Ft. Myers, Fla. Eileen  Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.  It is mostly found in Europe and Asia.




Ft. Myers, Florida group with a brief breakdown of 6 foot social distancing. Careless! Paul Goldfinger photo. © Click to enlarge.


Eileen keeps a safe social distance away on a chilly Fla morning, Paul Goldfinger photo. © 2/20.

Paul Goldfinger, Blogfinger.net

a.    The Governor of Florida has expanded his ruling about visitors from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  In addition to his requirement that travelers from those states who arrived up to three weeks ago must self quarantine for 14 days, he now has passed an order, enforced with misdemeanor charges, that any such visitor must inform anyone with whom direct physical contact has occurred in past 21 says.   They must tell such contacts that they come from an area where COVID-19 is very prevalent.  Of course, it will be difficult to enforce this in Florida.

Miami Patch quotes:

“Speaking on the first day of his order requiring all incoming air passengers from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to self-quarantine, Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis noted the virus has likely been circulating in the New York area for three or four weeks. The order to report and self-quarantine, to some extent relies on travelers to answer honestly and follow the rules.

“The problem for Florida is we have a lot of interaction back and forth between the New York City area and the state of Florida,” DeSantis said Tuesday. “So you had people probably, unwittingly at the time, be there within the last couple of weeks and then come to Florida.”

“Under the Governor’s expanded order, which was released Tuesday night, people who traveled from the New York City area to Florida — at any time during the last three weeks — must self-isolate and report the close contacts they’ve had in the state of Florida.”

“The Florida governor’s expanded order requires travelers “to inform any individual in Florida with whom they have had direct physical contact in the past 21 days that they traveled from an area with substantial community spread.”

“Violations will be treated as second-degree misdemeanors punishable by up to a $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail. The document directs all state, county and local law enforcement officials to enforce the order.”


b.  The commercial fishing industry is hurting because restaurants are closed. This could result in a seafood shortage in food stores.

c. NJ Governor closes some day care centers. They only want the children of essential workers to be present in such centers. And they will enforce strict procedures.

d. Some more COVID-19 testing stations are opening in Central Jersey Urgent Care outlets in Howell, Marlboro ,and Eatontown.  You will not be tested if you have no symptoms. Their testing capacity is limited, and the one that opened at PNC on GSP had to quickly close due to crowds s few days ago.

e. Corona deaths as of today, 2 in Monmouth and 4 in Ocean counties.

f.  New York State has 32,000 cases, half in NYC.  There are 8 1/2 million people in the 5 boroughs, so for anyone who lives in the crowded city there is a significant risk of carrying the virus compared to other places, so the Governor of Florida is correct.

And, as noted yesterday, the Federal Government says that New Yorkers must self-quarantine no matter where they go out of state, not just Florida.   Connecticut is on the list, but they have few cases and cannot be compared to New York. Maryland and Hawaii are doing the same thing with quarantine. Alaska will quarantine anybody who arrives from any  state.


BILLY JOEL  “A New York State of Mind.”

“Some folks like to get away
Take a holiday from the neighborhood
Hop a flight to Miami Beach or to Hollywood
But I’m takin’ a Greyhound on the Hudson River line
I’m in a New York state of mind.”


Mazel Tov Israel

Celebrate Israel Parade..    Paul Goldfinger photo © Usually it is on Fifth Avenue in June.


DAVID AND THE HIGH SPIRIT    “Mazel Tov” from the album Golden Anniversary to Israel.  “Mazel Tov” is a Yiddish phrase used to express congratulations for a happy and significant occasion or event.





Covic-19 virus under an electron microscope.

Paul Goldfinger.  Blogfinger.net   3/25/20

Blogfinger:     New Jersey Governor Murphy fired the first round on the subject of second homers in a tweet last weekend when he asked that second homers not come to the  Shore during this difficult time.

Only one OG citizen, a second homer, has contacted Blogfinger to complain about Murphy’s  second-homer decision, but we have heard of complaints from Long Beach Island and the Atlantic City area.

This topic related to second homes may explode as “the tension grows.”  One woman from LBI said that the risks to her family include “physical and emotional health.”  She feels that she is entitled to stay in her 2nd home without interference.  It is unclear how such a mandate could be enforced.

But Murphy’s requirements soon expanded via Executive Order which says that everyone in the state (9 million) should follow his “near lockdown” order to stay at  home except for “essential travel” such as going for “essentials” such as food or for medical reasons.  He also asked for non-essential businesses around the state to close and for most people to “stay off the roads.”

You can go outside for walks or other forms of exercise and you can visit family or close friends.  If you go outside you must follow the “social distancing” 6 foot rule and do not assemble in groups. No parties.

APP:  NJ has had 62 Corona deaths so far and 4,402 cases.  New Jersey has the second highest number of cases in the country  (Daily News Roundup. Montclair University.)

Monmouth County has 207 cases and 2 deaths.   Ocean Grove has had only one case so far documented with a positive Corona test.   Asbury Park has 4, Belmar 1, Bradley 1,  and Ocean 4. Ocean County has  Jackson 18 and Lakewood is highest with 69.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced via a  March 23 Executive Order that passengers flying from the New York area would be subject to mandatory isolation (self-quarantine  for 14 days)  to slow the spread of the virus.

Later it was announced that the Governor’s Executive Order would be expanded saying that anyone flying to Florida from New York, New Jersey or Connecticut would be subjected to 14 days of self quarantine or face misdemeanor charges.   This was reported by the News Press  (Ft.Myers)

The report said that the self quarantine order was not for car or rail passengers.

“It is critical people adhere to the Federal Government’s request so New York City does not become “another seeding point” for the rest of the country, said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.”

Politico:  The Federal Government is mandating that anyone from New York who travels out of the state should “shelter in place” for 14 days no matter where they go.

VP Pence said, “We have to deal with the New York City metropolitan area as a high-risk area, and for that reason we are taking these steps and asking for the cooperation of the American people,” Pence said.

So far 11 states have passed mandatory “stay at home” orders including New Jersey and New York.  These also have mandatory closing of nonessential businesses.

Residents of New Jersey may still leave their homes to head to the grocery store, seek medical care, visit close family or someone you have a “close personal relationship” with like a romantic partner, report to work or go outside for exercise. However, Murphy urged everyone to continue to practice safe social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from others.

New Jersey Patch report regarding Asbury Park says,

Asbury Park officials want people to adhere to social distancing or they’ll close the beaches and boardwalk during the coronavirus crisis. The Asbury Park Police Department will be monitoring the Asbury Park boardwalk and beaches to ensure social distancing practices are being followed per Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order.  Should residents and visitors fail to follow guidelines, the boardwalk and beaches are subject to closure, officials said.    Running and walking on the boardwalk is permitted.  Bicycles are not permitted on the boardwalk from 10 a.m. to midnight. Groups of two or more and congregation on the boardwalk are not permitted.

Seaside Heights has closed its beaches. (along with Pt. Pleasant, and Ocean City.)  The Seaside Mayor there has asked people with vacation homes in that town to “stay away.”   (NJ.com)  As of Monday Seaside Heights became the first shore town to shut down its beaches — even for casual walks for year-round residents — to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.


Other notes, reading between the lines: 

a.    Morristowngreen.com   According to  a Morristown infectious disease specialist,  “We still are learning about how the virus is transmitted, its life span, the kinds of surfaces on which it lingers, and how long it can survive in a variety of conditions     “It makes good sense to wash your clothes in general,” he said, adding, “If you come into contact with someone who appears ill or you think is ill, it’s a good idea to wash your clothes in hot water.”  So routine clothes washing is not essential.

Still, “social distancing measures are the most effective part the mitigation strategy as it currently exists,” he emphasized.

b.    In Italy they are studying the use of lung ultrasound exams to look for evidence of viral invasion into lung tissues.  this is being done to help physicians decide on who must be hospitalized.  Not everyone who has a positive Corona test needs the hospital.

Screening in emergency rooms remains a challenge since patients with mild symptoms, even with a positive test, usually can go home.

For those with positive tests and mild symptoms, the ultrasound has been useful for that kind of triage.

c. NBC News reports that plasma taken from recovered Corona patients might help those who are very sick. It is the antibodies in the plasma which may be found to help. Studies are ongoing.

d.  NBC News:   The use of drugs: anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine  and the antibiotic zithromycin in combination has been found to be helpful in reducing the severity of disease.

e. Shortage of nurses is developing, especially for ICU and ER.






Bick 2  From Photgraph Magazine.


Bick 1

Essay by Jean Dykstra of Photograph magazine.

“Elizabeth Bick’s street photographs, some of which were published in a long-form photographic essay in the New York Times last week, capture the peculiarly isolating angst of the moment: New Yorkers practicing social distancing in a crowded city, staying apart together, navigating emptying streets in face masks and blue plastic gloves. Conscious of the need for physical distance, her subjects have a heightened awareness of their bodies in space and in relation to other bodies. Their movements feel almost choreographed, a recurring element in Bick’s work.

“A former dancer – she took her first dance class at the tender age of two – Bick says that ballet and modern dance “profoundly affected the way I see the body, how it translates into the rectangular frame of a photograph, the theatrics of light and shading.” Her movement studies are characterized by the rhythm of bodies, shadows, and the graphic backdrops that she scouts for her settings – a revolving door, a temporary construction barrier, the geometric lines of an urban plaza.

“In this period of necessary rule-following, Bick’s photographs have an inherent playfulness that feels like a welcome release. As a dancer who attended an all-girls Catholic school, Bick has a complicated relationship to rules that ultimately serves her photographs.”


Blogfinger note:  Use the link above to see a wonderful slide show of her work in the NY Times just 6 days ago.

I am most interested in her “movement studies” set in New York where infection rates are currently excessive and where those who venture outside have to self-choreograph their movements in order to be safe while protecting others in their photographic environments.

I find Bick’s photos to be wonderful with the energetic use of light, color and purpose. I sense fear in these two subjects who, nevertheless, set out to experience life despite the hazards.

The brilliant color use reminds me of a famous American photographer Constantine Manos whom I met when he gave his color course at the Maine Photographic Workshops called “This Magic Moment.”   He would play  that song while his students were showing their best course work to everyone.  His images, like Bick’s,  always had people and dramatic color and lighting, and, like hers, were full of energy.  Below is an example of his work:


Constantine Manos. Internet image.


I did learn something about color from him.  This is my photograph of Chico, but Constantine disliked photographs of animals because they don’t, according to him,  have the emotional energy of people, however others would disagree with that, and his influence on me is shown in the color and the light of this dog portrait.


Chico by Paul Goldfinger ©


Elizabeth Bick will be having a gallery show soon at The Houston Center of Photography. Featuring her on Blogfinger continues our tradition of presenting female photographers.

Paul Goldfinger,  Photography Editor at Blogfinger.net.  March, 2020.




Paul Goldfinger photo. Downtown.  Click to make him taller.


MAROON 5   “Memories”

Ocean Grove has seen big snow storms before. This one was in 2010.    We’ve been spared in 2020,  but it sure can be beautiful sometimes.   Click on Blogfinger below.—PG


FEb 10, 2010. Firemen's Park. By Paul Goldfinger © FEb 10, 2010. Firemen’s Park. By Paul Goldfinger ©

ERIC CARMEN.     He borrowed this theme from Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Symphony.  It became a hit, and he had to pay 10% of the royalties to Sergei’s estate.

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From Assemblymen Houghtaling and Downey;  and Senator Gopal:

Governor Murphy signed an executive order implementing a “stay at home” order throughout New Jersey. Under this order, all residents are to stay at home or at their place of residence unless they are leaving for the following reasons:

  • Obtaining goods or services from essential retail businesses;
  • Obtaining takeout or food beverages from restaurants;
  • Seeking medical attention, essential social services, or assistance from law enforcement;
  • Visiting family or close friends, caretakers, or romantic partners;
  • Reporting to or performing their job;
  • Walking, running, or engaging in outdoor activities with immediate family, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners;
  • Leaving for an educational, religious, or political reason;
  • Leaving because of a reasonable fear for health or safety; or
  • Leaving at the direction of law enforcement or other government agency.

Governor Murphy’s executive order further directs the closure of all non-essential retail businesses to the public, with the exceptions of:

  • Grocery stores, farmer’s markets and farms that sell directly to customers, and other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists at a grocery store;
  • Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries;
  • Medical supply stores;
  • Gas stations;
  • Convenience stores;
  • Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities;
  • Hardware and home improvement stores;
  • Banks and other financial institutions;
  • Laundromats and dry-cleaning services;
  • Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years;
  • Pet stores;
  • Liquor stores;
  • Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics;
  • Printing and office supply shops;
  • Mail and delivery stores.

If you discover a business remaining open or violating another of Governor Murphy’s executive orders, you can call 1-800-222-1222 or call 2-1-1 or text “NJ COVID” to 898211.

Volunteers Needed
Fulfill, Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties

You could face jail time, $1000 fine for breaking Murphy’s “stay at home” order.  (NorthJersey.com)



NJ received 1,400 complaints of price gouging related to coronavirus.

Headline from NJ.Com article.”It looks like a war zone:”  2 docs say hospital is under siege, supplies running low. this is Holy Name in Teaneck a town that has been hit hard by Corona.”



Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday he’s received a commitment from President Donald Trump for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to operate four pop-up field hospitals in New Jersey as the state‘s health system prepares for a surge of coronavirus-related hospitalizations.

Sources:  Thanks to Montclair State University Communications Dept. and our State representatives  Houghtaling, Downey and Gopal

Woodstork at Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. Sanibel Island Fla. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©


JOAO GILBERTO   “Little Rosinha”


Ordinarily, taking a deep breath in March is exhilarating. Now we might be afraid of the air.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Asbury Park, NJ


By Paul Goldfinger, MD  Editor@Blogfinger.

  CDC:     “A person in California who was not exposed to anyone known to be infected with the coronavirus and had not traveled to countries in which the virus is circulating has tested positive for the infection. This was the first case of “community spread”

“Community spread” means spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown. (CDC)

“There is a good chance there already are many people infected in this country and that the virus is circulating undetected—–community spread.    It points to the need for expanded surveillance so we know how many more are out there and how to respond.” For that we need more testing.

The disease is capable of spreading through human-to-human contact, droplets carried through sneezing and coughing, and germs left on inanimate objects.  Those are the only ways…

Click on comments below for a discussion of the 6 foot rule of social separation.

I have noticed that our neighborhood here in Florida contains only a few people walking, biking or just riding around in golf carts. I guess everyone else is in the house or away in their cars.

Eileen and I took a walk at sunset last night, when the air and sky were beautiful, and we passed a window where about 6 people were arranged around a table, I think playing cards.  That’s not a good idea even if they all know each other.


Palm Drive, Ft, Myers.  Almost everyone is inside.  You can walk here- and take deep breaths—-it is safe. Good air supply.   Eileen Goldfinger photo. 3/22/20

A relative of mine, living at a winter resort on the Florida east coast, admitted that he meets his friends in the morning and they sit and talk by the pool or they walk together without worrying about “community spread/separation.”  He said that his friends never go anywhere and only associate with those in the group, and that is safe.

But, or course this is a fantasy, because you never know who has touched whom or what. And there is the unexpected:  a plumber shows up, or a relative arrives to spend a week.   I stopped by a vegetable stand this morning, squeezed a few tomatoes and then bought 3.

But it was after I got home that I realized that others must have also squeezed those tomatoes. I washed my hands and Eileen washes tomatoes and anything with skin, with soap and water.

So I suspect, without doing any research, just speculating, that some people think that they won’t catch it if they are surrounded only by people they know.

I also suspect, the other side of the coin, that some are uncertain about catching the bug just by being outdoors and breathing air.  Even “fresh air” may be feared in this setting.   And that fear may have some rationale, but only if there is human to human contact  involving you  while you are out and about.

If you walk on a path where a group has just gone before, the only way that the group could infect you would be if someone there had the bug and coughed or sneezed into the air right before you walked into that germ cloud.   The virus droplets could linger in the air for awhile and then fall to the ground or land on some surface where it could survive for a short time, which could be hours.

So keep away from others outdoors, and if there is coughing or sneezing, separate yourself. Don’t let anyone breathe into your face.

But don’t fret about going outside and taking a walk. Just be careful. Keep your distanced—the 6 foot rule.   Breathe deep,”  says Air Supply:



Even the nights are better
Now that we’re here together
Even the nights are better
Since I found you, oh





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