April 2, 2020

By Donald Gilpin

A female, over 90 years old, was confirmed by the Princeton Health Department (PHD) today, April 2, as the first death in Princeton from coronavirus (COVID-19). The woman may have contracted the coronavirus from a home health aide, whose contacts are being investigated by the PHD.

Princeton now has 32 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 20 of which are in isolation and being monitored by the PHD. Eleven cases have recovered.  Mercer County today reported totals of 386 cases and four deaths.

Gov. Phil Murphy today announced 182 new deaths, the state’s largest one-day jump, for a total of 537 deaths, and 3,489 new positive tests, for a total of 25,590 total coronavirus cases. Because of a backlog in testing results, the new deaths and cases reported today did not all come in the past 24 hours.

Almost half (47 percent) of the total deaths in the state have been residents over age 80, officials reported.

In its 3 p.m. update, the PHD continued to strongly recommend continued social distancing and urged that “all Princeton residents, workers, students, and visitors take the necessary precautions to protect themselves against novel coronavirus. Your health and the health of the community is our top priority.”

For more information, visit princetoncovid.org or covid19.nj.gov.

A special meeting via Zoom will be held Monday, April 6 at 7 p.m. by Princeton Council. Instructions for how to access the meeting can be found at www.princetonnj.gov.

The Council will meet electronically from 5-7 p.m. in a portion that is not open to the public, during which no formal action is expected to be taken. The agenda will be posted on Friday, April 3, at the above address.

April 1, 2020

A blooming pear tree provides a lovely sight in uncertain times as a few people enjoy some fresh air while practicing social distancing on Nassau Street. (Photo by Erica M. Cardenas)

By Donald Gilpin

The schools are closed and empty, but remote learning is taking place with increasing intensity and purpose at the Princeton Public Schools (PPS). Technological devices like PowerSchool Learning, Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Instagram, social media, email, and the telephone have replaced the desks, classrooms, and white boards of the PPS.

“It’s all about flexibility right now,” said Princeton High School (PHS) Principal Jessica Baxter. “We’re all learning and changing and evolving. It’s a minute-to-minute situation. These are unprecedented times.”

Early this week Assistant Superintendent Annie Kosek said, “Our teachers are finding creative ways to engage students through activities like virtual morning meetings, small and large group chats, live and videotaped lessons, funny motivational videos, ‘spirit days’ like Crazy Hat Day, and teaching in a Google Hangout. Learning is often best as a social experience, and our teachers are striving to maintain social interaction despite our current state of social distancing.”

Teachers and librarians are holding story time, which apparently has a calming effect on both students and their parents. Teachers are sending emails and making personal check-in phone calls, and administrators are staying connected through messages, songs, magic tricks, and daily food for thought using online platforms and social media.

“With only one or two days’ notice, our lives changed,” Baxter wrote in a letter to families on March 19, after the first three days of remote learning. “As educators we were told we had to work from home and teach our students remotely. As parents we were forced to figure out child care and the home schooling of our children in addition to either still having to go out to work or work from our homes. Our students and children were told they couldn’t come to school, see their friends, play sports, be children. Some kids became caregivers and children for younger siblings in addition to being full-time students themselves.” more

By Donald Gilpin

As New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday another major surge in coronavirus cases and deaths in the state, a coalition of Princeton organizations continued to collaborate to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. There were 69 new deaths in New Jersey announced yesterday, March 31, for a total of 267, and more than 2,000 new positive tests for a total of 18,696 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases throughout the state.

The Princeton Health Department on Tuesday reported 28 total COVID-19 cases, and there were 268 total cases reported by Mercer County. In collaboration with health partners, Mercer County has opened a drive-up testing site for COVID-19 at Quaker Bridge Mall in Lawrence. The testing center is by appointment only for symptomatic Mercer County residents age 18 and older who have a prescription from their primary health care provider.

In Princeton, the Princeton Children’s Fund (PCF) — in collaboration with Princeton Community Housing, the Princeton Human Services Department, the Princeton Senior Resource Center, and Send Hunger Packing Princeton (SHUPPrinceton) — has established a Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) to help Princeton families in need of financial support because of income loss during the COVID-19 crisis.

“We are asking the community to consider donating money to be used to pay day-to-day expenses that will be incurred by families who are unable to work during the shutdowns and curfews,” stated a PCF press release. Donations can be made online at www.princetonchildrensfund.org and are fully tax deductible. more

WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK: Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad (PFARS) volunteer Bryan Hill has been applying his wealth of knowledge to help keep residents and members of the squad healthy during the COVID-19 crisis.

By Anne Levin

With cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) expected to peak during the next few weeks, Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad (PFARS) is gearing up for what could be unprecedented demand. An integral part of the team is Princeton High School graduate Bryan Hill, a volunteer with the squad and an emergency medical technician (EMT) who has two bachelor of science degrees and is a candidate for a doctorate in nursing.

Hill does a daily email briefing for members, culled from data he gathers from the daily updates by Gov. Phil Murphy, the Centers for Disease Control, and other sources. “I boil it down to what we need to be focusing on as a first aid squad,” he said last week. “I’ve been working countless hours, seven days a week, for the past two and a half weeks to make sure we’re ahead of the curve before we get this surge that is expected in mid-April.”

Heading infection control for the squad, Hill has been doing his best to keep members healthy. “His medical background makes him the ideal person for this,” said PFARS President Mark Freda. “And he has a relationship with the Public Health Department in town, which is key.”  more

ZOOMING IN ON SHAKESPEARE: McCarter Theatre’s Shakespeare Community Reading Group usually meets in the main lobby. But staying at home has meant a transition for the participants, who now meet digitally via Zoom.

By Anne Levin

With the remainder of its season canceled and both halls dark, McCarter Theatre Center is anxious to keep the public engaged and ready to return once the COVID-19 crisis subsides. The Shakespeare Community Reading Group, which allows amateur actors to read aloud together the works of the celebrated playwright, seemed an ideal candidate for transitioning to remote technology.

Last week, they held their first gathering via Zoom. Seated in their living rooms and kitchens instead of around a table in the McCarter lobby, participants delivered a spirited reading of The Tragedy of Macbeth, Act I – Act III, Scene 3. McCarter’s Artistic Engagement Manager Paula Alekson, who oversees the program, said the reading got positive reviews from those who took part.

“The first Zoom meeting was an experiment for sure,” she said. “For that inaugural one, we mostly went out to people who are on the regular attendance list, just to say, ‘let’s try.’ People were so enthusiastic and excited, and comments I got afterward included so many expressions of thanks for making the opportunity possible. The next one is April 7, and I know we’ll have a big group.” more

REMOTE LEARNING: Children at the Homefront Family Campus are keeping up with classes in their district schools through remote learning online. Homefront has adjusted and expanded its programs in response to unprecedented demand for services for homeless and hungry families in Central New Jersey during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Homefront) 

By Donald Gilpin

“No one anticipated a crisis like this,” wrote HomeFront founder and CEO Connie Mercer in a letter last week. “We are navigating uncharted waters.”

With the need for food and shelter increasing every day, HomeFront, whose mission is to end homelessness in Central New Jersey, has had to adapt and expand its services in the face of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Lawrenceville-based nonprofit, with a large Family Campus in Ewing where 38 local families who are homeless live temporarily, has seen the demand for food double in the past week.

“Last week we began asking people new to HomeFront to fill out a form asking the reason they are currently in need of food or other help,” said Case Manager Walter Saravia. “The answer we are getting back from everyone is that they are unemployed because of COVID.”

Every HomeFront case manager has reported many clients unable to pay the rent for the first time because of lost hours or lost jobs as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. “We are already hearing from many of our clients who have lost their jobs as a result of business closings,” Mercer said. “We are also seeing an unprecedented number of new faces on our food distribution days.”  more

By Anne Levin

When Princeton’s Neighborhood Buddy Initiative was established two years ago, the idea was to pair residents with neighbors who might be vulnerable — specifically seniors — in the event of such calamities as “flooding, downed trees, sustained power outages, unrelenting heat waves, and, most recently, traffic-snarling snowstorms,” as the town’s website describes the program.

Potentially lethal viruses and global pandemics were not on the list. But with the coronavirus (COVID-19) expected to peak in coming weeks, the Neighborhood Buddy Initiative has stepped up efforts to look out for seniors and others who need assistance, and recruit more people to help. The original idea was to pair residents who live near each other, letting relationships evolve gradually during normal times. But these are not normal times.

Councilman David Cohen has been working on the program since being elected to the governing body in 2017. The initiative has been in a kind of holding pattern in recent months, as efforts to finalize the way it would be run were worked out.

About a month ago, Cohen got a call from George DiFerdinando, who chairs the town’s Board of Health.

“He said, ‘Gee, let’s start thinking about how the buddy initiative can help us respond to the COVID-19 epidemic,’” said Cohen. “We starting talking with Drew Dyson at Princeton Senior Resource Center about how we could help. The initial idea was that buddies would have actual contact with each other, but of course that has changed. And Drew was helpful in coming up with a set of actions that wouldn’t include contact.” more

By Stuart Mitchner

I’m not missing Opening Day. No use pretending this into an April Fools move by Joe Torre and the owners. So I tell myself. No need to feed on field of dreams fantasies. I can live without the misery of blown saves, lost leads, delusional winning streaks, walk-off home runs, magnificent catches, bench-clearing brawls, heartache, and hype. I could care less how the sign-stealing narrative plays out for the disgraced Houston Astros. It’s actually healthy when you think of it. No more high blood pressure moments second-guessing managers Tony LaRussa or the two Mikes, Matheney, and Schildt.

True, for a while I had to overcome my habitual itchy-trigger-finger visits to the St. Louis website on mlb.com for rebroadcasts of Classic Cardinals Moments like the titanic home run by Albert Pujols that stunned the then-National League Astros and super fans George and Barbara Bush in the 2005 NLCS playoffs or the Mother of All Walk-Off heroics of David Freese in the 2011 World Series.

So here I am with a shelter-in-place mindset looking out the living room window at the backyard bird feeders while pondering potential subjects ranging from comic books to comfort food, desert island narratives to the National Pastime.

Thanks to the determined nocturnal activities of a certain raccoon, the bird feeders have to be taken in every night and returned to their respective branches early every morning by my wife, still in her robe and slippers, a bird feeder in either hand. In our domestic comic book, Little Lulu has evolved from the Little Red Hen into the Bird Lady of Princeton Ridge.  more

NEW SEASON: The Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s 2020-2021 season opener on September 12-13 will feature pianist Inon Barnatan performing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.” For a complete schedule, visit princetonsymphony.org. (Photo by Marco Boreggreve)

In its 2020-21 season, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) will present works by living composers Sarah Kirkland Snider and Andreia Pinto Correia, and a piece by George Walker, the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Also scheduled are works by Berlioz, Stravinsky, Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky.

Concertos by Sibelius, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, and Glière, and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, will showcase guest artists. Appearing for the first time with the orchestra are violinists Elina Vähälä and Simone Porter, pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk, and harpist Alexander Boldachev. Returning artists are pianist Inon Barnatan and cellist Pablo Ferrández.

All concerts include the option of Saturday 8 p.m. or Sunday 4 p.m. performances at Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University. more

THE SHOW MUST GO ON: Carol Thompson and Lea Jeffers star in ActorsNET’s March production of “Mrs. Warren’s Profession.” The play, which was scheduled open in Buck County, Pa., on March 13 and was postponed, can now be accessed free of charge on YouTube above.

In keeping with the tradition “the show must go on,” ActorsNET has released on YouTube a video of its March production of George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession.

“ActorsNET has postponed or canceled all presentations planned for the immediate future, at least through July, to protect actors, staff, and patrons from the dangers of COVID-19. At the time of postponement, Mrs. Warren’s Profession was to open the next day, March 13,” Said Artistic Director Cheryl Doyle. “Days later, before Governor Wolf extended his shutdown to Bucks County, the cast and crew assembled at The Heritage Center to film our production. Although no audience was present, professional videographer Tom Smith of Direct-A-Friend Pictures recorded it just as audiences would have seen it.” more

While its galleries are closed, Morven Museum & Garden invites the community to visit them via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, where fun and interactive content lives to keep people entertained and inspired. The grounds remain open to the public, but social distancing is encouraged. For more information, visit morven.org.

“EXIT 11”: This painting by Lisa Lackey is part of “R’emerged: An Emerging Artists Alumni Exhibition,” on view online at monmouthmuseum.org/virtualgallery April 3 through June 3. The exhibit features current works of New Jersey Emerging Artists alumni.

As museums remain closed due to COVID-19, the Monmouth Museum is moving forward in an innovative way. The Museum is hosting its first virtual exhibit, welcoming home artists celebrating their local roots and diverse art.

“R’emerged: an Emerging Artists Alumni Exhibition” will take place online in a virtual gallery available at monmouthmuseum.org/virtualgallery April 3 to June 3. It features current works of New Jersey Emerging Artists alumni spanning the last 13 years.

The opening reception will be a remote Zoom party on Friday, April 3 at 5 p.m. — visit the Monmouth Museum’s Facebook and Instagram pages @themonmouthmuseum to link to the party. more

BEST BREW: “We are the first licensed brewpub — an on-site brewery and restaurant — in New Jersey. We brew the beer right here, and have 250 different styles.” Eric Nutt, left, director of corporate sales, and Ray Villano, general manager of Triumph Brewing Company, look forward to celebrating the brewpub’s 25th anniversary with all their customers as soon as circumstances allow.

By Jean Stratton

These are unusual times, and nowhere is that more visible than in Princeton’s downtown, with the myriad of businesses that are temporarily closed or otherwise affected by the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus.

Triumph Brewing Company, the longtime Princeton favorite brewpub, is marking its 25th anniversary this year, and although celebration plans have been placed on hold, it is still open for takeout and bottled beer purchases.

“We can’t wait to get back to normal — with our customers, and also to see all the people on the street again,” says director of corporate sales Eric Nutt. “In the meantime, however, we do offer takeout, and also, we are delivering food to HomeFront and the Trenton Soup Kitchen. In addition, our Red Bank and New Hope locations are delivering to food banks in their areas.

“We have always been community-oriented, and we support local organizations and charities.” more

LITTLE SOLACE: Princeton University women’s basketball player Carlie Littlefield looks to unload the ball in a game this season. Junior point guard Littlefield passed the 1,000-point mark in her Princeton career as the Tigers defeated Columbia 77-52 on March 6 in the last weekend of regular season play. Princeton went on to beat Cornell 69-50 the next day in improving to 26-1 overall and 14-0 Ivy League. Unfortunately, Littlefield didn’t get the chance to add to her total in postseason action as the Ivy tournament and NCAA tourney were subsequently canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Justin Feil

It was the highest of highs and the lowest of lows for Carlie Littlefield and the Princeton University women’s basketball team.

And it all happened in just one week’s time.

Littlefield, the Princeton junior point guard, scored her 1,000th career point in a 77-52 win at Columbia on March 6. The next night, the Tigers finished the Ivy League regular season 14-0 for the fourth time in program history when they defeated Cornell 69-50.

Just three days later, however, the Ivy champions and top seed for the Ivy postseason tournament saw the conference cancel that tournament due to concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak. The following day, Littlefield was named a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection while Tigers senior forward Bella Alarie was named Player of the Year for the third straight time and first-team All-Ivy, and sophomore guard Julia Cunningham was named honorable mention All-Ivy. First-year head coach Carla Berube was named the Ivy Coach of the Year.  more

ALL IN: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Ally Antonacci, left, goes after the puck in a game this winter. Sophomore forward Antonacci joined the program this season and helped PDS go 10-11 and advance to the championship game of the Interscholastic Hockey League of the Mid-Atlantic (WIHLMA) Miran Division playoffs. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team, its three match-ups against Rye Country Day School (N.Y.) proved to be a measuring stick of the squad’s progress this winter.

In two regular season meetings, PDS dropped a pair of 2-0 decisions. When the rivals met in the championship game of the Interscholastic Hockey League of the Mid-Atlantic (WIHLMA) Miran Division playoffs in mid-February, the Panthers battled valiantly before falling 2-1.

“I was really proud of the girls and how hard they worked,” said PDS head coach John Ritchie, who guided the Panthers to a 10-11 record in his first season at the helm of the program.

“It definitely shows the improvement from when we played them early in December to the middle of January to the end of the year. We had played Rye twice before and I thought we played them better each time.” more

EMPTY FEELING: The stands were empty around the turf field at Princeton High in late March. The PHS boys’ lacrosse team was slated to host Peddie on April 1 on the field, but that game has been canceled as the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) declared that no interscholastic athletic competition will take place for the time being as schools statewide are closed indefinitely pursuant to an Executive Order issued by Governor Phil Murphy on March 16 as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

April Fools’ Day is traditionally a day for harmless practical jokes, pranks, and some laughs.

This April 1 figured to be a very busy, fun day on local playing fields.

The Hun School boys’ lacrosse team was slated to host Everest Academy (Canada), while the Raider baseball team had a home game against the Hill School (Pa.). Over at the Princeton Day School, the girls’ lax team was scheduled to host archival Pennington.

Things would have been hopping around the turf field at Princeton High as the boys’ lacrosse team was welcoming the Peddie School while the track teams were hosting a tri-meet against Hightstown and Notre Dame. more

March 30, 2020

By Donald Gilpin

The coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to take its toll on New Jersey with a record 3,347 new cases in the past 24 hours for a total of 16,636 confirmed cases in the state and 37 new deaths, for a total of 198 fatalities.

The number of positive cases in Princeton rose to 26, according to the Princeton Health Department, while the New Jersey Department of Health announced that there are now 249 cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County. All these numbers are expected to rise in the coming days as testing increases and the virus continues to spread.

 “These numbers have gone up dramatically,” Gov. Phil Murphy said at his press briefing today, March 30.  “We expect them to continue to go up dramatically.”

Mercer County is opening a drive-up testing site at Quaker Bridge Mall on Tuesday, March 31.  The site will operate from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for symptomatic residents of Mercer County, by appointment only with a prescription from a primary health care provider. more

March 29, 2020

By Donald Gilpin

The Princeton Health Department (PHD) announced this weekend that two Princeton police officers have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Both officers began displaying symptoms about a week ago and immediately took steps to self-isolate. One is showing mild symptoms of COVID-19. The other is showing moderate symptoms. The officers have written no citations, have made no arrests, and have had limited contact with the public during the period of communicability.

Anyone who had direct contact with either officer is being notified by the PHD. The Princeton Police Department (PPD) has been employing a plan over the last several weeks which has isolated this exposure to a small group of officers, who are all being quarantined.

As soon as the PPD received information that the officers were not feeling well, all areas of the police department and patrol vehicles were disinfected.

One additional member of the police department is currently awaiting test results.  more

March 27, 2020

By Donald Gilpin

New Jersey officials announced 27 new deaths from the coronavirus (COVID-19) today, March 27, with 1,982 new known cases in the state, bringing totals to 8,825 positive tests and 108 deaths. New Jersey ranks second in the country after New York in most COVID-19 cases reported.

There have been 16 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Princeton and 131 in Mercer County. Northern and Eastern New Jersey counties account for the vast majority of New Jersey cases so far.

Wth testing lags as long as seven days, the actual number of cases in the state is likely much higher than reported, according to state officials, who expect the number of positive cases to continue rising, with the peak of infections possibly three weeks away.

The NJ Department of Health and local officials continue to advise residents: Whether you are ill or not, adhere to the governor’s Executive Order and stay home. If you must leave your home, practice social distancing. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert, Health Officer Jeff Grosser, and Board of Health Chair Dr. George DiFerdinando provided guidance and fielded questions from the public in a 90-minute online session this morning, and Grosser returned this afternoon on princetoncovid.org with responses to COVID-19 questions.

Grosser’s comments included discussion of best practices for social distancing, self-quarantining, and self–isolation; the governor’s Executive Order on COVID-19;  warning signs;  supplies to have on hand; and other suggestions for breaking the chain of transmission.

“Each one of us is currently taking a role in ending this pandemic,” said Grosser.

Many municipal and nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals have been reaching out with help for the community in combating the pandemic. Princeton Human Services announced that residents should visit princetoncovid.org for information and assistance. Human Services also urged those looking for resources to call (609) 396-9355 ext. 11 for home delivery of free pre-packaged bags of food from Arm in Arm; or call Human Services at (609) 688-2055 for assistance paying bills and other essential expenses due to job loss; or if threatened with eviction; or if experiencing wage theft (not paid for work you have done or not properly paid overtime wages). Certain services are based on income eligibility and program criteria.

For more information, visit princetoncovid.org.

Photo Credit: www.buckscountyclassic.com

Hit the road with a brand new bike equipped for all of life’s adventures. 


March 26, 2020

By Donald Gilpin

Anticipated community spread and increased testing have pushed New Jersey’s total of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases to at least 6,876, with 2,492 new positive tests announced today, March 26, by Gov. Phil Murphy in his daily coronavirus press briefing. There have been at least 81 deaths from coronavirus in the state, with 19 deaths reported in the past 24 hours.

Mercer County has reported 111 cases, an increase of 29 since Wednesday. The majority of the  cases in the state so far have occurred in counties in the northern half of the state.

In measures designed to slow the spread of the virus, Murphy has ordered all non-essential businesses to close, all schools to close, and people to stay at home except for work and necessary travel. Supermarkets and pharmacies are open. Restaurants are permitted to offer takeout and delivery only. Social gatherings are banned, and officials have announced that those who violate the orders will be prosecuted.

As of Wednesday evening, the Princeton Health Department (PHD) reported 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Princeton, nine males and five females. It is impossible to keep a precise tally, the PHD noted, because of widespread testing throughout the region, but they are continuing to investigate and highlight the most critical exposures and disease events. more

March 25, 2020

Palmer Square was practically empty on Friday afternoon as Princeton residents and visitors heeded requests to stay at home and practice social distancing. Visit princetoncovid.org for a list of local businesses that are still open. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

By Donald Gilpin

“I’m proud of Princeton for its first full week of dedicated social distancing, but we are not out of the woods yet,” said Princeton Health Officer Jeff Grosser in Tuesday’s COVID-19 Update.

The Princeton Health Department (PHD) announced an additional positive case in Princeton on Tuesday, which brings the total to 10. The latest case is a Princeton University student, who is currently in isolation on campus. The PHD is investigating the source of the infection and who the individual may have come into close contact with.

Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert warned that current statistics probably understate the magnitude of the epidemic. “It is important to understand that the prevalence of coronavirus in the community is likely to be significantly higher than these numbers indicate,” she said. “It is vitally important for everyone to be heeding the governor’s order to stay at home whenever possible, and to practice social distancing when leaving your house.”

She continued, “Slowing the rate of spread will help give our medical system and first responders the much needed time to gear up to treat people who fall sick and help control the volume of people who will be needing care.”

In his daily COVID-19 press briefing Tuesday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy delivered what he called “a sobering report.” He announced the largest single-day increase in deaths with 17 new deaths from coronavirus, bringing the total in the state to 44. There are now at least 3,675 coronavirus total cases in New Jersey, a one-day increase of 846. New Jersey ranks second in the nation after New York for the number of cases.

In delivering the daily update on the princetoncovid.org website, Grosser urged a focus on preventing the spread of the virus to the most vulnerable populations and on preparing for the possibility of a hospital surge. “Those are the individuals who should be central to our efforts. We need continued community support to reap the benefits of reducing disease transmission through the coronavirus.”

He continued, stressing the importance of social distancing “to break the chains of transmission and slow the number of people who become sick.”  more