The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey has increased by 4,592, bringing the total to 322,378,588, according to the state Department of Health on Thursday. There have been 39 additional deaths, bringing the state total to 15,096 with 1,812 probable deaths.
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New Jersey reports 4,565 new COVID-19 cases
Atlantic County reports 96 new COVID-19 cases
The Atlantic County Health Department reported 96 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.
Since the pandemic started the county has had 8,820 cases of COVID-19 and 272 COVID-19 related deaths, according to the county health department.
Hamilton Township schools go virtual amid COVID-19 concerns
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — The township's K-8 school district is changing its instruction plans as COVID-19 cases continue to rise throughout the state.
In a letter to parents from Superintendent Frank Vogel, the district said it will be switching to 100% virtual instruction starting Monday.
"This afternoon, the New Jersey Department of Health released its weekly COVID-19 briefing, and our region is now designated a 'High Risk-Orange' for COVID-19," Vogel wrote. "Based on this information, in consultation and concurrence with the Atlantic County Department of Health, we will be moving to full virtual instruction for all students effective Monday, Nov. 30 until mid-January."
DCA announces guidance for outdoor dining during the winter
The state Department of Community Affairs issued guidance last week for outdoor dining during the winter.
As part of the new guidance, each restaurant that is using tents has to apply to their local municipality for a Uniform Construction Code permit.
In addition to the permit, “operational items” such as portable cooking equipment used around and/or under the tent should be maintained in accordance with the Uniform Fire Code and addressed by the local fire official. This would apply to the operation/usage of portable propane heaters and similar items, according to a statement from the DCA.
“We recognize the restaurants in our state have been hit extraordinarily hard by the pandemic. We are doing everything we can to help these businesses stay afloat until we can return to more normalcy,” said Gov. Phil Murphy. “The guidance issued today is part of our effort to help ease the burden this pandemic has placed on eating establishments. We are leaving no stone unturned as we work to assist the restaurant community.”
Sea Isle City officials call for food, toy donations for annual holiday drive
SEA ISLE CITY — City officials Wednesday called for donations for the mayor’s 28th annual holiday toy and food drive.
Mayor Leonard Desiderio “and his ‘elves’ are now accepting donations of unwrapped toys and nonperishable food items, which will be delivered to families in need prior to Christmas Day,” according to a news release from the city.
Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:
Mrs. Brizzle’s Buns & Deli, 4601 Landis Ave.
1st Bank of Sea Isle City, 4301 Landis Ave.
Rick’s Breakfast House, 6114 Landis Ave.
Sands Department Store, 6208 Landis Ave.
KIX Package Goods, 6400 Landis Ave.
City Hall lobby, 233 JFK Blvd.
In addition to toys and food, officials said, gift cards and items for older children are greatly appreciated.
Monetary donations also are welcome, according to the release. They can be mailed directly to the mayor’s office at City Hall, 233 JFK Blvd., Sea Isle City, NJ 08243, making checks payable to “Mayor’s Toy & Food Drive.” The last day to donate is Dec. 15.
For more information about the drive, call 609-263-4461, ext. 1245.