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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC DISASTER – CONGRESSMAN Smith Works Successfully with Families and State Department to Bring Home 17 Trapped in Peru

New Jersey Strong news - Hamilton, NJ: Office of Congressman Christopher Smith reports After more than a week of letters, phone calls and personal intervention to bring home Americans stuck in Peru, Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) announced today that almost all those he championed are back on ; The last of the 17 Americans seeking Smith’s assistance is in transit and expected back in the Monday. Smith, an experienced human…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC DISASTER – CDC Issues Domestic Travel Advisory for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut

US STRONG news - Atlanta, GA: Center for Disease Control CDC reports The CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately.  This Domestic Travel Advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health professionals, financial services, and food supply.  These employees of critical infrastructure, as defined by the…
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USNS Comfort Navy Hospital Ship on way to New York City

200328-N-UP035-1690 NORFOLK, Va. (March 28, 2020) The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) departs Naval Station Norfolk, March 28. Comfort is preparing to deploy in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts and will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals. This allows shore-based hospitals to focus their efforts on COVID-19 cases. One of the Department of Defense’s missions is Defense Support…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC DISASTER – PRESIDENT TRUMP SENDS COMFORT TO NEW YORK CITY

US STRONG news – Norfolk, VA: DOD reports Donald J. Trump and Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper speak in Norfolk, Va., before the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort leaves to support the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts in New York City, March 28, 2020. The White House reports – Transcript of USNS Comfort send off: Norfolk, Virginia 1:52 EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, ; And you’re doing a…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC DISASTER – NJ Governor Murphy Announces New Funding Sources to Assist Health Care Providers with COVID-19-Related Expenses

New Jersey Strong news - Trenton, NJ: Office of the Governor reports Governor Phil Murphy today detailed two new initiatives that will assist health care organizations with expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor announced a $140 million pre-payment to health care providers to support preparations related to COVID-19. Additionally, Governor Murphy announced that the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority (NJHCFFA) has launched a $6 million emergency…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC DISASTER – 108 DEAD AS COVID-19 SPREADS. STAY AT HOME. SCHOOLS, PLAYGROUNDS, MOTOR VEHICLE AGENCY CLOSED

New Jersey Strong news - Trenton, NJ: Office of the Governor reports MVC Agencies Remain Closed to the Public Two More Weeks New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Sue Fulton announced today that the closure of all New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agency, road testing, and inspections facilities will be extended past this Monday, through April 12, as a measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Chief Fulton says…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – FIRST RESPONDERS / HEALTHCARE COVID-19 TEST DAY SATURDAY

NEW JERSEY STRONG news - Trenton, NJ: Governor Murphy is opening the COVID-19 Test Site at Bergen Community College in Paramus and The Garden State Parkway Arts Center in Holmdel to symptomatic health-care workers and first responders. Playgrounds are closed to prevent contact spreading of sticky Coronavirus COVID-19. Children dishonor CAUTION tape closing a basketball half court resulting in removal of the hoop and net. COVID-19 can live on surfaces…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC DISASTER – 81 DEAD AS COVID-19 SPREADS. STAY AT HOME. SCHOOLS, PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED

NEW JERSEY STRONG news - NJ: Office of the Governor reports Governor Murphy Announces That New Jersey Has Received Major Disaster Declaration Governor Phil Murphy holds a coronavirus briefing in Trenton on March 26, 2020. (Edwin J. Torres for Governor’s Office). Watch News Video of COVID-19 Briefing Transcript: Governor Phil Murphy: Two days in a row, punctuality – we’ve got that going for us. Good afternoon, everybody. Lots of ground to…
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NJEDA Announces New Initiatives to Support Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

NEW JERSEY STRONG news - Trenton, NJ: Office of the Governor reports The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Board today approved a suite of new programs designed to support businesses and workers facing economic hardship due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus ;   The package of initiatives includes a grant program for small businesses, a zero-interest loan program for mid-size companies, support for private-sector lenders and Community…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – PRESIDENT TRUMP DECLARES NEW JERSEY A MAJOR DISASTER

Watch Video of NJ March 25th, 2020 Coronavirus Briefing Media. US STRONG news - Washington, DC: The White House reports Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of New Jersey and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020, and continuing. The President’s action…
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AG Grewal Renews Warning That Those Who Violate Emergency Orders Related to COVID-19 Pandemic Will Face Criminal Charges

Cites 3 incidents where police charged persons for illegal gatherings New Jersey Strong news - Trenton, NJ: Office of the Attorney General reports Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today reiterated his message that law enforcement agencies across New Jersey are strictly enforcing  the Governor’s Executive Orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, and those who refuse to comply will face criminal charges. Attorney General Grewal cited three recent examples where police charged…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – Man Charged with Terroristic Threats for Allegedly Coughing on Food Store Employee and Telling Her He Has Coronavirus

New Jersey Strong news - Trenton, NJ: NJ OAG reports Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that criminal charges were filed today against a man who allegedly coughed on a food store employee in Manalapan, , and told the woman that he has the coronavirus. George Falcone, 50, of Freehold, , was charged today by complaint-summons with the following criminal offenses: Terroristic Threats (3rd Degree)Obstructing Administration of Law or Other Governmental…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – ICE Detainee Tests Positive for COVID-19 at Bergen County Jail

New Jersey Strong news - New York ICE reports NEW YORK – A 31-year-old Mexican national in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody at the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey, has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual has been quarantined and is receiving care. Consistent with CDC guidelines, those who have come in contact with the individual have been cohorted and are being monitored for symptoms. ICE is suspending…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – STATE Treasury Freezes Nearly a Billion Dollars in Spending as Fiscal Uncertainty Over COVID-19 Mounts

New Jersey Strong news - Trenton, NJ: Office of the Governor reports Issues New Disclosure Statement on Potential Financial Impact (TRENTON) – State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio issued a new voluntary disclosure statement to bond holders today, as required by law, providing the most detail, to date, on the potential impact COVID-19 may have on New Jersey’s finances, including revenue collections and pension fund contributions. Among the notable items the statement…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – NJ Governor Participates with President Trump on Conf Call Following Social Distancing Protocols

NJ Governor Murphy participated in a video call today 3/23/2020 on #COVID19 mitigation with Vice President Mike Pence, Dr. Debbie Birx, The White House officials, and fellow governors, where I thanked the Vice President for today’s PPE shipment and for Donald J. Trump's approval of four new FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency field hospitals in New Jersey. I informed the Vice President that we will be submitting a federal major…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – NORMALLY AT CAPACITY HOSPITALS OVERWHELMED BY PANDEMIC PRESSURE

Governor Murphy Suspends All Elective Surgeries, Invasive Procedures to Preserve Essential Equipment and Hospital Capacity. New Jersey Strong news - Trenton, NJ: Office of the Governor reports  As part of the state’s effort to preserve the capacity of the health care system to respond to COVID-19, Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 109, directing the suspension of all elective surgeries and invasive procedures performed on adults that are…
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