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Union County Says It’s Ready if Johnson & Johnson Shots Unavailable in Long-Term

April 16, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s COVID-19 vaccination team is discussing what changes will be necessary to continue its mobile vaccination program now that use of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been paused statewide.

On Tuesday, the state Health Department directed all vaccination sites in the New Jersey to cancel or delay appointments for the Johnson ...

'No One Who Has Received the J&J Vaccine Should Panic or Worry': Murphy

TRENTON, NJ -- Despite the side effects reported impacting some young women who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine, Gov. Phil Murphy said that "no one who has received the J&J vaccine should panic or worry."  The governor tried to quell fears as the CDC and FDA called for a pause in the distribution of J&J vaccine "out of an abundance of ...

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

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 ...

Springfield Library to End Quarantining of Returned Items; Township Reports 18 New Positive Tests in Last 5 Days

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Springfield Free Public Library will no longer be quarantining returned items.

The library made the announcement on Monday, citing information released by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) pertaining to the extremely low risk of contracting COVID-19 from contact with surfaces.

Since Wednesday, April 7, Springfield has 18 new confirmed positive COVID tests ...

Union County Holds Vaccination Event for Educators

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Following Governor Phil Murphy's announcement that New Jersey educators and school staff were eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, the distinction between eligibility and accessibility was raised.

Now permitted to be vaccinated, would teachers and those working in schools have the means to secure appointments? Would adequate numbers of vaccination sites, ...

All Individuals Ages 16+ in NJ Will be Eligible for Vaccination on April 19

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy announced during his COVID press briefing on Monday, April 5, that all individuals ages 16+ in New Jersey will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination on April 19 – two weeks ahead of the state’s initial target of May 1.

The state’s phased vaccination roll out has successfully administered 4.7 million doses of ...

Vaccination Event for Educators Tuesday, April 6 in Union County

UNION COUNTY, NJ----The Union County Board of Commissioners today announced the County will hold a mobile clinic to vaccinate educators and school personnel on Tuesday, April 6 from 1-8 p.m. at Warinanco Park in Roselle.

Any educator or school personnel wishing to receive a vaccination must pre-register now at Teachers, all staff and school ...

Union County Vaccine Guide: What You Need to Know

UNION COUNTY, NJ — As of Thursday, 4.3 million COVID-19 vaccination doses have been administered in New Jersey and 1.6 million people have been fully vaccinated, according to the state health department.

The doses are being administered statewide through hospitals, pharmacies, community health centers, government-run clinics and state run “mega-sites,” New Jersey’s ...

Seven New COVID Cases Added to Springfield Total So Far This Week

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Since Monday of this week, Springfield has had seven new COVID cases confirmed, according to Mayor Chris Weber late Wednesday.

Since the start of the pandemic more than a year ago, the township has recorded a total of 1,194 positive tests and 30 deaths that were attributed to the coronavirus. 

Union County has had 413 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Monday ...

Gov. Murphy Eases Restrictions on Group Gatherings

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy 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 his press ...


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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 ...

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 ...

Summer Job Alert: Union County is Hiring Lifeguards

Union County residents who are looking for a summer job can apply now for lifeguard positions at Union County’s public swimming pool, the Walter Ulrich Memorial Pool, which is located at Rahway River Park in Rahway.

“The Ulrich pool provides our residents with a rewarding work environment and valuable experience such as management, emergency response and interpersonal skills every ...

Union County Commissioners Announce Three COVID-19 Emergency Food Distributions for April

Produce will be distributed on a first come-first served basis at drive-up event in Scotch Plains, and walk-up events in Elizabeth and Plainfield.

The Union County Board of County Commissioners will hold three emergency food distribution events for Union County residents in April to aid those affected by COVID-19.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic ...

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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 ...