Three Years Since Covid-19 Was Declared A Global Pandemic: A Look Back At The Early Days In New Jersey

Today marked three years since Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced on March 11, 2020, that COVID-19 was a worldwide pandemic.

In New Jersey, the first confirmed case occurred on March 2nd and Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency on March 9th.

A day later, the first death in the state was announced and schools and universities across the state began closing and switching classes to online instruction.

In Lakewood, by March 16, several Shuls were already holding outdoor Minyanim, and by March 18th, schools were already transitioning to remote classes. In addition, a Bais Havaad was created to deal with the dozens of unique Shailos caused by the pandemic.

March 18, 2020 was the turning point for Lakewood, more and more Yeshivos announced that they will close their doors, as the day progressed.

Wedding halls began cancelling events on the same day, as multiple positive cases of the virus were confirmed for the first time.

Schools and Shuls remained mostly closed for months, with most not fully opening until Shavuos.

On March 21, Governor Murphy announced a statewide stay-at-home order, requiring that all non-essential businesses be closed indefinitely by 9 p.m. that day – an order that stayed in effect until June.

As of Friday, the state has seen 2,550,542 cumulative positive cases and 36,019 related deaths, including probable Covid-19 fatalities.

About 800 people are hospitalized statewide with Covid-19.

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  1. Does anyone even remember what the shocking wake up call message directly from Hashem that hit the minute it was just in the Wuhan lab in China was?


    Every tragedy has a wake up call message directly from Hashem that your not going to find in any sefer in the world or read in any newspaper from a Gadol Hador or speaker saying about the tragedy. What is the shocking message of the Coronavirus Epidemic-that shut down the entire world starting January 2020-that has already killed millions of innocent lives of all ages? what does Coronavirus mean? Kara-Na-Aveiros,, call out to your aveiros-my loving children klal yisroel-to wake up & do teshuva. But the message from Hashem doesn’t end there, whats the other name for Coronavirus that everyone calls it? i forgot, Covid, what does that mean? what does Covid/Honor do to a person? what does it say in Pirkei Avos? it removes a person from the world, & thats exactly what Covid is doing right now, its removing millions of people from the world as we are still in the midst of this terrible mageifa effecting the ENTIRE world. Let us all ask ourselves who made it be called these crazy names? where does it come from? the dictionary? is this just coincidence or is it a straight sign & direct message from Hashem that its time for all of klal yisroel to wake up & do teshuva? you think about this. do you think even now 3 years later you can find this message in any sefer in the world or any Gadol Hador speaking said this? It’s neither from me a internet writer businessman.

    May we all wake up and FACE REALITY to accept Hashems wake up call for serious Teshuva and Achdus together ASAP so Hashem can send Mashiach already bkarov

    • So why have our gedolei hador still not made a time for serious teshuva together as a whole nation with Kinnus and Fasting just like we did in the story of Purim? Just how bad do the tragedies of klal yisroel need to get C”V for us to all accept Hashems wake up call for serious teshuva and Achdus together so Hashem can send Mashiach already bkarov?

      May it happen very soon

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