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Many New Jersey residents attempted to stay indoors as long as possible on Thursday as temperatures dropped to the coldest they have been since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

News 12 Staff

Jan 29, 2021, 3:40 AM

Updated 1,240 days ago

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Many New Jersey residents attempted to stay indoors as long as possible on Thursday as temperatures dropped to the coldest they have been since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Temperatures Thursday night were in the teens, but windy conditions made temperatures feel as if they were in the single digits and colder.
But not everyone was lucky enough to be able to stay indoors during this time. News 12 caught up with 30 men who were working to build a new, 4,000-square-foot home in Belmar.
“I always said that as long as you stay out and not go in and out, you’re usually good. Your body gets used to it and you kind of just roll with it,” says Matt Meccia of Meccia Building and Remodeling.
Meccia oversees the crew working on the home. He says that they will be out there again on Friday.
Outside of the construction zone, there weren’t many people out and about. Although News 12 crews did run into someone walking their dog.
“Rain, snow, shine – whatever. He still has to do his thing,” says Rick Fritze. “We’ve had a pretty mild winter so far, so you can’t complain.”
On the boardwalk, three blocks away, only a handful of walkers braved the wind on to get in their exercise.
But it was also there that News 12 found Rima Samman, who was covered heat to toe against the cold. She is putting together a memorial for those lost to COVID-19. She initially did it for her brother who died at the age of 40, but the memorial has grown to include 250 names.
“I actually got about six names today, even from the [United Kingdom], which I was surprised about,” she days.
The Jersey Shore Rescue Mission will be open as a shelter for those in need of warmth. They took in 10 people Thursday night. There are shelters across the state that people can be brought to, to escape the cold.


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