Millions of unemployed residents are waiting to hear the fate of a $1 trillion stimulus plan being introduced Monday by Senate Republicans in Washington. It’s likely to include another $1,200 stimulus check and moratorium on evictions. But the extra $600 that’s been going into unemployment checks? That would be slashed by a third. Republicans say it’s a disincentive to go back to work. Direct cash aid for state and local governments also appears to be off the table.
Starting Monday, Rutgers will deploy 30,000 saliva-based coronavirus tests daily across the state. They come with a 48- hour turnaround and will go to priority populations first, including frontline responders and vulnerable communities. Gov. Phil Murphy says that should help identify potential outbreaks and slow the spread of the virus.
Health officials reported 446 new positive cases, bringing the statewide cumulative total to 179,812. Seventeen new deaths were announced for a total of 15,804 confirmed and probable fatalities. Those numbers reflect a catch-up from a backlog at private labs. The rate of transmission, a key metric for measuring the spread, is 1.09 for July 25.