In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy announced 13 new deaths and 446 new positive test results but said the new results, spot positivity rate and rate of transmission may have been impacted in some way by the return of test results that have been part of the backlog from some labs.
Elsewhere, the largest vaccine trial yet got underway, while more rule breaking establishments were punished in New York City and a large gathering was broken up at a New Jersey Airbnb.
Here are more of today's headlines:
7OYS HELPS NURSES FINED
7 On Your Side stepped in to help after dozens of nurses, touted as front-line heroes who risked their lives during the COVID pandemic, were slapped with thousands in parking tickets.
HOW TO TREAT 'MASKNE'
It's a cosmetic casualty of the coronavirus pandemic: acne or irritation on the skin around one's face mask. It's a condition that's being called "maskne." Dermatologists are seeing more people come in who are experiencing the condition.
BRONX FOOD PANTRY
Hundreds of people waited in the sweltering heat to get their hands on free meals form a food pantry in the Bronx. The organization Bronx Works hosted the one-day pop-up pantry in partnership with Turner Construction at its Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center.
The pantry's goal was to help residents who are hungry and unsure of when they will get their next meal during the pandemic. Organizers say 1 in 4 Bronx residents was unemployed in June and the demand for food pantries has exploded.
NYC PUBLIC ADVOCATE UNVEILS NYC SCHOOLS PLAN
Amid a city and nation-wide debate on education strategies in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams released a proposal for reopening schools.
RUTGERS QUARANTINING FOOTBALL TEAM, STAFF
Rutgers University announced Monday it will quarantine its entire football team and staff. The move comes after several people associated with the football team tested positive for coronavirus since returning to campus.
NJ GYM OWNERS ARRESTED FOR DEFYING ORDER
The owners of a New Jersey gym that repeatedly defied Gov. Phil Murphy's executive order to remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic were arrested Monday. Frank Trumbetti, 51, and Ian Smith, 33, were each charged with one count of fourth-degree contempt, one count of obstruction, and one count of violation of a disaster control act. They have both since been released.
LARGE AIRBNB PARTY
Police in New Jersey say a large party with more than 700 people was broken up at an Airbnb over the weekend, with partygoers ignoring social distancing and mask regulations.
LIFEGUARDS TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
More than two dozen lifeguards from two New Jersey beach towns have tested positive for the coronavirus after having been together socially, authorities said. Officials said the lifeguards are from Harvey Cedars and Surf City, neighboring boroughs on Long Beach Island.
MODERNA VACCINE TRIAL
The world's biggest COVID-19 vaccine study got underway Monday with the first of 30,000 planned volunteers helping to test shots created by the U.S. government -- one of several candidates in the final stretch of the global vaccine race. There's still no guarantee that the experimental vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., will really protect.
MORE ESTABLISHMENTS PUNISHED
More than 132 bars and restaurants in the New York City area were flagged for coronavirus social distancing violations this weekend, and some have had their liquor licenses suspended, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.
NEXT STIMULUS NOT LIKELY TO EXTEND $600 WEEKLY UNEMPLOYMENT PAYMENT
Suggesting a narrower pandemic relief package may be all that's possible, the White House still pushed ahead with Monday's planned rollout of the Senate Republicans' $1 trillion effort as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi assailed the GOP "disarray" as time-wasting during the crisis.
HEALTH EXPERTS CALL FOR 2ND SHUTDOWN
"Shut it down now, and start over" is the message from health experts across the country as COVID-19 cases surge in more than 40 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the U.S. could see 175,000 confirmed coronavirus-related deaths by August 15. More than 150 doctors endorsed an open letter to lawmakers, urging them to hit the restart button. The letter, published on the United States Public Interest Research Group's website and penned by its public health campaigns director Matthew Wellington, blames the push to reopening the economy on the country's worsening health crisis and calls for all nonessential businesses to close.
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