Photo essay: NJ, the year of COVID-19

NJ Spotlight News | December 31, 2020 | Coronavirus in NJ
Pictures of life in New Jersey during the pandemic
Credit: CDC/ Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM
This 3-D illustration, now familiar to the world, reveals the structure of the coronavirus, its grey sphere spiked with tufts of protein, making for the ominous-looking corona that gave it its name.

Major issues were stacked up, ready for attention in New Jersey at the start of 2020. Then came the coronavirus and, for so many New Jerseyans, untold pain — physical, mental and economic.

Life went on in a state of disequilibrium. We can be forgiven for wanting to forget the year 2020. But before we close it out, let’s look again at pictures that tell the story of life in New Jersey during a historic time.

Credit: Edwin J. Torres/ Governor's Office
March 5, 2020: Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli at one of the first in what would be regular coronavirus media briefings by state officials
Credit: Thomas E. Franklin
March 16, 2020: A warning sign posted on the gate to a playground in Teaneck’s Votee Park advises that it’s closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Credit: Thomas E. Franklin
March 16, 2020: A line of shoppers wraps around the Trader Joe’s in Paramus. The store was limiting the number of customers to no more than 50 in line with state guidance.
Credit: Jeff Rhode/Holy Name Medical Center
March 20, 2020: Securing personal protection equipment for a colleague at Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck
Credit: Thomas E. Franklin
March 21, 2020: Testing for COVID-19 at Bergen Community College
Credit: Thomas E. Franklin
March 21, 2020: Cars lined up as people waited to get tested for COVID-19 at Bergen Community College.
Credit: Jeff Rhode/Holy Name Medical Center
March 24, 2020: Transporting a patient at Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck
Credit: Jeff Rhode/Holy Name Medical Center
March 25, 2020: Tending to a patient in the intensive care unit at Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck
Credit: (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
March 25, 2020: A resident is moved from St. Joseph’s Senior Home in Woodbridge. The home had been overwhelmed by COVID-19.
Credit: NJTV News
April 6, 2020: Health care workers at Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus
Credit: (Michael Mancuso, NJ.com)
April 28, 2020: Gov. Phil Murphy and state officials give a coronavirus briefing
Credit: Jeff Rhode/Holy Name Medical Center
The ICU at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, as seen during the early days of the pandemic
Credit: (Michael Mancuso, NJ.com)
May 12, 2020: Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli and Gov. Phil Murphy at a coronavirus briefing
Credit: NJTV News
May 30, 2020: Newark Mayor Ras Baraka addresses a protest in the city against police brutality and the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis on May 25.
Credit: (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
June 29, 2020: Shoppers at Garden State Plaza, Paramus after malls reopened for indoor shopping
Credit: (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
July 7, 2020: Voters in New Jersey’s primary elections placed their ballots in a drop box in Hackensack.
Aug. 25, 2020: Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, left, and Senate President Steve Sweeney attended Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement on of a revised state budget.
Credit: (Edwin J. Torres/Governor’s Office)
Sept. 10, 2020: An in-person class at Sharon Elementary School, Robbinsville, when school districts in New Jersey began to trend toward more in-person instruction
Credit: (Edwin J. Torres/Governor’s Office)
Sept. 10, 2020: Teaching an online class at Sharon Elementary School, Robbinsville
Credit: CFBNJ
A Community FoodBank of New Jersey distribution event: During the pandemic, New Jerseyans are looking to food banks for assistance in record numbers.
Credit: (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Oct. 29, 2020: Linda Aftab worked with other seasonal Union County Board of Election employees to prepare mail-in ballots for counting.
Credit: Pool photo: Kirsten Luce, The New York Times
Dec. 15, 2020: Maritza Beniquez, RN, receives the first COVID-19 vaccination in New Jersey, outside a trial, from Sady Ferguson at University Hospital, Newark.
Dec. 28, 2020: At Roosevelt Care Center in Old Bridge,103-year-old Mildred Clements was the first to be vaccinated as the inoculation program for residents and staff of long-term care centers began.

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