NJ Extends Tax And Budget Deadlines Because Of Coronavirus Crisis

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April 01, 2020 - 5:08 pm

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TRENTON, N.J. (WCBS 880) — In the past 24 hours, the number of positive coronavirus cases in New Jersey jumped by 3,649 for a statewide total of 22,255 with 355 deaths, up from 260 deaths.

Gov. Phil Murphy said 60-year-old Janice Preschel of Teaneck was also among the dead. She was the founder of the Helping Hands Food Pantry, active in her temple and past president of the Teaneck Rotary. The mayor of Teaneck said the community had "lost a true woman of valor."

The rising death toll is a grim reminder that the best offense and best defense against COVID-19 is social distancing.

"Even in mourning we have to continue to practice social distancing, stay at home before this hits home," Murphy said. 

Murphy said they have a shortage of manpower, ventilators, personal protective equipment and beds. He has a game plan for each and the state has also received some reinforcements, but more is needed.

Murphy announced that the state has procured nearly 10 million pieces of personal protective equipment that will be allocated to the frontlines of the coronavirus battle. He also said the federal government is providing an additional 350 ventilators to New Jersey, on top of the previous 500 that the state received, but Murphy says they still need more.

More testing sites will also be coming online. Murphy said there are at least 32 centers where residents can get tested.

The governor also signed an executive order that removes bureaucratic roadblocks to more quickly bring in more health care practitioners including retirees and doctors licensed in other countries. The order also waives scope of practice requirements for advanced practice nurses and physicians assistants.

"Our health care workers are the heroes right now, they need relief from the bullpen," Murphy said.

So far 5,200 people have signed up to volunteer.

"I would love nothing more than to sit here and say April Fools and that everything would be back the way it was, unfortunately that is not the case, and this is the reality that we're dealing with and we're all going to have to adjust to what is most likely even a new reality once this emergency passes," Murphy said.

Murphy was asked about a photo that appeared on social media showing a NJ TRANSIT bus so full that some passengers had to stand. 

He said most people are complying with social distancing rules but the state needs 100% compliance. 

"I was concerned to hear of the same story about NJ TRANSIT we're tracking that down, their ridership is down over 90% but we've gotta make sure that we're not jamming people into small spaces together," Murphy said. "Our message is: everybody stay home."

Meanwhile, New Jersey is mirror the actions by the IRS and has extended its income tax-filing deadline for individuals and businesses from April 15 to July 15.

The state fiscal year will also be extended to September 30th "to allow us to focus on leading our state out of this crisis."

For more information visit covid19.nj.gov.

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