Health & Wellness

May 27, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — As though being an expectant mother wasn’t stressful enough, pregnant women, and their physicians, have a whole new host of anxieties to contend with in the era of COVID-19.  While it’s unclear how the virus affects pregnant women as opposed to the general population, what medical ...

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NEWARK, NJ — For the past 15 years, Lot 50 on Grafton Avenue in the city’s North Ward has been a wasteland of syringes and garbage, bringing down the community’s morale.  Those days are coming to an end, according to Bilal and Breonna Walker, two educators who are transforming the lot into a ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The Department of Defense health care providers who touched down to provide relief to an overwhelmed University Hospital in April bid Newark adieu on Wednesday, marking an end to the peak that crushed the city’s hospital system last month.    The U.S. Army North mobilized 10 Urban ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Balloons bearing congratulations flapped in the wind on Aldine Street on Tuesday afternoon, trimmings marking the city’s promotion of its 10,000th lead service line replacement since the project commenced in fall 2019.  Newark has dealt with elevated lead levels in its water since ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The city continued its efforts to test the entirety of the homeless population for COVID-19 on Monday, setting up shop at the Newark YM/WCA for roughly 475 individuals who call the facility home.  YM/WCA, which shelters many homeless families as well as paying residents, was third ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Residents of 516 Bergen St. were confused, some upset, when they came home last week to notices that their lobby would soon become a COVID-19 testing site.  The apartment building, which houses about 180 seniors and is listed as one of the city’s "high risk” sites, was one of three ...

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NEWARK, NJ — One by one, nearly 200 of Newark’s residents without addresses lined up to be tested for the coronavirus on Monday, the first installment of what may be the nation’s first effort to test a city’s entire homeless population.  The program kicked off at an airport hotel where the city ...

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Saint Michael's Medical Center and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center received As for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group while University Hospital maintained a D for the Spring 2020. An "A" grade recognizes a hospital's efforts to protect patients from harm and meet the highest safety ...

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NEWARK, NJ — By now, most people understand the protocol when it comes to meeting with someone outside their homes: You do it remotely, or you don’t do it at all.  But what if that someone is your doctor? In most instances, that, too, has adapted to the ways of the webcam to keep patients out of ...

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This article has been updated with comments from Covanta Essex. NEWARK, NJ — The purple skies Newarkers have been seeing lately aren’t a result of pleasant evening sunsets, according to environmental justice and grassroots community groups raising a red flag on a garbage incinerator they ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Inside the walls of University Hospital, the bulk of the city’s COVID-19 patients dominate the emergency room, the ICU, more than 40 isolation rooms and a triage tent outside.  But amid the chaos that can be felt in Newark and hospitals around the world as the coronavirus ravages ...

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Gov. Phil Murphy's Executive Order that takes effect at 8p.m. tonight requires all shoppers to wear masks. In an effort to keep everyone safe, the New Jersey Food Council (NJFC) recommends these few tips to grocery store shoppers: reduce store crowding by shopping alone, practice safe social ...

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NEWARK, NJ — In response to the risk of a shortage of drugs advertised by some as possible cures for the coronavirus, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and the Division of Consumer Affairs placed statewide restrictions on Monday on prescribing and dispensing hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine. The ...

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NEWARK, NJ  — Mayor Ras Baraka announced on Saturday that Newark lost two more members of its community to the coronavirus on Friday evening, bringing the city’s death toll to four.  One victim was a 30-year-old woman, he said, but no details were provided on the second individual. In New ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The city’s federally qualified health care center (FQHC) is now able to test for the coronavirus — albeit under strict guidelines designed to keep “worried well” from inundating the facility and using up the precious few tests available in the city.  Newark had 66 positive COVID-19 ...

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NEWARK, NJ —  Wakefern Food Corporation confirmed a staff member at the ShopRite store in Newark tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend after a letter sent home to employees circulated on Facebook, prompting city residents to question whether their safety was at risk.  On Saturday, ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A man in his early 40s with underlying health issues became the first fatal victim of coronavirus in Newark, the mayor announced during a Facebook Live appearance today. "I must begin by sending out condolences as we now have a Newark resident who has died from complications ...

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Newark, NJ – An corporate donor anonymously gave nearly $2.3 million to support University Hospital’s efforts to help the hospital prepare for a surge of COVID-19 patients, the hospital’s foundation announced today.   The anonymous donor worked with the Foundation for University Hospital earlier ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The missing woman who claimed she was Newark resident and tested positive for the coronavirus at East Orange General Hospital was found by Newark authorities and is under quarantine as of yesterday, officials said.  Mayor Ras Baraka alerted the public during a Facebook live stream ...

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NEWARK, NJ —  An unidentified woman who claimed she was Newark resident and tested positive for the coronavirus at East Orange General Hospital is missing, prompting city officials to initiate a campaign to find the individual, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced today. The mayor alerted the ...

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Ferry Street, Newark's pulsing bar and restaurant artery, resembled a street in a ghost town on Monday night after a regional declaration of coronavirus restrictions shut down bars and strictly regulated restaurants in a neighborhood renowned for its ethnic cuisine and bustling nightlife. "Who's ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVicenzo, Jr. has asked the state to provide mobile testing for the coronavirus following an overnight surge in the county’s confirmed positives, one of which was found in Newark.  Taking to the podium at Mayor Ras Baraka’s Sunday afternoon press ...

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Visitors will no longer be allowed at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Saint Michael's Medical Center as the two Newark hospitals make efforts to reduce the possibility of coronavirus exposure to patients and staff. The prohibition on visitors comes as the coronavirus, or COVID-19, ...

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Newark, NJ — Surrounded by city and county officials on Sunday afternoon, Mayor Ras Baraka confirmed the city’s first confirmed case of COVID-19, putting Newark among six Essex County towns with positive cases so far.  One more positive case is just under 18 hours into investigation, according ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras J. Baraka confirmed tonight that Newark has its first case of the coronavirus and has scheduled a press conference Sunday to announce details of an executive order he is signing to help residents and businesses impacted by COVID-19 situation.  The press conference is ...

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NEWARK, NJ — While measures to enforce social distancing across the city and state have become increasingly serious, Newark hospitals are battening down the hatches and adjusting their visitor policies in preparation for potential COVID-19 cases that may touch down in New Jersey’s largest port of ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras Baraka announced Thursday a temporary 30-day hold on all public gatherings in the city hours before Gov. Phil Murphy did the same across all New Jersey’s 21 counties, establishing a new level of urgency in the escalating coronavirus pandemic.  For the state’s largest city ...

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With Essex County having the highest number of suspected overdose deaths in the state, Robin Lavorato knew something had to be done for those on the difficult road from addiction to recovery. So she launched the Essex Opioid Task Force (OTF) in June 2018. The organization began with monthly ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Health Department and Wellness Director Dr. Mark Wade are urging residents with questions about the coronavirus to call the State of New Jersey’s hotline at 1(800) 222-1222. The hotline is home of the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System, ...

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NEWARK, NJ — City officials activated a "Code Blue" for Thursday night, Jan. 16, through Saturday night, Jan. 18., when temperatures will drop as low as 19 degrees. “Newark is preparing for cold temperatures, occasional snow and rain over the next couple of days,” said Dr. Mark Wade, director of ...

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