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Tag Archives: COVID-19

The coverup continues

Black male holding open sign and looking out at the glass of the door. African American cafe man owner with face mask reopening after pandemic virus. Startup small business after Covid-19 quarantine.

New Jersey is one of just a few states maintaining an indoor mask requirement despite recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control that fully vaccinated people, in most circumstances, do not have to wear face coverings indoors. While continuing the rule caused confusion among many business owners and workers, some say it’s a simpler approach than the alternative – requiring masks only on unvaccinated residents.

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Remain vigilant

Atlantic Health System CEO Brian Gragnolati speaks with NJBIZ Editor Jeff Kanige on May 20,2021.

At the peak of the pandemic last spring, Atlantic Health System was treating 900 patients. And since the start of the vaccine rollout, it has been at the forefront of getting shots into state residents' arms, working with the state to run the mega-site in Morris County. So it’s probably not surprising that President and CEO Brian Gragnolati is still cautious about the outlook. NJBIZ recently spoke with him about his experience during the pandemic and why New Jerseyans should not let their guard down just yet.

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University Hospital CEO Elnahal testifies before US Senate

University Hospital CEO Dr. Shereef Elnahal speaks during Gov. Phil Murphy’s May 9, 2020, press conference at War Memorial in Trenton on the state’s response to COVID-19.

"The reality is that I am still not convinced that we are prepared for the next pandemic," the head of New Jersey’s only public hospital said during his appearance at the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ hearing, COVID-19 Part II: Evaluating the Medical Supply Chain and Pandemic Response Gaps.

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Assembly committee approves $235M in business COVID-relief grants

Gov. Phil Murphy approves legislation to create $15 million arts and culture COVID-19 relief program on April 8, 2021, in Long Branch.

A package of bills to assist microbusinesses, child care providers, restaurants, bars, other food and beverage establishments, businesses and nonprofits, startups, and the “Sustain and Serve NJ” program, which effectively pays restaurants to prepare meals for some of the state’s most in-need residents, will be administered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

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