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Saint Peter's, Other Hospitals Seeing Rise in Coronavirus-related Illness in Children

May 23, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – An illness related to COVID-19 is increasingly affecting children and forcing the medical community to re-examine what it thought it knew about the coronavirus, according to a Saint Peter’s University Hospital expert.

Dr. Jonna Siva, a pediatric intensivist at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s, said he and his staff have recently treated six ...

Keeping an Eye on Our Mental Health During These Unsettling Times

WAYNE, NJ – It’s been two months since we have been under stay at home orders.  This quarantine has forced many of us to make big changes to our daily routines.  With the state of New Jersey surpassing one million people filing for unemployment, financial difficulties are mounting. Couple this with the stresses of home-schooling children and the fear of contracting a deadly ...

Bergen County to Roll Out Community Mobile Testing Sites

PARAMUS, NJ -  Bergen County and Bergen New Bridge Medical Center will partner to bring mobile testing to communities across the county starting Tuesday, May 12, according to a press release by Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco. 

This community mobile testing program will offer walk-up Saliva COVID-19 tests and COVID-19 Antibody tests to county and municipal residents whether ...

Fear of COVID-19 Infection Is Keeping Many Other Patients Away from Hospitals, Officials Say

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Health professionals believe many people with urgent medical conditions like heart attacks are avoiding going to the hospital.

New Jersey hospitals are ...

NJ Hospitals to Get $1.7 Billion in New Federal Funding to Support Front-Line Workers

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has received news that 53 New Jersey hospitals would split $1.7 billion in new federal funding allocated under the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.

In making the announcement during his May 2 press briefing, Murphy said the funding will be deposited this week, calling it “critical financial aid to our hospitals and health ...

Persichilli Reminds Frontline Workers that Mental Health Resources are Available

TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey Commissioner of Health Judith Persichilli recently spoke about the effects the coronavirus has had on the public's physical health and mental wellbeing.

"The impact to mental health and wellbeing is also concerning," Persichilli said. "A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 56% of American adults report that worry or ...

Doctor at Hackensack University Medical Center Marks The 1,000 COVID-19 Patient Discharged

HACKENSACK, N.J. — For the physicians and nurses working the front lines at Hackensack University Medical Center during the coronavirus pandemic, April 28 marked a milestone victory in their epic battle against the infamous widespread killer virus.

Early this afternoon, on perhaps the nicest day of the year under sunny blue skies, Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) celebrated ...

Rutgers Coronavirus Saliva Test, a 'Huge Breakthrough' on Road to Reopen State

CAMDEN, NJ — Before New Jersey can reopen - a “broad blueprint” of which Gov. Phil Murphy says he plans to lay out Monday — testing will have to expand across New Jersey. 

Whereas NJ currently administers approximately 7,000 to 9,000 tests a day, health officials said that number would have to rise to between 20,000 to 30,000.   

On ...

Update: Bergen and Monmouth FEMA Sites Still Only Testing Symptomatic Residents

TRENTON, NJ - Just hours after the initial announcement, officials rescinded the notification that the state's FEMA sites would be screening asymptomatic residents. 

Both the Bergen Community College and PNC Bank Arts Center will continue to only screen New Jersey residents who are symptomatic. 

Governor Phil Murphy explained at his Wednesday afternoon press ...

From Collection to Quarantine: The Process of Coronavirus Testing

WAYNE, NJ – Before the sun begins to rise over the horizon and as the sky slowly brightens, the Passaic County COVID-19 testing facility at William Paterson University comes to life. County staff and volunteers emerge from their cars and make their way down to the staging site where the preparation for the day’s testing begins.

Anxious, sick patients are early too, sitting in a ...


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Widespread Testing Signals 'Enormous’ Progress for NJ’s Road Back

May 27, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — One month into New Jersey’s recovery period, trends in data are showing the state is well past COVID-19’s harrowing April peak. 

But according to officials, the decreases in new cases and hospitalizations aren’t a declaration of victory. Gov. Phil Murphy reminded citizens on Wednesday that while numbers continue to fall the state, they’re still ...

Murphy: Graduation Ceremonies Are Back On, Professional Sports Teams Can Start Practicing

TRENTON, NJ - Class of 2020, grab your caps, gowns and get ready for the pomp and circumstance of a live graduation ceremony.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing today that outdoor graduation ceremonies adhering to appropriate health and safety guidelines can be held beginning July 6.

"We want them to celebrate and be celebrated by their families, ...

NJ Graduations Can Start July 6. Ceremonies May be Split for Social Distancing.

NEW JERSEY — (Updated 11:48 a.m.) Amid increasing pressure from students and their families, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that schools will be allowed to have in-person graduation ceremonies, something that would have previously been prohibited under the state’s COVID-19 social distancing orders.

The graduation ceremonies, Murphy said, will be permitted to begin July 6 as ...

Garfield and Lodi Non-Profits Awarded Grants to Support Ongoing Missions

May 27, 2020

HACKENSACK, NJ – The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) announced the award of 54 grants totaling nearly $240,000 from its COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund to nonprofit organizations serving Bergen County.  The NNJCF, a not-for-profit organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey, focuses on civic engagement, education, the environment, public health, and the ...

Mobile Coronavirus Community Testing Comes to the Teterboro Area This Week

HACKENSACK, N.J. – The County of Bergen/Bergen New Bridge Medical Center community mobile testing program will offer additional testing locations to reach more residents across Bergen County, announced Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco in a press release. So far over 3,000 residents have been tested at community mobile testing sites for the COVID-19 virus and ...

SafeTemp Kiosk: Back Into Workplace Transition Made Easier

May 23, 2020

New Jersey - People are going back to work and SafeTemp can make that transition back into the workplace safer.

While it's a novel idea, getting your temperature at the door when you walk into work could be just what the doctor ordered for both the workforce and the public. Such safety measures send a message to your workforce and, to your customers.

SafeTemp Kiosk, by Media Services ...

Port Authority Asks for $3 billion from Feds to Recoup COVID-19 Losses

May 21, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Standing before the unfinished Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal One redevelopment site, Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, detailed the drastic losses the government agency has suffered as a result of the coronavirus. 

With a 97% drop in passenger volume at Newark airport alone (the difference between ...

MVC Further Extends Expiration Dates on Driving, Car Documents

TRENTON, NJ -  With Motor Vehicle facilities remaining closed, expiration dates on critical driving and vehicle documents will be once again extended. Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Sue Fulton announced on Monday additional extensions to driver license, registration, and inspection expiration dates in continuing ...

Rutgers-Eagleton Poll: Two-Thirds of New Jerseyans Feel State Is Moving at Right Pace to Reopen

Majorities worry about getting virus, testing, future ramifications for jobs, finances, local businesses, hospitals


NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -- As Gov. Murphy continues to navigate how, when, and at what speed New Jersey should reopen, 66% of residents feel the state is moving to lift restrictions and reopen businesses at just the right pace, according to the latest ...

Breaking News: Beaches Opening With Restrictions

TRENTON, NJ -  Governor Phil Murphy is in the process of his daily COVID-19 press conference. For beach communities along the New Jersey shore, beaches and boardwalks will be open with some restrictions as of Friday, May 22.

Beaches will still be open to the public with limited capacity. This means restrictions on  beach badges and requirements as far as social distancing ...

Give Thanks to Those Who Sacrificed for Our Freedom

Memorial Day is usually thought of as a time for family get-togethers and a kickoff to summer festivities. The real purpose behind the holiday is not a three-day weekend, but a tribute to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the U.S. military.

Dating back to the Civil War in 1860s, early memorial celebrations were held in various communities across America to honor the ...

NJ’s CSAs Stepping Up to Provide Local Food During Pandemic

May 23, 2020

As people avoid going into grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic, many in New Jersey are turning to CSAs as an alternate source for fresh food.

CSAs, or community supported agriculture programs, connect local farmers with consumers. They typically provide locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some also offer other kinds of locally produced foods, such as eggs, cheese, ...

Adam Mucci for Council

May 22, 2020

To my fellow Hasbrouck Heights Residents, As some of you may already know, I am running for Council on the Democratic ticket with Chris Hillman as a part of Team Heights.

I have watched Chris over his first term and have seen how he has been present through this pandemic.  He has provided to the residents of Hasbrouck Heights the important information that they have needed and I feel he ...

Jersey Shore Readies for a ‘Different’ Kind of Tourism Season Amid Coronavirus Crisis

May 19, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — As the summer rolls out with the easing of coronavirus restrictions, Monmouth County officials are giving Jersey Shore visitors this advice: “Know before you go.”

Each shore municipality will have its own rules — and they may change on a daily if not hourly basis — to ensure that state-directed beach capacity, social distancing and safety ...

Fishing Charters, Boat Rentals to Return to NJ Waterways by Sunrise Sunday

TRENTON, NJ — Charter and rental boats will return to New Jersey’s waterways, beginning Sunday, May 17, at sunrise.

This latest Executive Order signed by Governor Phil Murphy to restart the state’s economy comes two days after he announced that Jersey shore beaches would reopen for the Memorial Day weekend.

“In addition to enjoying our beaches, ...

Ocean County Beach Season: What You Need to Know

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – People north of the Driscoll Bridge look to Memorial Day to begin their trek “go down the shore.”  For Ocean County residents, a visit to the sand and surf is more commonly referred to as hitting the beach. With just two weeks away, it is important to know about beach badges and the like.

In Southern Ocean County, Long Beach Island offers an assortment ...

Reopening of Eastside Park, Great Falls National Park Not 'A License to Run Wild'

May 22, 2020

PATERSON, NJ- Citing falling hospitalization rates, a deceased rate of infection from the COVID-19 virus, and increased testing, Mayor Andre Sayegh announced Thursday that Eastside Park and the Paterson Great Falls National Park will reopen at 6:00 a.m. Friday.

Eastside Park will be open to pedestrians only and those visiting can only engage in “passive” recreation. Basketball ...

Morristown National Historical Park Grounds and Trails Will Partly Open This Week

MORRISTOWN, NJ –  Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Morristown National Historical Park (NHP) is increasing recreational access at the park. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the ...