Wade, Director of Newark's Department of Health and Community Wellness to discuss all the latest developments in the city's fight against the coronavirus and ongoing efforts to reopen New Jersey's largest city. Schools Superintendent Roger Léon also joins the discussion to talk about what education in the district may look like in September. 

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State Health Commissioner Judith Persichelli announced at the public awareness campaign will be launched next week, with youg adults among the targeted audience.

She reiterated during Monday’s COVID-19 briefing that young adults in the Garden State are the fastest-growing group testing positive for the coronavirus because of parties being held among the 18-29 age group. “I want to especially emphasize to our young people that they are not invincible or immune to COVID-19,” she said.


The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New York State has spiked to more than 4,000.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is putting more restrictions on businesses to help slow down the spread. He says that based on the science and data, more density reduction is needed.

“Voluntarily, I am asking all businesses to have people work from home. As a mandate, 75 percent of your employee base must work from home.”

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There are at least 33 coronavirus cases in New York State. Governor Cuomo says that number is expected to rise but he’s urging people not to panic. 

Meanwhile, New Jersey has at least its third case of coronavirus … the first in South Jersey. The patient is a Camden County resident. Officials say the man in his 60s is currently hospitalized in stable condition.

Two other people who tested positive for coronavirus are quarantined in hospitals in Bergen County. Acting Governor Sheila Oliver says the state was ready.