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            COMMUNITY UPDATE                                                               CORONAVIRUS COVID-19

 Governor Extends Utility   deferred payment plan, or to contact the   months faster than his previous goal of the   Rowan Plans for Campus   “I expect our classrooms, research
                                          end of July. But the Merck deal on its own
     BPU and enroll in one of several assis-
 Shutoff Moratorium   tance plans as the last thing we want is for   is not expected to ramp up fast enough to   to be ‘Fully Open’ in Fall  labs, recreation facilities and residence
 Through June 30  customers to find themselves facing high   impact vaccine supplies significantly in   By Bill Duhart | For,   halls will be busy and full of activity once
                                                                                                                   again,” Houshmand said. “We’ll also
 Gov. Phil Murphy has signed Executive  bills at the end of the moratorium. We are   the next three months.  March 5, 2021  return to in-person student activities and
 Order No. 229, extending a moratorium   here to help.”  Biden officials have successfully   This story is being republished under a   events. After being away so long, it will be
 preventing New Jersey residents from   The moratorium extension also applies   pushed Johnson & Johnson in other ways:   special NJ News Commons content-sharing   an exciting time, one that I know none of
 having their utilities disconnected through  to cable and telecommunications providers,   The company and its contract manufac-  agreement related to COVID-19 coverage.   us—students, faculty and staff—will take
                                          turers are moving to round-the-clock
     which are prohibited from disconnecting
 at least June 30, 2021. The moratorium                                         Link to story:  for granted.”
 was previously set to expire on March 15,   Internet service in households that have   production, posting full-time techni-  nj-university-plans-for-campus-to-be-fully-  Meanwhile, Rowan’s School of
 2021, pursuant to Executive Order No.   one or more school-age children that may   cians in plants to immediately repair any   open-this-fall.html  Osteopathic Medicine is set to open its
 190 (2020). The moratorium applies to all   be using such service for educational pur-  machinery breakdowns, and accepting   new clinical facility in the Sewell sec-
 residential gas, electric and water utilities,  poses. Also, if a household experiences a   daily logistical help from the Department   The main campus of Rowan   tion of Washington Township in coming
                                          of Defense, the administration said.
     change of circumstances where school age
 both public and private. Further, the utili-                                   University is scheduled to be “fully open”   weeks. Campus activity in Glassboro will
 ties will not be permitted to charge late   children will be using their home Internet   “Among the things I learned when   in the fall, officials said Thursday.  start to ramp up this summer when the
 fees nor fees to reconnect services that   service for school, the cable and telecom-  I came into office was that Johnson &   But before that happens, the school
     munications company will be required to   Johnson was behind in manufacturing   with 19,600 students is planning its sec-  College of Science & Mathematics will
     reconnect that Internet service.     and production,” Biden said. “We had the   ond straight virtual commencement cer-  host its summer undergraduate research
                                          potential to have a highly effective vaccine   emony in May.             program.
                                                                                                                      “As soon as state guidelines allow,
     Merck Will Help Make                 to accompany the two existing vaccines. It   “We’ll host a virtual university-wide   we’re looking forward to being able to
                                          simply wasn’t coming fast enough.”
     J&J Coronavirus Vaccine                Rather than a vastly accelerated time-  commencement ceremony, followed by   vaccinate the broader Rowan University
                                                                                a week of smaller, in-person ceremonies
     to Help Accelerate Shots             line, Biden’s revised May target reflects   that will allow our graduates to celebrate   community,” Houshmand said.
                                                                                                                      New buildings also continue to rise on
        By Christopher Rowland and Laurie   his administration’s new confidence in the   safely—and joyfully,” Ali Houshmand,   campus. In September, classes will begin
     McGinley, The Washington Post,       schedules set forth by all of the vaccine   Rowan’s president, said Thursday.  at Discovery Hall, a new 68,000 square
     March 2, 2021                        manufacturers. An administration official   The campus shut down last spring   foot academic and research building on
        This story is being republished under a   said Johnson & Johnson’s latest goal is to   amid state regulations to combat the   the Glassboro campus. It is primarily
     special NJ News Commons content-sharing   produce 94 million doses of its single-shot   COVID-19 pandemic. Online, remote   designed for STEM disciplines, the uni-
     agreement related to COVID-19 cover-  vaccine by the end of May—that is about   instruction was used to complete the   versity said.
 have been disconnected.  age. Link to story:  7 million doses ahead of the schedule in   semester. Rowan College of South Jersey,   A new entertainment venue is also
 “Despite the fact that we now see   health/2021/03/02/merck-johnson-and-john-  its contract, which calls for delivery of 87   a nearby affiliated community college,   coming. Wilson Music Hall will feature
 the light at the end of the tunnel for the   son-covid-vaccine-partnership/  million doses by the end of May and the   also announced plans to fully reopen in   an 895-seat concert hall with 53-rank
 COVID-19 pandemic, many families are     full 100 million by the end of June.  September.                         Wicks pipe organ, a 200 seat recital hall,
                                            With Pfizer and Moderna already
 still reeling from the economic impacts of   President Biden announced Tuesday    Rowan University usually has up to   choral and instrumental rehearsal halls,
 the virus,” said Murphy. “This extension,   that pharmaceutical giant Merck will help   pledging to deliver 200 million doses each   6,900 students on its main campus in   classrooms, 80 practice rooms and 40
 along with our prior extension, is the right  make Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot   of their two-shot vaccines by late May, the   Glassboro. About 4,100 students lived   studio offices, a university website said. It
 thing to do to help New Jerseyans who   coronavirus vaccine—an unusual pact   total supply would be more than enough   on campus for the fall semester, with in-  will also include an electronic composi-
 are struggling to make ends meet.”  between fierce rivals that is among several   for the estimated 260 million adults living   person and remote instruction. The same   tion lab.
                                          in the United States currently eligible for a
 “Thank you, Governor Murphy, and   steps intended to boost supply as Biden     amount was expected for the current   Chamberlain Student Center is also
 thank you to our utility partners for   pushes toward having enough shots for   coronavirus vaccine.  spring semester. The remaining students   set for a makeover and “huge” expansion,
 your ongoing commitment to assisting   every adult by the end of May.  The Merck deal is geared toward the   received remote instruction, many from   officials said.
 New Jersey ratepayers during this truly   Biden hailed the development as an   second half of the year, an administration   their hometowns.
 unprecedented situation,” said President   example of industry coming together for   official said. That’s when the threat of
                                          variants could loom larger, requiring the
 of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities  the common good, in keeping with his
 Joseph L. Fiordaliso. “We know that   frequent calls for a stronger emergency   manufacture of booster shots, and also   the number of doses Merck would pro-  Under the arrangement, Merck will
 many residents continue to face economic  footing to combat the pandemic.  when greater political attention will turn   duce for Johnson & Johnson.  dedicate two facilities in the United States
 hardship and are struggling to pay their   “Two of the largest pharmaceutical   to supplying the developing world with   Biden’s team began scouring the coun-  to Johnson & Johnson’s shots. One will
 bills, including utility bills. As we mark   companies in the world who are usually   the vaccine.  try for additional manufacturing capac-  provide “fill-finish” services, the last stage
                                            The administration will pay $268.8
 a full year of this pandemic and start to   competitors are working together on the   ity soon after taking office, according to   of the production process during which
 see hope on the horizon, our return to   vaccine,” he said in remarks delivered at   million to Merck to upgrade multiple   administration officials who spoke on the   the vaccine substance is placed in vials
 normalcy will take time. The moratorium   the White House. “This is the type of col-  plants to the necessary safety standards   condition of anonymity before Biden’s   and packaged for distribution. The other
 on shut-offs is now extended through at   laboration between companies we saw in   to produce Johnson & Johnson vaccine,   announcement. They soon sought a deal   will make the vaccine, and has the poten-
 least June 30. We are all in this together   World War II.”  from fermentation in vats to final finish   with Merck, one of the world’s largest   tial to vastly increase supply, perhaps even
                                          and filling in vials. The Biden administra-
 and I encourage residents to use this time   Biden’s vow to produce enough vaccine   vaccine makers, which had failed to devel-  doubling what Johnson & Johnson could
 to reach out to your utility to set up a   for all U.S. adults by the end of May is two   tion and the companies did not disclose   op its own coronavirus vaccine.
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