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Author Archives: Daniel J. Munoz

NJ experiencing post-holiday COVID spike (access required)

Holiday shopping has a different look during COVID. -FREEHOLD RACEWAY MALL

“We had anticipated an increase in positive tests coming out of the holidays, and it is safe to say that we are now experiencing that increase,” Gov. Phil Murphy said during a Jan. 11 COVID-19 press conference. “This is likely from indoor gatherings where neither social distancing nor wearing a facemask were adhered to.”

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Rebuilding a workforce (access required)

To say Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck learned several painful lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic could be an understatement. The 361-bed hospital, less than nine miles out of New York City, was widely considered ground zero for the first of the outbreaks across New Jersey in March. But Mike Maron, Holy Name’s chief executive officer, said he thinks that experience gives the hospital a unique edge: the staff bore some of the worst of the first wave and survived.

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Unprotected work (access required)

Most of Washington and many public officials across the nation contend that the $900 billion federal COVID-19 relief bill signed into law on Dec. 27 leaves much to be desired. Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill agree that a new iteration of the measure, known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, will be necessary. And with Democrats controlling the White House and both houses of Congress, that new CARES Act will likely be dramatically different than the first version, enacted nearly a year ago, as well as the bill President Donald Trump signed recently.

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