9:45 PM - June 22, 2020
9:45 PM - June 22, 2020

No July 4 fireworks in Ocean City, mayor says

The mayor of Ocean City, N.J., announced Monday that his town will not have Fourth of July fireworks or the popular Night in Venice event later next month because of coronavirus concerns.

“I believe these are important traditions to preserve, and I had hoped that we would be able to plan for safe events,” Mayor Jay A. Gillian said in a statement.

“But with the enormous influx of people we’ve seen over the past few weeks and with the governor still prohibiting mass gatherings and dense crowds, we do not believe it would be responsible to continue with these popular events. The health and safety of everybody who loves Ocean City will always be our top priority,” Gillian said.

The Night in Venice event, the town’s annual boat parade, had been tentatively scheduled for July 18.

— Robert Moran

6:43 PM - June 22, 2020
6:43 PM - June 22, 2020

Photos: Hair salons and barbershops reopen in New Jersey

Barber Karen Dupuy cuts the hair of Jack Peffer at Haddon Township Barber Shop on Monday as New Jersey barber shops, salons, and other personal care businesses were allowed to reopen with restrictions. Dupuy and her business partner Tammy Boner opened their shop last May. Boner said "So we weren't even open a year when the pandemic hit. We got cheated out of birthdays and proms."
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Barber Karen Dupuy cuts the hair of Jack Peffer at Haddon Township Barber Shop on Monday as New Jersey barber shops, salons, and other personal care businesses were allowed to reopen with restrictions. Dupuy and her business partner Tammy Boner opened their shop last May. Boner said "So we weren't even open a year when the pandemic hit. We got cheated out of birthdays and proms."
Kevin Maull of Haddon Township checks out his first haircut in months.
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Kevin Maull of Haddon Township checks out his first haircut in months.
Barber Bernard Dandridge trims the hair and beard of Walter Bullen, 17, of Woodbury, at the Total Perfection Barber Shop and Beauty Salon in Camden on Monday. Dandridge has been at the shop for sixteen years. Owner and barber Barry Wilkins, who worked at the there for a few years before buying the business in 2008, said “Clients started calling last week as soon as they heard we could open. We’ve got longevity."
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Barber Bernard Dandridge trims the hair and beard of Walter Bullen, 17, of Woodbury, at the Total Perfection Barber Shop and Beauty Salon in Camden on Monday. Dandridge has been at the shop for sixteen years. Owner and barber Barry Wilkins, who worked at the there for a few years before buying the business in 2008, said “Clients started calling last week as soon as they heard we could open. We’ve got longevity."

— Tom Gralish

6:33 PM - June 22, 2020
6:33 PM - June 22, 2020

Philly Zoo announces reopening dates

The Philadelphia Zoo announced Monday that it will reopen next month. It has been closed since March 17.

The zoo will first reopen for members from July 6 to 8 and then for the general public on July 9.

Member-only tickets will be available at noon on June 25. Tickets for the general public will go on sale at noon on June 26.

Because of coronavirus precautions, the zoo will be open to one-third of its capacity, according to the zoo’s website. Masks will be required and indoor exhibits and activities will still be closed.

Earlier on Monday, the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown announced it would reopen on June 26.

— Robert Moran

6:02 PM - June 22, 2020
6:02 PM - June 22, 2020
4:48 PM - June 22, 2020
4:48 PM - June 22, 2020

Gov. Wolf announces inmate population drop, says that likely has helped reduce COVID-19 cases

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf adjust his mask while touring the Orontz Plaza in West Oak Lane after looting damages from the night before on Monday, June 1, 2020.
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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf adjust his mask while touring the Orontz Plaza in West Oak Lane after looting damages from the night before on Monday, June 1, 2020.

Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday that the state correctional population has decreased by nearly 3,500 people and that drop likely helped to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases in state facilities.

Wolf said the decrease by 3,471 people was the largest multiple-month reduction in history of the Department of Corrections and was achieved without an increase in Pennsylvania's crime rate.

The state correctional population has dropped from 48,881 inmates when Wolf took office in January 2015 to 41,738 as of Monday.

Wolf said that less than 1% of the state prison population has tested positive for COVID-19.

Robert Moran

4:09 PM - June 22, 2020
4:09 PM - June 22, 2020

N.J. Gov. Murphy vows crackdown after seeing viral videos of crowds and partying at the Shore

Videos of people partying in tight quarters at the Jersey Shore this weekend and a general lack of mask-wearing at the beach will lead the state to crack down to avoid a coronavirus spike, N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday.

“We are going to have to tighten up,” Murphy said. “There’s too many viral videos for my taste. We can’t look the other way. It’s one thing if it’s a little bit non compliant but this stuff is out of bounds.”

Videos spread on social media showed crowds of people under tents dancing and partying including at D’Jais in Belmar.

“Folks have let their hair down a little too much,” Murphy said. “Folks, we can’t do that. We don’t want to look like the other states that have gone through hell and now they’re going back through hell.”

State police superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan said in light of national numbers that show the coronavirus targeting younger people, “those large crowds not social distancing and no facial coverings gives us cause for concern.”

Adding to their concern was a higher rate of positivity for coronavirus in South Jersey. While the percentages in north and central Jersey remain below 2%, the number is 5.37% in South Jersey.

Murphy said he was at the Shore this weekend and saw very little mask compliance. “We’re presenting the data as we see it every day. We’re going to watch it like a hawk.”

— Amy Rosenberg

4:05 PM - June 22, 2020
4:05 PM - June 22, 2020

Trump to sign order restricting foreign workers, claiming need caused by pandemic job losses

President Trump on Monday was expected to sign an executive order to prevent foreign workers through immigration restrictions from filling 525,000 jobs, which White House officials say is needed due to the sharp rise of unemployment caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Washington Post reported.

The move curbs work visas especially in the areas of technology, landscaping services, and the forestry industry. The freeze excludes agricultural laborers and some health care workers and includes a special exemption for the approximately 20,000 child-care providers who come to the United States as “au pairs,” the Post reported.

Critics say the move is politically motivated to excite Trump voters ahead of the November election.

— The Washington Post

3:39 PM - June 22, 2020
3:39 PM - June 22, 2020

COVID-19 can stop the heart, and a defibrillator may not help, Penn study finds

Patients with severe symptoms of COVID-19 are more likely to experience an irregular heart rhythm. A new Penn study identified nine such patients who suffered a cardiac arrest.
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Patients with severe symptoms of COVID-19 are more likely to experience an irregular heart rhythm. A new Penn study identified nine such patients who suffered a cardiac arrest.

Researchers continue to find evidence that the coronavirus is much more than a lung disease. In the sickest patients, doctors have identified abnormal blood clots that can lead to strokes. They also have found damage in the kidney and liver.

A new Penn Medicine study finds that in rare cases, the virus can even stop a person’s heart. Among 700 COVID-19 patients at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, nine suffered a sudden cardiac arrest after being admitted, the study authors reported Monday.

Eight of the nine cardiac arrests were “nonshockable,” meaning they were not the type that can be restarted with a defibrillator, said Rajat Deo, senior author of the study.

”That means CPR and medication, and you pray that the pulse comes back,” Deo said. Six of the nine people were resuscitated, but it remains unclear if they will suffer long-term impacts.

In addition to the cardiac arrests, the Penn researchers found that COVID patients in intensive care also were more likely to suffer from an abnormal hearth rhythm, such as atrial fibrillation, commonly abbreviated as A-fib.

— Tom Avril

3:00 PM - June 22, 2020
3:00 PM - June 22, 2020

N.J. loosens restrictions on both outdoor and indoor gatherings

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy covers his face with a face mask at the end of the coronavirus briefing in Trenton, N.J. Monday, June 15, 2020.
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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy covers his face with a face mask at the end of the coronavirus briefing in Trenton, N.J. Monday, June 15, 2020.

Effective immediately, New Jersey will allow outdoor gatherings of 250 people Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday.

Previously, the state had limited outdoor gatherings to 100 people.

Indoor gatherings are limited to 25% capacity, but cannot exceed 100 people, Murphy said. That’s up from the previous limit of 50 people.

Further guidance on indoor gatherings will be released later in the week, Murphy said.

The relaxation of restrictions comes as the Garden State prepares to open its shopping malls next week and to allow its casinos to open at limited capacity on July 2.

New Jersey is in the “middle phases of stage 2 of our recovery,” Murphy said, commending the “staggering amount of progress” the state has made in taming the virus’ spread and efforts of residents to wear face masks and employ social distancing.

Cautioning against those who “have let their hair down too much,” Murphy urged New Jersey residents to remain vigilant as the state continues to reopen.

“It is the pain of discipline where the alternative is the pain of regret,” Murphy said. “This proves that the measures that we put in place … and the hard decisions were worth it.”

— Oona Goodin-Smith

2:13 PM - June 22, 2020
2:13 PM - June 22, 2020

Shore restaurant owner: Return of indoor dining is welcome, but also tricky

Caroline "Cookie" Till, owner of Steve & Cookie's in Margate, with one of her signature pies.
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Caroline "Cookie" Till, owner of Steve & Cookie's in Margate, with one of her signature pies.

For New Jersey restaurant owners, the return of indoor dining on July 2, with a low capacity of 25%, was welcome in theory but also aggravating.

“I don’t know,” said Cookie Till, owner of Steve & Cookie’s in Margate, which has been offering takeout and, more recently, sit-down outdoors under a tent and new “Noir Bar” concept. “It’s like trying to hit a moving target.”

"So my staff and I will sit down tomorrow and devise a plan," Till said. "We're still trying to figure out outdoor dining and how to structure that with the takeout. I'm not complaining because I have more seats than most, but is it worth it?"

— Amy Rosenberg

2:08 PM - June 22, 2020
2:08 PM - June 22, 2020

Hard Rock Atlantic City ready for reopening ahead of Fourth of July weekend

This May 15, 2019 photo shows the exterior of the Hard Rock casino in Atlantic City.
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This May 15, 2019 photo shows the exterior of the Hard Rock casino in Atlantic City.

Joe Lupo, president of Hard Rock Atlantic City, said in a statement the casino was grateful for a reopening date prior to the Fourth of July weekend.

"We have been working hard over the last several months to prepare for reopening by implementing thorough cleaning processes, enhancing air quality and initiating a partnership with health officials," Lupo said. "We look forward to welcoming our guests and team members back to Hard Rock."

The music-themed casino is calling its coronavirus protocols “Safe + Sound.”

Marie Jones, a gaming attorney with the Atlantic City branch of Fox Rothschild, said she was surprised at the low capacity mandated for the reopening, and predicted customers would return.

“You may see some changes in how people gamble and play, whether they’re just there for a short amount of time,” she said. “But after being on lockdown since March, I have the distinct feeling they’re going to be at that 25% capacity rather quickly.”

Jones said the state's Division of Gaming Enforcement has been working with casinos to develop reopening plans and under normal circumstances has inspectors inside the casinos who would now be on hand to oversee compliance.

“They have their protocols,” she said. “They’ve all been working on them quite diligently. Most have operations in other jurisdictions, and have some operational experience in place with the reopening.”

Jane Bokunewicz, coordinator of the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute for Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism at Stockton University, noted Atlantic City’s casinos typically make 30% of their annual net revenue in the third quarter (July to September).

"So the next three months are crucial for them to regain some financial stability," she said.

Bokunewicz said New Jersey has been an example of a cautious reopening strategy and noted that Las Vegas recently amended its voluntary mask policy for table games to make it mandatory.

Atlantic City’s nine casinos have been closed since March 16, putting about 26,000 employees out of work. Thousands of casino workers have waited in car lines for boxes of donated food. The third food giveaway organized by the state’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and Unite Here Local 54 is scheduled for Tuesday at Bader Field, the city’s old municipal airfield.

— Amy Rosenberg

1:29 PM - June 22, 2020
1:29 PM - June 22, 2020

Philly surpasses 25,000 confirmed coronavirus cases

Mayor Jim Kenney shown here during a Juneteenth press conference, in West Philadelphia, June 19, 2020.
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Mayor Jim Kenney shown here during a Juneteenth press conference, in West Philadelphia, June 19, 2020.

Philadelphia has surpassed 25,000 confirmed coronavirus cases as it moves toward the ”green” reopening phase, the city announced on Monday.

The Department of Public Health reported 275 new coronavirus cases on Monday, increasing the city’s total of known COVID-19 cases to 25,116.

“Some may think that the pandemic is no longer a big deal,” Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement. “But passing this 25,000 mark is a sobering reminder that COVID-19 remains a serious threat. To put it in context, that’s more people than can sit in the Wells Fargo Center.”

The city also reported four new deaths, bringing to number of residents who have died from the coronavirus in Philadelphia to 1,526. More than half of the deaths were people in long-term care facilities.

While Bucks, Delaware, Chester, and Montgomery Counties will officially move into the final “green” stage of reopening June 26, Philadelphia will also technically enter the “green” phase that day but keep some restrictions in place until at least July 3.

Salons, barbers, and spas will be allowed to reopen in Philadelphia on June 26, as well as residential pools, private swim clubs, and outdoor areas of zoos. Small indoor social and religious gatherings will also be permitted, up to 25 people.

Kenney said if coronavirus targets are met, the following activities can reopen beginning July 3:

  • Outdoor group recreational and sports activities for youth and adults
  • Gyms and indoor exercise classes
  • Schools and colleges
  • Libraries and museums
  • Indoor shopping malls
  • Outdoor performances and small outdoor events (up to 50 people)
  • Restaurants with indoor seating (with occupancy restrictions)

— Rob Tornoe

12:44 PM - June 22, 2020
12:44 PM - June 22, 2020

Golden Globes pushed back a month

Tina Fey (left) and Amy Poehler are slated to co-host the Golden Globes for the fourth time next year.
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Tina Fey (left) and Amy Poehler are slated to co-host the Golden Globes for the fourth time next year.

The 78th Golden Globe Awards are moving back a month, to February 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The awards show announced Monday it will move its ceremony to Feb. 28, 2021 — the original date of the Academy Awards, which have now been delayed until April 25, 2021. The BAFTA Film Awards also pushed back their ceremony from February to April 11, 2021.

Upper Darby native Tina Fey and her former Saturday Night Live partner Amy Poehler are scheduled to co-host the Golden Globes.

— Rob Tornoe

12:35 PM - June 22, 2020
12:35 PM - June 22, 2020

Trump doesn’t deny he ordered a slowdown of coronavirus tests

President Donald Trump did not deny he ordered a slowdown of coronavirus tests when asked directly about it Monday morning.

In a portion of an interview conducted by Scripps Television corespondent Joe St. George, Trump said increased testing in the United States has revealed “more and more cases.”

“But did you ask to slow it down?” St. George asked Trump.

After a brief pause, Trump responded: “If it did slow down, frankly I think we’re way ahead of ourselves, if you want to know the truth. We’ve done too good a job.”

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The question came up because Trump said at a rally Saturday in Tulsa, Okla. that, he told officials to “slow the testing down” because more tests meant more known coronavirus cases. A White House official told Reuters after the event the president was joking.

— Rob Tornoe

12:20 PM - June 22, 2020
12:20 PM - June 22, 2020

Atlantic City casino workers union head ‘delighted’ at July 2 reopening, says A.C. casinos will be safer than Vegas

A security vehicle blocks the entrance to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City in March, two days after the town’s nine casinos shut their doors under orders of Gov. Phil Murphy.
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A security vehicle blocks the entrance to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City in March, two days after the town’s nine casinos shut their doors under orders of Gov. Phil Murphy.

Unite Here Local 54 casino workers union president Bob McDevitt said members are thrilled that casinos can soon reopen, and said he believes New Jersey’s safety standards for casinos will be much stricter than in other states.

“We’re delighted that they’re reopening casinos, especially that the state has been open-minded enough to include food and beverage on the inside,” McDevitt said.

He said without allowing indoor food and dining, it would have been difficult to lure any customers to casinos.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that the state’s nine casinos, all located in Atlantic City, would be permitted to reopen at 25% capacity, along with indoor food and dining, also at 25% capacity, on July 2.

“We think it’s a great place to start,” he said, adding that he expected New Jersey to be stricter on health and safety enforcement than other jurisdictions have been. “Out in Nevada, it’s a disaster.”

McDevitt said the capacity limits would be workable in casinos because of their large footprint.

“These casinos floors are extremely large,” he said. “Twenty-five percent capacity means they’ll spread out the space.”

Casinos like Borgata and Hard Rock have already released detailed reopening plans outlining new safety and sanitizing protocols, and distancing in slot machines and table games. Hard Rock is mandating masks for guests and employees, and doing thermal temperature checks of everyone entering the property.

McDevitt said Unite Here casino workers have tested positive for the coronavirus in Las Vegas, where he said protocols are not being enforced.

“It’s like the wild west,” McDevitt said of Vegas. “I don’t think that’s going to happen here.”

— Amy Rosenberg

11:17 AM - June 22, 2020
11:17 AM - June 22, 2020

New Jersey announces the return of casinos, indoor dining

Thomas Butwilowski, 44, of Atlantic City, N.J., walks along the Atlantic City Beach with his daughter, Mia Butwilowski, 5, getting fresh air in Atlantic City, N.J., on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The city's casinos will be allowed to reopen on July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Monday.
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Thomas Butwilowski, 44, of Atlantic City, N.J., walks along the Atlantic City Beach with his daughter, Mia Butwilowski, 5, getting fresh air in Atlantic City, N.J., on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The city's casinos will be allowed to reopen on July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Monday.

Casinos in Atlantic City will be allowed to reopen on July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday. Casinos will be limited to 25% their normal capacity, with more guidance from the state expected within the next few days.

Indoor dining at restaurants may also resume on July 2, with establishments limited to 25% capacity, Murphy said.

— Rob Tornoe

11:07 AM - June 22, 2020
11:07 AM - June 22, 2020

Parx Casino to reopen Monday, June 29

Customers leave the Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA on January 8, 2019. The casino announced it will reopen Monday, June 29.
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Customers leave the Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA on January 8, 2019. The casino announced it will reopen Monday, June 29.

Parx Casino in Bensalem announced it will reopen on Monday, June 29 at 9 a.m. as Bucks County moves towards the state’s “green” reopening phase.

Slot machines, table games, restaurant tables, and other physical layouts have been arranged to promote distancing, the company said in a a statement. The poker room will be closed until further notice.

All visitors will undergo a screening process that involves a temperature check before being allowed inside. Guests and employees will be required to wear face masks at all times.

— Rob Tornoe

10:30 AM - June 22, 2020
10:30 AM - June 22, 2020

Coronavirus drug will start trials of inhaled version

In this March 2020 photo provided by Gilead Sciences, a vial of the investigational drug remdesivir is visually inspected at a Gilead manufacturing site in the United States.
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In this March 2020 photo provided by Gilead Sciences, a vial of the investigational drug remdesivir is visually inspected at a Gilead manufacturing site in the United States.

Gilead Sciences, which manufactures the antiviral drug remdesivir, announced Monday it will start trials of an inhaled version of the medication after receiving a green light from the FDA.

So far, remdesivir is the only drug that has proven effective at helping coronavirus patients. The medication is administered intravenously, and appears to help patients recover faster.

“An inhaled formulation would be given through a nebulizer, which could potentially allow for easier administration outside the hospital, at earlier stages of disease,” CEO Daniel O’Day said in a statement. “That could have significant implications in helping to stem the tide of the pandemic.”

Gilead expects to have two million remdesivir treatment courses manufactured by the end of the year, and “many millions more” by 2021.

— Rob Tornoe.

9:50 AM - June 22, 2020
9:50 AM - June 22, 2020

SEPTA reopens some stations closed amid pandemic

A passenger wears a mask on a SEPTA Market-Frankford line train going westbound on Friday, March 27, 2020.
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A passenger wears a mask on a SEPTA Market-Frankford line train going westbound on Friday, March 27, 2020.

SEPTA has reopened some of its stations closed amid the pandemic.

Customers could once again access the Market-Frankford Line’s Tioga, Somerset, 2nd Street, and Dilworth Park Stations as of Sunday. The Broad Street Line’s Spring Garden and Lombard-South Stations have reopened.

The authority closed some stations in an effort “to focus resources on cleaning and sanitizing priority stations.”

Most transit service resumed in May. The authority recently implemented a face covering requirement as it braces for increased ridership.

— Patricia Madej

9:15 AM - June 22, 2020
9:15 AM - June 22, 2020

Poultry plant workers in Pennsylvania said their bosses hid a coronavirus outbreak

— Astrid Rodrigues, Jessica Calefati, and Bob Fernandez

8:00 AM - June 22, 2020
8:00 AM - June 22, 2020

In New Jersey, you can get a haircut or a tattoo today

Perk’s Place barber shop in Haddon Township, N.J., was forced to close back in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but will be permitted to reopen today.
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Perk’s Place barber shop in Haddon Township, N.J., was forced to close back in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but will be permitted to reopen today.

You can finally get a haircut in the Garden State.

Barbers and hair stylists are among the personal care services that are permitted to reopen Monday, as New Jersey continues to loosen its coronavirus restrictions. Services are limited to appointment-only, clients and staff will have to undergo temperature checks, and masks will be required for everyone involved.

“We’re able to confidently announce this important step in our restart and recovery because the health metrics tell us we can,” Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement last week. “With the proper health and safety protocols in place, personal care business owners who are anxious get back to serving their customers and communities will have the opportunity to do so.”

The full list of personal care services that are permitted to open today in New Jersey are:

  • Cosmetology shops
  • Barber shops
  • Beauty salons
  • Hair braiding shops
  • Nail salons
  • Electrology facilities
  • Spas, including day spas and medical spas
  • Massage parlors
  • Tanning salons
  • Tattoo parlors

Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs will allow haircuts on June 26.

— Rob Tornoe

7:30 AM - June 22, 2020
7:30 AM - June 22, 2020

You have to pay for street parking again in Philly

A handicap parking sign is photographed on the corner of Spruce and 9th street in Philadelphia.
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A handicap parking sign is photographed on the corner of Spruce and 9th street in Philadelphia.

Beginning Monday, the Philadelphia Parking Authority will resume charging for on-street parking at meters and kiosks throughout the city.

The agency will also resume enforcing all on-street signage and parking regulations, which were relaxed due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The city said in a statement contact-free payment options are available through the PPA’s mobile app, meterUP. Mobile payment can also be maid by calling 1-877-727-5303.

— Rob Tornoe

7:00 AM - June 22, 2020
7:00 AM - June 22, 2020

Delaware among the nearly two dozen states reporting coronavirus increases

Registered Nurses offering their help with ChristianaCare guide people to take the tests in a parking lot along Beech Street with symptoms of coronavirus in Wilmington, Del., on Friday, March 13, 2020.
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Registered Nurses offering their help with ChristianaCare guide people to take the tests in a parking lot along Beech Street with symptoms of coronavirus in Wilmington, Del., on Friday, March 13, 2020.

While numbers continue to decline in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, nearly half of the states in the country are reporting a rise in coronavirus cases.

23 states have reported a growth in new cases over the last 14 days, according to data tracked by the New York Times. California, Missouri, and Oklahoma reported record-high numbers over the weekend.

Among the states to see an increase in new positive cases is Delaware, which reported 94 new cases on Sunday, up from a rolling average of about 50.

President Donald Trump, fresh off his visit to Tulsa, Okla., is scheduled to travel to Phoenix, Ariz., on Tuesday, where the city council made mask mandatory indoors due to a spike in new cases. On Sunday, Arizona reported 52,390 people tested positive for COVID-19, nearly double from what it was just two weeks ago.

As of Monday morning, more than 2.2 million Americans have contracted the coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University. At least 119,985 have died.

— Rob Tornoe