North Jersey News Roundup for June 11, 2020

State officials walked through the framework for the contact tracing program New Jersey’s Department of Health will be charged with implementing in the coming weeks. The state anticipates bringing on at least 1,600 additional contact tracers by the end of June with capabilities to bring on as many as 4,000.

New Jersey is paying the consulting firm McKinsey & Company $5.5 million to help coordinate its response to the coronavirus pandemic. The approach laid out in McKinsey’s proposal includes working with the state’s Office of Emergency Management and Department of Health to review epidemiology data and assess the capacity of the state’s healthcare system and its workforce. PoliticoNJ

New Jersey may soon allow visitors to nursing homes in “very selected circumstances” after months of keeping them away to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus. State officials aren examining guidelines in other states, as New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said officials have “identified some guidelines that we’re just not ready to put out yet, but we will be soon.”

Wayne will host ceremonies for graduates of the Wayne Hills and Valley, even though attendance at the events may well exceed what the state now permits for mass gatherings. The town’s mayor justified his move to host the ceremonies by pointing to Gov. Phil Murphy’s recent participation in rallies against racial injustice. The school district will hold graduation ceremonies for the town’s two high school’s July 30. The Record

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded 16 New Jersey hospitals $280 million with a high number of Medicaid and other low-income patients. The money was included in legislation passed in response to the coronavirus.

The Jersey City Council introduced an ordinance allowing city police officers to resume a form of off-duty work they’ve been barred from doing since 2018. The legislation calls for a new traffic control manual mandating only Jersey City police officers are allowed to conduct manual traffic control at signalized intersections. The Jersey Journal

The U.S. Attorney’s office asked to dismiss the indictments against Bridgegate defendants Bridget Anne Kelly and William Baroni and to toss out the guilty plea against David Wildstein. Prosecutors said in court filings they are not opposing the removal of Wildstein’s guilty plea given the decisions of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals.

Jersey City is seeking a commercial operator for the Loew’s Jersey Theatre. The operator will oversee a $40 million renovation and run the 3,000-seat venue built during the 1920s. The company will work with Friends of the Loew’s, a nonprofit that has run the venue since the 1980s. The Wall Street Journal

The Sussex County Fairgrounds received approval from Frankford officials to host socially distant events in order to make up for lost revenue. The Township Committee approved a resolution allowing the fairgrounds the opportunity to organize a variety of events, including drive-in movies and concerts, from June 15 through Nov. 30. New Jersey Herald

And finally…Boardwalk games and other outdoor entertainment are allowed to resume in New Jersey.

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