Health & Wellness

November 30, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers is leading a clinical trial that aims to assess the combination of three drugs’ ability to treat people 21 or older who are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. The trial is testing to see the efficacy of nitazoxanide, ribavirin and hydroxychloroquine in ...

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NEW JERSEY, NJ — Santa Claus may be coming to town, but he’ll have to physically distance when he gets here. Medical Director at the New Jersey Department of Health, Edward Lifshitz, said Monday that among other COVID-19 health protocols, this year children should not be permitted to sit on ...

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HACKENSACK, N.J. — Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco announced during a special Covid-19 briefing at One Bergen County Plaza Friday that the county is entering into a partnership with Columbia University and engineering firm Aecom to monitor Covid-19 RNA in the waste water at the Bergen County ...

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PARAMUS, N.J. — Bergen Community College students raised more than $1,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, North Jersey chapter’s “Out of the Darkness” virtual annual walk this month. The College’s “Bergen PRIDE” team consisted of 21 students, faculty and staff. Second-year ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Between 36% and 47% of New Jerseyans say they will “probably” or “definitely” not get vaccinated against COVID-19, with response rates varying depending on how the question is asked, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Among individuals reluctant to get vaccinated, ...

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PARAMUS, N.J. -- The County of Bergen in collaboration with Bergen New Bridge Medical Center will extend its fall regional testing session by adding three additional dates: Tuesday, November 17, Thursday, November 19, and Tuesday, November 24. For each of these dates the mobile testing unit will ...

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NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported on Sunday that New Jersey has recorded its highest daily COVID-19 case totals since the pandemic began in early March. Murphy tweeted that the state had 4,540 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, which brings New Jersey's cumulative total to  279,274 and 18 ...

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The president-elect announced his plans. They feature broad expansions in testing, nationalized PPE purchases and increased mask mandates. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 ...

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Governor, health commissioner call on first-line defenders to be ready, urge residents not to ease off on proven precautions like masks, social distancing.  This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement ...

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HACKENSACK, N.J. — Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation celebrates the five-year anniversary of Tackle Kids Cancer, a philanthropic initiative of the Children’s Cancer Institute at Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health, which has raised more than $10 million in ...

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Nursing assistants will be limited to eight residents as a means of ensuring safe, effective care, while task force will examine workforce recruitment and retention. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing ...

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BLACKWOOD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy abruptly left a press briefing Wednesday in Blackwood after learning that someone who he was in close proximity to on Saturday has tested positive for COVID-19. It is unclear how many people the governor exposed over the weekend.  Murphy, 63, was at a briefing ...

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Masks, gowns and other supplies are stockpiled, but some worry about staffing levels amid a national COVID-19 surge. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, ...

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With daily diagnoses at levels not seen since early summer, administration says it has to count on honor system to ensure compliance in small groups. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to ...

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HACKENSACK, N.J. — The Hackensack Recreation Department is slated to hold free Covid-19 saliva tests and flu shots on Monday, October 19 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the site located at 116 Holt Street in Hackensack, Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco has announced. The mobile testing is made ...

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Statistical tools that closely mapped earlier cases, death tolls now show more hospitalizations, fatalities looming.  This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, ...

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HACKENSACK, N.J. — Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco announces that the County of Bergen and Bergen New Bridge Medical Center recently made a collaborative bulk purchase of 110,000 NOISH-approved N95 respirators from Protective Health Gear, a local manufacturing company based in ...

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Dramatic drop in patients on ventilation shows impact of new methods.  This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. When the first wave ...

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HACKENSACK, N.J. — Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation is pleased to announce that the third Annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit STRONG (NICUSTRONG) Walk raised more than $50,000 during a virtual event that took place on Sunday, September 13. The event, hosted by ...

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ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — Physiatrist Jay Panchal, MD, has joined the Englewood Health Physician Network and Englewood Hospital. “My goal as a physiatrist is to improve patients’ function and help them safely return to activities they love doing, whether it be playing sports or simply being more ...

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State and county officials had reached 184 of 206 guests by Monday. Some were not receptive, Gov. Phil Murphy said. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, ...

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Health officials want 70% to get vaccine in six months, spending $6 million to get ready. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, ...

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HACKENSACK, N.J. — One year ago, despite having had a negative mammogram and ultrasound four months earlier, 67-year-old Doris Barnhill of Cliffside Park did a quick dance of her fingertips around her breasts to feel for lumps anyway — until she stopped at what felt like a pea-sized marble beneath ...

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Edison, N.J. -- Hackensack Meridian Health has launched the Circle of Compassion program, which provides compassionate, timely and equitable financial assistance to team members affected by a disaster or personal monetary hardship. Built on the existing team member financial assistance programs ...

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White House to send first batch within couple of weeks. News comes as state announces hundreds of new cases, 40% in Ocean County. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage.

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NEW JERSEY -- Governor Phil Murphy was joined by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, Thursday morning for a live virtual conversation on COVID-19 (coronavirus) in New Jersey. The national expert in infectious disease said that he often points ...

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Some NJ legislators want a law requiring flu vaccines for students. Activists say COVID precautions are enough This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, ...

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On September 24, 25 and 26, the State of New Jersey is providing free Naloxone at participating pharmacies. Naloxone can reverse opioid overdoses. No individual prescription is needed. No name, payment or insurance is required. Naloxone will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis locally ...

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TRENTON, NJ – The state is piloting a mobile app that will notify residents if they have been in close, prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said state employees as well as students from Montclair State University, ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Governor Phil Murphy announced on Monday that he will be holding a live virtual conversation with one of the nation's leading experts on COVID-19 (coronavirus) -- Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases.  There have been more than ...

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