VIRUS UPDATE: CARE FACILITY DATA RELEASED

The Atrium at Navesink Harbor, at center and right, has seen four COVID-19-related resident deaths, the state health department reported. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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By JOHN T. WARD

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Several key measures showed continued improvement in the battle against COVID-19, Governor Phil Murphy said Monday.

Meantime, his administration began releasing data showing the pandemic’s impact on individual longterm care facilities, including 8 deaths in Red Bank.

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RED BANK: POLICE BUST UP CAR RALLY

red bank car rally molly 041920Red Bank police busted up a car rally in the parking lot of the Molly Pitcher Inn early Sunday afternoon, police Chief Darren McConnell told redbankgreen.

Police determined that the gathering violated Governor Phil Murphy’s March 21 “stay home” executive order barring a wide range of activities, McConnell said.

“The participants were cooperative and left the area without incident,” he said. (Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: GOOD STUDY-AT-HOME WEATHER

In this video posted on YouTube Sunday, Red Bank public school teachers and staffers offer upbeat reminders to students to wash their hands and check their emails for class assignments and other updates.

The weather outlook for the Greater Red Bank Green isn’t as upbeat, with gray skies and cool temperatures expected Monday. Then again, conditions for focussing on school work should be ideal. Check out the extended  National Weather Service forecast below.

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VIRUS UPDATE: DATA SHOWS IMPROVEMENT

https://dtuzht7vh23w6.cloudfront.net/redbankgreen/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/shrewsbury-river-041920-2.jpgThe Shrewsbury River, as seen looking south from the Route 36 Joe Azzolina Bridge Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

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By JOHN T. WARD

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The pace of new deaths from COVID-19 appeared to slow and other indicators also suggested improvement, data released by Governor Phil Murphy’s administration showed Sunday.

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VIRUS UPDATE: CARE-HOME DEATHS CONTINUE

red bank marine park closed 041820The Wharf Avenue entrance to Marine Park in Red Bank, which remains closed along with all borough parks. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

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Governor Phil Murphy reported  “undeniable” progress in New Jersey’s battle to quell the spread of COVID-19 Saturday.

He also blasted an Atlantic County official as “irresponsible” for calling for a reopening of the state’s economy “without restrictions.”

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RED BANK: FAMILY ‘DODGED BULLET’ OF VIRUS

red bank lauterwassers 041720 1The Lauterwassers and Craigs outside their Red Bank home Friday morning. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

If the official figure is accurate, one household accounts for about 6 percent of Red Bank’s 87 COVID-19 cases.

The good news: all four adults in the East Westside Avenue house are now healthy and anxious to go back to work, having “dodged a bullet,” and the lone child there quickly rebounded, they told redbankgreen Friday.

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VIRUS UPDATE: PEAK STILL “COMING” TO AREA

red bank foodtown toilet paper 041420A common sight in the pandemic: sparsely stocked paper products at the Red Bank SuperFoodtown earlier this week. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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By JOHN T. WARD

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The COVID-19 strain on hospitals showed signs of easing even as the death toll surpassed five times the number of New Jerseyans killed in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, Governor Phil Murphy said Friday.

At the same time, data suggests that while the peak of the crisis has now occurred in the northern end of the state, it’s still “coming” to the central and southern regions, said state health Commissioner Judy Persichilli.

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LITTLE SILVER: A BACKYARD SWEARING-IN

little silver Stephanie Keenan 040920 2Mayor Bob Neff, joined by three council members standing far apart from one another, swears in Stephanie Keenan in her backyard April 9. (Photo by Elizabeth Keenan. Click to enlarge.)

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By JOHN T. WARD

After what was probably the first socially distanced, backyard swearing-in ceremony in borough history, the Little Silver council will have a new member when it meets via Zoom Monday night.

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VIRUS UPDATE: DEATH TOLL UNYIELDING

red bank train station 041420The parking lot at the Red Bank train station was nearly empty Tuesday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

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COVID-19 continued to claim New Jersey lives by the hundreds even as other crisis metrics signaled improvement, data released by Governor Phil Murphy’s administration Thursday showed.

With 362 fatalities added at Murphy’s latest daily briefing on the crisis, more than 1,200 have been reported since Sunday, and the number of residents testing positive for the coronavirus is still on the rise, though at a slowing rate.

RED BANK: A HEAD-TURNING SIGHT

red bank deer elk 041520A cyclist did a double take when a vehicle with what appeared to be the head of a deer or elk strapped to the roof passed by on Bridge Avenue in Red Bank Wednesday afternoon.

From a distance, it wasn’t clear if the large-antlered animal head was real. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

VIRUS UPDATE: DEATH TOLL SOARS AGAIN

fair haven healthcare heroes 041420A temporary sign on River Road in Fair Haven as seen Tuesday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

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New Jersey’s loss of life from the COVID-19 soared past the 3,000 mark in recent days as another 351 residents were added to the ledger, Governor Phil Murphy reported Wednesday.

The fatalities, including more than 700 in recent days, was accompanied by evidence that “people are getting better and they are overcoming this illness,” said state health Commissioner Judy Persichilli.

VIRUS UPDATE: ‘WORST CASE’ REVISED DOWN

  red bank social distancing 041420Observing social-distancing recommendations, well-spaced customers wait their turns to be admitted to the Bank of America branch on Broad Street in Red Bank Tuesday morning. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

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Three-hundred-sixty-five more New Jerseyans have died as a result of COVID-19, the largest increase reported in the month-old crisis, Governor Phil Murphy reported Tuesday.

The spike was reported as administration officials unveiled a dramatically improved worst-case scenario in coming weeks, based on data projections.

RED BANK: GOOD EATING AND SHARING

red bank paradiddle 040820Leandro Batista, co-owner of Paradiddle Griddle on West Front Street in Red Bank, awaits customers picking up orders last week.

Here’s some updated information about restaurant operations in town, as well as a way to help feed healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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VIRUS UPDATE: POSITIVE SIGNS AMID BRACING

phil murphy 041320 Governor Phil Murphy speaks at his Monday briefing, with a sign language interpreter seen in inset at left. (YouTube screengrab. Click to enlarge.)

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By JOHN T. WARD

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More positive signs emerged in the COVID-19 crisis Monday even as New Jersey’s government braced for critically ill patients to soon swamp the state’s hospitals, officials said Monday.

The preparation included issuing triage guidance to hospitals for use in “last resort” scenarios, they said.

ON THE GREEN: TRANQUIL SCENES ABOUND

fair haven harding bird sanctuary 040720red bank scenes 041220 A rare Redshirted Strollerpusher was spotted in the Harding Bird Sanctuary in Fair Haven Tuesday afternoon. A more common sight these days: a man with takeout dinner unconcerned about his safety crossing car-free Broad Street in Red Bank. 

Three weeks in, the COVID-19 shutdown of non-essential activity has turned the normally bustling Greater Red Bank Green into tranquil, nearly empty streetscapes, offices and shops. Check out the pictures below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: LEAF-BLOWING STORM FORECAST

fair haven scenes 041220A man working a leaf blower had Cedar Avenue in Fair Haven all to himself Sunday evening.

Nature plans to provide its own leaf blower Monday, with heavy rain and wind gusts up to 65 mile per hour possible, according to the National Weather Service. “Isolated tornadoes are also possible,” NWS warns.

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VIRUS UPDATE: LOCAL CASE GROWTH EASING

Firefighters, first aiders and police from 10 towns converged on Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank to cheer frontline healthcare workers Friday night. Check out the photo gallery here. (Video by Allan Bass. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

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Both Monmouth County and New Jersey saw further softening in new COVID-19 positive cases and other encouraging signs in the pandemic, government agencies reported Sunday.

At the same time, another 167 New Jersey residents died from the illness, including 8 in Monmouth County, according to the state health department’s COVID-19 web page.

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VIRUS UPDATE: COUNTY CASE GROWTH SLOWS

hackensack meridian ambulance 040320A Hackensack Meridian Health ambulance in Red Bank earlier this month. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

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Monmouth County officials reported the smallest daily increase in COVID-19 positive cases in almost two weeks Saturday.

At the same time, another 251 New Jersey residents died from the illness, including 8 in Monmouth County, and nearly 3,600 more tested positive, Governor Phil Murphy said at his daily briefing.

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RED BANK: CHEERS FOR HOSPITAL STAFFERS

red bank thanks riverviewEmergency workers packed the front parking area for the surprise as hospital personnel responded from upper-floor windows. (Photos by Allan Bass. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

red bank thanks riverviewRed Bank-area police and volunteer firefighters delivered a massive surprise cheer to healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 battle at Riverview Medical Center Friday evening.

The borough’s firetrucks, joined by gear from at least nine surrounding towns, twice sounded their horns in unison as staffers left and arrived for a shift change. Several hundred participants, most wearing protective masks, cheered and blew kisses from the parking lot as hospital employees in surgical masks and gowns acknowledged the love from upper floor windows.

Red Bank Fire Chief Scott Calabrese organized the unannounced event, which drew fire, police and first aiders from Fair Haven, Little Silver, Sea Bright, Shrewsbury, Rumson, Middletown, Tinton Falls, Eatontown and Oceanport.

The aim, he said, was “to say ‘thank you for your courage on the front lines of the battle.'”

(See more photos by Allan Bass and John T. Ward, below.)

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VIRUS UPDATE: ‘HOPE’ CITED AS PEAK NEARS

red bank broad street 040820Normally busy, Broad Street in Red Bank was almost people-free Wednesday evening. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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By JOHN T. WARD

redbankgreen hot topicNew Jersey Governor Phil Murphy cited “glimmers of hope” in his daily update on the COVID-19 crisis Friday. Read More »