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First Omicron Variant Case Confirmed in New Jersey

December 4, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli announced the State Department of Health has confirmed a case of the Omicron variant in a traveler to the state. The person has been identified by the state as an adult female, who is a fully-vaccinated resident from Georgia, and had recently traveled to South Africa.

She tested positive on Nov. 28 and has ...

NJ Human Services Initiates Treatment and Case Management for People with Dual Gambling and Substance Use Disorders

TRENTON, NJ – Acting Commissioner Sarah Adelman has announced the NJ Department of Human Services has awarded contracts to begin providing treatment and case management for individuals with a dual disorder of gambling and substance use.

“The tragic impact of the opioid epidemic and other forms of substance use are too apparent, sadly,” Acting Commissioner Adelman said.

Rutgers Expanding Enrollment for Pfizer COVID-19 Pediatric Vaccine Trial

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers, a clinical trial site for the global Pfizer-BioNTech research study to evaluate the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine in children, is looking for participants for a third clinical trial on children ages 6 months to 4 years.

“Children can get sick from COVID-19 and can spread the virus to others even if they are asymptomatic. While most children experience mild ...

With Increased Call Volume and Rising Equipment Costs, Sayreville Emergency Squad Needs Donations

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- A number of factors have contributed to the rising cost of running the Sayreville Rescue Squad, including increased call volume, operational equipment costs (particularly replacement apparatus), and a significant surge in administrative costs. This has all strained the squad's annual fund drive. Unlike most squads or departments around the ...

Saint Peter’s Award-Winning Stroke Care Works Quickly, Knowing Time is of the Essence

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The woman who was rushed into the emergency room at Saint Peter’s University Hospital was unable to communicate and visibly scared.

Her inability to speak - a condition known as aphasia - is typically a tell-tale sign of a stroke.

Thankfully, the woman had called 911 in time to receive clot-busting medication (tPA) from the staff at Saint Peter’s.

In ...

Families That Are Vaccinated 'Can Enjoy a Typical Thanksgiving' : Dr. Fauci

NATIONAL -- In an online forum hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center, Dr. Anthony Fauci discussed COVID-19 as we approach Thanksgiving, the holidays, and what's ahead in 2022.

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and chief medical advisor to President Biden, expressed concern that the downturn in COVID ...

Saint Peter's University Hospital Receives National Safety Recognition

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Saint Peter’s University Hospital received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for fall 2021, a national distinction recognizing Saint Peter’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and error in the hospital.

This is Saint Peter’s third consecutive “A” hospital safety grade.

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national ...

Free COVID Shots and Other Vaccinations at Sayreville Senior Center

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Free COVID vaccinations are available on Friday, Nov. 12 and 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sayreville Senior Center (423 Main St., Sayreville). All vaccinations will be offered at no cost to all residents.

 

 

Parlin Pharmacy will offer the following vaccines at weekly clinics :

1) Flu (high dose for 65+ & regular for anyone ...

What You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine and Children

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Some 28 million children ages 5 to 11 can now get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine under emergency use authorization granted by the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Simon Li, an associate professor of pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, which was part of the trial that includes 4,647 children worldwide, ...

Chelsea Senior Living Offering COVID-19 Booster Shots in East Brunswick

FANWOOD, NJ – Chelsea Senior Living (“Chelsea”), a leader in senior housing and care, has started offering COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to the residents in all of its communities. This extra dose of the Pfizer vaccine was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month for individuals 16 years and older.

Chelsea residents who received the first shot of ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - December 8, 2021

TRENTON – Winter is coming. And that means a whole new round of debates about vaccinations for private businesses. The Asbury Park Press reports that Gov. Phil Murphy has a tough decision: Does he follow NYC and make vaccines mandatory for private companies or does he roll the dice with the emerging COVID variants? Of course, this mandate – like any other in New Jersey – would ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 7, 2021

Marking the 80th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Attack – December 7, 1941

STATEWIDE – Vote-by-mail ballots come in before Election Day, yet county officials are banned from counting them until the polls close. With the insatiable demand to know instant results, there’s now a bill in the state Legislature that would allow county election officials to start tallying ballots as ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 6, 2021

MONTCLAIR – As we are still trying to figure out if 2021 was “good” or “bad,” there’s at least one sector of New Jersey that has endless blessings to count. And that would be anyone who sold real estate this year. NJ.com reports that homes sold at more than 100% of asking price every month except February, when they sold at “just” 99.9% of asking ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 3, 2021

TRENTON – Stunning that the news of the day at the Statehouse has nothing to do with the people’s business. Rather it’s about some headline-grabbing Republican lawmakers, who flagrantly ignored the Statehouse mandate to show a vaccination card or a negative test – following the deaths of nearly 28,500 New Jerseyans from this stubborn pandemic. These lawmakers ignored state ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 2, 2021

TRENTON – The state Legislature is actually in session today, with plenty of lame-duck bills in the pile. But the news is not about what laws will be passed. Rather, it’s all about who will actually show up to vote. Republican lawmakers are suing over a mandate that anyone entering the Statehouse be vaccinated or tested. In the crosshairs is a group that no one knew ever existed ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 1, 2021

TOMS RIVER – In politics, is there really anything “permanent”? Of course not. But that has not stopped the township council from “permanently” banning recreational marijuana businesses. Some residents expressed disappointment with the so-called “permanent” ban, the Asbury Park Press reports, noting a 2020 referendum showed that 63.7% of township voters ...

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December 1, 2021

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Middlesex County Commissioner Tomaro Receives New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - In recognition of extraordinary service to his community, Middlesex County Commissioner Charlie Tomaro has been honored with a New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award.

Each year, the New Jersey Governor’s Jefferson Awards highlight the spirit of civic engagement among New Jersey’s 1.5 million volunteers, who donate an estimated 170 million ...

With Reproductive Freedom in Danger, NJ Must Expand Protections and Accees

December 7, 2021

When Texas banned nearly all abortions, it showed us that what happens on the state level can reach far beyond state lines. Just as starkly, it has shown the grim reality that when reproductive freedom comes under threat, people of color and those on the economic margins will undeniably bear the brunt of the harms caused by abortion restrictions.

Following the Texas ban, people ...

Long-Term Elder Care Offers a Career in Compassion

Today, there are more than 46 million older adults aged 65 and older living in the United States. By 2050, that number is expected to grow to almost 90 million – nearly one-third of the population in America.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also projects the health care field will grow by 3.3 million jobs between 2018 and 2028.

The demand is clear – the U.S.

End Tariffs on Aluminum to Support New Jersey's Building Industry

It’s been well reported that New Jersey’s consumers and businesses continue to struggle with supply chain disruptions and historic inflation, causing job loss in many manufacturing sectors.

A major culprit is the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum, imposed by President Donald Trump in 2018. They continue to harm the state’s economy, negatively affecting New Jersey ...