Health & Wellness

May 3, 2021

VERONA/CEDAR GROVE, NJ — As the rate of new COVID cases, as well as hospitalizations and the rate of transmission (rT), slow across New Jersey, a similar trend is showing up locally. There were 10 new confirmed COVID cases in Cedar Grove over the last week, and eight new confirmed cases in ...

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NEW JERSEY -- Beginning today, walk-in vaccinations are open to all New Jerseyans age 16+ at all six vaccine mega-sites during select times, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, who announced the news in a tweet on Thursday, April 29. Walk-up vaccinations are now available at the Middlesex County ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy said at his COVID press briefing Monday afternoon that effective May 10, indoor room capacities for private catered events -- including weddings and school proms, political events, funerals, memorial services, and performances -- will increase to 50% with a maximum ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported during his COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday, April 21, that 6.2 million vaccine doses have been administered in the state and that nearly 2.6 million New Jerseyans are now fully vaccinated. "We continue to make tremendous progress in getting our senior ...

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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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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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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The upcoming summer will be the second one on which the COVID-19 pandemic has an effect on nearly all aspects of our daily lives.    Pods, social distancing, masks, remote learning, hybrid schedules, cohorts, hand sanitizers, quarantining, capacity limits and Zoom are all ...

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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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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — With less than three months remaining in the school year, many parents in Cedar Grove want their children to have the option to go back to school full-time and in-person so that the school year does not count as a “loss.” A coalition of parents, headed by Janet DeSiano, Lisa ...

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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 ...

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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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NEWARK, NJ – New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark is preparing to serve as a major hub to deploy nearly 6,000 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 Center on ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  – Rutgers University will require the COVID-19 vaccine for students who are enrolled for the 2021 fall semester. Assurances from the federal government that vaccines will be available for all Americans by the end of May and assessments by public health experts prompted ...

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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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In five weeks, variant cases rose 830% in NJ, and only 2% of cases are tested for new virus strains. Special to TAPinto. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read ...

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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 ...

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TRENTON, 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 the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires just one shot. Commissioner Judy Persichilli ...

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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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Patchwork registration and sign-up systems, already inadequate, must deal with tens of thousands of newly eligible residents. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy provided during his COVID 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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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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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County has canceled all  OVID-19 vaccination appointments for Monday Feb. 22 due to lack of vaccines.  Residents with appointments for Feb. 22, will have those appointments rescheduled for some time next week. Appointments for Sat. Feb. 20 and Sun. Feb 21 were canceled ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Essex County has canceled all first dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Sunday Feb. 21 due to lack of vaccines.  Residents with fist dose appointments for Feb. 21, will have those appointments rescheduled for some time next week. Appointments for Sat. Feb. 20 were ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ -- First vaccination dose appointments for Essex County residents scheduled for Sat. Feb. 20 have been canceled.  According to Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, the county did not receive its shipment of vaccines.  The appointments for FIRST DOSE originally ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy emerged from his self-quarantine Tuesday wearing not one but two face masks. Last week, despite testing negative for COVID-19, the governor entered a self-quarantine when a family member confirmed they had contracted the virus. His office said he was entering a ...

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NEW JERSEY — As of Monday, New Jersey has administered 1,037,657 vaccine doses, passing the 1 million mark with 24 days to go until the anniversary of the first reported coronavirus case in the state. Thus far, 224,237 people have received second shots, numbers Gov. Phil Murphy and other ...

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NEW JERSEY — The constant flux of updates surrounding COVID-19 and the vaccine has led some New Jersey residents feeling overwhelmed with information or confused over what’s accurate. NJ Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli on Monday sought to clarify a number of major coronavirus-related points ...

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VERONA/CEDAR GROVE, NJ -- Following the proper guidance on shoveling snow can help prevent injury or even death. With Essex County in the midst of a snowstorm that could dump between 1 and 2 feet of snow on the ground, these tips are critical. Dennis Van Atta, director of the Scotch Plains OEM ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported at his COVID-19 press briefing that 642,613 vaccinations have been made statewide as of today. Right now, more than 2 million people are pre-registered for the vaccine, but the state will only get about 130,000 doses a week. "We still have a supply-demand ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday that New Jersey has distributed more than a half-million doses of the COVID vaccine. The governor said that 500,222 doses have now been administered statewide – including 65,583 long-term care facility residents and staff. He added that last Wednesday, ...

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