North Jersey News Roundup for June 25, 2020

Gov. Phil Murphy joined his fellow governors in New York and Connecticut in announcing travel restrictions for those entering the tri-state region. All individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 are being advised to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. Additionally, the state announced July 2 opening dates for museums, aquariums, libraries, indoor recreation and individualized gym workouts.

President Donald Trump will not have to follow the state’s 14-day quarantine mandate when he travels to his private golf club in Bedminster after visiting Arizona. Gov. Phil Murphy said the President isn’t included in his order as there is a carve out for essential workers and the President’s staff is consistently tested.

COVID-19’s spread is picking up steam in a larger swath of the U.S. as cases increased at a faster rate nationwide for nearly two weeks, an acceleration not attributable solely to increased testing. Thirty-three states had a seven-day average of new cases higher than their average during the past two weeks, compared with 21 states at the start of the month. The Wall Street Journal

New Jersey state models do not predict a spike in new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations or ventilator use in the near term as a result of the recent Black Lives Matter protests or the state’s recent Stage 2 reopening measures. New Jersey analysts anticipate the state can prevent thousands of people from being hospitalized with the coronavirus if residents keep up social distancing measures and wear a mask through the end of July. The Record

North Jersey hospitals are set to receive $275 million through The CARES Act to boost the state’s healthcare response to the ongoing pandemic. The funding will be used to support those on the frontline of the fight by ensuring they have the resources they need now and in the future, should a possible second wave of the virus hit.

Senate Democrats blocked action on Republican legislation responding to the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Sen. Cory Booker called the bill “woefully inadequate, deeply flawed, and painfully weak” and urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), to negotiate with Democrats to draft bipartisan legislation that could win support from both parties.

Gov. Phil Murphy said more than 230 new contact tracers are being onboarded. The newest contact tracer’s represent all 21 counties and speak nearly two-dozen languages. PoliticoNJ

The waters of Lake Hopatcong will have competing political demonstrations on June 27. The Sussex County Republican Party is planning a boat parade showing support for President Donald Trump, with a counter protest scheduled at the same time.

Hudson County has already doubled its previous record for mail-in ballots cast with less than two weeks before New Jersey’s primary election. The county Board of Elections has received about 40,000 ballots, eclipsing Its previous high during the election that fell about a week after Superstorm Sandy. The county mailed 255,000 ballots to registered Democrats and Republicans earlier this month. The Jersey Journal

Amazon has signed leases for 14 delivery stations in New Jersey with plans to open them this year. Leases have been signed in North Jersey cities including two each in Carlstadt and Kearny as well as locations in Jersey City, Mahwah, Newark and Teterboro.

And finally…Newark school will receive $50,000 to help build an urban farm staffed by students.

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