COVID-19 Live Updates: New Jersey Contact Tracing Issues


NEW YORK (WABC) – Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday pleaded with New Jersey residents to cooperate with contact tracers, urging them to “answer the call.” Murphy said more than half of people contacted by the tracers did not cooperate.He reaffirmed that while the state does not condone illegal or illicit behavior, the discovery of such cases is not the point of contact for research, and people will not be arrested if alcohol consumption among minors or other activities are involved. Instead, he said it was to prevent the spread of the virus. The governor also said the state was building up its stockpile of PPE with the goal of a supply of three months before a possible increase in cases this fall.

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NYC converts 1-hour parking meters to 2-hour parking meters
New York City announced on Friday that starting in October, all one-hour parking meters will be converted to 2-hour meters across the city to provide drivers with more time to shop or dine. There will be no change in meter rates for the first hour, with higher rates only for the second hour of parking. CLICK HERE for the New York Parking Rate Map.

New Jersey gyms reopening?
Gyms in New Jersey remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the state could move closer to taking action to reopen. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said the state will follow the process of reopening gyms in New York City, which begins on Monday.

New York sets one-day record for coronavirus testing
A new record number of COVID-19 test results, 98,880, were reported in New York state on Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, and hospitalizations fell below 500 for the first time, to 490, the lowest number since March 16.

“Part of the reason we were able to tame the beast in New York City is because of our aggressive testing strategy. When the federal administration fell, New York stepped up, ”Cuomo said in a statement on Friday.

In addition, the total number of intensive care patients fell to 119, the lowest number since March 15. And the rate of positive tests, 0.72%, was less than 1% for the 14th consecutive day.

The Tony Awards will take place, virtually
Despite being cut short by the coronavirus pandemic, Broadway’s shortened season will nonetheless have a Tony Awards. Tony Award Productions said on Friday that the live theater celebration will be digital but does not offer any dates or streaming platforms. Final eligibility decisions will be made by the Tony Awards Administration Committee “in the coming days”. Broadway theaters abruptly closed on March 12, eliminating all shows, including 16 that were still scheduled to open.

MTA ending free overnight trips for essential workers
The MTA has announced that it will stop paying workers’ essential travel costs while the metro is closed overnight. The agency will no longer pay for taxi and rental vehicle trips from August 31. Night shutdowns, which have been occurring since May for cleaning, will continue daily from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. The MTA says it has paid $ 6.5 million for 120,000 trips in the past four months. There will always be an improved bus service during these night hours.

Subway Series postponed
The remainder of the Mets / Yankees subway series has been postponed after at least two members of the Mets organization tested positive for COVID-19.

“As a precaution and to allow additional testing and contact tracing within the New York Mets organization, games between the New York Mets and Yankees at Citi Field on Saturday, August 22 and Sunday August 23 has been postponed, ”the league said in a statement. “Major League Baseball will continue to provide updates as needed. “
The New York family launched the JetBlue flight
A Brooklyn mother speaks out after JetBlue Airways forced her and her six children off a plane this week when her 2-year-old daughter refused to wear a mask.

If teachers are exposed to the virus, they could stay in class
New guidelines from President Donald Trump’s administration that declare teachers to be “critical infrastructure workers” could give the green light to exempt teachers from quarantine requirements after being exposed to COVID-19 and place them back in class. Keeping teachers symptom-free in the classroom, as a handful of school districts in Tennessee and Georgia have already said, increases the risk of them passing respiratory disease on to students and their colleagues. Multiple teachers may be required by public health agencies to self-quarantine for 14 days during an outbreak, which can stretch a district’s ability to continue to provide in-person instruction.

Changes to Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade will continue this year, but with many changes. The company says the parade will be “re-imagined” in the same way that Macy’s July 4th fireworks have been over the summer.

Outdoor sports in high school in New Jersey, but indoor sports delayed
The agency that oversees high school sports in New Jersey has decided that fall indoor sports will be postponed until early next year, but outdoor sports will begin their season in about a month. The seasons have condensed schedules and will maintain most local contests. The plan also prohibits competition out of state except for “exceptional circumstances” and states that post-season play will be limited and local, without a statewide championship.

Cuomo signs bill to allow expansion of postal voting in New York
Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday signed a bill allowing New York voters concerned about COVID-19 to request a postal vote for the November election.

NC State offers online undergraduate courses
North Carolina State University has put its undergraduate courses online for the fall semester, the school said. We have a list of what colleges and universities in the tri-state have planned here.

Purdue suspends 36 students for partying
Purdue University has suspended 36 students for hosting and attending a party amid the coronavirus pandemic, the school said. Earlier this week, University of Connecticut officials evicted several students from their accommodation on campus after learning of a crowded party in a dormitory without masks or social distancing, which violated school rules on coronaviruses.


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