Coronavirus updates: N.J. deaths climb to 62; Peak in cases could be 3 weeks away; Stimulus payouts; What you need to know (March 26, 2020)

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March 26, 2020

As the number of coronavirus cases in New Jersey climbed to more than 4,400 on Wednesday, Congress provided some financial relief for millions of Americans financially devastated by COVID-19 when it agreed to a $2 trillion stimulus package.

The Senate unanimously passed the bill. The measure now goes to the House and pending approval, to the desk of President Trump.

Individuals are eligible for the full amount — $1,200 — if they have an adjusted gross income of up to $75,000 a year. The payment is reduced for singles earning up to $99,000. If you earn more than $99,000, you get nothing.

For married couples who file a joint tax return, you get the full amount — $2,400 – if your adjusted gross income up to $150,000. If you earn up to $198,000, you will get a partial payment. Married couples who earn more than $198,000 get no payment at all. Parents who qualify also get $500 for each child.

The number of coronavirus deaths in New Jersey jumped from 44 Tuesday to 62 Wednesday.

Coronavirus peak in hard-hit N.J. counties could be 3 weeks away: State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said hospitals in Bergen, Essex and Hudson counties are already feeling the strain of cases and those counties could see a peak in cases in “probably 21 to, it could be 60 days even” based on the latest models.

U.S. Senate unanimously passes aid package: The Senate passed the unparalleled $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic. The unanimous vote Wednesday came despite misgivings on both sides about whether it goes too far or not far enough and capped days of difficult negotiations as Washington confronted a national challenge unlike it has ever faced.

CE begins releasing some detainees from two N.J. correctional facilities, source says: Immigration officials began releasing detainees Wednesday that are being held at two New Jersey correctional facilities amid the coronavirus outbreak, a source with knowledge of the situation told NJ Advance Media.

The detainees, who have health conditions that put them at high-risk, are being released from the Elizabeth detention center and the Essex County Correctional Facility by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to the source, who is not authorized to speak publicly about the proceedings.

3rd ShopRite employee tests positive: Employees at stores in Essex, Morris and Union counties have now tested positive for COVID-19. Workers with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are not allowed to return to work until cleared by a doctor, store officials said.

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