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Trump Approves NJ Disaster Deceleration as Coronavirus Cases Mount



Govorner Murphy (AP)

TJV  Web Editor

NJ now has 4,400 COVID-19 cases and thus far 62 deaths as the pandemic spreads across America.

President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for New Jersey, making way for federal funding and assistance for all areas impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

These numbers are sobering, but not surprising to us,” Gov. Phil Murphy said during a briefing Wednesday, reported by CBS

We are in this fight to save lives,” Murphy said.

The governor signed an executive order requiring child care centers to close by April 1 unless they are solely serving children of essential workers.

Murphy also expanded the kinds of businesses that are permitted to operate while the state’s COVID-19 emergency orders are in place. The list of businesses considered essential now includes:Mobile phone retail and repair shop, Bicycle shops, but only to provide service and repair, Livestock feed stores Nurseries and garden centers, Farming equipment stores

NJ has expanded it’s drive thru testing services.

Essex County officials said Wednesday that a drive-thru testing center would be opening Thursday in Newark’s Weequahic Park. A drive-through facility for Passaic County residents opened Wednesday at William Paterson University, ABC6 Philadelphia reported.

In Essex, appointments are mandatory, according to a statement from Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo. Residents should go to the county’s website to complete a screening form and make an appointment.

In Passaic, county residents must have a referral from a doctor, Gov. Phil Murphy said earlier this week.


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