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Health & Wellness

January 17, 2022

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey's COVID-19 Rate of Transmission stands at 1.02 on Monday, a dramatic drop since it was 1.92 on January 1.  Anything over 1.0 means COVID-19 is still spreading, but the lower the number means any infected person is spreading the virus to fewer people. The State Department ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J-The South Orange Public Library announced that it will limit its services to virtual and pick up to help stop the spread of COVID-19 as case counts rise exponentially due to the omicron variant. The first day of limited services was Jan. 8. Library patrons can still check out ...

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MAPLEWOOD, N.J.- It is a picturesque day in Maplewood. Kids play in parks and backyards under a cloudless autumn sky. And then it starts: The monotonous drone of a gas-powered leaf blower. To some, it’s a sound evocative of the Devil himself; pure dissonance and a displeasure to all that hear ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – After Monday’s southern storm, and then the Wednesday morning icing issues all over state highways, attention now shifts to a focus on a likely statewide snowstorm during the overnight and daytime period between Thursday night and Friday. In what has become the classic ...

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MAPLEWOOD, N.J.- Maplewood had 1,316 new COVID-19 cases last month, more than 40% of the town’s total case count of 3,289 since the pandemic began in March 2020, according to township health officer Candice Davenport. Comparatively, according to Davenport, the township only saw 90 cases in ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- The Governor Phil Murphy's office announced on Sunday afternoon that earlier in the day First Lady Tammy Murphy tested positive for COVID-19 on a rapid antigen test. While Mrs. Murphy is said to be "asymptomatic," the Governor and First Lady tested themselves due to a recent ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ – Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center welcomed the first baby of 2022, baby Eve Muhammad, at 1:44 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Born to Andrea Anderson and Naseer Muhammad, the baby weighed in at 6 pounds, 13 ounces and was 19-and-three-quarter inches long.  “It was such a blessing ...

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NEW JERSEY — The State Health Department reported 20,483 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, a high for the pandemic.  The previous high was 16,626 new cases on Christmas Day.  On Wednesday, the state reported 50 new virus-related deaths. The number of people in the hospital from the virus is 3,273 ...

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NEW JERSEY — The State Department of Health confirms 12,538 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, December 26.  During the past four days, 60,276 confirmed coronavirus cases were reported.  Sunday Dec. 26. 12,538 Sat. Dec 25. 16,626 Fri. Dec. 24 15,630 Thur. Dec. 23 15,482 Starting today, ...

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NEW JERSEY — For the fourth straight day, New Jersey is reporting a record number of new COVID-19 cases.  The State Department of Health confirms 16,626 new cases on Saturday, December 25.  The past three days have all seen more than 15,000 new COVID-19 cases. Saturday, December ...

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NEW JERSEY - RWJBarnabas updated the visitor policy this week in response to the rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases across the state. Starting Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021, no visitors will be allowed in any RWJBarnabas hospital or healthcare facility. This includes inpatient acute care, Emergency ...

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NEW JERSEY — The state has recorded 15,482 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, a sharp increase from the nearly 10,000 reported on Wednesday.  It's the second straight day the state has broken a record for most new positive cases.  The State Health Department confirmed 33 more deaths. The new positive ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - South Orange-Maplewood Schools will hold classes virtually when students return from winter break in January "to protect the health of staff and students" from rising COVID-19 cases, the district said Wednesday. Students and staff will do all-virtual instruction starting Jan. 4.

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ __ South Orange and Maplewood instituted indoor mask mandates on Tuesday night amid rising COVID-19 cases as the Omicron variant spreads. South Orange Village President Sheena Collum signed an executive order requiring masks for all people, regardless of vaccination status, in ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ __ South Orange instituted an indoor mask mandate effective immediately on Tuesday night amid a “considerable uptick” in COVID-19 cases as the Omicron variant spreads. Village President Sheena Collum signed an executive order requiring masks for all people, regardless of ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ Columbia High School will switch to all-virtual instruction starting Wednesday as COVID-19 cases continue to mount in the district. The move comes one day after the South Orange-Maplewood School District ceased in-person instruction at South Orange Middle School, citing a ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The Village of South Orange has hired Jayme Ganey as director of the Community Care & Justice program. An initiative of Village President Sheena Collum, Community & Justice is a collaboration between South Orange, Seton Hall University and Essex County which seeks to ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ __ South Orange Middle School is ceasing in-person instruction and switching to virtual effective Tuesday, due to a “considerable uptick” in COVID-19 cases. A message from the district sent to SOMS families on Monday afternoon said the move was made at the recommendation of ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Because of given recent high COVID-19 transmission levels, the South Orange-Maplewood School District said it is continuing to enforce a 14-day quarantine for unvaccinated students even as the state reduced its recommendations. On Thursday, the New Jersey Department of Health ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - – Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Group has announced that Jonathan Aviv Golani, M.D., has joined the practice in the field of internal medicine. Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Golani is passionate about the science of healthcare and ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Stephen K. Jones, a titan in the health care field in New Jersey and a driving force in the merger that created RWJBarnabas Health, has died. Mr. Jones, who passed away at his home in the Kendall Park section of South Brunswick on Monday, was 74. He also served as the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Maplewood Health Officer Candice Davenport is urging residents without health insurance to sign up for coverage. “Health insurance coverage for 2022 is still open until Dec. 31,” Davenport said in a statement. “Health may not be on the forefront of people’s minds as we go into ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli announced the State Department of Health has confirmed a case of the Omicron variant in a traveler to the state.  The person has been identified by the state as an adult female, who is a fully-vaccinated resident from ...

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All lots of specific Old Spice and Secret aerosol spray antiperspirants and Old Spice Below Deck aerosol spray products, with an expiration date through September 2023, have been recalled, announced The Proctor & Gamble Company. The products were recalled due to the presence of ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC), an RWJBarnabas Health facility headquartered in Livingston, has named Bruce Haik, MD, FACC, FSCAI, as the Chief of the Division of Cardiology and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab. As a leader of the RWJBarnabas Health Cardiac ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ—High noon in Maplewood and more than a year’s planning became a reality as the new Maplewood Community Fridge, free food station was officially opened before a group of interested residents and friends. It is located on Springfield Avenue at the corner of Indiana Street. The ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — After joining RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) in 2007 and serving as Division Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) since 2009, Dennis Brenner, MD, has recently been named Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at SBMC. In his new role, Dr. Brenner ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The CDC has approved the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 and Essex County vaccination centers (Essex County College, West Orange KMART, Livingston Sears) will begin 5-11 year old vaccinations starting Nov. 3. Vaccinations are by appointment only, ...

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MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE - Be on the watch for Flooding this evening through Tuesday afternoon. That’s the latest alert from the National Weather Service for SOMA, all of Essex County and northeast New Jersey. According to the alert, heavy rainfall with rates that may exceed one inch per hour ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. _ A new team of social workers from Seton Hall University is now accepting referrals from South Orange police and emergency medical personnel as part of an initiative that seeks to "reimagine" traditional models of law enforcement through the larger lens of public safety and ...

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