HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- The Hasbrouck Heights Board of Health held its annual reorganization meeting on Wednesday, welcoming two members, and the appointment of officers for 2021. 

President: Connie Doheney

Vice-President:  Charlotte Sodora 

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Financial Secretary: Kitty Collins

Health Secretary:  Laura French 

Mary Neumann and Kathi Auriemma began their terms on the Board, while Councilman Steven Reyngoudt replaced Councilman Justin DiPisa as the Deputy Commissioner of Health. Councilman Russell Lipari, as Commissioner, welcomed all the newcomers.  

Sam Yanovich of the Mid-Bergen Regional Health Department updated the Board on COVID-19 statistics, stating that there were 689 resident confirmed cases, with 22 deaths.  He stated that 47 percent of the fatalities were residents over the age of 80.  

Yanovich also spoke on the COVID-19 vaccines, noting the Governor’s press conference on Wednesday that changed those who were eligible to be vaccinated.  As of Thursday anyone over the age of 65 was eligible to be vaccinated, as well residents of New Jersey 18 through 64 who have pre-existing medical conditions. 

He noted that everyone needed to register at the site, https://covidvaccine.nj.gov, and that due to the high number of people needing to get vaccinated in these two groups, it could be expected that there would be an 8-week backlog before a resident signing up would get their first shot. 

Yanovich also noted that the Mid-Bergen Regional Health Department was setting up a vaccine site in Leonia, and praised Leonia Mayor Judah Zeigler for his efforts.  He noted that they were still working on getting the site staffed with support personnel in addition to medical personnel.


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