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At Gov. Phil Murphy’s news briefing on today, he announced the creation of a new Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program. The program will take $25 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund and provide emergency grant funding to small rental apartment building owners for rent losses between April and July during the pandemic. Landlords who receive assistance through the program must then pass along the benefits to their tenants by forgiving outstanding back rent and late fees accumulated during the same period.

Atlantic County health officials reported no new deaths from Covid-19 for the sixth consecutive day and 39 additional residents who have recovered. They also confirmed 13 new positives among six males, ages 6-66, and seven females, ages 10-66. Atlantic County will continue to provide Covid-19 testing at its drive-thru facility in Northfield at Rt. 9 and Dolphin Avenue, behind the county public works yard, each Tuesday in August, 9 AM – 11:30 AM, unless otherwise noted. Get more info at

Many in South Jersey are still without power, three days after Tropical Storm Isaias brought powerful winds to the region. As of this morning, there were 2,785 active outages with 8,247 customers affected, according to Atlantic City Electric’s outage map. The company on Thursday said they had restored more than 90% of the more than 200,000 customers who were left without power due to the damaging effects of the storm. In addition, they said service for most customers will be restored soons including those in the most heavily damaged areas by Saturday evening.

An investigation into the May 31 riots in Atlantic City that damaged 57 businesses in the heart of the city resulted in 95 people being charged with an assortment of crimes. The department created a task force following the looting and damage that followed a peaceful protest of the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, mirroring events occurring all over the country.

An officer-involved shooting left a man dead on Thursday afternoon in Ventnor. Police say it happened at around 4:15 p.m. on West End Avenue near Raleigh Avenue. The Attorney General’s office says the man who was shot died at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City. Details are few about what sparked te shooting but no officers were hurt in the incident.
The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office is handling the investigation.

In Lower Township, a man pulled over this week turned out to be wanted for attempted murder in Florida. The Press of Atlantic City reports Nelson Servando-Ferguson was identified as having a warrant out against him when the car he was a passenger in was pulled over on the 500 block of Seashore Road. The driver of the car 18 year old Jacob Eck had an arrest warrant out for him for endangering the welfare of a child.

New Jersey’s jobless applications fell to their lowest weekly level since the COVID-19 outbreak began in March, the state Labor Department today. Applications last week dropped 41% compared with the week before, going down to 16,573. Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo said in a statement that the drop was encouraging, but “we’re not out of the woods.” New Jersey’s coronavirus rate of transmission crept up over the last week, rising to nearly 1.5, up from 0.87 last month, though this week it has fallen slightly.

For the fifth consecutive day, Atlantic County health officials reported no new deaths related to Covid-19 and only 11 new positives among four males, ages 18-51, and seven females, ages 17-49. Atlantic County will continue to provide Covid-19 testing at its drive-thru facility in Northfield each Tuesday in August, 9 AM – 11:30 AM, unless otherwise noted. You can get more info at

There was good news on the coronavirus front in New Jersey on Wednesday as the state’s rate of transmission dropped for a second straight day. Though the rate fell to 1.32 from 1.41, it’s still above the 1 that Gov. Phil Murphy has repeatedly said is necessary to to further lift restrictions and keep the state on the road to recovery. The report from the state’s 71 hospitals was also encouraging as the number of people hospitalized with coronavirus or a suspected case fell from 825 to 754 as of 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Crews continued working today to restore electricity to more than half a million homes and businesses in New Jersey days after Tropical Storm Isaias downed trees and power lines. Utilities reported service remained out to 563,095 customers, down from more than 1.3 million when the storm hit on Tuesday. Atlantic County among those with the largest number of outages.

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