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New Jersey Pauses Delivery of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Awaiting Further 'Guidance' from Federal Government

April 13, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Health has directed all New Jersey vaccination sites to cancel or put on hold appointments for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine following recommendations by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

The health agencies Tuesday issued a pause in the vaccine’s ...

Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers "Wavering" About the Vaccine

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — A study published recently in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology shows vaccines may offer some protection for the babies of pregnant and breastfeeding women. However, according to the CDC, there is still limited and uncertain information about its safety for pregnant and breastfeeding women. This is especially true as it relates to the ...

New Medrite Springfield Urgent Care Offers COVID-19 PCR Test

Springfield, NJ -- Medrite Urgent Care has a new location in Springfield where they offer the Covid-19 PCR Test, also called a molecular test. This COVID-19 test detects genetic material of the virus using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). A sample is collected with a nasal swab or a throat swab and sent to a lab. Results are received in a few ...

Murphy Announces Latest COVID Figures and Vaccination Totals

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported progress in getting shots into arms as he presented a vaccine update during his press briefing Wednesday. He said that the state has administered 4,892,598 total doses and that 1,896,442 New Jersey residents are now fully vaccinated.

“We are now 40% to our initial goal of 4.7 million individuals fully vaccinated by June 30th,” ...

Latest COVID Vaccine Eligibility in New Jersey Beginning on April 5

According to Governor Philip Murphy's office, vaccine eligibility will be expanded on April 5th.

The following groups are eligible:

Age 55+

Individuals age 16+ with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Higher education educators and staff

Librarians and library staff

Additional essential workers

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Murphy Reports 4 Million Vaccines Administered, Expandes Eligibility, Rolls Back Restrictions on Group Gatherings

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy proudly announced that 4,030,061 vaccinations have been administered throughout the state and that 1,473,409 New Jerseyans are fully vaccinated during press briefing today where he also reported a list of updates to citizens about the State’s evolving COVID-19 measures as well as other relevant statewide news and happenings.

The governor opened ...

Vaccine Eligibility in New Jersey Expanded to People Age 55 and Over: Murphy

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Friday that the State will expand vaccine eligibility to include people 55 and over starting April 5. The following groups are eligible for vaccination once the expansion is in effect:

Age 55+
Individuals age 16+ with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Higher education educators and staff
Librarians and library staff
Additional ...

Murphy: Don't Expect More Easing of Restrictions with COVID Variants on the Rise

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy said at his COVID press briefing on Monday that he doesn't expect to loosen any more COVID-19 restrictions because of the recent rise in variant strains of the disease.

On March 19, the state of New Jersey expanded capacity at indoor businesses, such as restaurants and gyms, but the governor said that is unlikely to allow any further increases in ...

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Overlook Medical Center marks 2,000th COVID inpatient discharged

April 17, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ – APRIL 16, 2021 – Overlook Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, this week discharged its 2,000th inpatient treated for COVID-19 back to recovery, marking a significant milestone after more than a year of the global pandemic.

For Overlook officials, the discharge, which occurred on Tuesday, April 13, helped to highlight the hospital’s journey throughout ...

American Sign Language Interpreters Available at COVID-19 Vaccine Megasites

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals Can Access Interpreters During Vaccination at the Six Megasites

(TRENTON) – The Murphy Administration today announced that deaf and hard of hearing individuals are able to ask for an American Sign Language interpreter when receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at the state’s six vaccine megasites to assist with communication access during the vaccination ...

Newark Man Sentenced for Sexually Assaulting 8 Year Old

Newark, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Diego Ayala, 35, of Newark, was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in New Jersey State Prison for sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl and filming the crime.

The sentence was imposed by the Honorable Christopher S. Romanyshyn, Judge of the Superior Court.  Under the terms of a plea ...

Greenwood Gardens Set To Reopen May 1 For 2021 Season

Short Hills, NJ -- Just in time for Mother’s Day and the blossoms of spring, this 28-acre historic garden gem in northern New Jersey is opening its gates for the 2021 season. Within driving distance from New York City, Newark and Philadelphia, Greenwood Gardens offers a sensorial walk through the flora, fauna, fountains, Arts and Crafts follies and ...

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April 5, 2021

The Millburn-Short Hills Democratic Committee is proud to support Mayor Tara Prupis for reelection to the Millburn Township Committee. 

Today she submitted her petitions to appear on the ballot. Tara has been a dedicated voice for good government and a tireless advocate for all Millburn-Short Hills residents. A vote for Tara is a vote for continued progress.

Essex County Hazardous Household Waste Collection Day on May 1

April 13, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County will host its annual Essex County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on May 1. The event is sponsored by the County of Essex and the Essex County Utilities Authority.

The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 1. Essex County residents may drop off their items that day at the Essex County Public Works ...

Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers "Wavering" About the Vaccine

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — A study published recently in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology shows vaccines may offer some protection for the babies of pregnant and breastfeeding women. However, according to the CDC, there is still limited and uncertain information about its safety for pregnant and breastfeeding women. This is especially true as it relates to the ...

Next Essex County Coronavirus Testing April 6 and 10

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Here is the upcoming schedule of Coronavirus testing sites sponsored by Essex County; the tests are being offered to Essex County residents free of charge. To make an appointment, please visit www.EssexCovid.org or call 973-877-8456.

Tuesday, April 6, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Essex County Hall of Records Complex, Employee Parking Deck, 50 West Market ...

Millburn Fire Helping Newark Keep Warm This Winter

MILLBURN, NJ - On my way back from a morning Navy assignment, I stopped by Millburn Firehouse 2 at Gero Park to drop off coats. Once again, when there's a need, Millburn Fire answers the call.

Since 2015, the firefighters of the Millburn Fire Department has been supporting St. John's Church in Newark with an annual winter coat drive. Coats gathered at the station will be delivered to ...

Atlantic Health System Marks 13th Consecutive Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For®’ List

In a year like no other, Atlantic Health System has overcome unprecedented challenges to deliver innovative, high-quality care while maintaining an award-winning workplace. For the 13th consecutive year, the integrated care delivery system has once again been named to Great Place to Work® and Fortune’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” ranking number ...

Atlantic Health System Vaccinates More Than 11,000 Teachers Against COVID-19

In an effort to help local school districts safely resume in-person instruction, Atlantic Health System has partnered with more than 120 school districts and individual schools to administer COVID-19 vaccine to more than 11,000 of their faculty and essential support staff. The vaccination appointments for teachers and staff are just part of the more than 280,000 doses administered by Atlantic ...