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TODAY'S FORECAST (3/18)
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Occasional rain, with highs in the mid 50s.

Good morning, Jersey—

  • Officials: NJ coronavirus cases climb to 267, Army Corps may build makeshift hospitals, record number of residents file for unemployment (Planet Princeton)
  • Unemployment system crashes as hundreds of thousands in NJ are without jobs (NorthJersey)
  • Turnpike Authority plows ahead with toll hike, $24B capital plan (Politico)
PLUS: Operator of power grid accused of overcharging utility customers billions of dollars (NJ Spotlight)

STATE LOOKS TO BUILD UP COVID-19 CAPACITY: HOSPITALS

By the state's count, there are now 267 COVID-19 cases, and three people have died from it. Today is the first day of the statewide K-12 schools shutdown. Also, Gov. Phil Murphy is now requesting assistance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. And the state is working with health care CEOs to potentially re-open eight closed hospitals — to "expand capacity," fast. (Planet Princeton)

More — so much more — on the coronavirus in NJ:

  • Murphy won’t rule out shelter-in-place (Politico)
  • NJ orders malls, amusement parks to close (WHYY)
  • A breakdown of NJ coronavirus cases by county (NorthJersey)
  • National Guard, FEMA mobilized, closed hospitals prepped (Politico)
  • Pennsylvania and New Jersey race to add hospital beds, testing (Inquirer)
  • NJ lawmakers scramble to introduce measures (NJ Spotlight)
  • NY, NJ, CT closing bars, restaurants indefinitely (Politico)
  • Cory Booker has a coronavirus plan, here’s what it includes (NJTV)
  • Grewal warns 82 more businesses over price gouging (NorthJersey)
  • Patients take advantage of NJ’s first drive-thru COVID-19 test site (NJTV)
  • Rutgers cancels commencement, in-class instruction (MyCentralJersey)
  • Students gear up for online learning, meal pick-ups (NJTV)
  • Grand juries cancelled statewide (Asbury Park Press)
  • Hoboken mayor orders residents to self-isolate for a week (ROI NJ)
  • North Jersey food pantries see trouble ahead: job losses (NorthJersey)
PLUS:

SITE: 15K UNEMPLOYMENT SERVICES REQUESTS IN ONE DAY

The state's unemployment insurance website crashed yesterday after attempting to process 15,000 new applications. Lawmakers are working to keep the state economy together with bills, though nothing has come through yet. 90% of restaurant employees have lost their jobs, an industry spokesperson said. 330,000 people work in the state's hospitality industry. (NorthJersey)

Related stories:

  • State confident significant aid packages coming for employers (ROI NJ)
  • Bipartisan push to keep NJ economy healthy (NJ Spotlight)

AUTHORITY REFUSES TO POSTPONE HEARINGS: 'SHAMEFUL'

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority is somewhat unbelievably going through with public hearings this week to discuss a major, $24 billion capital plan. Never mind the likely life-saving and nearly-mandatory 'just-stay-home' plan amid this coronavirus pandemic — these public meetings must go on, evidently. (Politico)

  • "This rogue and arrogant authority is out of control," New Jersey Sierra Club director Jeff Tittel said. "They don’t care if people get sick, they just want to pave and widen their roads. This is a public be damned attitude."

POWER GRID ALLEGEDLY OVERCHARGED BILLIONS

In a study funded by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club, an economist found that JM Interconnection has been over-charging customers by consistently over-estimating electricity needs. Across its multi-state range, these estimates weren't just wrong; they were expensive — and it had an effect on 'cleaner' options, environmentalists say. (NJ Spotlight)

😜 Not everything is terrible—

  • You can now pick up sealed wine, beer from restaurants (NorthJersey)
  • Songs to See Us Through: Responding, with music, to the crisis (NJ Arts)
  • Meals that can be delivered or picked-up, by county (NorthJersey)
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Jeanette Beebe (@jeanettebeebe)

Jeanette's last name sounds like two creatures buzzing. Her reporting on medicine, tech, and the politics and policies that shape health care has appeared in ForbesFast CompanyThe Daily BeastScientific American, MarketWatchMedscapeMental FlossNext Avenue, and WHYY. She got her start at The Daily Princetonian. She's lived in NJ for more than a decade — she's a long-time commuter, and travels light. www.jeanettebeebe.com
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