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The United States Passes 400k in COVID-19 Cases Tonight

April 7, 2020, 11:10 pm ET update

World: Cases: 1,433,588 Deaths: 82,078

United States: Confirmed Cases: 400,412 Deaths: 12,854

New Jersey: Confirmed Cases: 44,416 Deaths: 1,232

Updated stats can be found here:

Coronavirus Dashboard at this link tonight’s stats updated at 11:10 pm

Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker (was down at 11:10 pm)

New Jersey Details:

We have 3,361 new positive #COVID19 cases, bringing our total to 44,416.
• Atlantic: 144
• Bergen: 7,533
• Burlington: 733
• Camden: 736
• Cape May: 94
• Cumberland: 71
• Essex: 5,078
• Gloucester: 311
• Hudson: 4,949
• Hunterdon: 234
• Mercer: 837
• Middlesex: 3,717
• Monmouth: 2,770
• Morris: 2,239
• Ocean: 2,641
• Passaic: 4,101
• Salem: 31
• Somerset: 1,033
• Sussex: 331
• Union: 4,358
• Warren: 255
• Under Investigation: 2,220

We’ve lost another 232 New Jerseyans to COVID-19, bringing our total to 1,232 deaths.
• Atlantic: 4
• Bergen: 263
• Burlington: 13
• Camden: 12
• Cape May: 2
• Cumberland: 2
• Essex: 232
• Gloucester: 5
• Hudson: 103
• Hunterdon: 2
• Mercer: 24
• Middlesex: 100
• Monmouth: 71
• Morris: 87
• Ocean: 85
• Passaic: 62
• Salem: 3
• Somerset: 40
• Sussex: 15
• Union: 95
• Warren: 7
• Unknown: 5

We currently have 7,017 hospitalizations, including COVID-19 positive patients and persons under investigations.

1,651 individuals are in critical care. 94% of those individuals – 1,540 individuals – are on ventilators.


Monmouth County has 2,800 positive cases 
of COVID-19; all County parks to close

FREEHOLD, NJ –Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley have announced that, due to an Executive Order signed today by the Governor, all Monmouth County parks will be closed, effective April 8.

“It is very unfortunate that the state and county parks had to be closed because of the lack of social distancing that has been taking place,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “We cannot stress enough that social distancing is the only tool we have to fight COVID-19. We need everyone to do their part to flatten the curve by staying at least six feet away from each other and staying home when feeling sick.”

All public shall be restricted from parks and golf courses. Park and golf course entrances and parking lots will be gated or barricaded and visitors who gain park access by foot or bike shall be directed to leave, as the parks will still be patrolled. Marina services are suspended but owners shall be provided access to their boats.

As of April 7, there are 2,800 positive cases of COVID-19 in Monmouth County.

The breakdown by municipality is as follows:

  • Aberdeen: 78
  • Allenhurst: 1
  • Allentown: 1
  • Asbury Park: 55
  • Atlantic Highlands: 10
  • Avon-by-the-Sea: 8
  • Belmar: 4
  • Bradley Beach: 11
  • Brielle: 17
  • Colts Neck: 38
  • Deal: 19
  • Eatontown: 77
  • Englishtown: 11
  • Fair Haven: 15
  • Farmingdale: 10
  • Freehold Borough: 68
  • Freehold Township: 196
  • Hazlet: 105
  • Highlands: 10
  • Holmdel: 93
  • Howell: 240
  • Keansburg: 40
  • Keyport: 30
  • Lake Como: 6
  • Little Silver: 24
  • Loch Arbour: 1
  • Long Branch: 139
  • Manalapan: 237
  • Manasquan: 20
  • Marlboro: 219
  • Matawan: 63
  • Middletown: 247
  • Millstone: 33
  • Monmouth Beach: 11
  • Neptune City: 11
  • Neptune Township: 145
  • Ocean: 123
  • Oceanport: 30
  • Red Bank: 58
  • Roosevelt: 2
  • Rumson: 23
  • Sea Bright: 7
  • Sea Girt: 8
  • Shrewsbury Borough: 20
  • Shrewsbury Township: 3
  • Spring Lake: 6
  • Spring Lake Heights: 10
  • Tinton Falls: 48
  • Union Beach: 16
  • Upper Freehold: 21
  • Wall: 96
  • West Long Branch: 30
  • Unknown: 3

Monmouth County news updates and information regarding the COVID-19 situation are posted at www.visitmonmouth.com.


Covid-19 Total Cases (2624) In Ocean County:

Total as of Tuesday, 4/7/2020 at 12:00 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
Barnegat69
Barnegat Light2
Bay Head2
Beach Haven5
Beachwood39
Berkeley176
Brick330
Eagleswood1
Harvey Cedars0
Island Heights2
Jackson239
Lacey75
Lakehurst5
Lakewood837
Lavallette5
Little Egg Harbor27
Long Beach Township8
Manchester139
Mantoloking0
Ocean Gate3
Ocean Twp. (Waretown)12
Pine Beach2
Plumsted18
Point Pleasant Beach13
Point Pleasant Borough63
Seaside Heights12
Seaside Park3
Ship Bottom5
South Toms River27
Surf City3
Stafford67
Toms River435
Tuckerton1
Total Positive Cases: 2624 

Governor Phil Murphy Takes More Draconian Measures, Closes State, County Parks And Forrests

April 7, 2020

Ocean County was closed last week. See story from March 31, 2020 here most beaches already closed.

This closure does not include several Federally owned parks such as Gateway National Recreation Area. You can visit Gunnison Beach “Gunny Beach” in Sandy Hook — a known clothing optional nude beach and let everything air out, but you can’t go to the Union Transportation Trail in Upper Freehold Township or fish on the Assunpink Wildlife Management Area and enjoy the outdoors.

OPINION: Governor Murphy’s Bait and Switch leaves trout anglers on the hook: It is kind of interesting the first day of trout season was moved up to April 1, 2020 to entice people to get outside and enjoy the outdoors while practicing social distancing. The state needed to get people to purchase trout stamps and fishing licences bringing in cash to the Division of fish and game. Then 7 days later most trout stocked waterways are closed since the majority are on now closed state or county property due to executive order. Was that an April fool? This stinks like a dead fish.

Federally Owned Parks List Here Check Each Park To See Closures Due To COVID-19


TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today announced Executive Order 118, closing all state parks and forests and county parks to further social distancing measures. “My Administration’s top priority is to flatten the curve of new COVID-19 cases, so we do not create a surge within our health care systems and overwhelm the health care professionals who are managing our response on the frontlines,” said Governor Murphy. “We have seen far too many instances in our parks where people are gathering and socializing in groups and by closing these areas, we are further limiting public interactions to only the most essential purposes. Data shows that our aggressive efforts to flatten the curve are beginning to make a difference; however, we must continue our push to flatten it to the point where our day-over-day increase is zero.”Under Executive Order No. 108 (2020), municipalities still have the authority to keep municipal parks open or closed.The order shall take effect on Tuesday, April 7, at 8:00 p.m.For a copy of Executive Order No. 118, click here.

ALL STATE PARKS AND FORESTS CLOSED
To help limit the spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy announced that effective at 8pm on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, all state parks and forests will be closed until further notice . This full closure includes all park lots, grounds, facilities, trails, playgrounds.

HIKING PROHIBITED
All park gates and entrances are CLOSED. Trail use is PROHIBITED. Save yourself the trip and STAY HOME to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

AREAS PATROLLED
New Jersey State Park Police will patrol park areas to ensure the public is following the Governor’s directives to stay home to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
To keep your family and our entire New Jersey family safe, stay home, practice good hygiene and follow all State and CDC guidelines concerning COVID-19.

MORE INFO
To learn more about COVID-19 or find resources, go to COVID19.NJ.GOV, text NJCOVID to 898-211, or call 211.

For updated parks information, please follow this Facebook page or visit the Division of Parks and Forestry’s website: https://njparksandforests.org

#NJStateParks




Ocean County Park System closed last week.


Local Parks: Will add more to the list as closures expand:

Hamilton Township, Mercer County = Closed

In regards to the Governor’s decision to close all State and County parks beginning at 8pm tonight, April 7th, please see the below message from Mayor Martin:

As a result of today’s announcement by the Governor that he is closing all State and County parks as of 8pm tonight, I have ordered all municipal parks closed as of 8pm tonight.  This order pertains not only to Veteran’s and Sayen park but all “neighborhood” parks as well.  While I wanted all parks to remain open, I am concerned that if our parks remain open, they would not be able to safely handle the additional visitors.  It would put your safety, and the safety of our parks employees, in jeopardy and I cannot take that chance. Please continue to keep up your social and physical distancing, washing your hands, and abiding by all CDC recommendations.  By all of us working together, we will get through this together.  You all continue to make me #HamiltonProud!
For more information and to read the Executive Order click here.


Robbinsville Township, Mercer County = Open as long as people practice social distancing.

April 6, 2020 COVID-19 Statistics Update

April 6, 2020

World: Positive Cases: 1,349,299 Deaths: 74,679 at 8:39 pm update

United States of America: Confirmed positive cases: 367,507 Deaths: 10,908 at 8:39 pm update.

New Jersey: Confirmed positive cases: 41,090 Deaths: 1,003

Follow the latest at the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 here

We have 3,663 new positive #COVID19 cases, bringing our total to 41,090.
• Atlantic: 132
• Bergen: 6,862
• Burlington: 646
• Camden: 645
• Cape May: 85
• Cumberland: 64
• Essex: 4,493
• Gloucester: 279
• Hudson: 4,395
• Hunterdon: 211
• Mercer: 740
• Middlesex: 3,263
• Monmouth: 2,545
• Morris: 1,956
• Ocean: 2,374
• Passaic: 3,756
• Salem: 29
• Somerset: 902
• Sussex: 292
• Union: 3,685
• Warren: 215
• Under Investigation: 3,521

We’ve lost another 86 New Jerseyans to COVID-19, bringing our total to 1,003 deaths.
• Atlantic: 1
• Bergen: 200
• Burlington: 11
• Camden: 8
• Cape May: 3
• Cumberland: 2
• Essex: 186
• Gloucester: 3
• Hudson: 92
• Hunterdon: 2
• Mercer: 19
• Middlesex: 87
• Monmouth: 62
• Morris: 60
• Ocean: 71
• Passaic: 53
• Salem: 2
• Somerset: 31
• Sussex: 11
• Union: 78
• Warren: 7
• Unknown: 14

As of 2:00 PM, COVID-19 statewide stats:
• Positive Tests: 41,090
• Deaths: 1,003

For updates: covid19.nj.gov


Covid-19 Total Cases (2395) In Ocean County:

Total as of Monday, 4/6/2020 at 9:30 am

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
Barnegat60
Barnegat Light2
Bay Head2
Beach Haven3
Beachwood31
Berkeley156
Brick285
Eagleswood1
Harvey Cedars0
Island Heights2
Jackson213
Lacey59
Lakehurst4
Lakewood825
Lavallette5
Little Egg Harbor23
Long Beach Township8
Manchester121
Mantoloking0
Ocean Gate3
Ocean Twp. (Waretown)9
Pine Beach0
Plumsted17
Point Pleasant Beach10
Point Pleasant Borough63
Seaside Heights13
Seaside Park3
Ship Bottom5
South Toms River26
Surf City2
Stafford57
Toms River385
Tuckerton2
Total Positive Cases: 2395

Monmouth County has 2,577 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 6, there are 2,577 positive cases of COVID-19 in Monmouth County.

The breakdown by municipality is as follows:

  • Aberdeen: 68
  • Allenhurst: 1
  • Allentown: 1
  • Asbury Park: 45
  • Atlantic Highlands: 10
  • Avon-by-the-Sea: 8
  • Belmar: 4
  • Bradley Beach: 11
  • Brielle: 12
  • Colts Neck: 33
  • Deal: 19
  • Eatontown: 73
  • Englishtown: 11
  • Fair Haven: 15
  • Farmingdale: 9
  • Freehold Borough: 58
  • Freehold Township: 181
  • Hazlet: 100
  • Highlands: 8
  • Holmdel: 80
  • Howell: 226
  • Keansburg: 35
  • Keyport: 24
  • Lake Como: 5
  • Little Silver: 21
  • Loch Arbour: 1
  • Long Branch: 117
  • Manalapan: 228
  • Manasquan: 20
  • Marlboro: 205
  • Matawan: 56
  • Middletown: 232
  • Millstone: 33
  • Monmouth Beach: 11
  • Neptune City: 11
  • Neptune Township: 130
  • Ocean: 118
  • Oceanport: 31
  • Red Bank: 49
  • Roosevelt: 2
  • Rumson: 23
  • Sea Bright: 6
  • Sea Girt: 8
  • Shrewsbury Borough: 20
  • Shrewsbury Township: 3
  • Spring Lake: 6
  • Spring Lake Heights: 10
  • Tinton Falls: 41
  • Union Beach: 15
  • Upper Freehold: 22
  • Wall: 91
  • West Long Branch: 28
  • Unknown: 2

Monmouth County news updates and information regarding the COVID-19 situation are posted at www.visitmonmouth.com.

Cases of COVID-19 For April 5, 2020

April 5, 2020

Cases of COVID-19: 6:02 pm. ET Update

as of the 1:20 pm update:

Follow latest numbers at Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker Here

World: Cases 1,270,069 Deaths 69,309

Confirmed cases: 1,249,107 Deaths: 67,999

United States of America: Confirmed Cases: 335,524 Deaths 9,458

Confirmed cases: 324,052 Deaths: 9,180

New Jersey: Testing positive 37,505 Deaths: 917

We have 3,482 new positive #COVID19 cases, bringing our total to 37,505.
• Atlantic: 121
• Bergen: 6,187
• Burlington: 547
• Camden: 556
• Cape May: 77
• Cumberland: 54
• Essex: 4,082
• Gloucester: 248
• Hudson: 3,924
• Hunterdon: 189
• Mercer: 654
• Middlesex: 2,950
• Monmouth: 2,354
• Morris: 1,800
• Ocean: 2,177
• Passaic: 3,227
• Salem: 26
• Somerset: 833
• Sussex: 267
• Union: 3,216
• Warren: 195
• Under Investigation: 3,821

We’ve lost another 71 New Jerseyans to COVID-19, bringing our total to 917 deaths. 917 reasons to stay home and do your part to #FlattenTheCurve.
• Atlantic: 1
• Bergen: 189
• Burlington: 11
• Camden: 8
• Cape May: 2
• Cumberland: 2
• Essex: 172
• Gloucester: 3
• Hudson: 87
• Hunterdon: 2
• Mercer: 16
• Middlesex: 80
• Monmouth: 58
• Morris: 55
• Ocean: 62
• Passaic: 42
• Salem: 2
• Somerset: 26
• Sussex: 9
• Union: 71
• Warren: 6
• Unknown: 13

As of 1:00 PM, COVID-19 statewide stats:
• Positive Tests: 37,505
• Deaths: 917

For updates: covid19.nj.gov


Monmouth County:

Monmouth County has 2,351 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 10 a.m. on April 5, there are 2,351 positive cases of COVID-19 in Monmouth County.

The breakdown by municipality is as follows:

  • Aberdeen: 65
  • Allenhurst: 1
  • Allentown: 1
  • Asbury Park: 41
  • Atlantic Highlands: 10
  • Avon-by-the-Sea: 5
  • Belmar: 5
  • Bradley Beach: 10
  • Brielle: 12
  • Colts Neck: 31
  • Deal: 19
  • Eatontown: 67
  • Englishtown: 9
  • Fair Haven: 14
  • Farmingdale: 7
  • Freehold Borough: 50
  • Freehold Township: 166
  • Hazlet: 91
  • Highlands: 8
  • Holmdel: 78
  • Howell: 205
  • Keansburg: 35
  • Keyport: 21
  • Lake Como: 4
  • Little Silver: 19
  • Loch Arbour: 1
  • Long Branch: 104
  • Manalapan: 210
  • Manasquan: 18
  • Marlboro: 193
  • Matawan: 47
  • Middletown: 217
  • Millstone: 28
  • Monmouth Beach: 10
  • Neptune City: 11
  • Neptune Township: 116
  • Ocean: 98
  • Oceanport: 26
  • Red Bank: 42
  • Roosevelt: 2
  • Rumson: 21
  • Sea Bright: 5
  • Sea Girt: 8
  • Shrewsbury Borough: 19
  • Shrewsbury Township: 3
  • Spring Lake: 6
  • Spring Lake Heights: 9
  • Tinton Falls: 39
  • Union Beach: 14
  • Upper Freehold: 20
  • Wall: 84
  • West Long Branch: 24
  • Unknown: 2

The Monmouth County Donation Site at Thompson Park has closed and is no longer accepting donations.

“We are thankful to the 24 donors who have visited the site and provided much needed supplies which are being distributed to first responders, healthcare workers and other essential workforce employees,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “The Donation Center was operational for 10 days and 2,294 masks, 89,900 gloves, 408 gowns/protective suits along with numerous bottles of hand sanitizer were received. We are extremely grateful to all the donors.”

Anyone who still wishes to donate can contact the County Office of Emergency Management at 732-431-7400.

Monmouth County news updates and information regarding the COVID-19 situation are posted at www.visitmonmouth.com.


Ocean County:

Covid-19 Total Cases (2215) In Ocean County:

Total as of Sunday, 4/5/2020 at 4:00 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
Barnegat58
Barnegat Light2
Bay Head2
Beach Haven4
Beachwood29
Berkeley141
Brick251
Eagleswood0
Harvey Cedars0
Island Heights2
Jackson198
Lacey58
Lakehurst4
Lakewood756
Lavallette5
Little Egg Harbor20
Long Beach Township6
Manchester115
Mantoloking0
Ocean Gate1
Ocean Twp. (Waretown)9
Pine Beach0
Plumsted12
Point Pleasant Beach9
Point Pleasant Borough60
Seaside Heights11
Seaside Park3
Ship Bottom5
South Toms River25
Surf City2
Stafford61
Toms River364
Tuckerton2
Total Positive Cases: 2215

1.1M+ World 63K+ Deaths, USA Passes 300k With 8k Deaths, 34K+ With 846 Deaths In NJ

April 4, 2020 Updated with 4:09 pm stats available

STAY HOME!

Follow the latest at the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker Here

World: 1,187,798 confirmed in the world with 63,902 deaths,

United States of America: 301,902 with 8,175 deaths,

New Jersey: 34,124 with 846 deaths.

Follow NJ COVID-19 Dashboard here

We have 4,372 new positive #COVID19 cases, bringing our total to 34,124.
• Atlantic: 98
• Bergen: 5,760
• Burlington: 469
• Camden: 481
• Cape May: 50
• Cumberland: 40
• Essex: 3,584
• Gloucester: 215
• Hudson: 3,491
• Hunterdon: 171
• Mercer: 586
• Middlesex: 2,578
• Monmouth: 2,065
• Morris: 1,618
• Ocean: 2,003
• Passaic: 2,856
• Salem: 25
• Somerset: 765
• Sussex: 236
• Union: 2,916
• Warren: 182
• Under Investigation: 3,935

We’ve lost another 200 New Jerseyans to COVID-19, bringing our total to 846 deaths. 846 reasons to stay home and do your part to #FlattenTheCurve.
• Atlantic: 1
• Bergen: 179
• Burlington: 10
• Camden: 8
• Cumberland: 2
• Essex: 155
• Gloucester: 3
• Hudson: 78
• Hunterdon: 1
• Mercer: 13
• Middlesex: 76
• Monmouth: 54
• Morris: 51
• Ocean: 56
• Passaic: 38
• Salem: 2
• Somerset: 24
• Sussex: 9
• Union: 66
• Warren: 6
• Unknown: 14

As of 1:00 PM, COVID-19 statewide stats:
• Positive Tests: 34,124
• Deaths: 846

For updates: covid19.nj.gov


MONMOUTH COUNTY: Has not updated since April 2, 2020 once we have the numbers will be posted.


OCEAN COUNTY:

Covid-19 Total Cases (2021) In Ocean County:

Total as of Friday, 4/4/2020 at 11:00 am

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
Barnegat56
Barnegat Light2
Bay Head2
Beach Haven4
Beachwood23
Berkeley135
Brick218
Eagleswood0
Harvey Cedars0
Island Heights2
Jackson178
Lacey56
Lakehurst4
Lakewood690
Lavallette5
Little Egg Harbor20
Long Beach Township6
Manchester107
Mantoloking0
Ocean Gate0
Ocean Twp. (Waretown)8
Pine Beach0
Plumsted9
Point Pleasant Beach8
Point Pleasant Borough59
Seaside Heights10
Seaside Park3
Ship Bottom5
South Toms River22
Surf City2
Stafford49
Toms River336
Tuckerton2
Total Positive Cases: 2021

MERCER COUNTY: Mercer County said they will give a town break down they are working on it and will be posted here when we receive it.

New Jersey to Receive $1.7B in CARES Act Emergency Funding to Shore Up Mass Transit

April 3, 2020

More than $1.7 billion in emergency funding was awarded Thursday by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to the State of New Jersey to help the public transit system weather the economic upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic, said Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), who supported multiple efforts to include transit system support in Congress’ response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  

   “This emergency funding can be used to help NJ Transit get through the ongoing coronavirus turmoil and help pay for the most basic costs to operate, maintain and run our public transportation system,” said Smith, whose district includes the Hamilton Transit Station and the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line that runs from Bayhead, Ocean County through Monmouth County northward, and other rail lines and facilities used by commuters. “That includes such expenses such as driver salaries, fuel, personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies. Mass transit is an integral and crucial component of our state economy, and will be an important part of the recovery for working families, travelers and general business activity. We will get through the current crisis and when we do, public transportation will be at the forefront.”

   The funding, which requires no local matching cost-share, comes from the $2 trillion stimulus bill Smith supported to help communities devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, and passed by the House and signed into law by President Trump last Friday, March 27, called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

   The CARES Act directs the FTA to allocate funding to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus through the existing Urbanized Area Formula Grants Program. The State of New Jersey will receive a total of $1,758,430,844.

   The normal state-federal cost-share is not applicable under the CARES Act for expenses incurred beginning Jan. 20, so no local match is required. By law, governors, through the state Department of Transportation, distribute FTA formula funds among recipients. Operating expenses to maintain transit services as well as pay for administrative leave for transit personnel due to reduced operations during the emergency are eligible uses for the funding.

   Smith signed multiple letters urging congressional leadership to include assistance in the CARES Act for public transit systems and their workers, including a bipartisan letter led by Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ) that focused on the needs of NJ Transit; a letter on March 22, 2020 supporting funding for Amtrak, and; a third letter supporting the mass transit workforce.

   The CARES Act is Phase III of the federal response. Smith supported Phase I, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020—which provided $8.3 billion for treatment and prevention measures, as well as Phase II, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act—which provided paid sick leave, family medical leave, free testing, and expanded unemployment benefits among other provisions to help working Americans. The CARES Act is also providing direct financial assistance of $1,200 for individuals making under $75,000 per year, $150 billion to assist state and local governments, and $600 extra per week and an extension of unemployment benefits for four months.

AG Grewal: Police Are Cracking Down on Violators of COVID-19 Orders

April 3, 2020

Police Throughout New Jersey Are Filing Criminal Charges Against Violators of Orders to Stay at Home, Close Non-Essential Businesses, and Stop Gatherings

TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced that law enforcement officers across New Jersey have ramped up enforcement efforts over the past week by filing criminal charges against violators of the Governor’s Executive Orders (or “emergency orders”), including hundreds of offenders in Newark, where the Newark Police Department deployed a large COVID-19 task force. “Last week, I said we were done with warnings and would take strong law enforcement action against anyone who failed to heed the Governor’s COVID-19 related emergency orders,” said Attorney General Grewal.  “This crackdown will continue until everyone gets the message that they need to stop these violations, which are putting lives at risk, including the lives of the law enforcement officers who are striving courageously each day to protect us during this emergency. I especially want to commend Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose and Chief Darnell Henry, as well as the men and women of the Newark Police Department, for their extraordinary efforts to protect the residents of Newark and this state. Their work and the work of all our dedicated officers is saving lives.” “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.” During the past nine days, law enforcement agencies across New Jersey took the following actions to enforce the Governor’s COVID-19 related Executive Orders: 

  • Newark Enforcement.  The Newark Police Department’s COVID-19 task force issued 416 summonses for violation of the emergency orders and ordered 24 non-essential businesses closed in enforcement actions by their between March 30 and April 1.
  • Joseph Figueroa, 18, Hailey Leavens, 19, Alejandra Aguirre-Lopez, 22, Itayezci Pena-Noyola, 22, and Isais Pena, 20, all residents of Atlantic City, except Leavens, who lives in Mays Landing, were arrested on April 2 on second-degree weapons charges and violations of the executive orders after a loaded .38-caliber revolver was found in their vehicle during an investigation and motor vehicle stop by the Atlantic City Police Department.
  • Craig O’Neill, 42, of Gloucester City, was charged on March 28 in Gloucester City with violating the emergency orders and trespassing at a business, both disorderly persons offenses.
  • Edward Montero, 33, of Bridgeton, was charged on March 29 with violating the emergency orders for holding a health supplement sales presentation at a gym with over 10 people.
  • Rama Igbarra, 36, of Clifton, was charged on March 26 with violating the emergency orders for opening the business he manages, Bobby’s Discount Home Furnishings store in Orange, N.J., after police warned him that the store had to be closed.
  • Matthew Shrewsbury, 34, of Milford, was charged on March 31 with violating the emergency orders, terroristic threats, aggravated assault, risking widespread injury, and endangering another person.  He allegedly became combative with staff at Hunterdon Medical Center, where he was taken following a motor vehicle accident.  Shrewsbury allegedly removed a protective surgical mask from his face, yelled and coughed at nurses and other staff, and threatened to spit on nurses and patients.  He allegedly said he had COVID-19 and did not care if he gave it to others.
  • Wade Jackson, 54, of Ewing, was charged on March 28 with obstruction of administration of law and violation of the emergency orders for holding a party with a DJ and nearly 50 guests inside his one-bedroom apartment in Ewing.
  • Willi Rojas, 42, of Woodbridge, was charged on March 29 with violating the emergency orders for opening his barbershop in Woodbridge to customers.
  • Joseph H. Benigno, 56, of Holmdel, was charged on March 31 with violating the emergency orders for holding an auction with 15 to 20 people at a warehouse in Edison.
  • Steven P. Cato, 20, of Edison, was charged on April 1 with terroristic threats during an emergency, obstruction, resisting arrest, three counts of aggravated assault on an officer, and criminal mischief.  When police were called to his house for a domestic incident, he allegedly coughed at officers and claimed to have COVID-19.
  • Juan Ocampo-Quiceno, 29, of Wharton, was charged on April 1 with violating the executive orders for opening his business, Mine Hill Sports Complex in Wharton, after he was warned to close it.  Police found youths playing soccer and men lifting weights at the facility.
  • Christian Enriquez, 29, of North Plainfield, was charged on April 1 with violating the emergency orders.
  • Anekia Dawkins, 35, of Morristown, was charged on April 2 with violating the emergency orders.
  • Anthony J. Lodespoto, 43, of Matawan, allegedly sent messages through social media threatening to attack Jewish residents in Lakewood with a baseball bat.  He was charged on March 26 with making terroristic threats during a state of emergency.
  • William J. Katzenstein, 39, of Lakewood, was charged on March 26 with violating the emergency orders for holding a wedding with 20 to 30 people in his backyard.
  • Eliezer Silber, 37, and Miriam Silber, 34, of Lakewood, were charged on March 29 with violating the emergency orders and five counts of child neglect for holding a bat mitzvah with 40 to 50 adults and children outside their home.
  • David Gluck, 48, and Abraham Haberfield, 32, of Lakewood, were charged on March 30 with maintaining a nuisance for holding a gathering of approximately 35 males in a school facility that Gluck owns and Haberfield manages.
  • Yaakov Kaufman, 47, and Eti Kaufman, 45, of Lakewood, were charged on March 31 with violating the emergency orders and six counts of child neglect for holding an engagement party at their home with a large number of adults and children.  Thirteen adult guests also were charged with violating the emergency orders.
  • Samuel Manheim, 27, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and 16 other individuals were charged on April 1 with violating the emergency orders for attending an outdoor funeral in Lakewood.  Manheim was also charged with hindering apprehension for initially refusing to identify himself to police.  Approximately 60 to 70 people were present for the funeral.
  • Ephraim Adler, 42, and Sarah Adler, 18, of Lakewood, were charged on April 2 with violating the emergency orders for opening the Brooklyn Southwest clothing store in Lakewood to customers.  A sign on the door stated “Maximum of 50 People.”
  • Nathan Kline, 66, of Lakewood, was charged on April 2 with violating the emergency orders for illegally selling alcohol out of a rental truck in a residential neighborhood where more than 10 people were present.
  • Rafael Medina, 21, Robert Feliz, 18, Edwin Valera, 25, Miguel Lopez, 22, and Angel Gonzalez, 18, were charged on March 31 with disorderly conduct for violating the emergency orders after police stopped the vehicle in which they were riding in Passaic.
  • Joyce Billings, 59, of Columbia, was charged twice by police for opening her business, Post Time Pub in Blairstown, in violation of the emergency orders.  She was charged with obstruction on March 27 and violation of a law intended to protect public health on April 2.
     
  • Jacqueline Maltese, 48 of Hackettstown, was charged on April 2 with simple assault and filing a false police report.  During a domestic violence incident, Maltese repeatedly yelled at officers that she had tested positive for COVID-19.  That was not true.
  • Louis A. Nunez, 52, of Manalapan, was charged on April 2 with making terroristic threats during a state of emergency and throwing bodily fluid at an officer.  As he was being booked at the Monmouth County Jail on an unrelated matter he became belligerent and allegedly threated to spit on a corrections officer, stating he had the coronavirus.

 While a number of defendants identified above were also charged with indictable offenses that carry greater penalties, violations of the Governor’s emergency orders constitute a disorderly persons offense that carries a potential sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.  In addition, earlier this week, Attorney General Grewal announced enhanced charges against six individuals who were charged with assaulting law enforcement officers and violating the emergency orders.  Specifically, those enhanced charges included making terroristic threats during a state of emergency, which is a second degree offense and carries a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000. Defendants Cato and Nunez are similarly charged for their conduct against law enforcement officers.  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 https://covid19.nj.gov/violation 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. The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. 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. 

AG Grewal Announces New Options for Healthcare Professionals to Support NJ’s Response to COVID-19

April 3, 2020

Division of Consumer Affairs Starts Reactivating Licenses for Retirees,
Clears Path for Prescribers from Other States to Prescribe for NJ Residents, and
Will Soon Start Granting Temporary Licenses to Foreign Physicians
 

Administrative Order: www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases20/DCA-Administrative-Order_No-2020-02.pdf

Newark – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced today that the Division of Consumer Affairs has created a streamlined process for retired New Jersey healthcare professionals to reactivate their licenses to support the State’s response to COVID-19. The Division is now accepting applications from recent retirees seeking to return to practice on a temporary, emergency basis. The reactivation of retirees is just one of several actions the Division is taking to implement an executive order issued by Governor Phil Murphy to remove barriers to healthcare professionals joining the State’s response to the public health emergency. Governor Murphy’s executive order also supplements the State’s existing health care workforce by authorizing the temporary licensure in New Jersey of certain doctors who are licensed in foreign countries, and temporarily relaxing scope-of-practice restrictions on Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) so they can practice more independently during the current public health emergency. In another action announced today, the Division of Consumer Affairs is paving the way for healthcare professionals from other States to prescribe medications for New Jersey residents, if the prescriber is temporarily licensed in New Jersey as part of the State’s COVID-19 response and is allowed to prescribe elsewhere. These prescribers will no longer need to register with New Jersey to prescribe controlled dangerous substances, and will be allowed to participate in New Jersey’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. The Division has granted about 4,000 temporary licenses to out-of-state healthcare professionals in the last two weeks, including to professionals deployed to New Jersey with the National Guard and to professionals who offering telehealth services to New Jersey residents remotely from their home States. “The New Jersey healthcare professionals serving on the front lines in our fight against COVID-19 are nothing short of heroic. But they need reinforcements,” said Attorney General Grewal. “We are acting swiftly to support Governor Murphy’s call for all available and qualified healthcare professionals to step up and support the State’s response to this public health emergency.” “We’re doing everything we can to ensure we have a robust workforce of trained medical professionals to help flatten the curve of infections and save lives,” said Paul R. Rodríguez, Acting Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs. “We will continue to look for ways to expand New Jersey’s pool of qualified medical, nursing and therapy personnel to meet the State’s needs during this nationwide health crisis.” About 50,000 retired New Jersey healthcare professionals may be eligible for temporary emergency licenses under Governor Murphy’s executive order and the Division’s actions today. Their numbers include over 11,000 physicians, over 900 respiratory care practitioners, tens of thousands of nurses, and thousands of mental health professionals.Eligible retirees can reactivate their licenses on the Division’s website by completing a simple form. The Division aims to process each application within one day of submission. After reactivating their licenses, retirees are encouraged to visit the Department of Health’s portalfor healthcare professionals who are willing and able to support New Jersey’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Only retirees whose licenses have been expired or inactive for five years or less are eligible to reactivate their licenses on a temporary emergency basis. For now, eligibility is also limited to practitioners from some of the fields where reinforcements are most needed: 

  • Physicians
  • Respiratory Care Therapists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Registered Professional Nurses
  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Professional Counselors
  • Rehabilitation Counselors       
  • Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselors
  • State Certified Psychoanalysts
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers 
  • Licensed Social Workers 
  • Certified Social Workers
  • Midwives

 Other retirees interested in returning to practice to support the State’s COVID-19 can go through the usual reactivation process. Additional information for retirees interested in returning to practice is available in guidance issued by the Division of Consumer Affairs today. A separate guidance document also issued by the Division today clarifies how healthcare professionals can use telehealth to deliver health care to New Jersey residents. Telehealth is a critical tool for ensuring that the State’s residents can continue to access health care services at a time when they are seeking to minimize in-person contacts in order to avoid spreading COVID-19. Many of the thousands of out-of-State healthcare professionals who recently obtained temporary New Jersey licenses are serving the State’s residents via telehealth. In addition to reactivating the licenses of retirees and making it easier for healthcare professionals from out-of-State to treat and prescribe medications for New Jersey residents, the Division will soon begin accepting applications for temporary emergency licenses from physicians from abroad who do not meet all of the usual criteria for licensure in New Jersey. To be eligible, foreign physicians must hold a license in good standing to practice medicine in another country, have maintained that license for at least five years, have engaged in the clinical practice of medicine for at least five years, and have practiced clinical medicine within the last five years, among other requirements. Temporary licenses issued to out-of-State healthcare professionals, reactivated retirees, and foreign physicians may remain active until the end of the COVID-19-related emergency declared by Governor Murphy on March 9, 2020. Rounding out today’s announcements, the Division is also waiving certain regulatory requirements that limit the scope of practice for APNs and PAs. The Division’s waiver complements Governor Murphy’s action to enable these healthcare professionals to work more independently from physicians while the State’s healthcare resources are spread thin in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

1M+ In World, 261k USA, 28.8k NJ With COVID-19

April 3, 2020

There are over 1 million cases of COVID-19 in the world as it passed the 1 million mark yesterday. As of the 2:11 pm update there are a total of 1,076,017 in the world and over 58,000 have died from the virus.

In the United States of America there are 261,438 with 6,699 deaths of COVID-19 as of 2:11 pm.

In New Jersey is closing in on 30k cases and currently with 29,895 confirmed cases. There have been 646 deaths.

Plumsted Township Ocean County has seen its first death as announced by the mayor yesterday see this prior story.

Ocean County and Monmouth County daily updates will be posted at the bottom when available usually after 4 pm.


We have 4,372 new positive #COVID19 cases, bringing our total to 29,895.
• Atlantic: 72
• Bergen: 4,866
• Burlington: 367
• Camden: 406
• Cape May: 44
• Cumberland: 36
• Essex: 3,067
• Gloucester: 183
• Hudson: 2,835
• Hunterdon: 148
• Mercer: 484
• Middlesex: 2,125
• Monmouth: 1,743
• Morris: 1,298
• Ocean: 1,685
• Passaic: 2,216
• Salem: 25
• Somerset: 641
• Sussex: 210
• Union: 2,487
• Warren: 149
• Under Investigation: 4,808

We’ve lost another 113 New Jerseyans to COVID-19, bringing our total to 646 deaths. 646 reasons to stay home and do your part to #FlattenTheCurve.
• Atlantic: 1
• Bergen: 132
• Burlington: 9
• Camden: 7
• Cumberland: 1
• Essex: 118
• Gloucester: 3
• Hudson: 59
• Mercer: 5
• Middlesex: 56
• Monmouth: 48
• Morris: 43
• Ocean: 45
• Passaic: 34
• Salem: 2
• Somerset: 23
• Sussex: 8
• Union: 45
• Warren: 3
• Unknown: 4

As of 1:00 PM, COVID-19 statewide stats:
• Positive Tests: 29,895
• Deaths: 646

For updates: covid19.nj.gov


Monmouth County: When available will be posted here


Ocean County: When available will be posted here.


Mercer County:

Dear Mercer County Community, This week, Mercer County saw its first deaths due to coronavirus disease. The fact that this occurrence was inevitable makes it no less painful, and I offer my deepest sympathy for the loved ones of the five individuals who passed away. Sadly, there will be more deaths related to COVID-19. We also know there is community spread and expect to see the number of positive cases increase as more people are tested. This pandemic represents an unprecedented crisis – it’s been reported that half the world is now under a stay-home order. But I can assure you that in Mercer County we are doing everything we can to protect the health and well-being of our residents. Mercer County, in collaboration with health care partners, opened an appointment-only, drive-up testing site for COVID-19 this week at Quaker Bridge Mall.The center tested more than 260 symptomatic individuals over the first three days.  Please be aware that the testing center is by appointment only for symptomatic Mercer County residents age 18 or older who have a prescription from a health care practitioner. If you are symptomatic for COVID-19 and want to be tested, contact your health care practitioner, who must fax your prescription to the site’s appointment makers at 609-630-4031. If you do not have a personal practitioner, go to an urgent care facility or health clinic and have a prescription faxed to the appointment makers.

Regarding positive test cases of COVID-19, Mercer County has been releasing only the total number of cases countywide. But the number of positive cases is quickly growing and there is no uniform presentation of data town by town. Some municipalities are offering fairly detailed information including age, gender and occupation. Additionally, we have heard from a number of constituents who want to know the number of cases in their town compared to neighboring towns.

Within the next day or so, we will launch a new website that will list cases by Mercer municipality. Our goal is to update the data every 24 hours. At absolutely no time will personally identifying information be revealed. We are making every effort to be transparent while also respecting the letter of the law with regard to individuals’ privacy rights.

These are stressful times filled with much uncertainty. We’ve all had to change our routines; our movements have been restricted; schools are closed; many businesses have been forced to close or alter their services, affecting the owners, their employees and their patrons. It’s an unsettling scenario and we don’t know when life will return to normal.  

We do know that the best defense we have right now against COVID-19 is to adhere to the governor’s directive to stay home. If you must go out – to the grocery store, to a medical appointment, to take a walk or to report to an essential job — practice social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet from others. Otherwise, please stay home. Those at higher risk – older adults and people with existing health problems – depend on everyone else to stay safe.

And continue to take everyday preventive measures: wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

I deeply appreciate your commitment to helping slow the spread of COVID-19. There are many more difficult days ahead, but I know that Mercer County is up for the challenge. If we all work together, we WILL get through this crisis.

Brian M. Hughes
Mercer County Executive


Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Authorizing Commandeering of Property Such as Medical Supplies

April 2, 2020

TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 113, authorizing the New Jersey State Director of Emergency Management to use the Governor’s full authority under the Disaster Control Act to commandeer personal services and/or real or personal property.  This includes medical supplies and equipment from private companies and institutions in order to help meet the continued need for ventilators and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the State in hospitals, health care facilities, and emergency response agencies due to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19.“We must continue to take action to meet the critical medical needs of our hospitals and medical centers during this pandemic,” said Governor Murphy. “While we look forward to these facilities cooperating in providing this equipment, this order gives the Office of Emergency Management the express authority to protect the public health, safety, and welfare by ensuring that supplies go to where they are most needed.”Executive Order No. 113 authorizes New Jersey State Police Superintendent Colonel Patrick Callahan, the State Director of Emergency Management, to take or use resources from private sources in order to address the continued pressing public health concern presented by COVID-19. This authority shall be exercised in consultation with the Department of Health. The Order also states that compensation for such takings will be provided by the procedures established under the Disaster Control Act.”It is our responsibility to ensure that heath care professionals in dire need of personal protective equipment are our first priority, because they are the heroes on the front lines, providing life-saving care to the sick,” said Colonel Callahan. “We will continue to work cooperatively with our partners at the Department of Health to determine where these critical resources are best allocated.”Executive Order No. 113 builds on direction in Executive Order No. 109—signed on March 23, 2020—mandating that all businesses and non-hospital health care facilities submit an inventory to the State of PPE, ventilators, respirators, and anesthesia machines in their possession. Today’s executive order also builds on direction in Executive Order No. 111—signed on March 28, 2020—requiring health care facilities to report data concerning their capacity and supplies to the State on a daily basis, including data relating to bed capacity, ventilators, and PPE.To read Executive Order No. 113, click here

Governor Phil Murphy official headshot in Trenton, N.J. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

Over 1 Million In World, USA 244k, Confirmed Cases In NJ Over 25k

April 2, 2020

10 pm update

Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker There is now over 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world the tracker at last update of 8:42 pm. 1,014,673 confirmed cases in the world with 52,973 deaths worldwide. In the United States 244,678 cases in the USA and 5,911 fatalities.

reporting 981,221 in the World, 226,374 in the USA. Over 50,000 people have died worldwide and 5,316 have died in the USA from COVID-19.

In New Jersey: (Monmouth and Ocean local information will be updated when it becomes available usually after 4 pm.)

We have 3,489 new positive #COVID19 cases, bringing our total to 25,590.
• Atlantic: 50
• Bergen: 4,099
• Burlington: 294
• Camden: 343
• Cape May: 34
• Cumberland: 31
• Essex: 2,617
• Gloucester: 169
• Hudson: 2,270
• Hunterdon: 130
• Mercer: 386
• Middlesex: 1,766
• Monmouth: 1,458
• Morris: 1,082
• Ocean: 1,371
• Passaic: 1,750
• Salem: 20
• Somerset: 549
• Sussex: 179
• Union: 2,010
• Warren: 116
• Under Investigation: 4,866

NJ Fatalities due to COVID-19:

We’ve lost another 182 New Jerseyans to COVID-19, bringing our total to 537 deaths. 537 reasons to stay home and do your part to #FlattenTheCurve.
• Atlantic: 1
• Bergen: 120
• Burlington: 8
• Camden: 6
• Cumberland: 1
• Essex: 99
• Gloucester: 2
• Hudson: 44
• Mercer: 4
• Middlesex: 48
• Monmouth: 38
• Morris: 40
• Ocean: 38
• Passaic: 22
• Salem: 1
• Somerset: 17
• Sussex: 7
• Union: 34
• Warren: 3
• Unknown: 4

As of 1:00 PM, COVID-19 statewide stats:
• Positive Tests: 25,590
• Deaths: 537

For updates: covid19.nj.gov


Monmouth County has 1,482 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 2, there are 1,482 positive cases of COVID-19 in Monmouth County.

“It is so important to remember that the best defense we have against COVID-19 is social distancing,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “No matter where you are, you should be practicing social distancing, whether you are at work, a grocery store, getting takeout, outside taking a walk or riding a bike and even in your homes. We need everyone to do their part to help slow the spread.”

The breakdown by municipality is as follows:

  • Aberdeen: 43
  • Allentown: 1
  • Asbury Park: 24
  • Atlantic Highlands: 8
  • Avon-by-the-Sea: 3
  • Belmar: 4
  • Bradley Beach: 7
  • Brielle: 10
  • Colts Neck: 23
  • Deal: 7
  • Eatontown: 47
  • Englishtown: 7
  • Fair Haven: 13
  • Farmingdale: 6
  • Freehold Borough: 15
  • Freehold Township: 111
  • Hazlet: 59
  • Highlands: 6
  • Holmdel: 55
  • Howell: 116
  • Keansburg: 30
  • Keyport: 10
  • Lake Como: 4
  • Little Silver: 17
  • Loch Arbour: 1
  • Long Branch: 55
  • Manalapan: 130
  • Manasquan: 14
  • Marlboro: 110
  • Matawan: 33
  • Middletown: 137
  • Millstone: 14
  • Monmouth Beach: 5
  • Neptune City: 9
  • Neptune Township: 66
  • Ocean: 54
  • Oceanport: 18
  • Red Bank: 29
  • Rumson: 19
  • Sea Bright: 2
  • Sea Girt: 5
  • Shrewsbury Borough: 16
  • Shrewsbury Township: 3
  • Spring Lake: 5
  • Spring Lake Heights: 7
  • Tinton Falls: 27
  • Union Beach: 1
  • Upper Freehold: 15
  • Wall: 55
  • West Long Branch: 19

The Freeholders remind residents to fill out the 2020 Census by going to 2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 to make sure everyone in their household is counted. The Census count determines how New Jersey is represented in Congress and directly impacts federal funding.

The Freeholders also remind residents that Monmouth County’s healthcare workers and first responders are in desperate need of personal protective equipment which has become increasingly scarce due to the ongoing battle against COVID-19.

Donations of personal protective equipment items are being accepted at Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, in Lincroft, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday, April 3. For additional information, or to arrange the drop-off of personal protective equipment, please call 732-842-4000, ext. 4312.

Monmouth County news updates and information regarding the COVID-19 situation are posted at www.visitmonmouth.com.


Covid-19 Total Cases (1408) In Ocean County:

Total as of Thursday, 4/2/2020 at 2:00 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
Barnegat39
Barnegat Light2
Bay Head2
Beach Haven4
Beachwood12
Berkeley91
Brick139
Eagleswood0
Harvey Cedars0
Island Heights2
Jackson120
Lacey37
Lakehurst3
Lakewood524
Lavallette3
Little Egg Harbor10
Long Beach Township5
Manchester72
Mantoloking0
Ocean Gate0
Ocean Twp. (Waretown)4
Pine Beach0
Plumsted4
Point Pleasant Beach4
Point Pleasant Borough48
Seaside Heights6
Seaside Park2
Ship Bottom4
South Toms River17
Surf City4
Stafford29
Toms River221
Tuckerton0
Total Positive Cases: 1408

Department Of Justice Makes $850 Million Available, NJ $6 Million, Hamilton $51k, Trenton $373k, Mercer County $58k, Monmouth $58k, + More, Individual Town List Attached

April 1, 2020

$6 Million Available to New Jersey Counties and Municipalities

NEWARK, N.J. – The Department of Justice today announced that it is making $850 million available to help public safety agencies respond to the challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19. The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program, authorized by the recently passed stimulus legislation, will allow eligible state, local and tribal governments to apply immediately for these critical funds. The department is moving quickly to make awards, with the goal of having funds available for drawdown within days of the award.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has placed tremendous stress on our public safety professionals at all levels of government,” U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said. “I urge the jurisdictions that are eligible for these vital resources to apply for them as soon as possible. Our goal is to get this emergency funding into the hands of the public safety providers who need it as quickly as possible.”

“This is an unprecedented moment in our nation’s history and an especially dangerous one for our front-line law enforcement officers, corrections officials, and public safety professionals,” Office of Justice Programs Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan said. “We are grateful to the Congress for making these resources available and for the show of support this program represents.”

The solicitation, posted by the Bureau of Justice Assistance in the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), will remain open for at least 60 days and be extended as necessary. OJP will fund successful applicants as a top priority on a rolling basis as applications are received. Funds may be used to hire personnel, pay overtime costs, cover protective equipment and supplies, address correctional inmates’ medical needs and defray expenses related to the distribution of resources to hard-hit areas, among other activities. Grant funds may be applied retroactively to Jan. 20, 2020, subject to federal supplanting rules.

Agencies that were eligible for the fiscal year 2019 State and Local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program are candidates for this emergency funding. A complete list of eligible jurisdictions and their allocations can be found at https://bja.ojp.gov/program/fy20-cesf-allocations.

For more information about the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program, please visit: https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/opportunities/bja-2020-18553. For more information about the Office of Justice Programs, please visit https://www.ojp.gov/.

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice. Learn more about the history of our agency at www.Justice.gov/Celebrating150Years.

AG Grewal: If You Threaten a Cop with COVID-19, You Will Face the Maximum Criminal Charges

AG’s Office Brings Enhanced Criminal Charges Against Six Individuals Who Spat or Coughed at Officers and Threatened Them with COVID-19

April 1, 2020

TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced that the Attorney General’s Office has taken over prosecution of six cases and is filing upgraded charges against defendants who allegedly threatened police officers by spitting or coughing at them and claiming to have COVID-19. “Last week, I said the time for warnings is over and those violating the COVID-19 emergency orders will face strong law enforcement action,” said Attorney General Grewal.  “Police all across New Jersey are making good on that vow by charging violators with crimes. Now, with the cases being announced today, we’re letting our dedicated officers know that we have their backs as they work tirelessly to maintain public safety and health at this difficult time.” “We take all assaults on police officers seriously, but it is especially heinous for someone to spit or cough at an officer in an attempt to infect or threaten to infect them with COVID-19,” Attorney General Grewal added.  “Hundreds of officers across New Jersey are already infected with the virus, which, in many cases, they likely contracted by protecting and serving the public while on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19.  We have zero tolerance for anyone who uses the coronavirus as a weapon or instrument of terror against officers bravely performing their duties during this health crisis.” “Troopers and officers throughout the State do not have the ability to work from home or practice social distancing while protecting and serving the residents of New Jersey in the midst of this pandemic. Law enforcement comes with many risks, none of which do the men and women who wear a badge shy away from,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan of the New Jersey State Police. “For a defendant to intentionally expose an officer to COVID-19 is not just an assault on that officer, it’s an assault on their family members, fellow officers, and the general public. Anyone who uses the virus as a weapon against an officer will face a swift law enforcement response.” “We have superseded these criminal cases to ensure that they are prioritized and consistently prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” said Director Veronica Allende of the Division of Criminal Justice.  “We have upgraded the charges in four cases by adding a second-degree charge of making terroristic threats during a state of emergency, and in all cases we have charged fourth-degree aggravated assault on an officer.  All six defendants now face both of those charges.” Second-degree crimes carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000, while third-degree crimes carry a sentence of three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.  Fourth-degree crimes carry a sentence of up to 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine. The following cases, which initially were charged by local police and county prosecutors, have been superseded for prosecution by the Division of Criminal Justice:

  • David Haley, 52, of Perth Amboy, is charged with terroristic threats during a state of emergency (2nd degree), aggravated assault on an officer (4th degree), throwing bodily fluid at an officer (4th degree), and resisting arrest (disorderly persons offense). On March 21, Haley allegedly spit on Perth Amboy officers who responded to a domestic violence call.  He claimed to be infected with the coronavirus.  He also is charged with simple assault/domestic violence.
  • Raymond Ricciardi, 51, of New Providence, is charged with terroristic threats during a state of emergency (2nd degree), aggravated assault on an officer and EMTs (4th degree),  resisting arrest (disorderly persons offense), and harassment (petty disorderly persons offense).  On March 25, during a domestic violence incident, Ricciardi allegedly claimed he had the coronavirus and purposely coughed at police and medics.  He also is charged with simple assault/domestic violence.
  • Marina Bishara-Rhone, 25, of River Edge, is charged with terroristic threats during a state of emergency (2nd degree), aggravated assault on an officer (4th degree), endangering (4th degree), throwing bodily fluid at an officer (4th degree), and false public alarm (2nd degree).  On March 14, she was involved in a domestic violence incident and allegedly coughed directly on a responding officer, claiming that she had the coronavirus and hoped he was now infected.
  • Kenneth Wideman Jr., 30, of Flemington, is charged with terroristic threats during a state of emergency (2nd degree), aggravated assault on an officer (4th degree), throwing bodily fluid at an officer (4th degree), possession of controlled dangerous substance (3rd degree), and related disorderly persons offenses.  During his arrest on March 19, Wideman allegedly yelled in the faces of police officers and actively coughed and spit at them, claiming to have the coronavirus.  He refused police commands that he wear a mask.
  • Vanessa Shaaraway, 35 of Kearny, is charged with terroristic threats during a state of emergency (2nd degree), aggravated assault on an officer (4th degree), two counts of throwing bodily fluid at an officer (3rd degree), resisting arrest (3rd degree), obstruction (4th degree), and shoplifting (4th degree).  On March 27, Belleville Police responded to a report of a shoplifter and encountered the suspect, Shaaraway, who allegedly fled and refused commands to stop. When she was caught by two officers, she purposefully coughed on them and claimed that she was infected with COVID-19.
  • Jennifer Burgess, 35, of Plainfield, is charged with terroristic threats during a state of emergency (2nd degree), aggravated assault on an officer (4th degree), resisting arrest (3rd degree and disorderly persons offense), throwing bodily fluid at an officer (4th degree), disorderly conduct, and DWI. During a motor vehicle stop on March 16 in Dunellen, Burgess allegedly attempted to elude police and deliberately coughed on an officer, telling the officer that she had the coronavirus.

The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. If you are seeing a lack of compliance with Governor Murphy’s emergency orders in your town, please contact your local police department or report here https://covid19.nj.gov/violation 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.

USA Now at 188,099 and NJ 18,696 Cases of COVID – Ocean And Monmouth Over 1k, Lakewood 438

March 31, 2020 – Updated 4:35 pm.

UPDATE: Today’s county information is updated below the State information. Ocean County and Monmouth County report later in the day usually after 4 p.m. (sometimes earlier)

UPDATE THE USA HAS 188,099 as of 3:46 pm. 3/31/2020

The United States of America as of 12:18 pm has 175,067 cases of COVID-19 and 3,415 have died in the USA from the virus. Follow live updates on the Johns Hopkins University Tracker Here

In New Jersey We have Positive 18,696 Deaths 267 as of March 31, 2020

COVID-19 Cases by County

Data is provisional and subsequent to revision.

3,686 Positives Pending Further Information

Bergen County:   

 2,909 Positive Test Result(s)

Essex County:   

 1,900 Positive Test Result(s)

Hudson County:   

 1,606 Positive Test Result(s)

Union County:   

 1,418 Positive Test Result(s)

Passaic County:   

 1,294 Positive Test Result(s)

Middlesex County:   

 1,277 Positive Test Result(s)

Monmouth County:   

 1,140 Positive Test Result(s)

Ocean County:   

 1,022 Positive Test Result(s)

Morris County:   

 841 Positive Test Result(s)

Somerset County:   

 413 Positive Test Result(s)

Mercer County:   

 268 Positive Test Result(s)

Camden County:   

 228 Positive Test Result(s)

Burlington County:   

 202 Positive Test Result(s)

Sussex County:   

 132 Positive Test Result(s)

Gloucester County:   

 114 Positive Test Result(s)

Hunterdon County:   

 97 Positive Test Result(s)

Warren County:   

 76 Positive Test Result(s)

Atlantic County:   

 31 Positive Test Result(s)

Cumberland County:   

 18 Positive Test Result(s)

Cape May County:   

 12 Positive Test Result(s)

Salem County:   

 12 Positive Test Result(s)


Covid-19 Total Cases (1108) In Ocean County:

Total as of Tuesday, 3/31/2020 at 2:00pm

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
Barnegat35
Barnegat Light2
Bay Head2
Beach Haven3
Beachwood9
Berkeley68
Brick104
Eagleswood0
Harvey Cedars0
Island Heights1
Jackson100
Lacey31
Lakehurst2
Lakewood438
Lavallette2
Little Egg Harbor9
Long Beach Township3
Manchester55
Mantoloking0
Ocean Gate0
Ocean Twp. (Waretown)4
Pine Beach0
Plumsted4
Point Pleasant Beach3
Point Pleasant Borough30
Seaside Heights6
Seaside Park2
Ship Bottom2
South Toms River13
Surf City1
Stafford23
Toms River156
Tuckerton0
Total Positive Cases: 1108

Monmouth County has 1,163 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 March 31, there are 1,163 positive cases of COVID-19 in Monmouth County.

The breakdown by municipality is as follows:

  • Aberdeen: 35
  • Asbury Park: 19
  • Atlantic Highlands: 7
  • Avon-by-the-Sea: 3
  • Belmar: 2
  • Bradley Beach: 5
  • Brielle: 7
  • Colts Neck: 23
  • Deal: 6
  • Eatontown: 38
  • Englishtown: 10
  • Fair Haven: 12
  • Farmingdale: 6
  • Freehold Borough: 9
  • Freehold Township: 94
  • Hazlet: 45
  • Highlands: 5
  • Holmdel: 44
  • Howell: 84
  • Keansburg: 24
  • Keyport: 10
  • Lake Como: 4
  • Little Silver: 15
  • Long Branch: 43
  • Manalapan: 82
  • Manasquan: 14
  • Marlboro: 89
  • Matawan: 33
  • Middletown: 112
  • Millstone: 11
  • Monmouth Beach: 4
  • Neptune City: 7
  • Neptune Township: 46
  • Ocean: 37
  • Oceanport: 13
  • Red Bank: 22
  • Rumson: 17
  • Sea Bright: 2
  • Sea Girt: 6
  • Shrewsbury Borough: 14
  • Shrewsbury Township: 3
  • Spring Lake: 5
  • Spring Lake Heights: 7
  • Tinton Falls: 20
  • Union Beach: 1
  • Upper Freehold: 10
  • Wall: 40
  • West Long Branch: 17

The Freeholders also remind residents that Monmouth County’s healthcare workers and first responders and their desperate need of personal protective equipment which has become increasingly scarce due to the ongoing battle against COVID-19.

Donations of personal protective equipment items are being accepted at Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, in Lincroft, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday. For additional information, or to arrange the drop-off of personal protective equipment, please call 732-842-4000, ext. 4312. The phone number is staffed every day, including weekends.

Monmouth County news updates and information regarding the COVID-19 situation are posted at www.visitmonmouth.com.

Most Beaches/Boardwalks, Some Parks, And Great Adventure Closed Due To COVID-19 Concerns, Even Plastic Bag Ban Suspended In Long Beach Twp

March 31, 2020

Ocean County Park System is closing all their parks starting 6 pm March 31, 2020 according to a NIXLE notice here:

Most public parks in NJ that have running trails, hiking trails are open. Check with each individual town or park system for updates on closures or modifications.

Almost all towns have closed places where people could congregate such as pavilions, shelters, certain athletic fields, skate parks, playgrounds, etc. Most parks have left running and hiking trails open so people can get out and get exercise while still be able to maintain a 6 foot physical/social distance from each others. Check with your specific park system or town for specific closures prior to heading to any parks.

As of right now State of NJ Parks and Wildlife Management Areas are open. Restrooms, pavilions, buildings, etc. are closed. Open areas and hiking trails are open, please maintain social distancing while out and about.

Island Beach State Park information here

List of all NJ State Parks


Great Adventure:

Six Flags, Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ has postponed opening day for both parks Hurricane Harbor and Great Adventure & Safari. Please follow the official Facebook and Twitter pages for Six Flags listed below concerning park updates.

Most public beaches, boardwalks and promenades are closed or have some kind of modified restrictive access:

You should stay home but if you are at the shore check with your individual town for specifics and updates on closures. Some towns beaches and boardwalks are closed. Some have boardwalks closed but beaches open.

Long Beach Township—Due to this Local/State/Federal Emergency, we have suspended the ordinance that doesn’t allow the use of single use plastic bags.
We are also not allowing dogs to access bay beach beaches at this time due to the size and limited space and over use of these areas.
Thank you for your cooperation during this State of Emergency.

Seaside Heights beach, boardwalk and bay areas closed see website here.

Seaside Park, boardwalk closed beach open.

Seaside Park Boardwalk to be closed
Effective immediately, by order of the Seaside Park Office of Emergency Management the boardwalk
will be closed to the public until further notice. The Beach entrances will remain accessible to
the public while the boardwalk is closed. This closure is to further protect borough employees and
the public during Governor Murphy’s executive order to limit non-essential travel. We appreciate
everyone’s cooperation as we try to limit exposure during the Covid-19 pandemic so we can flatten
the curve and
get through this situation together as a community.

March 27, 2020 8:32 AM

Asbury Park Boardwalk Closed to the Public to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19 Effective 3/27/20

Effective immediately, Asbury Park Boardwalk will be closed to the public until further notice to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Asbury Park Beaches will remain open for now, but are subject to closure should social distancing guidelines not be followed. Access across the boardwalk to the beach will be available at First, Third and Sunset Avenues. Access to the beach will also be available at Deal Lake Drive.

March 26, 2020

Lavallette website
Lavallette The Beach and Boardwalk are Closed to the Public.
The entire length of the municipal boardwalk from Ortley Ave south to Dover Ave and the entire length of the municipal beach (from northern border of Ocean Beach, Toms River, south to the border of Ortley Beach, Toms River) shall be closed to any public use until the Governor of New Jersey lifts the State of Emergency in the State of New Jersey.