North Jersey News Roundup for March 30, 2020

A federal directive on travel restriction for residents of the tri-state area will have little effect on how New Jersey is currently operating, according to Gov. Phil Murphy. Additionally, the state’s Office of Emergency Management will begin receiving data on a daily basis on bed capacity, ventilators, and personal protection equipment from healthcare facilities to better manage needs throughout the state.

A total of 163 law enforcement officers in New Jersey tested positive for the coronavirus. The New Jersey State Police said a total of 1,272 officers are quarantined statewide. The Record

New Jersey’s public transportation systems are altering their schedules due to sharp drops in ridership. New Jersey Transit buses will operate on modified levels of service and bus service will no longer operate out of Vince Lombardi Park & Ride. Rail service continues to operate on a President’s Day holiday schedule with some adjustment, while PATH adjusted its schedule to run every 10 minutes systemwide weekdays, with additional trains every five minutes during the morning commute.

The Motor Vehicle Commission location closures were extended until April 12 in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The closure is for all locations, including road testing and inspection facilities, but other functions are available online. The Record

New Jersey received approval to deploy National Guard troops to assist in the state’s fight against the novel coronavirus. The troops will be able to help transport needed supplies, staff testing facilities and any other tasks needed in New Jersey.

Rutgers University will graduate 192 students from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School a month early so they can join the front line medical treatment of COVID-19. The majority will graduate on April 10 and the rest on April 21 in a virtual graduation ceremony. The students  were recently matched to their residency locations to start work on July 1, but individual locations can put the 62 students matched to New Jersey hospitals and 58 to hospitals in New York to work earlier.

At least 10 municipalities in New Jersey have more than 100 cases of COVID-19, with Jersey City having the most at 334 cases. Other North Jersey municipalities in triple digits include Newark at 268, Teaneck at 264, Paterson at 175, Clifton at 131, Englewood at 121, Bergenfield at 111 and Hackensack at 105.

Hoboken will close its parks for two weeks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The closure includes all city and county parks, including dog parks., and anyone not complying will be given a citation for trespassing. News12 New Jersey

Vernon closed a portion of the Appalachian Trail with plans to do the same at Maple Grange Park if people continue to ignore public health warnings about social distancing. The township roped off all playground equipment and posted signs near the basketball courts and playing fields directing individuals to practice social distancing. New Jersey Herald

Morris County opened the county’s second coronavirus drive-thru testing center at the County College of Morris. The service is available only to residents who obtain a referral from a doctor or medical provider and must preschedule an appointment for testing through the county’s COVID-19 appointments portal. The Daily Record

Mountain Creek is now offering free of charge the services of its accounting department to local small businesses applying for government loans and other assistance. Company officials said it’s too soon to speculate on whether the resort’s waterpark, which normally opens Memorial Day weekend, will be able to open on time, while opening delays are expected for the resort’s bike park, golf and ropes courses. New Jersey Herald

U.S. stock futures were mixed as oil dropped sharply March 30 as investors deal with the mounting economic toll due to the coronavirus. U.S. crude-oil futures dropped to their lowest level in over 18 years, while stock futures tied to the S&P 500 index wavered between gains and losses. The Wall Street Journal

And finally…Hudson County’s Skyway Golf Course remains one of the only courses open in North Jersey. The Jersey Journal

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