Coronavirus News

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 ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Latino clergy members in Newark this week were joined by Essex County officials to commence a partnership aimed to promote COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts in minority communities.  The partnership follows suit with recent efforts Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo has ...

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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 ...

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NEW JERSEY — As part of its streaming series on the COVID-19 vaccine, the New Jersey Department of Health is hosting a free public town hall discussion led by medical professionals from NJ’s Asian American communities; the April 20, 7 p.m. event will address facts, fears, and myths concerning the ...

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NEW JERSEY — As of yesterday evening, New Jersey has administered more than 4,701,725 vaccine doses, (3,013,713 with at least one dose and 1,796,798 fully vaccinated people).  In Essex County, the NJ Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard is showing that as of 10:30 p.m. last night, 360,877 doses ...

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Health department ordered three specialized vans in November. They were delivered in March. It could be weeks before they’re on the road. Special to TAPinto.net.  This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Township will be renewing the free COVID-19 testing they instituted last year at a different location.  Health Officer Candice Davenport said that the COVID testing is beginning today and running through April 30, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. “This would be ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Office of Emergency Management sent out an email to residents on Easter Sunday informing them of the latest case numbers. “As of 2:00 p.m. this afternoon, 12,324 South Orange residents have received access to COVID-19 testing and of that number, 857 tests have returned ...

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NEWARK, NJ — When Gov. Phil Murphy announced last week the launch of the New Jersey Institute of Technology vaccination site in Newark, it was originally planned to deploy 6,000 doses per day. On opening day, the site surpassed that mark with nearly 6,200 doses administered.  “They will be ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Mayor Frank McGehee sent out an email this afternoon updating Maplewood residents on how the pandemic is affecting the local community.  Yesterday the township reached an unwanted milestone: 1,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  The total number of residents who have died from ...

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NEWARK, NJ — New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark is preparing to serve as a major hub to deploy nearly 6,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses per day, Gov. Phil Murphy announced.  The governor on Friday announced a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the school’s Naimoli ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The case numbers for the Village have been slowing. That was part of Health Officer John Festa's report to the South Orange Board of Trustees this week.  “I've noticed still multiples on the positive cases come in daily for the last few days, but instead of 10 and 12 being ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday announced that the NJ Dept. of Health has revised its guidance for local health departments on K-12 in-class operations.  The governor said that if masking and frequent hand-washing can be maintained by students and educators and support staff in a ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Although Essex County stands among the leading regions in the state for COVID-19 vaccines administered, Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. on Tuesday issued a letter to federal legislators and Gov. Phil Murphy, calling for more doses.  As one of the first counties to set up vaccination ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy said at his COVID-19 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 ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Yesterday Essex County opened up appointments for the Moderna vaccine specifically for teachers and educational support staff. Availability is limited to those who either live or work in Essex County. As of Friday night, more than 1,000 appointments were available at ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box this morning, speaking to the hosts from Middletown about how New Jersey is tackling the pandemic and getting vaccines out to those who need it.  Murphy will be in Maplewood at 11 a.m. with Mayor Frank McGehee at the NJ Transit General ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The numbers of vaccinated residents in the two towns are starting to climb.  In addition to the Essex County vaccine mega-sites, some residents have been vaccinated through their place of work or in another county. New Jersey municipalities do not yet ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — As warmer weather inches its way into the area, social distancing seems to have distanced itself and COVID-19 cases continue to climb locally.  Maplewood has a cumulative caseload of 1221 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. That is 60 more cases in the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — COVID-19 cases are still climbing at the local and state level, even as vaccinations have opened up to teachers and other essential workers.  Mayor Frank McGehee updated the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce board this morning, relaying that the township now has 1,161 cumulative ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- In words that had to be music ot the ears of restaurateurs and other indoor business owners, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that effective Friday, March 19, restaurants, recreational/amusement facilities, gyms and fitness clubs, barber shops, salons, and other personal care ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner says their office has learned of residents canceling their two-shot Moderna or Pfizer vaccine appointments in order to stand by for a Johnson & Johnson shot, which requires just one shot. Commissioner Judy Persichilli advised ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Although the township is averaging almost four new cases of COVID-19 a day currently, health officer Candice Davenport said she is encouraged that it is on a downward trend. The township saw its first case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, on March 17, ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Anyone planning a wedding can expand the guest list now, following Gov. Phil Murphy's COVID press briefing in Trenton on Wednesday, when he announced that wedding receptions may proceed at 35% of a venue’s indoor capacity (up to 150 persons) and up to 150 people outdoors. Indoor ...

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TRENTON, NJ — NJ Gov. Phil Murphy will announce expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine today. Starting March 15, 2021, the following essential workers will be eligible: Pre-K to 12 educators and support staff Child care workers Transportation workers Additional public safety ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy provided during his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday some positive news about testing sites and vaccinations. He said the 1,758,979 total vaccine doses (1,192,364 first doses, and 566,441 second doses) have been administered as of this morning.  He also was proud ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The coronavirus transmission rate is down for both towns, but South Orange has lost another resident to the virus. During yesterday's Board of Health meeting within the Board of Trustees meeting, John Festa, health officer for South Orange, said he confirmed a ...

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NEW JERSEY — “Good trends,” as Gov. Phil Murphy put it Monday, will allow New Jersey to expand its COVID-19 gathering limits. The changes go into effect immediately. Religious services at churches, mosques and other houses of worship will be allowed to run at 50% capacity. Also in effect, two ...

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