New Jersey state to expand it's testing New York City
New Jersey state to expand it's testing capacity
The state of New Jersey is planning on expanding its testing capacity by bringing in a robust
contact tracing program, Gov. Phil Murphy said “Implementing an expanded testing regime and
robust contact tracing strategy are the underpinnings of putting New Jersey on the road back to
With this new strategy, the state will be increasing its testing capacity two-fold times and will be
able to test at least 20,000 and 25,000 people in a day by the end of May and June respectively.
This new testing program will provide access for frontline health care workers, first responders
and transit workers
Vulnerable populations, residents in long-term care facilities, individuals in the corrections
system, individuals in homeless shelters, patients in psychiatric hospitals and seasonal farm
workers will be of top priority.
This testing plan will include mobile testing units and soon testing sites may open at churches
and mosques as well.
Governor announced that the state will be using local, county and regional health departments
support to use the CommCare technological platform for contact tracing, also, the state is
planning on hiring 10,000 contact tracers to carry out the task.
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NYC Streetball courts silenced due to pandemic and may continue to be empty for long
The pandemic had caused widespread silence in all forms of sports. The playgrounds and court are empty, and the familiar sounds which came on bouncing of balls, smashing of shoes to floor and ringing sound of balls careening off rims have not heard since long.
The emptiness of courts is more visible for New York streetball as it was a part of life for many people as they get into the courts and get their clothes dirty even after returning from work or school.
Since New York Mayor Bill de Blasio passed the order, some of the iconic streetball landmarks, including Rucker Park in Harlem, Brooklyn's Gersh Park, "The Cage" on West 4th Street in Greenwich Village are empty, and the familiar soundtrack is also missing.
On March 26, de Blasio ordered to remove the rims 80 playground basketball courts in the city to stop people from coming to these places, which weren't adhering to the order of social distancing and stay-at-home.
New York State's current stay-at-home order will end on Friday as the Phase 1 starts to reopen the state gradually. Three more phases are planned until now, but the recreation activities may not be allowed until the fourth or final phase.
Priest on Virus Front Lines With Embattled Congregation
Raul Luis López was a young man of 39 years old whose native in Mexico. He married a woman named Sara Cruz who is from Queens, Newyork. He was analyzed to get attacked by the deadly virus Covid-19 and admitted in the hospital on April 3rd. He also suffered from Diabetes which puts his health in an even risky state. That was the last day his wife saw him. Unfortunately, he passed away. López was not given a chance to bid goodbye to his family.
It is a tradition to do a funeral service to make the soul rest in peace. Rev. Fabian Arias, a Catholic priest from Argentina was longing to get a funeral home to do the last service of López. Most Funeral homes denied the request. Some homes accepted, but with a huge amount of money saying “10,000 $ or 15,000 $”.
It is impossible to pay such a huge amount by a very common family. At last, the funeral service takes place very calmly in the living room of the widow, where her husband’s ash is kept in a black box surrounded by flowers and candles. His cousin made a note that they would have sent the corpse to Mexico where his parent lives, but the International flights are not available. Only a dozen of family members gathered there with masks, gloves and the service took place by maintaining very good social distancing. After the service they all had dinner maintaining as much distance they can. Finally, father Fabian was satisfied that the funeral service was completed in a good manner and now the soul of López will rest in peace.
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Man and his pregnant girlfriend died in Action triple shooting
A man and his pregnant girlfriend killed in a triple shooting on Staten Island, and a man was taken in police custody, according to Police Department. According to fire officials, the incident happened around 5 p.m. inside a house on Grandview Drive in the Mariners Harbor neighborhood. When Police arrived after being reported about the occurrence, they saw three people suffering gunshot wounds.
Three victims included Alafia Rodriguez,46, and Ana Desousa,33 who were dating and living together in the house, and it was also considered that Desousa was pregnant, said Police. Both were declared dead on the spot. Another victim, a 45-year-old woman, was shot in the torso and was immediately taken to the hospital. She had injuries but was stable, said Police. A 1-year-old girl was also found in the house, but she was safe.
The suspect of the crime Phillip Moreno, 45, was caught by the Police while trying to leave the house when Police arrived. Police also found a semi-automatic gun from him, with a silencer. The reason for the shooting is still unclear, and the investigation is still going on. The charges are still pending against Moreno. According to Police, Moreno was out on parole after serving 14 years of imprisonment for the 1992 killing of Theodis Watson in the Mariners Harbor Houses when he was 17.
Vulnerability makes the nurses quit amidst pandemic
With the tangibly impending threat of getting infected with the fatal COVID-19 virus not only encompassing themselves but their family members as well in wake of working in genuinely straining and medically incapacitated conditions in the hospitals, the nurses who were earlier being touted as heroes in America have decided to quit with a heavy heart; all thanks to the newly laid protocols from Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
The necessary guidelines regarding personal protective equipment were willingly decided to be in a forswear mode under the new protocols with CDC sanctioning replacement of N95 masks through commercial-grade masks, surgical masks as well as homemade masks, such as scarves and bandanas, jeopardising the previous acceptable standard of protective care for both patients and medical personnel when the nation paid substantial heed to the withering medical supplies during the early stage of the ongoing pandemic. The nurses who were fighting the disease on the front line with sweat and sincerity were, thus, vulnerable enough to let go of their jobs along with facing black lashes as the new guidelines lacked any exhibit or assurance of significant protection.
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Tempe Mayor demands restaurants to report safety measures they intend to follow
Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell announced an emergency on Tuesday calling out all the restaurants
to report the safety measures they are going to put in implementation as they reopen their
This decision is the effect of pictures of people eating and drinking at a popular restaurant in
Mill Avenue, C.A.S.A. that went viral, questioning the safety precautions.
Tempe police responded to the situation and visited the restaurant on Monday night and found
that the restaurant management and the visitors are following the safety guidelines.
Though no citations were given, the restaurant management was advised to increase distance
between a couple of tables.
Mitchell said “This did not meet my expectations for what it looks like to re-open safely and
responsibly, this is an opportunity to work together and educate people on what is being
required of them during the COVID-19 pandemic so that we can all remain safe.”
The Governer also said the police have the right ask for a copy of the safety measures in
implementation in case of any concerns regarding physical distancing and health. In case of an
establishment not providing the information will be considered as class one misdemeanour.
Fort Bend County is among top 10 locations to watch
According to the new White House Coronavirus Task Force report, NBC News reports, Fort Bend
County stands among the top 10 locations to watch owing to it recording a 64.8 per cent increase
in the number of coronavirus cases.
According to the data, Houston county has 272 fresh coronavirus cases reported in the last
seven days and as of May 11th, Fort Bend County has reported 1404 fresh cases.
"From day one we put a lot of focus on testing because that’s the only way we can find out
how deep this problem,’ said Fort Bend County Judge K.P. George in an interview with KPRC 2
George said that the spike has been anticipated due to poor testing availability and added,
"When you test more people you are going to find more people that are positive for COVID-19.”