North Jersey News Roundup for May 4, 2020

New Jersey hospitals will receive $1.7 billion from the federal government as part of The CARES Act. The money being distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be directed to 53 hospitals in New Jersey. Additionally, the state will be part of a regional supply chain for personal protective equipment and medical supplies in an effort to save money and effectively distribute gear needed now. The seven state partnership will spend $5 billion to purchase equipment to share between them.

Bergenfield will start to test residents for the novel coronavirus at a town testing site regardless of whether or not they are showing symptoms. The municipality is the first in Bergen County to administer testing solely for its residents. The Bergenfield testing site will offer both nasal swab and saliva testing in a drive-up setting. The Record

Jersey City will expand free COVID-19 testing to all residents May 4, with or without symptoms. Appointment-based testing will open to all Jersey City at the drive-through site in the southwest portion of the city, while a walk-up testing site will operate on a rotating schedule to expand access to some of the city’s most vulnerable residents. Hudson Reporter 

A drive-through coronavirus testing site at Sussex County Community College is expected to open May 9. The testing facility, available for symptomatic county residents with a prescription for testing from their doctor, will be operated by the Sussex County Division of Health and the Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management in partnership with Atlantic Health. New Jersey Herald

The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development saw its website go down temporarily for the second Sunday in a row. The outage on May 3 appeared to be briefer—from 11 am to 1:30 pm—but extended to other state-run websites.

President Donald Trump insisted “you can satisfy both” as states gradually lift lockdowns while protecting people from the coronavirus pandemic. “We have to get it back open safely but as quickly as possible,” Trump stated.

Jersey City will open farmers markets as it continues to ease COVID-19 restrictions. Nine farmers markets throughout the city will open with precautions will be taken including increasing space between vendors and requiring masks. The Jersey Journal

Eight state parks were “overrun” May 1, the first day coronavirus closures that lasted nearly a month were lifted across New Jersey. The parks that hit capacity included Hacklebarney State Park in Morris County; Wawayanda State Park in West Milford and Vernon; and Worthington State Forest in Warren County.

Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to announce May 4 whether New Jersey schools will reopen before the end of the academic year or if they’ll stay closed as the state due to the coronavirus pandemic. The state ordered all public and private schools closed on March 18 and has twice extended the closure, the latest expiring May 15.

Hoboken lawmakers are planning to introduce a cap on the commission food delivery apps can collect during a state of emergency. Commissions would be capped at 10% of the value of the order and prohibit delivery apps from cutting delivery workers’ pay. The Jersey Journal

A developer has filed a federal lawsuit against Emerson and its mayor, claiming a “stream of frivolous roadblocks and impediments” has aimed to harm their project and make it economically non-viable. Emerson Redevelopers Urban Renewal LLC filed the lawsuit on April 22 in U.S. District Court over its attempt to bring a four-story, mixed-use development to Kinderkamack Road called Emerson Station. The Record

And finally…Atlantic City is facing ruin again. But maybe someday it comes back. PoliticoNJ

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