Coronavirus News

January 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and the NJ Department of Health are taking heat for putting smokers in the 1B category for people registering to receive the coronavirus vaccine.  On Wednesday, the governor announced that all residents over age 65, not just those in long-term care facilities, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — In an effort to boost COVID-19 immunizations, health officials in Westfield have formed a subcommittee to address questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. The Westfield Board of Health approved the formation of the committee earlier this week as the town’s health officer discussed ...

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UPDATE: Despite Setbacks, Union County Promises to Ramp Up COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach Only those eligible to receive the vaccine are being permitted to register on the county site, officials said. UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county opened its online registration system for the COVID-19 vaccine ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Individuals ages 65 years and older and those between the ages of 16-64 with medical conditions (defined by the CDC) that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination beginning Thursday, according to Gov. Phil Murphy. The governor, ...

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NEW JERSEY — Be sure to remember scout’s honor when seeking a COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey. Roughly 300 locations, including as many as six mega-sites, will rely on the honesty and goodwill of residents in its mission to vaccinate the 1A priority group: frontline healthcare workers, law ...

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A 1-year-old baby is among the 137 new Westfield cases reported. WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle on Friday reported 137 new COVID-19 cases for the past seven days, reflecting the highest count of town residents infected in such a time frame. The people known to be newly infected Jan. 1 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — People who catch COVID-19 may not show symptoms for up to two weeks, meaning that they may not yet know if they caught it at a New Year’s gathering, health officials said. Westfield Regional Health Officer Megan Avallone told NJ Spotlight News that many people are unaware of ...

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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. State health leaders say it’s still too early to know if there will be a spike in COVID-19 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town is looking to get in touch with families of its 47 residents lost to COVID-19 so that it can recognize those people as it participates in a national moment of remembrance later this month. Mayor Shelley Brindle said the town is unable to publicly name those lost to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Two more people from Westfield have died from COVID-19, officials said. Two men — ages 94 and 77 — died from the virus, Mayor Shelley Brindle said on Tuesday. It brings the number of Westfield coronavirus deaths to 47, with the town reporting its last COVID-19 death Dec. 2. In ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The state Health Department is encouraging only eligible healthcare workers to register on its vaccine scheduling system Tuesday morning as the site experiences slowness due to high volume, a spokeswoman said. The state had activated the site Tuesday as part of its vaccination ...

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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. Doctors, nurses, paramedics and others who go back on active duty can help protect frontline ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will begin vaccinating healthcare workers Thursday, officials said. Health care personnel eligible under the state’s guidelines to receive the vaccine must make their appointments through the county’s registration webpage starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, officials said ...

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NEW JERSEY — New Jersey officials visited University Hospital in Newark on Monday morning as healthcare workers received their second doses of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine. A similar effort to inoculate frontline workers throughout the Garden State brings the number to roughly 100,000 inoculations ...

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NEW JERSEY — New Jersey has begun its program for administering the COVID-19 vaccine. The state has in place a two-phase plan to administer the vaccine to the general population. Stage 1A that provides vaccine access to healthcare workers and long term care residents is in effect as of ...

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TRENTON, NJ — In a highly anticipated announcement, Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday at his COVID-19 press briefing that indoor sports may resume on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, with safety protocols in place. However, the regional suspension of interstate youth hockey competitions will continue through ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Over the course of six days, 62 people contracted coronavirus in Westfield, the mayor said Monday. The figures for Dec. 18 – 23 include rapid tests, which Mayor Shelley Brindle in her COVID-19 update said represent a more accurate reflection of community spread than the PCR tests ...

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NEW JERSEY — A new variant of COVID-19 identified in the U.K. has raised some concerns for people yet to be inoculated for the virus. Although the variant is one among many since the pandemic began in earnest earlier this year, the newest mutation of the virus (referred to as B.1.1.7) has gained ...

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NEW JERSEY — Hours after administering the first COVID-19 vaccines in New Jersey long-term care facilities during a ceremony in Old Bridge, Gov. Phil Murphy called on residents to reign in the New Year with caution. “This is not the year for a wild New Year's Eve party,” Murphy said during a ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy began his Wednesday COVID-19 briefing with information for the mental health of frontline medical workers and first responders. Murphy announced that the state had a number of resources available to address the emotional and mental health of these individuals who ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The start of the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine to people in long-term care facilities has been delayed until next week in New Jersey because the state did not fill its paperwork in time. The delay was discussed during Gov. Phil Murphy's COVID-19 press briefing on Monday ...

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NEW JERSEY — Months of back and forth appear to be over with Congress expected to pass a $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus package to help an economy in dire straits — with businesses crushed by the pandemic and families struggling financially. The agreement, like the first, would include checks of ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- During his COVID-19 press briefing on Friday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced plans to open six vaccine “mega sites” across the state in early January. Bergen County: Meadowlands Complex Morris County: Rockaway Townsquare Mall Middlesex County: New Jersey Convention and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town saw 71 new COVID-19 cases in seven days, the mayor said Friday. The people reported to have coronavirus Dec. 11 – 17 ranged in age from 2 months old to 79 years of age, Mayor Shelley Brindle said, citing figures from the Westfield Regional Health Department. The cases ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Public school students in Westfield will begin the new year with five days of remote learning. In a letter to families Friday afternoon, Superintendent Margaret Dolan announced the planned switch to remote education. Dolan cited the success of a two-week pause in in-person ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — For resident Jodie Gunzberg’s family, three small meetups in late October and early November turned tragic, resulting in 10 positive COVID-19 tests and the death of her father. “We made some critical mistakes,” Gunzberg explained in a widely shared Facebook post. “We had no party ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — They didn’t roll out the red carpet for Gov. Phil Murphy’s appearance in the Hub City on Thursday as much as they shoveled and plowed a path so he could get to the front door. An overnight storm had left New Brunswick a soggy mess, but inside Robert Wood Johnson University ...

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NEW JERSEY — A day after New Jersey made history with its first COVID-19 vaccines in Newark, Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday that it is no time for residents to stop taking preventative steps. “Yesterday was a historic day, a day for optimism with some of our health care heroes receiving the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Maritza Beniquez, a University Hospital emergency room nurse, became the first person in New Jersey to be inoculated against COVID-19 on Tuesday.  The frontline health care worker, who also turned 56 on the history-making occasion, said receiving the vaccine was the best gift she ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy announced via Twitter that New Jersey's first COVID-19 vaccines will be administered on Tuesday morning, Dec. 15 at University Hospital Newark. The governor plans to be there, along with NJ State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli, Dr, Shereef Elnahal, president of ...

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