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January 28, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers researchers have developed a rapid test that detects all known COVID-19 variants, including the highly transmissible omicron variant. The test, which can be performed at laboratories experienced in COVID-19 testing, can quickly detect clinical samples that contain the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — For the first time in nearly six weeks, the number of new daily cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey fell below the 5,000 mark — one of several promising signs that the recent omicron surge of the virus may be waning. The state Department of Health reported on January 24 that new cases ...

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MIDDLETOWN, NJ — Monmouth County’s new COVID-19 testing site — under a partnership with Vault Health — opened today at Brookdale Community College. Saliva-based PCR tests and rapid antigen tests will be available from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on January 24 at the Robert J. Collins Arena on the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — With new daily cases of COVID-19 hovering around 10,000, New Jersey’s rate of transmission continues to fall and virus-related hospitalizations declined to one of their lowest levels since the start of the new year, according to the state Department of Health. The department ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy was met swiftly with strong opposition after announcing an updated COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all health care workers.  While touring a new federal COVID-19 testing facility at Stockton University in Galloway on January 19, Murphy announced anyone who has a job in ...

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GALLOWAY, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has signed an executive order requiring anyone who has a job in a high-risk congregate setting, such as a health care, long-term care or correctional facility, be vaccinated for COVID-19 — with no test-out of the requirement by undergoing weekly testing. Those who ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey’s rate of transmission of COVID-19 dipped below 1.0, as fewer than 10,000 new positive cases were reported for the second consecutive day on January 18, according to the state Department of Health. With the RT now at 0.96, that means the outbreak is on the decline with ...

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NEWARK, NJ — New Jersey Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck is cracking down on businesses that are raising prices as the demand for COVID-19 tests have skyrocketed due to the omicron variant. Bruck announced on January 14 that the Division of Consumer Affairs has sent more than 50 warning ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The number of people testing positive for COVID-19 has been trending downward for the past several days, according to the N.J. Department of Health. As New Jerseyans continue to be tested for coronavirus in record numbers, the total of new cases totaled 20,338 on January 13, 19,434 ...

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NEW JERSEY — New Jersey may now have another tool in its belt to help fight COVID-19.  Two new antiviral pills have been delivered to pharmacies in more 30 states across the country, including more than 50 Walgreens locations in New Jersey.  Federal officials say both drugs have proven ...

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NEW JERSEY — For the 13th consecutive day, the state Department of Health reported that more than 20,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19, as record-breaking testing of New Jerseyans continues. While there were 21,691 new coronavirus cases reported on January 10, 26,615 were tallied on ...

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TRENTON, NJ — There were 27,404 new COVID-19 cases and 106 more deaths related to the virus reported by the N.J. Department of Health on January 6. Hospitalizations related to coronavirus continue to rise, increasing from 5,505 on January 5 to 5,598 on January 6. While recent numbers are the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Health reported 25,277 new COVID-19 cases on January 4 — the seventh straight day of more than 20,000 new cases in New Jersey — and 79 new deaths related to the virus. Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 increased from 4,717 to 5,155 from January 2 to ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy is asking the state Legislature to extend his COVID-19 emergency powers for another 90 days, including continuing the state’s school mask mandate. Murphy made the announcement during his January 3 coronavirus press briefing, when he said the “omicron tsunami has ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy's office announced on Sunday afternoon that First Lady Tammy Murphy tested positive for COVID-19 on a rapid antigen test earlier in the day. Mrs. Murphy, who is fully vaccinated and boosted, is said to be "asymptomatic." Both she and the governor tested themselves ...

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NEW JERSEY — The state Department of Health reported 29,740 new COVID-19 cases on January 1, another new pandemic record.  It's the fourth consecutive day the state has seen more than 20,000 new cases. Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 increased from 4,042 to 4,280 from December 31 to January 1, ...

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 Federal Testing Site to Open in East Orange on Saturday, January 1 NEW JERSEY — The state Department of Health has confirmed 27,975 new COVID-19 cases on December 29 — surpassing the previous day's record of 20.483 new cases — with another 34 additional coronavirus-related ...

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UDPATE: Visitation in all Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals in all regions is restricted, except for parents/guardians of pediatric patients and labor and delivery partners, as well as for those visiting patients receiving end-of-life care or patients with intellectual, developmental, or other ...

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NEW JERSEY — The state Health Department reported a pandemic high of 20,483 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, December 29 — surpassing the previous high of 16,626 new cases on Christmas Day.   In addition, there were 50 new deaths and 3,273 hospitalization related to the coronavirus — one of the ...

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NEW JERSEY — The state Department of Health reported 11,889 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, December 28 with 48 additional deaths from the virus.  Five of the past six days have seen at least 10,000 new cases. The rate of transmission, which is an indication of whether the virus is shrinking or ...

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NEW JERSEY — The state Department of Health reported 8,831 new COVID-19 cases on December 27 — roughly one-half of the pandemic high of 16,626 new cases reported on Christmas Day — and nine new deaths. Since December 23, the state has tallied a total of nearly 70,000 new cases, prompting the ...

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NEW JERSEY — In response to the rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases across the state, RJWBarnabas Health is prohibiting visitors at all of its hospitals and health care facilities, including Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood and Community ...

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NEW JERSEY — For the fourth straight day, New Jersey is reporting a record number of new COVID-19 cases. The state Department of Health confirms 16,626 new cases on Saturday, December 25. The past three days have all seen more than 15,000 new COVID-19 cases. Some travelers with flights out of ...

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TRENTON, NJ — A Monmouth County has become the second person in New Jersey testing positive for the COVID-19 omicron variant, according to the state Department of Health. The man, who was fully vaccinated and recently received the booster, became ill on November 24 after attending the Anime NYC ...

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TRENTON, NJ — A fully vaccinated Georgia resident who traveled to New Jersey has been identified by officials as the first confirmed case of the COVID-19 omicron variant in the state. The individual — an adult female who recently traveled to South Africa and tested positive on November 28 — has ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers University, which serves as clinical trial site for the global Pfizer-BioNTech research study to evaluate its COVID-19 vaccine in children, is looking for participants for a third clinical trial on children age 6 months to 4 years. “Children can get sick from COVID-19 ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Some 28 million children ages 5 to 11 can now get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine under emergency use authorization granted by the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Simon Li, an associate professor of pediatrics at Rutgers ...

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Third Doses Available at Monmouth County’s Walk-Up Clinic on Tuesdays at Brookdale TRENTON, NJ — Individuals eligible for booster doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine will be able to receive get the third shot at vaccination sites throughout New Jersey — without proof of a qualifying medical ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Employees of child care centers in New Jersey must be fully vaccinated or be tested weekly, and everyone at these facilities — including children beginning at age 2 — must wear masks indoors, under Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest coronavirus-related mandates. While the mask mandate takes ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy announced today that two major groups of workers in New Jersey — school personnel and state employees — must be fully vaccinated by October 18 or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. In terms of school employees, the mandate applies to individuals who work both full ...

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