North Jersey News Roundup for July 6, 2020

OPINION: Despite flaws, vote-by-mail options should remain going forward. Counties like Hudson, Morris, Essex, Sussex and Passaic have reported record numbers of ballots already sent in days before the July 7 primary.

Youth summer camps and summer school are allowed to resume July 6. Among the rules the camps will operate under include campers and staff members must be screened for fever and symptoms of COVID-19 before being allowed to enter the camp, with those who have a fever or other signs will not be permitted; groups must include the same children each day with the same staffer, if possible; and communal dining is barred and mealtimes will be staggered.

NJ Transit returns to a normal rail and light train schedule on July 6 for the first time since March. Trains will have added capacity to allow for social distancing and cross-honoring between buses and trains. Cash will again be accepted on trains.

Gov. Phil Murphy says New Jersey is beginning to see “small spikes” in COVID-19 infection from people returning from trips to places such as South Carolina and Florida. The governor said the most prevalent example was a wedding in Myrtle Beach, from which New Jersey residents returned with the virus. Additionally, Murphy supports a national strategy, with wearing a mask should being a national requirement. News12 New Jersey

Hoboken recorded 13 new COVID-19 cases on July 2 and 3, the highest two-day total since mid-May. The majority of the new cases, according to the city’s health department, are residents who tested positive after traveling to hot spot zones with rising rates of COVID-19, including Florida, Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina. Hudson Reporter

Bergen County Executive James Tedesco thinks the county will be able to handle a potential spike in cases in the future. “We’re in a lot better position than we were back then because we didn’t know a lot back then,” he said. “We know a whole lot more today.” The Record

New Jersey Commissioner of Health Judith Persichilli recently clarified visitation rules for hospitals in the state in regards to the coronavirus. Persichilli noted that while the department has provided the guideline to the 71 hospitals in New Jersey, the final decisions are to be made by the hospitals themselves.

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office doesn’t track how many no-knock warrants county prosecutors or state judges greenlight every year, or what alleged crimes authorities invoke to obtain them. Tracking is inconsistent at the county level, even though local prosecutors must review every warrant before they take it to a judge for approval. New Jersey Herald

Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed legislation placing limits on service fees charged to restaurants by third-party delivery applications and websites during state of emergencies declared in response to COVID-19. The legislation prohibits third-party food takeout and delivery service applications and websites from charging service fees greater than 20% of the cost of the individual order or greater than 10% of the cost of the individual order.

Hanover Mayor Ronald Francioli resigned from his post. Francioli, who has served as mayor for about 20 years, will remain on the governing body and is supporting Deputy Mayor John L. Ferramosca to be appointed the new mayor and chairman of the township committee. The Daily Record

The Bergen Arches Preservation Coalition is a new member of the High Line Network, a community of projects working to transform old infrastructure into productive community spaces. The partnership bolsters the preservation coalition, which is working to turn a NJ Transit property with an abandoned rail line in the middle of Jersey City into a recreational trail. The Jersey Journal

And finally…The weather for the week ahead is expected to bring plenty of heat and possible storms.

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