Archives for July 2020

Latest COVID-19 Numbers

The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey has increased by 699, bringing the total to 181,660. There have been 10 additional deaths, bringing the state total to 13,944. The state also hit an “extraordinary” milestone, Murphy said – there has been no hospital confirmed COVID-19 death in past 24 hours, the first time that’s happened since mid-March. So far, Atlantic County has reported 3,497 cases with 239 deaths and 1,926 cleared as recovered.

Airbnb Closes Several NJ Locations

Airbnb said today it’s cracking down on party houses throughout New Jersey, suspending or removing altogether 35 listings, after state health officials warned house parties led to clusters of COVID-19 outbreaks. Airbnb did not disclose the addresses of the 35 locations, but indicated they’re across the state, including Jersey City and Newark in the north, as well as a number of shore towns like Atlantic City and Ventnor, among others. Gov. Phil Murphy said today that the spot positivity rate has risen to 2.15%, and put those “on notice” who have flouted restrictions. Murphy said, “These numbers are setting off alarms. The only way to silence these alarms is by taking this seriously,” Wear a mask. Stop hosting house parties. Now.”

NJ Jobless Claims Jump Again

New Jersey’s Labor Department said Thursday that unemployment claims jumped nearly 9% last week from the previous week. New Jersey’s job market, like the country’s, continues to feel effects from the COVID-19 outbreak with more than 28,000 people seeking jobless benefits last week, up from nearly 26,000. New Jersey has among the highest unemployment rates in the country at 16.6%, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Juneteenth & Freeholder Bills on the Dockett

New Jersey lawmakers passed two bills Thursday aimed at addressing racial injustice, one making Juneteenth a state holiday and another abolishing the county-level title of freeholder, which sponsors say alludes to a time when Black people and women were excluded from government. The measures passed the Democrat-led Legislature and head next to Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, who earlier indicated he supports both bills.

AC Boardwalk Public Alcohol Consumption Bill Passes Senate

A bill that would permanently allow alcohol to be consumed on the Atlantic City Boardwalk and other tourist destinations, has been passed by the state Senate. According to the Press of Atlantic City, the measure received unanimous approval and now moves onto the Governor’s desk for his consideration. The bill was passed in the Assembly in June. Proponents say it would give the city a much neded economic boost and similar measures are already in place in venues like Las Vegas and New Orleans.

Cape May County’s COVID Public Health Campaign Enters New Phase with “Safely Together” Pledge

The Cape May County COVID Recovery Task Force
announced today that the “Safely Together” public health campaign will enter its second phase
with the addition of a Pledge component, as well as other aspects.
Businesses are asked to affirm their commitment to staying open by “Making the Pledge” to
diligently follow best practices and health protocols with respect to limiting the spread of Covid-
19. Individuals also are asked to acknowledge that they will both follow health protocols and
frequent local businesses that have “Made the Pledge.”

Latest COVID-19 Numbers

Twenty-two more residents have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the cumulative countywide total to 3,497, according to Atlantic County health officials. Of those, 1,926 have been cleared as recovered. Three additional residents have died as a result of Covid-19. They include a 48-year-old Atlantic City man, a 70-year-old Egg Harbor Township man, and an 81-year-old Hammonton woman. To date, Covid-19 has claimed the lives of 239 Atlantic County residents. Atlantic County will continue to provide Covid-19 testing at its drive-thru facility in Northfield each Tuesday in August, 9 AM – 11:30 AM. The test site is available for both symptomatic and asymptomatic county residents with or without a doctor’s prescription. Residents must make an appointment for testing and provide proof of county residency and appointment confirmation. Appointments can be made online at www.aclink.org.

Spirit Airlines to Furlough Workers

Spirit Airlines filed a notice Wednesday with the state Department of Labor, stating it intends to furlough 59 workers at Atlantic City International Airport starting Oct. 1 and ending May 1, 2021, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The notice said Spirit will furlough 23 flight attendants and 36 pilots based at the airport in Egg Harbor Township, and similar layoffs will happen at all of its crew bases. Spirit is based in Florida, one of the hardest-hit states by the virus in recent months.

Sea Isle Beach Fill Project Making Progress

The Sea Iale beach fill project continues. The mid-town beaches from 28th to 52nd Street have been completed and are fully open to the public. Currently, the contractor is filling the beaches between 74th and 78th Streets. Officials expect they’ll complete that section in the next day or two, then move to 84th Street and proceed southward from 84th to the jetty south of 93rd Street, which will complete the project.

Traffic Advisory – Mill Road, Egg Harbor Township

On Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31, the eastbound lane of Mill Road in Egg Harbor Township, between Fire Road and Old Zion Road, will be closed to traffic and a lane shift will be in effect in the westbound lane, 7 AM – 5 PM on Thursday and 7 AM – 2 PM on Friday, weather permitting. Motorists may experience delays and should plan travel time accordingly or seek an alternate route.