Coronavirus News

February 19, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The mayor reported another death from COVID-19 Friday — an 81-year-old man — bringing the total number of Westfield virus deaths to 53. Mayor Shelley Brindle said in her COVID-19 update that Feb. 12 – 18 Westfield saw 59 people newly infected with coronavirus, including 15 people ...

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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 more, visit njspotlight.com. For all the fanfare surrounding Friday’s guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and ...

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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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UNION COUNTY, NJ — As of Sunday, 1.34 million COVID-19 vaccine shots had been administered statewide through hospitals, pharmacies, community health centers, government-run clinics and state run “mega-sites,” New Jersey's COVID-19 dashboard shows. Those shots included 984,737 first doses and ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Friday that he has eased some restrictions on the number of spectators that can attend high school and other youth sporting events both indoors and outdoors. “I want to start with an announcement that I know many athletes and many moms and dads have been ...

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The school district is analyzing new CDC guidance on reopening. WESTFIELD, NJ — The town’s coronavirus death toll climbed to 52 people with the passing of an 81-year-old man who had been hospitalized, the mayor said Friday. Mayor Shelley Brindle reported 68 new cases of COVID-19 in Westfield ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday during a press briefing via Zoom that 1,138,757 vaccine doses have now been administered statewide: 875,424 first doses and 263,196 second doses and that he is expecting increasing deliveries of vaccines from the federal government for our mega-sites and ...

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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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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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SUMMIT, NJ — Atlantic Health System's Overlook Medical Center will begin administering COVID-19 vaccinations at the Summit Community Center. The clinic starts Monday. Individuals in Phases 1A and 1B may register with Atlantic Health System to reserve an appointment to receive the COVID-19 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Regional Health Department director envisions her department’s role in distributing vaccines will focus on people unable to travel to vaccination sites and won’t begin until next month when the vaccine is anticipated to become more widely available. While the health ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has signed Executive Order No. 219, increasing indoor capacity limits from 25% to 35% for food and beverage establishments and entertainment and recreational businesses, effective Friday, Feb. 5, at 8 a.m. The governor also lifted the 10 p.m. curfew for in-person ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town saw two more COVID-19 deaths and a 45% rise in January coronavirus cases, the mayor reported Tuesday. The deaths of an 81-year-old man and an 86-year-old woman bring the number of Westfield coronavirus fatalities to 51 people, Mayor Shelley Brindle said in her Tuesday ...

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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 more, visit njspotlight.com. New state health data provides more proof of the devastating and disproportionate impact of ...

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NEW JERSEY — All six of New Jersey’s vaccine mega-sites will be closed Monday amid a heavy snowstorm that officials expect will dump as much as 2 feet of snow in some parts of the state. Gov. Phil Murphy said the state will “call an audible” regarding the sites' Tuesday schedule - although snow ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Seeking answers that might help them navigate a complicated COVID-19 signup process for a vaccine that is in short supply, about 80 people gathered for a virtual Q&A session on the topic. A panel of four medical experts discussed a range of topics on the COVID-19 vaccine ...

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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 more, visit njspotlight.com. Less than 5% of immunization centers in New Jersey are tapping the reservation system state ...

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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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Updated at 11:17 a.m. Jan. 28 WESTFIELD, NJ — Boosted by the news that the federal government has promised a 16% increase in COVID-19 vaccine shots to states next week, Westfield’s mayor said the town’s health department is looking at ways to broaden access to vaccines for its ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A group representing the town’s senior citizens has assembled a panel of medical experts to answer questions on the COVID-19 vaccine. Brad Chananie, co-chair of Lifelong Westfield, said the Thursday afternoon forum being billed as a virtual Q&A session will address a gamut of ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Residents can now access a new coronavirus vaccine hotline with 250 New Jersey-based staff members currently on hand to answer common questions, help connect people to centers providing shots and clear up eligibility rules. More than 17,000 people called in within the first hour — ...

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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 more, visit njspotlight.com. A confusing, disconnected sign-up system for the COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments that vanish in ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will release a new block of COVID-19 vaccination appointments Sunday, officials said. Eligible residents can register on the county's online portal starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, the county announced Saturday. Union County is administering vaccinations at Kean ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy took pride in announcing that New Jersey has distributed over a half-million doses of the COVID vaccine. The governor said during his coronavirus press briefing Friday that 500,222 doses have been administered statewide — including 65,583 long-term care facility ...

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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 more, visit njspotlight.com. In New Jersey, COVID-19 vaccines are now available at more than 160 locations — including ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s Chang Lee, who died just a few days shy of his 95th birthday, had started a children’s Chinese language program and cultural awareness group in New Jersey. Nicholas J. Gismondi, 65, was an active member of St. Helen’s Parish and the President of Westfield Little ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday he expects the progress made so far in the state’s vaccine rollout to be given a much-needed push forward by the Joe Biden administration once the President-elect is sworn in on Wednesday. So far, the state has had to reckon with delays in the arrival ...

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TRENTON, NJ — With more than 4 million New Jersey residents now eligible for the coronavirus vaccine —  including 1.5 million who have preregistered to get the shot — there are not enough doses to keep up with demand, according to state officials. The state is receiving about 100,000 doses ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The mayor on Friday reported two more Westfield COVID-19 deaths and also said the town saw 133 new coronavirus cases over a seven-day time frame. The newly dead were a 92-year-old man associated with a long-term care facility, and another 92-year-old man, who was hospitalized, ...

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NEW JERSEY — Looking to answer questions and seeing a "bright light" at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, New Jersey healthcare leaders spoke about how they've dealt with the pandemic while offering hope for the future, at a virtual event held by TAPinto on Thursday evening. The first-ever TAPinto ...

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