Health & Wellness

March 28, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Somebody must have purchased all those disposable sanitary wipes that are no longer on store shelves. And now that they’re being put to use, authorities have an urgent message for the public: don’t flush them. Mayor Shelley Brindle said Friday that flushing wipes, paper towels ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Young people are not immune to the impacts of COVID-19, coronavirus, a doctor of emergency medicine said Wednesday. Westfield resident Dr. Anand Swaminathan, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, told TAPinto Westfield ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — If I test positive for the coronavirus, COVID-19, do I need to call someone? What happens if I was near someone at the store who has the virus? Mayor Shelley Brindle recently explained how cases of the coronavirus, COVID-19, are handled locally and what you can do to if you think ...

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Corrected March 25 at 9:30 a.m.: Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211 for messages about what’s happening statewide WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle announced three new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, COVID-19, in Westfield Tuesday night — two men, ages 48 and 20, and a 41-year-old woman. All ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A 91-year-old man from Westfield who tested positive for COVID-19 has died, the mayor said Sunday night. The man died at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, Mayor Shelley Brindle said in a statement. He had “underlying cardiac and respiratory conditions” and was not connected to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 1:33 p.m.) A professor at The College of New Jersey who said he first started experiencing symptoms of coronavirus 10 days ago is warning the public that the condition may not present itself how you think. Craig Hollander, a 38-year-old Westfield resident and history ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — As the number of COVID-19 cases grow, the mayor continues to urge residents to practice social distancing. In an announcement Thursday night, Mayor Shelley Brindle said that Westfield school resource officers who have been redeployed as community service officers will conduct ...

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This is how you practice social distancing. Scroll below for the full video. RELATED: Social Distancing: What Exactly Does that Mean? Westfield Health Officials Explain. Shreya Jyotishi is a freshman at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Health officials are reaching out to “close contacts” of a fourth town resident confirmed to have contracted the novel coronavirus, the mayor said Wednesday night. The 56-year-old Westfield man confirmed to have COVID-19 is “stable and managing symptoms at home,” said Mayor ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With COVID-19 cases rising, “social distancing” is the latest buzzword — and a public health priority — whether you are experiencing symptoms or not. Here’s what the Westfield Regional Health Department (along with state and federal public health officials) want you to know — and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A 35-year-old woman is the third person in Westfield confirmed to have the novel coronavirus, the mayor said Tuesday night. The woman “is stable and managing symptoms at home,” Mayor Shelley Brindle said. “All individuals considered to be close contacts are in the process of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Town officials are anticipated to brief the public Wednesday on the novel coronavirus and its impacts within the town. Mayor Shelley Brindle, Town Administrator Jim Gildea, Regional Health Officer Megan Avallone and Police Chief Christopher Battiloro will answer questions during ...

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GARWOOD, NJ — (Updated at 10:42 p.m.) The borough on Tuesday walked back portions of a local state of emergency order that would have placed limitations on shopping at grocery stores. The shops, however, are voluntarily maintaining a portion of the mayor’s request. Mayor Sara Todisco in a ...

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Editor's Note: Our reporter practiced social distancing during the making of this story. WESTFIELD, NJ — As Westfield announced its second case of COVID-19 on Monday, life around the town and state had seemingly come to a grinding halt — at least in public spaces. From empty playgrounds to ...

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Union County is working to set up a drive-up COVID-19 testing facility, Mayor Brindle said. WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 12:06 p.m. March 17) There is a second case of COVID-19 confirmed in the town, authorities said Monday night. The 45-year-old man is stable and managing symptoms at home, ...

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Updated at 8:21 p.m. WESTFIELD, NJ — Don’t head over to Addams Tavern after 8 p.m., or anywhere for that matter. Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that all restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters and casinos would have to close to foot traffic by 8 p.m. and that there will also be an 8 p.m.

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Beginning Tuesday, all “non-essential businesses” in the town’s special improvement district will be closed to foot traffic in an effort to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, the mayor said Sunday night. Mayor Shelley Brindle announced what she described as the “unprecedented ...

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Updated at 6:40 p.m. March 15. WESTFIELD, NJ — A Westfield resident has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Little information is known so far about the man or woman, except that the person is in their 40s and remaining stable while managing symptoms at home. MORE: Westfield, ...

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Updated at 7:28 p.m. WESTFIELD, NJ — A Westfield resident has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, the town announced at about 4 p.m. Saturday. Meanwhile, Garwood Mayor Sara Todisco announced in a video on her Facebook page at about the same time that a Garwood resident had ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Closures due to the novel coronavirus continued to roll in Friday with public schools’ shut indefinitely beginning Monday as staff and students prepare for distance learning. Superintendent Margaret Dolan had not anticipated closing schools until next Wednesday, but following the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 2:05 p.m.) Town officials briefed the public on the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, Friday afternoon. Here are the top takeaways from the broadcast. [Full broadcast embedded below text.] School closures? Westfield public schools will close indefinitely ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Municipal meetings will continue, but the public is being encouraged to attend virtually. Large gatherings set to happen on town property are called off through April 19. And the public is encouraged to handle transactions with the town over the phone and internet. Mayor Shelley ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — All high school sports scrimmages are canceled through next week as extracurricular activities throughout the district continue to be called off in light of the spread of the novel coronavirus, called COVID-19. Schools Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan told parents Thursday that ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Public schools here will close for nearly half a day next week to plan for remote teaching should the district need to close as a consequence of the novel coronavirus, the district’s superintendent said Wednesday. Superintendent Margaret Dolan said the district will update ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — There was no handshaking at simultaneous meetings of the school board and Town Council Tuesday as local officials provided updates on the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Despite wide public concern about the virus, the town's health officer when briefing the council took a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Parents in the Westfield Public School system will be asked to fill out a survey to help the district determine students’ access to technology should the district need to close as a result of the novel coronavirus, the school district superintendent said Monday. The announcement ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Why did the chicken cross the road? It’s no joke but rather a question Board of Health President Lawrence Budnick likely pondered as he witnessed a chicken cross in front of his car in the area of Knollwood Terrace and Norgate Road last Sunday. “It was just crossing the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Custodians in the Westfield Public School District have stepped up cleaning in light of national concerns about the novel coronavirus, and district officials are asking parents not to send their children to school if they are sick, the superintendent said. “Our custodians ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With no known vaccine for the novel coronavirus, health officials are preparing for the worst as they field calls from concerned members of the public, the regional health department’s director said Monday. Westfield Regional Health Department Director Megan Avallone told the ...

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Basic precautions such as washing hands are at the top of local officials' list in advising the public how to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including the novel coronavirus. As of Monday there are no “confirmed cases” of the novel coronavirus in Union County, the health officials ...

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