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NJ AG details further examples of people breaking social distancing

NJ Attorney general sets up new units to review wrongful convictions, cold cases
Posted at 8:53 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 20:53:17-04

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey continues to detail cases of residents breaking social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, as Gov. Phil Murphy signs a new executive order furthering the practice.

In Newark alone, 34 summonses were issued for violantions of the already in place emergency orders and three still-open non-essential business were closed on Tuesday. The day before, police in Paterson issued 40 summonses for violations and closed down two non-essential businesses.

Individuals accused of breaking social distancing include Zharia N. Young. The 21-year-old from Woodbine was arrested by state police Tuesday after being involved in an accident in Maurice River Township. During her arrest, Young allegedly coughed and told the troopers she had COVID-19, saying she was "happy" she was infecting them with the virus.

Bernadette Bisogno, 49, was charged with harassment, simple assault and violation of the emergency orders at a Jersey City Target store. Bisogno got into a verbal altercation with another woman, whom police said she had disputes with in the past. Authorities say Bisogno purposely sneezed on the victim.

Christopher Williams, 26, is accused of telling Paterson police officers he was infected with coronavirus to avoid arrest after he did not comply when authorities attempted to take him into custody for a domestic dispute. Williams is charged with contempt, obstruction and resisting arrest.

Juan Ortiz was charged with becoming aggressive with police officers when they came to shut down his father's car wash business in Paterson. The 36-year-old refused to cooperate when officers aked for person indentifiers and was charged with violating the orders and resisting arrest.

The new enforcement actions were announced by state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.

As of Wednesday, 47,437 people have contracted and 1,504 people have died from the coronavirus.