Day: April 17, 2020

COVID-19 Update For April 17, 2020, Deaths Pass 154k Worldwide And 37k In USA

April 17, 2020

WORLD: Cases: 2,243,512 Deaths: 154,209 Recovered: 569,506 as of 10:38 pm ET

United States of America: Cases: 701,475 Deaths: 37,054 Recovered: 59,434 Tested: 3,557,493 as of 10:38 pm ET

Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker Here For Latest

New Jersey: Cases: 78,467 Deaths: 3,840

We now have 78,467 confirmed #COVID19 cases.
• Atlantic: 370
• Bergen: 11,863
• Burlington: 1,366
• Camden: 1,807
• Cape May: 189
• Cumberland: 263
• Essex: 9,672
• Gloucester: 664
• Hudson: 9,636
• Hunterdon: 385
• Mercer: 2,123
• Middlesex: 7,308
• Monmouth: 4,414
• Morris: 3,822
• Ocean: 4,424
• Passaic: 7,604
• Salem: 102
• Somerset: 2,195
• Sussex: 591
• Union: 8,429
• Warren: 521
• Under Investigation: 719

We’ve now lost 3,840 New Jerseyans to COVID-19.
• Atlantic: 17
• Bergen: 714
• Burlington: 54
• Camden: 64
�• Cape May: 14
• Cumberland: 3
• Essex: 684
• Gloucester: 22
• Hudson: 420
• Hunterdon: 16
�• Mercer: 101
• Middlesex: 309
• Monmouth: 206
• Morris: 232
• Ocean: 201
• Passaic: 221
• Salem: 4
• Somerset: 135
• Sussex: 54
• Union: 330
• Warren: 36
• Unknown: 3

Monmouth County has 4,414 positive cases 
of COVID-19

FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley have announced that, as of April 17, the State is reporting 115 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Monmouth County, bringing the total to 4,414.

The breakdown by municipality is as follows:

  • Aberdeen: 123
  • Allenhurst: 2
  • Allentown: 3
  • Asbury Park: 87
  • Atlantic Highlands: 17
  • Avon-by-the-Sea: 9
  • Belmar: 8
  • Bradley Beach: 19
  • Brielle: 22
  • Colts Neck: 50
  • Deal: 23
  • Eatontown: 132
  • Englishtown: 16
  • Fair Haven: 17
  • Farmingdale: 10
  • Freehold Borough: 140
  • Freehold Township: 365
  • Hazlet: 164
  • Highlands: 19
  • Holmdel: 147
  • Howell: 395
  • Interlaken: 1
  • Keansburg: 72
  • Keyport: 53
  • Lake Como: 12
  • Little Silver: 26
  • Loch Arbour: 1
  • Long Branch: 248
  • Manalapan: 320
  • Manasquan: 25
  • Marlboro: 309
  • Matawan: 114
  • Middletown: 348
  • Millstone: 53
  • Monmouth Beach: 16
  • Neptune City: 25
  • Neptune Township: 227
  • Ocean: 181
  • Oceanport: 39
  • Red Bank: 87
  • Roosevelt: 2
  • Rumson: 24
  • Sea Bright: 7
  • Sea Girt: 9
  • Shrewsbury Borough: 25
  • Shrewsbury Township: 7
  • Spring Lake: 8
  • Spring Lake Heights: 15
  • Tinton Falls: 89
  • Union Beach: 30
  • Upper Freehold: 29
  • Wall: 160
  • West Long Branch: 49
  • Unknown: 35

Monmouth County news updates and information regarding the COVID-19 situation are posted at

Covid-19 Total Cases (4432) In Ocean County:

Total as of Friday, 4/17/2020 at 1:00 pm

Effective as of March 28, 2020, the data represented below identifies the municipality or mailing address which was self-reported by the resident at the time of testing. It may not necessarily represent the municipality of residence.

Town NameNumber of Cases
Barnegat Light2
Bay Head6
Beach Haven5
Harvey Cedars0
Island Heights7
Little Egg Harbor67
Long Beach Township15
Ocean Gate7
Ocean Twp. (Waretown)25
Pine Beach9
Point Pleasant Beach26
Point Pleasant Borough92
Seaside Heights19
Seaside Park3
Ship Bottom6
South Toms River49
Surf City4
Toms River776
Total Positive Cases: 4432
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Lakewood, Names Of 2 Deceased Individuals Released

April 17, 2020

Update from this morning’s story:

LAKEWOOD, NJ (OCEAN)–Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that the two deceased individuals who were discovered in a residence on Central Avenue in Lakewood on April16, 2020, have been identified as Fabiola Rubiano, 86, and James Rubiano, 51.

The investigation into this matter by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Lakewood Township Police Department and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office remains ongoing.

NJ Semifinalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

April 17, 2020

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

Local coverage area semifinalists:

Vineeth Duggirala, East Windsor – Mercer County Technical Schools – Health Science Academy

Jonathan Li Lin, Cranbury – Princeton High School

Lucy Zou, East Brunswick – East Brunswick High School

Laura Futamura, Middletown – High Technology High School

New Jersey Full List:
NJ – Rohan Amin, Denville – Delbarton School
**NJ – Grace Elizabeth Brokenshire, Woodbury Heights – Gateway Regional High School
**NJ – Alicia Caichen, Paramus – Bergen County Technical Hs
NJ – Elizabeth Angelina Caso, High Bridge – North Hunterdon High School
*NJ – Elli Choi, Tenafly – Tenafly High School
NJ – Eunice Y. Chong, Demarest – Northern Valley Regional High School
NJ – Shawnak Deb, New Providence – Union County Magnet High School
NJ – Vineeth Duggirala, East Windsor – Mercer County Technical Schools – Health Science Academy
*NJ – Laura Futamura, Middletown – High Technology High School
*NJ – Felicia He, Saddle River – The Brearley School
NJ – Kevin Huang, Bellmawr – Triton Regional High School
NJ – Jonathan Koa, Mahwah – Mahwah High School
**NJ – Dong Jun Lee, Fort Lee – Bergen County Technical High School
NJ – YoungEun Lee, Demarest – Northern Valley Regional High School
*NJ – Jeffrey Xiang Liao, Livingston – Livingston High School
NJ – Jonathan Li Lin, Cranbury – Princeton High School
NJ – Shreya Nuli, Bridgewater – Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School
NJ – Ojas Parmar, Edison – Rutgers Preparatory School
NJ – Jason Ping, Fort Lee – Academy for the Advancement of Science & Technology
NJ – Katie Volpert, Highland Park – Highland Park High School
**NJ – Alan Yeung, Sparta – Sparta High School
NJ – Ethan Zhang, Short Hills – Millburn High School
NJ – Kathryn Shao Zheng, Tenafly – Tenafly High School
NJ – Lucy Zou, East Brunswick – East Brunswick High School

NJ’s COVID-19 Violations Update For April 17, 2020

April 17, 2020

TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, announced the following recent enforcement actions related to COVID-19, including those involving individuals in violation of Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 107: Cases Involving Additional Offenses

  • Megan Murray, 28, of Monroe Township, was charged on Tuesday, April 14, by the South Brunswick Police Department with two counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, DWI, numerous motor vehicle violations, and violating the emergency orders.  Shortly after midnight, a vehicle operated by Murray was found stopped in a lane of travel on Georges Road.  Murray was found intoxicated and sleeping in the vehicle with two young children inside.
  • Alexander C. Bross, 30, of Ocean View, was charged early this morning by the Upper Township Police Department with DWI and violating the emergency orders.

Other Violations of Executive Orders, Including “Stay at Home” Order

  • Newark Enforcement.  The Newark Police Department’s COVID-19 task force issued 90 summonses for violations of the emergency orders and ordered seven non-essential businesses closed in enforcement actions yesterday, April 16
  • Kim Pagan of Toms River was charged by the New Jersey State Police with violating the emergency orders by organizing a prohibited event today in Trenton in which protesters gathered outside the State House and at other locations in Trenton to demonstrate against the Governor’s Executive Orders.
  • Jeffrey Hernandez, 32, of Paterson, was charged on Wednesday, April 15, by the Paterson Police Department with violating the emergency orders at the carwash he owns on East 27th Street, BWT Shine 4 Less, where officers found employees washing cars by hand.
  • Antoni Moore, 31, Gary Smith, 19, and Onir Ritzie, 26, all of Morristown, were charged last night, April 16, by the Morristown Police with violating the emergency orders. Officers responded at 10 p.m. to a report of a fight outside an apartment on Clyde Potts Drive.  About 12 people were gathered outside, but most of them dispersed when police arrived.  The apartment door was open and the three defendants, who do not reside in the apartment, were inside.
  • Paterson Police charged seven individuals at various times yesterday with violating the emergency orders for continuing to loiter at the corner of Jackson Avenue and Bond Street after police warned each of them about violating the Executive Order.  Police charged Larhonda Burgess, 57, Kevin Lewis, 65,  Pearl Moore, 54, James Williams, 55, Syrenner Frazier, 51, Carolyn Dixon, 58,  and Herman Kuc, 53.  Burgess received three summonses, and Moore received two summonses.  The other individuals each received one summons.

 The defendants who were charged strictly with violating the emergency orders and who do not face more serious charges were charged by summons— they were not arrested.  Those cases will be adjudicated in municipal court.  “Our police officers are working bravely and tirelessly every day to protect us during this health crisis.  Regrettably, they are being called upon far too often to deal with people violating the emergency orders— or what is more egregious, people using the virus to spread fear or impede officers in their vital work,” said Attorney General Grewal.  “Staying home and maintaining social distance isn’t just the best advice to stay healthy, it’s the law.  Make no mistake, we will do everything in our power to keep our residents and officers safe, and that means we won’t hesitate to file charges against violators.”    “Law enforcement and medical professionals are on the frontlines of this battle to protect the citizens of New Jersey from the COVID-19 virus, and we cannot stress enough how important it is that each person follow the guidelines set forth in the Executive Order,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “Because lives are at stake, enforcement action will be taken without hesitation against those who are blatantly placing the lives of others at risk.” Violations of the emergency orders constitute a disorderly persons offense carrying a potential sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.  However, violators can potentially face criminal charges including second, third, and fourth degree indictable offenses. Police have charged a number of persons with second-degree terroristic threats during an emergency for claiming to have COVID-19 and threatening to infect law enforcement officers or others by coughing, spitting, or otherwise exposing them.  Second-degree charges carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000. The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. If you are seeing a lack of compliance with the Governor’s emergency orders in your town, please contact your local police department or report here The Attorney General’s Office and New Jersey State Police will continue to work with law enforcement throughout New Jersey to deter non-complaint behavior. No one should take advantage of this pandemic to further their own biased agendas.  COVID-19 is no excuse to promote anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and or other biased stereotypes.  Please report bias crimes at 1-800-277-BIAS.

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Trenton Mayor W. Reed Gusciora Welcomes Federal Help With COVID-19 Pandemic At St. Francis

April 17, 2020

Photos by: Brian McCarthy, On Scene News

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Yesterday, Mercer County announced that the Philadelphia District of the United States Army Corps of Engineers will be converting portions of St. Francis Medical Center to better accommodate COVID-19 patients.

As of yesterday, confirmed positive cases in the Capital City reached 538.  Seven Trentonians have passed away from the virus over the last month.

“We welcome federal involvement in helping to address our increased hospital demand in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mayor W. Reed Gusciora.  “St. Francis plays a critical role in meeting the Capital City area’s critical care needs and we appreciate the Army Corps of Engineer’s help in expanding the facility.”

Trespassing At Six Flags Great Adventure Safari

April 17, 2020

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NJ (OCEAN)–Trespassing Complaints

Recently JPD officers have had to respond to multiple reports of people trespassing onto Six Flags Great Adventure property along Reed Road. Some of those incidents have been:

On Sunday April 12, 2020 at approximately 1431 hours, officers responded to Reed Road on a report of people along the fence line. Responding officers located a family on bikes riding along Reed Road, which is an unpaved, township road. Officers did not observe anyone at the fence line trespassing on SFGA property which would fall under the petty disorderly persons offense of defiant trespassing and since the in presence requirement of the officers observing the offense was not met for them to legally issue a summons, the subjects were warned and SFGA representatives were contacted and advised they could sign complaints if they so chose.

The responding officers also considered the Governor’s Executive Order 107 which advises residents to stay at home or at their place of residence unless they are leaving for the following reasons: (exception) “walking, running or engaging in outdoor activities with immediate family, caretakers, household members or romantic partners” and E.O. 108 which states that no county or municipality may adopt or enforce any restrictions going forward related to: “any general restrictions on freedom of movement”. As this was a single family riding bikes on a public roadway, and other passing vehicles observed and not a party or social gathering as prohibited by E.O. 107, the subjects were advised of social distancing and no summonses were issued, which would have to be authorized by the Ocean County Prosecutors Office as related to violations of the Executive Order.

On Thursday April 16, 2020, officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Reed Road and trespassing on SFGA property. During this investigation, a 49 year old male was observed trespassing on property and claimed he went there to see the animals. He was issued a summons for defiant trespassing and released at the scene pending a court appearance.

Also on April 16th, the agency received information on 2 male subjects who were captured on SFGA security cameras, climbing over the fence and entering the safari property where they potentially could have risked coming into direct contact with the safari animals. This incident reportedly took place on Tuesday April 14th at approximately 1759 hours and the males were inside the safari for approximately a half hour before leaving. Anyone with any information on helping identify these subjects is asked to contact the Jackson Police Department at 732-928-1111 or through the department’s StopIt app online. Photos of the male subjects involved in this incident are included with the release.

We recommend that residents observe the Governor’s Executive Orders and stay at home, but if you do go outside, please remember to socially distance yourself from others. If going out, please do not trespass onto Six Flags Adventure Property (or any others), as the park is closed at this time. There will be additional patrols in the area and officers will investigate and evaluate each instance independently, keeping in mind the Executive Orders and Constitutional Rights and complaints will be signed when warranted.

A link for information on Executive Orders 107 and 108 is attached in the comments of this release. Thank you to all of our residents for your support and cooperation as we all deal with this current health crisis.

– The media and the public are reminded that any persons arrested or charged with any offenses or crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

Captain Steven Laskiewicz
Investigations Division Commander
Jackson Police Department
April 17, 2020

New Jersey, AG Grewal: 30 Days After Health Clubs Were Closed, Consumers May Now Be Eligible for Refunds or Credits

April 17, 2020

NEWARK, NJ – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division of Consumer Affairs today announced that consumers may be eligible for partial refunds or credits from their health club memberships, now that gyms across the state have been closed for 30 days under Executive Orders issued by Governor Phil Murphy to slow the spread of COVID-19. Under New Jersey law, if your health club facility is closed for more than 30 days, you generally are entitled either to extend your contract with the health club facility for a period equal to the length of the closure or to receive a prorated refund of the amount you paid. The law on refunds/credits for health clubs that are closed for more than 30 days does not apply to single-sport or single-focus establishments like basic aerobic or dance centers, yoga or spin studios, or children’s gyms that offer only scheduled/hourly classes; martial arts, gymnastic, or dance schools; or swim clubs, tennis clubs, or racquetball clubs. It applies only to establishments that allow patrons to use the establishment whenever it is open or during specific time periods (like all weekends, weekdays, mornings, etc.).
For more information related to business closures, we encourage consumers to review the Division’s guidance on refunds related to COVID-19. The document answers the most frequently asked questions from residents wondering about their entitlement to refunds for services they did not receive as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and/or measures taken to stop the spread of the virus. Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file an online complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or call 1-800-242-5846 to receive a complaint form by mail. 

Point Pleasant Beach Man charged with theft of N95 Respirator Masks

April 17, 2020

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Director Robert Hubner of the Woodbridge Police Department said an Ocean County man was arrested today and charged with the theft of  N95 Respirator masks from a business in Woodbridge.

Kevin Brady, 49, of Point Pleasant Beach was arrested today on one count of theft by unlawful taking in the third degree, and one count of conspiracy to commit theft in the third degree.

 He was charged as a result of a joint investigation by the New Jersey State Police – Cargo Theft Task Force, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the Woodbridge Police Department, and the Point Pleasant Beach Police Department, based on a referral from the National Hoarding & Price-Gouging Task Force headed by New Jersey U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

During the investigation it was determined that between March 27 to April 1, 2020, Brady, was employed as an on-site electrician and was working at Prudential Financial in Iselin. During his course of employment, he had unrestricted access to the Prudential Offices and entered a caged storage area in the basement and stole 7-8 cases of  N95 Respirator Masks; each case contained 200 masks.

Prudential Financial had intended to donate the masks to a local hospital at the time the theft was discovered.

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Brian Vella of the Woodbridge Police Department at (732) 634-7700.

Please report COVID-19 fraud, hoarding, or price-gouging to the National Center for Disaster Fraud’s National Hotline at (866) 720-5721 or email

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Brady are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Breaking: Ocean County Prosecutor Reports 2 Deceased Discovered In Lakewood Residence

April 17, 2020


Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on April 16, 2020, Lakewood Township Police were summoned to a residence on Central Avenue to perform a wellness check. Responding Officers found two individuals – an eighty six year-old female and a fifty one year-old male, both were deceased.

An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Lakewood Township Police Department and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit is currently underway. “At this time, the information available to us indicates that both of the decedents have extensive medical histories. A post mortem examination of both decedents will be performed today. We will release their identities hopefully later today as soon as we have confirmation regarding family notification,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated.