Health & Wellness

March 5, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — It has been almost a year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic and the Union County Board of Commissioners is still addressing the virus' lasting impacts. At Thursday’s board of commissioners meeting, officials discussed the timeline for the ...

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NEW JERSEY — Around midday Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills to legalize recreational marijuana-use and establish a regulated cannabis market within the next six months. The legislation will allow for adults to legally possess as much as six ounces of marijuana and mean relief for ...

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HILLSIDE, NJ - Free COVID-19 testing will take place in Hillside on February 23, 2021, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hillside Community Center.  The Hillside Community Center is located at 274 Hillside Avenue in Hillside.  

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — As of Sunday, 1.34 million COVID-19 vaccine shots had been administered in New Jersey through hospitals, pharmacies, community health centers, government-run clinics and state run “mega-sites,” New Jersey's COVID-19 dashboard shows. Those shots included 984,737 first doses and ...

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NEW JERSEY — The constant flux of updates surrounding COVID-19 and the vaccine has led some New Jersey residents feeling overwhelmed with information or confused over what’s accurate. NJ Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli on Monday sought to clarify a number of major coronavirus-related points ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Atlantic Health System's Overlook Medical Center will, as of February 8, begin administering COVID-19 vaccinations at the Summit Community Center. Individuals in Phases 1A and 1B may register with Atlantic Health System to reserve an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains OEM director Dennis Van Natta is offering some advice for people who don't own snowblowers and intend to start clearing their sidewalks and driveways of snow. Today, he shared a graphic with tips on how to prevent injury while shoveling: Use an ...

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NEW JERSEY — All six of New Jersey’s vaccine mega-sites will be closed Monday amid a heavy snowstorm that officials expect will dump as much as 2 feet of snow in some parts of the state. Gov. Phil Murphy said the state will “call an audible” regarding the sites' Tuesday schedule - although snow ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – As expected, the Friday storm passed far to our south, and as that occurred, the big chill arrived to spend part of the weekend with us.  We will continue to see the coldest temps in two years for the next day or two.  This extreme cold is actually helping to feed into the ...

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HILLSIDE, NJ — Union County is under a wind advisory until 4 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service announced. Winds could gust at up to 50 mph. “Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects,” the service warned. “Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.” The ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported at his COVID-19 press briefing that 642,613 vaccinations have been made statewide as of today. Right now, more than 2 million people are pre-registered for the vaccine, but the state will only get about 130,000 doses a week. "We still have a supply-demand ...

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HILLSIDE, NJ — Up to one inch of snow and a “light glaze” of ice is likely Tuesday, the National Weather Service said. A winter weather advisory in effect 7 a.m. — midnight predicts the precipitation will create slippery road conditions and impact the evening commute. The advisory issued ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county has struggled to provide enough COVID-19 vaccines to meet demand, especially for seniors and other residents without computers, but the Board of Commissioners says it will ramp up its outreach efforts next week. Anyone 65 and older is eligible to receive the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Children’s Specialized Hospital has received a $250,000 state grant to fund an 18-month program focusing on safety education and injury prevention for people with disabilities throughout their lifespan. The funding will come from the New Jersey Department of Human Services ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday he expects the progress made so far in the state’s vaccine rollout to be given a much-needed push forward by the Joe Biden administration once the President-elect is sworn in on Wednesday. So far, the state has had to reckon with delays in the arrival ...

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NEW JERSEY - Looking to answer questions and seeing a "bright light" at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, New Jersey healthcare leaders spoke about how they've dealt with the pandemic while offering hope for the future, at a virtual event held by TAPinto on Thursday evening. The first-ever TAPinto ...

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Only those eligible to receive the vaccine are being permitted to register on the county site, officials said. UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county opened its online registration system for the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday, one day before the vaccines are being made available to residents 65 and older ...

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NEW JERSEY — Be sure to remember scout’s honor when seeking a COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey. Roughly 300 locations, including as many as six mega-sites, will rely on the honesty and goodwill of residents in its mission to vaccinate the 1A priority group: frontline healthcare workers, law ...

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NEW JERSEY — New Jersey officials visited University Hospital in Newark on Monday morning as healthcare workers received their second doses of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine. A similar effort to inoculate frontline workers throughout the Garden State brings the number to roughly 100,000 inoculations ...

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NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey has begun its program for administering the COVID-19 vaccine. The state currently has in place a two-phase plan to administer the vaccine to the general population. Stage 1A that provides vaccine access to Health Care workers and Long-Term Care residents is currently in ...

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NEW JERSEY — A new variant of COVID-19 identified in the U.K. has raised some concerns for people yet to be inoculated for the virus. Although the variant is one among many since the pandemic began in earnest earlier this year, the newest mutation of the virus (referred to as B.1.1.7) has gained ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Maritza Beniquez, a University Hospital emergency room nurse, became the first person in New Jersey to be inoculated against COVID-19 on Tuesday.  The frontline health care worker, who also turned 56 on the history-making occasion, said receiving the vaccine was the best gift she ...

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HILLSIDE, NJ - A blood drive will take place in Hillside on December 17 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  at the Hillside Recreation Department, 274 Hillside Avenue in Hillside.  Appointments are required.  

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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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HILLSIDE, NJ - The Township of Hillside will be holding a food distribution event on Tuesday, November 10 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 973-926-2219.

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HILLSIDE, NJ - Flu vaccinations will be available on Thursday, October 15, from 4-7 p.m. at the Hillside Community Center, 274 Hillside Avenue.  See flier/photo for details.  

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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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WESTFIELD, NJ — Officials are in the early stages of planning mass vaccination clinics for COVID-19, the director of the Westfield Regional Health Department said Monday.  Hillside is one of the towns served by the Department. Director Megan Avallone, who serves as local health departments’ lead ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- NJ Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli today, during the governor's COVID-19 press briefing, warned of a possible “twin-demic” this year during flu season and urged New Jerseyans to get their flu shots.   “As we enter the fall season, we are also moving into the flu season. This ...

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NEW JERSEY — For many New Jersey school districts, this week will mark the first day of class.  While all have prepared — opting for in-person, remote or a hybrid of the two — new coronavirus cases are to be expected, state officials said Tuesday.  “We have all the public health protocols and ...

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