North Jersey News Roundup for July 21, 2020

The suspect in the fatal shooting of the 20-year-old son of a New Jersey federal judge and the wounding of her husband has been identified as Roy Den Hollander, found dead in Rockland, NY, with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to New York authorities. The FBI said Den Hollander was “the primary suspect in the attack.” The New York Times

Parents worried about sending their children back to school during the coronavirus pandemic will have the option to choose all-remote learning when schools reopen this fall, said Gov. Phil Murphy. The state’s Department of Education is expected to release final guidance later in the week.

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission licensing center in Wayne will be closed for over a week, after reports that a worker tested positive for the coronavirus. The MVC website states the Wayne Licensing Center will be closed until July 28, while a “Closed for Deep Cleaning” sign is posted outside on a closed entrance. News12 New Jersey

There will be no fans in the stands for New York Giants and Jets home games at MetLife Stadium until further notice to comply with New Jersey’s executive order limiting outdoor gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision is likely to last the entire 2020 NFL season for the Giants and Jets, but with an acknowledgement that the situation will continue to be reviewed and reevaluated. The Record

Drills and practices for sports considered high-risk for the spread of the coronavirus can resume in New Jersey as long as they are held at outdoor venues. Sports considered high-risk include football, rugby, boxing, martial arts, wrestling and cheerleading. All sports will have to abide by a number of health and safety protocols, including screenings for athletes, coaches, and staff, limited equipment sharing, and strong requirements for disinfecting and sanitizing equipment.

New Jersey’s largest nurses and healthcare workers union want hospitals and other facilities to keep track of and share information about how many healthcare workers get sick the next time there’s a pandemic. A Health Professionals and Allied Employees Union report concludes when the COVID-19 crisis began in New Jersey in March, hospitals and other acute care facilities were almost completely unprepared for what would follow, notably very little personal protective equipment was available, as nurses and other healthcare workers were exposed to the virus at alarming rates. 

The state Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously approved three bipartisan pandemic-related PTSD bills. The first bill would establish a 24/7 hotline for support and referrals; another creates a PTSD screening process to be administered as part of a doctor’s office visit; and a third calls for a public awareness campaign on the issue and available services. NJ Spotlight

A poll conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University shows uncertainty among Garden State residents on how schools should operate this year. Overall, 46% believe schools should reopen with the appropriate protective measures in place as compared with 42% who support a return to online learning until a COVID-19 treatment or vaccine becomes available.

Gov. Phil Murphy is urging New Jersey residents to remain vigilant about social distancing as large crowds visited the Jersey Shore to escape the heat. “My biggest concern is not what I see on the beach,” Murphy said. “My bigger concern is people jammed up waiting to go in to get a slice of pizza, waiting to go to the restroom.” News12 New Jersey

The House coronavirus stimulus bill’s provision to restore the full deduction for state and local taxes would benefit 3 in 10 New Jersey taxpayers, a higher percentage than any other state, according to an Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy report. The report found 80% of those in the state who would benefit had an average income of $216,000 or less if the Republican tax law’s $10,000 limit on deducting state and local income, property and sales taxes was removed.

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla vetoed an ordinance to create a yearly $52 bicycle parking permit for city garages. The mayor said while supportive of adding safe bicycle parking for residents, the ordinance is severely lacking in the detail and substance that would be necessary to successfully implement such a program. The Jersey Journal

And finally…The region’s largest kosher market is coming to Passaic. The Record 

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