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Tonight's Spotlight
March 31, 2023
 Tonight's Spotlight brings you highlights from the day's news for New Jersey, brought to you by the reporting of NJ Spotlight News
 

Today's developments

  • The state's designated watchdog is banging a familiar drum: nursing homes in NJ that continue to receive millions in Medicaid funding despite consistently ranking poorly in federal reviews.
    • In a report issued today, acting state Comptroller Kevin Walsh says 12 nursing homes, with some 1,500 residents, receive more than $100 million each year from the state Medicaid program despite repeatedly ranking at the bottom in federal rankings for quality and standards of care.
    • In February of last year, Walsh’s office released a similar report, criticizing the state for allowing 15 nursing homes to provide sub-par care without facing any financial consequence.
    • “Enough is enough,” Walsh said. “We shouldn’t use our Medicaid dollars to fund poor quality care year after year. The State has the power to prevent this waste — it should use it.”
    • See NJ Spotlight News for more coverage.
       
  • There were more signs of improvement in N.J.’s COVID statistics today, three full months into the year, with counts of hospitalizations and new confirmed cases now at 25% of where they stood in early January.
    • New confirmed cases came in under 400 — down both overnight and by a bit more than half from last Friday.
    • COVID hospitalizations fell further below 450 — another new low for nearly a year — with the caveat that today’s report was missing data from one of the 70 medical centers in N.J.
       
  • A 23-year-old from Oradell was among the nine victims of a military helicopter accident during a training operating in Kentucky this week.
    • Sgt. David Solinas was aboard one of two Black Hawk helicopters that crashed during a night-time exercise conducted by the storied 101st Airborne, which is based in Kentucky.
    • All nine service members aboard the two aircraft were killed; there were no casualties on the ground, an Army official said.
    • Gov. Phil Murphy released a statement of condolence today: “At just 23 years of age, David already left an imprint on his community and his service will not be forgotten.”
    • Murphy said he will order flags on state buildings to be flown at half-staff on Tuesday in Solinas’ honor.
       
  • Murphy today announced the creation of a state website that will bring together information about programs and services for members of the state’s transgender and non-binary community.
    • Noting that today is International Transgender Day of Visibility, Murphy said transgender.nj.gov is envisioned as a “one-stop hub” providing information on such topics as name changes, legal services, mental health and medical support.
    • “Across the country, the transgender and non-binary community often face barriers to accessing needed services,” Murphy said. “In New Jersey, we must ensure that we are leading the nation by making a concerted effort to streamline and simplify access to important services, programs, and protections.”
    • Funding for the website comes through the federal American Rescue Plan.
    • See NJ Spotlight News for a video report on a march today by advocates for transgender rights.
 

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Latest coverage

 

The latest numbers

  • The 364 laboratory-confirmed COVID infections reported today — off nearly 50 overnight — bring the state’s cumulative total to 2,559,498.
    • There were also 127 positive results detected by quick-turnaround but less-reliable antigen tests, also down from yesterday.
    • According to the CDC, the number of cases reported in the nation continues to drop, although more slowly, to just under 140,000 in the week ending March 29, from 154,000 the one before that.
       
  • One newly confirmed COVID death was reported in N.J. today, putting the state’s overall toll for the pandemic at 36,074 including probable COVID fatalities.
    • 32,958 of those deaths are laboratory confirmed.
    • Seven deaths were reported at N.J. hospitals yesterday, with a determination pending on whether the coronavirus was the cause, up from three reported Thursday.
    • New cases and deaths continue to fall on a global basis as well, with the WHO reporting levels not seen since the early days of the pandemic across most of the world.
       
  • There were 434 patients with COVID at N.J. hospitals yesterday, down 11 from Thursday’s report, which encompassed all of New Jersey’s medical centers.
    • 56 patients were in intensive care and 20 were connected to ventilators.
    • 142 patients were at hospitals in the north (up 10 overnight), with 152 in central Jersey (down 17) and 140 in the south (down four).
    • Statewide patients counts have declined more or less steadily since Jan. 4 when nearly 1,800 people with COVID were hospitalized.
       
  • Other numbers:
    • Wednesday’s once-a-week update for nursing homes and other LTCs showed continued progress — with 208 facilities with a current COVID outbreak, down 46 from the week before.
    • 10,156 laboratory confirmed COVID-associated deaths have now been recorded at LTCs, up two from last Wednesday.
    • More than 7.193 million people in N.J. are “fully vaccinated” and more than 4.387 million boosters have been administered.
    • See NJ Spotlight News for more data.
 

Tonight on NJ Spotlight News

 arch 31,2023

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VN NJ Spotlight News Tonight's Spotlight March 31, 2023  Tonight's Spotlight brings you highlights from the day's news for New Jersey, brought to you by the reporting of NJ Spotlight News.  Today's developments * The state's designated watchdog is banging a familiar drum: nursing homes in NJ that continue to receive millions in Medicaid funding despite consistently ranking poorly in federal reviews. * In a report issued today, acting state Comptroller Kevin Walsh says 12 nursing homes, with some 1,500 residents, receive more than $100 million each year from the state Medicaid program despite repeatedly ranking at the bottom in federal rankings for quality and standards of care. * In February of last year, Walsh’s office released a similar report, criticizing the state for allowing 15 nursing homes to provide sub-par care without facing any financial consequence. * “Enough is enough,” Walsh said. “We shouldn’t use our Medicaid dollars to fund poor quality care year after year. The State has the power to prevent this waste — it should use it.” * See NJ Spotlight News for more coverage. * There were more signs of improvement in N.J.’s COVID statistics today, three full months into the year, with counts of hospitalizations and new confirmed cases now at 25% of where they stood in early January. * New confirmed cases came in under 400 — down both overnight and by a bit more than half from last Friday. * COVID hospitalizations fell further below 450 — another new low for nearly a year — with the caveat that today’s report was missing data from one of the 70 medical centers in N.J. * A 23-year-old from Oradell was among the nine victims of a military helicopter accident during a training operating in Kentucky this week. * Sgt. David Solinas was aboard one of two Black Hawk helicopters that crashed during a night-time exercise conducted by the storied 101st Airborne, which is based in Kentucky. * All nine service members aboard the two aircraft were killed; there were no casualties on the ground, an Army official said. * Gov. Phil Murphy released a statement of condolence today: “At just 23 years of age, David already left an imprint on his community and his service will not be forgotten.” * Murphy said he will order flags on state buildings to be flown at half-staff on Tuesday in Solinas’ honor. * Murphy today announced the creation of a state website that will bring together information about programs and services for members of the state’s transgender and non-binary community. * Noting that today is International Transgender Day of Visibility, Murphy said transgender.nj.gov is envisioned as a “one-stop hub” providing information on such topics as name changes, legal services, mental health and medical support. * “Across the country, the transgender and non-binary community often face barriers to accessing needed services,” Murphy said. “In New Jersey, we must ensure that we are leading the nation by making a concerted effort to streamline and simplify access to important services, programs, and protections.” * Funding for the website comes through the federal American Rescue Plan. * See NJ Spotlight News for a video report on a march today by advocates for transgender rights. '21' Series: Hudson County A new episode of NJ PBS's 21 digital film series, Hudson County is now streaming. Viewers meet Jersey City resident Shayla Cabrera, who has faced adversity while paving a unique life path through a love of horticulture and plant medicine that has led to her becoming one of the only women in New Jersey with a license to grow cannabis and a role model to women of color in this new industry. Watch the full episode. Latest coverage * Trump indictment causes new headache for NJ Republicans * ELEC commissioners resign after Legislature passes controversial bill * Transgender advocates march to raise visibility * ‘Not much has changed’ in worst nursing homes, comptroller says * Experts share early results of Paulsboro blood tests * NJ commits another $70M to electric buses, trucks and more * Push to hold social media companies accountable for potential harm The latest numbers * The 364 laboratory-confirmed COVID infections reported today — off nearly 50 overnight — bring the state’s cumulative total to 2,559,498. * There were also 127 positive results detected by quick-turnaround but less-reliable antigen tests, also down from yesterday. * According to the CDC, the number of cases reported in the nation continues to drop, although more slowly, to just under 140,000 in the week ending March 29, from 154,000 the one before that. * One newly confirmed COVID death was reported in N.J. today, putting the state’s overall toll for the pandemic at 36,074 including probable COVID fatalities. * 32,958 of those deaths are laboratory confirmed. * Seven deaths were reported at N.J. hospitals yesterday, with a determination pending on whether the coronavirus was the cause, up from three reported Thursday. * New cases and deaths continue to fall on a global basis as well, with the WHO reporting levels not seen since the early days of the pandemic across most of the world. * There were 434 patients with COVID at N.J. hospitals yesterday, down 11 from Thursday’s report, which encompassed all of New Jersey’s medical centers. * 56 patients were in intensive care and 20 were connected to ventilators. * 142 patients were at hospitals in the north (up 10 overnight), with 152 in central Jersey (down 17) and 140 in the south (down four). * Statewide patients counts have declined more or less steadily since Jan. 4 when nearly 1,800 people with COVID were hospitalized. * Other numbers: * Wednesday’s once-a-week update for nursing homes and other LTCs showed continued progress — with 208 facilities with a current COVID outbreak, down 46 from the week before. * 10,156 laboratory confirmed COVID-associated deaths have now been recorded at LTCs, up two from last Wednesday. * More than 7.193 million people in N.J. are “fully vaccinated” and more than 4.387 million boosters have been administered. * See NJ Spotlight News for more data. Tonight on NJ Spotlight News arch 31,2023 WATCH THE FULL EPISODE HERE. NEW! Podcast version of 'NJ Spotlight News with Briana Vannozzi' You can now listen to the NJ PBS flagship weeknight newscast anytime, anywhere. It's the only daily Jersey-centric podcast in the state, bringing you in-depth reporting covering all the news, issues and stories uniquely relevant to the residents of the Garden State. Here's the link. 1- 855 568- 0545 l T coviD-19 Informatlon 1- 800 962 1253 898-211 We can't do this without you. Support NJ Spotlight News NJ Spotlight News focuses on New Jersey with multiplatform, independent journalism and is part of The WNET Group, which is supported by the public it serves. Twitter Facebook Website Copyright © 2023 NJ Spotlight News, All rights reserved. You are receiving this email because you signed up for updates from NJ Spotlight News. Receiving too many emails from us? . Want to stop receiving all emails from us? 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