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Roughly four in 10 Garden State residents say they would not take a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available, according to a new survey.

The Rutgers-Eagleton poll released Tuesday found that between 36-47% of respondents vowed not to get vaccinated against the virus.

Ashley Koning, director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, said the results mirror national trends that showed more backing for a vaccine earlier in the pandemic.

New Jersey reported another 2,232 cases of coronavirus Monday. The state saw 14,566 new infections in the past four days alone, Gov. Phil Murphy said.

Another 14 people died from coronavirus. All told there have been 14,779 lab-confirmed fatalities and another 1,801 probable deaths connected to COVID-19. 

Tighter restrictions on gatherings

Murphy announced via Twitter Monday that he is “retightening” restrictions on gatherings to slow what state officials have called the second wave of COVID-19.

New Jersey reported another 3,517 cases of coronavirus Thursday, for a cumulative total of 266,986 infections since the start of the pandemic.

Another 18 residents died from COVID-19. There have now been 14,694 lab-confirmed fatalities and another 1,801 probable deaths from the disease.

The state reported 1,827 hospitalizations as well as 360 people in intensive-care units, numbers not seen since early June.

There was a 12% positivity rate for coronavirus tests taken Sunday, and the state’s rate of transmission stood at 1.3.

New Jersey recorded another 2,104 cases of coronavirus Thursday, bringing its cumulative total to 247,219 infections since the pandemic began.

Another 12 people died from COVID-19. There have now been 14,603 lab-confirmed deaths and another 1,800 probable fatalities in New Jersey.

The testing positivity rate was 7.74% for coronavirus tests administered on Nov. 1.

New restrictions ‘close’ as infections rise

New Jersey recorded its highest single-day increase in new coronavirus infections since May on Wednesday.

In a tweet, Gov. Phil Murphy announced another 2,472 positive cases of COVID-19.

“We are still in the midst of the pandemic and need everyone to take this seriously. Wear a mask. Social distance. Wash your hands,” he said.

The spike came days after Murphy and other officials said New Jersey was in the midst of a second wave of infections, as the weather gets colder and more people have been gathering indoors.

After years of efforts and several different iterations, New Jersey will implement one of the strongest plastic and paper bag bans in the country.

Environmental advocates say the omnibus ban will reduce the amount of litter, especially in waterways, and help combat climate change.

On Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed the law, which will outlaw single-use plastic bags, paper bags in large grocery stores, and polystyrene food containers.

New Jersey reported another 1,477 of coronavirus Thursday, bringing the state’s cumulative total since the pandemic began to 234,547 recorded infections.

Another eight people died from complications of COVID-19. There have now been 14,539 lab-confirmed deaths as well as 1,793 probable fatalities.

Of all the coronavirus tests administered on Oct. 25, 6.54% were positive.

The rate of transmission was 1.25, meaning for every 100 people who test positive, the virus was spreading to another 125.

New Jersey has two new state laws to improve the long-term care industry, which suffered heavy losses during the height of the coronavirus pandemic and continues to face intense scrutiny for how it responded to the crisis.

Both laws deal with the amount of contact residents have with their caregivers, friends and family.

“We have been determined that New Jersey will lead the way forward, that we will learn from this,” Gov. Phil Murphy said during a Facebook Live event Friday to sign the bills.

When Joe Mangino got laid off from his job in the spring, he could no longer afford his mortgage payments.

The Beach Haven West resident signed up for a state program that let him skip his mortgage payments for 90 days due to the pandemic. Although the program was voluntary for banks, Mangino’s lender was among more than 150 institutions that participated.

But after his 90 days were up, Mangino got bad news: his bank wanted the three months worth of payments in a lump sum right away.

New Jersey reported 1,192 new cases of coronavirus Monday, pushing the state’s cumulative total since the start of the pandemic to 221,205 cases.

Another four residents died from COVID-19. There have now been 14,425 lab-confirmed fatalities and another 1,789 probable deaths attributed to the virus.

“While these numbers are a far cry from where we were at our springtime peaks, they are also significantly higher than where we were throughout much of the summer and until just a few weeks ago,” said Gov. Phil Murphy.

New Jersey reported 973 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the state’s cumulative total to 216,994 lab-confirmed cases since the pandemic began.

Another six people died from complications of COVID-19. The state has now reported 14,408 confirmed deaths and another 1,789 probable fatalities resulting from the virus.

The state’s testing positivity rate was 4.35% on October 11.

The statewide rate of transmission was 1.16, which means for every 100 people who caught the virus they spread it to another 116 residents.

New Jersey officials reported another 522 cases of coronavirus on Monday, which means the state has now seen 208,713 confirmed cases since the pandemic began.

Another two people died from complications of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total number of fatalities to 14,351 confirmed deaths and 1,787 probable deaths.

The coronavirus test positivity rate was 2.62% as of last Thursday, and the rate of transmission was 1.27, meaning that for every 100 people who got the disease they passed it to another 127.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic lawmakers announced a plan Friday to codify the right to an abortion into state law, amid a growing concern the ruling in Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal across the country, could be overturned.

The proposal came just days before the U.S. Senate is set to begin nomination hearings for President Trump’s third pick to the Supreme Court, which has grown increasingly conservative during his term.

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 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 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

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

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.

New Jersey reported another 518 cases of coronavirus Friday, bringing the cumulative total over the last six months of the pandemic to 195,888 positive cases.

The state also reported another nine deaths related to the virus. That means there have been 14,234 confirmed fatalities and another 1,789 probable deaths from COVID-19.

The state’s rate of transmission was 1.08, meaning for every 100 people testing positive, the virus spreads to 108 more people.

Young people driving new cases

The Justice Department has asked the governors of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and two other states for data on policies that allowed nursing home residents who tested positive for COVID-19 back into the facilities where they lived.

Elderly and medically vulnerable people — many of whom live in long-term care facilities across the country — have been at a higher risk for severe illness or death from coronavirus.

New Jersey reported another 699 cases of coronavirus Friday, adding up to a total of 181,660 cumulative cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Officials also announced another 10 deaths related to coronavirus. The outbreak has caused 13,944 lab-confirmed fatalities and another 1,875 probable deaths.

Jump in positive cases sets off ‘alarms’

New Jersey reported another 488 cases of coronavirus Friday, bringing the state’s cumulative total to 178,345 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Another 36 residents died from complications of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total number of probable and lab-confirmed deaths to 15,765.

According to Gov. Phil Murphy, the state’s daily positivity rate was 2.36% and its rate of transmission was 0.84.

Remote learning an option for all N.J. students

On Wednesday, New Jersey officials reported 335 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total to 174,039.

The toll of confirmed deaths increased by 53 to 13,476 confirmed and 1,947 probable deaths.

The rate of transmission remains above 1.0, meaning for each patient positive with coronavirus, it is being spread to one other person.

Murphy to sign executive order mandating masks outside

Gov. Phil Murphy went live on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to announce an executive order requiring masks in outdoor public areas.

New Jersey officials on Monday reported 216 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total to 173,611.

The toll of confirmed deaths increased by 20 to 13,773, with 1,856 probable deaths.

Uptick in infection rate concerns officials

Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday that New Jersey’s rate of infection has gone above 1.0 for the first time in ten weeks.

As of July 4, the rate was at 1.03; meaning for every one person infected, it leads to at least one person getting infected.

N.J. Coronavirus Recovery: Casinos, Amusement Parks Reopen For Business

Jul 2, 2020

New Jersey reported another 539 cases of coronavirus Thursday, bringing the cumulative total over the course of the pandemic to 172,356.

The state also announced another 27 deaths. All told there have been 13,251 confirmed fatalities and 1,854 probable deaths due to COVID-19.

Open for business

Casinos are among several businesses reopening across New Jersey Thursday amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Though casinos can welcome gamblers, they won’t be able to serve alcohol or let patrons smoke. They must also cap admittance at 25% of capacity.

On Wednesday, New Jersey reported an additional 423 positive tests for COVID-19. The total number of positive cases now stands at 171,928.

An additional 45 deaths were reported, raising the toll to 13,224 confirmed deaths. There are also 1,854 probable deaths.

Despite language, Murphy says no private development at Liberty State Park

N.J. Coronavirus Recovery: Murphy Signs Budget Extension

Jun 30, 2020

New Jersey reported Tuesday an additional 461 positive tests for COVID-19. The total number of cases now stand at 171,667.

An additional 47 mortalities were added, raising the toll to 13,181 confirmed cases. There are also 1,854 probable deaths.

According to the state hospital association, there are 992 COVID patients in hospitals across the state as of 10 p.m. Monday; 211 are in intensive care. It is the second day in a row that hospitalizations remained under 1,000.

N.J. coronavirus recovery: Indoor dining is on pause

Jun 30, 2020

New Jersey reported 156 new COVID-19 cases and an additional 18 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus on Monday.

The state has recorded a total of 171,272 cases and 14,992 deaths.

Currently, there are 978 people in hospitals across the state and 225 in intensive care.

Indoor dining on pause until ‘a later date’

New Jersey reported another 524 cases of coronavirus Friday, bringing the state’s cumulative total to 170,584 since the start of the pandemic.

Another 44 residents died as a result of COVID-19. The state’s confirmed and probable fatalities now stand at 14,914.

School to reopen in September with restrictions

New Jersey schools will offer some form of in-person instruction this fall, but many students may also learn remotely, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Friday.

New Jersey reported another 406 cases of coronavirus Thursday, bringing the state’s total number of residents who tested positive for COVID-19 to 170,196.

Another 26 people were confirmed to have died from complications of the virus. The state also reported 1,854 probable deaths throughout the course of the pandemic, the first time it has released such a figure. It means New Jersey’s death toll now stands at 14,872.

Deaths spike as state begins counting ‘probable’ fatalities

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