The full New Jersey assembly passed a bill designed to assess and approve personal protective equipment (PPE) and bolster two stockpiles of the life-saving medical equipment.
“How close are we to doing something? Close,” said Murphy at a press briefing Nov. 5. “We will clearly be taking action.”
The update continues the state’s policy originally developed with New York, who recently altered theirs for a more active approach in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19.
New Jersey’s health commissioner estimates the peak of the second wave will hit New Jersey during the first three months of 2021.
Gov. Phil Murphy and the head of the New Jersey State Police labeled the actions of Trump supporters as “dangerous” when they blocked off the Garden State Parkway on Nov. 1.
State officials plan to use “hotspot” teams used successfully in Lakewood in October to combat the second wave of the coronavirus in New Jersey.
The first bill requires minimum direct care staff-to-resident ratios in New Jersey long-term care facilities, while the second law mandates long-term care facilities to institute policies to prevent social isolation of residents.
“The second wave of coronavirus is no longer something off in the future,” said Murphy. “It’s coming in now.”
“I’m frustrated by the contact tracing piece,” said Murphy. “I still think this is a lot of parents trying to protect their kids.”
State officials rolled out the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan when one becomes available, designed to provide equitable access, achieve maximum community protection and build public trust in advance of an approved vaccine.
The number of people who were not at all confident that a vaccine would be adequately tested for safety rose seven percentage points since the same question was asked in June.
The New Jersey Health Department updated an executive directive approving the use of antigen testing, which would allow for indoor visitation at long-term care facilities in every phase.
The Department of the Treasury reported that September revenue collections for the major taxes was down 4.4% from 2019 and down nearly 9% for the first quarter of the financial year.
Two of Murphy’s top aides, Deputy Chief of Staff Mike Delamater and senior adviser Dan Bryan, have tested positive for the coronavirus.