Friday, August 6th
Weekly Newsletter
New Jersey Update
This afternoon, Governor Murphy announced that all K-12 students in NJ will be required to wear a mask at the start of the school year due to the riding number of COVID-19 cases. Recent CDC recommendations have recommended that K-12 students nationwide wear a mask during school hours because of the delta variant. To read the Governor's press release, click here.

On Monday, Governor Murphy announced that vaccinations or regular testing will be required in health care facilities and high-risk congregate areas. The Governor had said his team is still finalizing plans for implementation and his staff didn’t respond to questions on whether the Governor will be signing an Executive Order, or if there will be action taken through one of the Departments. To read the Governor’s press release, click here.

Additionally on Monday, DOH Commissioner Judy Persichilli warned that the Delta Variant, still the most common variant in the US and in NJ, will probably cause an increase in cases among children who can not yet be vaccinated. Persichilli mentioned how case rates per 100,000 in children 4 and under has increased 29%, case rates per 100,000 for children ages 5-10 are up 15%, and case rates per 100,000 for children ages 10-13 are now at a 36% increase.

The Commissioner also mentioned the NJ Docket app once again, which is a free app made to expand consumer access to immunization records. Individuals who are vaccinated in the state and have an email or phone number on file with New Jersey Immunization Information System can access their COVID-19 vaccination record. Residents can also visit and request a copy of their immunization record. She once again highlighted the importance of vaccination, praising New Jersey's state of progress as a reflection of the success and efficacy of vaccines. More information can be found here.

It was also mentioned that as of now, NJ will not be reinforcing the mask mandate, though it is imperative that residents receive their vaccinations immediately if they have not been vaccinated yet.

The Governor will hold his next press briefing on Monday August 9th.
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NJ Legislative Update

The following legislation was signed into law this week:

S2798 / A4430 – Revises requirements for long-term care facilities to establish outbreak response plans

S3049 / A5176 – Establishes regional municipal court pilot program

A4909 / S3090 – Authorizes fixed odds wagering on horse races through fixed odds wagering system

ACS for A5570, A5571, A5579, and A5656 / SCS for S2208, S1460, and S1463 – Requires certain actions by motor vehicle operators when overtaking or passing pedestrians, bicycles, or scooters

S3691 - Provides financial relief to certain landlords and tenants in response to COVID-19 pandemic, adjusts certain court fees; and makes appropriations.

A4463 - Establishes confidentiality of court records of certain eviction actions initiated during COVID-19 pandemic.
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