Thursday, March 19, 2020

NJ hits 742 cases & 9 deaths due to the Chinese Communist Party Coronavirus

New Jersey is seeing the anticipated rise in the global pandemic of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Coronavius.

NJ.com reports on the latest tallies:

New Jersey now has at least 742 coronavirus cases statewide, including nine deaths, as officials announced 312 new positive tests Thursday, a day ahead of the planned opening of the state’s first government-run drive-thru testing center as the outbreak continues to spread.

Gov. Phil Murphy said state officials have been anticipating such a spike because testing has been expanding in the state, and there has been evidence of “at least some community spread."

President Donald Trump stated earlier in a national press conference the malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine has been approved by the (Food & Drug Administration) FDA.

The drug, a form available back to 1945 is cheap, non-toxic and widely available shows promise in tests and has been used in South Korea with some success. 

As reported in NewsweekPresident Donald Trump announced Thursday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved hydroxychloroquine—a drug used to treat malaria, rheumatic diseases and other conditions—for COVID-19. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads around the world, scientists are scrambling to identify treatments that may be effective against the disease. Hydroxychloroquine—a common derivative of chloroquine—is among those touted as most promising by some experts. 

"The nice part is, it's been around for a long time, so we know that if things don't go as planned its not going to kill anybody," Trump told reporters at a press conference. "When you go with a brand new drug, you don't know if that's going to happen. Its shown very very encouraging early results and we're going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately."

          



Official release on state legislative action following up on approved federal guidelines:


Sumter, Chaparro & Quijano Bill to Allow Individuals Affected by COVID-19 to Recoup Lost Wages Goes to Governor
            (TRENTON) – Aiming to assist workers who do not have access to paid leave during the COVID-19 outbreak, legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Shavonda Sumter (D-Bergen, Passaic), Annette Chaparro (D-Hudson) and Annette Quijano (D-Union) to create the Temporary Lost Wage Unemployment Program passed the Senate and received final legislative approval on Thursday. It now heads to the Governor’s desk. 
            The fund established under the measure (A-3846) would allow workers who need to be absent from work due to COVID-19 to recoup lost wages. Eligible workers include those who are diagnosed with novel coronavirus; need to take care of an ill family member; need to stay home to care for children due to school or childcare facility closures; or any other purpose determined by the Commissioner of Labor. Workers would receive equivalent compensation to their normal wages.
The measure passed the Assembly on Monday by a vote of 65-0.
           Assemblywomen Sumter, Chaparro and Quijano released the following statement:
            “For hourly workers who do not have paid leave benefits or the option of working from home, missing work means missing pay. Many people are burdened with the choice of going to work when they don’t feel well, rather than lose out on wages needed to pay the rent or buy groceries. We would never want someone with COVID-19 to feel like they need to go to work because they have no other options, and therefore risk the health of themselves and others.
            “With this legislation, they will have another option. No one deserves to lose income because they or their family has been impacted by novel coronavirus.”