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Health & Wellness

February 25, 2022

Essex County, NJ – On Friday, February 25th, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced the Essex County’s Code Blue procedures are being activated because extreme cold weather in the forecast. The Code Blue will be in effect from Friday, ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ Parents urged South Orange-Maplewood Schools to drop its indoor mask mandate, saying Covid-19 mitigation efforts are harming students and science has shown that schools are not sources of community outbreaks. Gina Preoteasa and her two daughters were among about a dozen parents ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, N.J.-1 to 3 inches of snow could fall in SOMA overnight according to the National Weather Service. The NWS issued a winter weather advisory for Essex County that will go into effect at 10 p.m. tonight and last until 1 p.m. tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.  SOMA will see a ...

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NEWARK, NJ — University Hospital staffers wouldn’t let their gratitude go unheard for a group of military service members that completed a 30-day mission to assist the hospital’s clinical teams with their coronavirus response amid a severe staffing shortage. Doctors, nurses and hospital ...

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday it is investigating consumer complaints of Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella Newport infections. All the cases are reported to have consumed powdered infant formula produced from Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, Michigan facility. As a result ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, N.J.-Wind gusts of up to 55 mph could hit SOMA tonight into tomorrow morning according to the National Weather Service.  A wind advisory for Essex County will go into effect at 11 p.m. tonight and last until 10 a.m. tomorrow (Friday) morning according to the NWS. The ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes (Morahan Center) at RWJBarnabas Health will provide free cardiac and concussion baseline screenings to young athletes on Saturday, March 26, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the South Mountain Recreation Complex Codey ...

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MAPLEWOOD, N.J - Two Maplewood residents died of COVID-19 in January, according to township health officer Candice Davenport. The names and ages of the deceased weren’t given by Davenport during her presentation on COVID at the township’s monthly board of health meeting. The two new deaths bring ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, N.J-After COVID-19 cases surged in December and early January due to Omicron Variant, South Orange and Maplewood have seen a decline in cases as January comes to a close. The seven-day average for cases in South Orange has dropped to 7.71 and the village recorded only ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — The American Red Cross has declared its first ever national blood crisis, warning if donations don't increase soon, life-saving blood may not be available to people who need it. In response, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC) is urging people to donate blood and platelets at ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Sheila Collier, MSN, RNC-MNN, has been named the Chief Nursing Officer at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC), formerly Saint Barnabas Medical Center. A dedicated member of the CBMC team since 2005, Collier is now responsible for all aspects of the CBMC Nursing ...

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MAPLEWOOD,N.J-The township of Maplewood will send out an Eblast at 3 p.m. declaring a local emergency in the township beginning at 7 p.m. tonight. Maplewood is predicted to receive between 6 to 12 inches of snow today heading into tomorrow. We urge all to follow the guidance from the declaration ...

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Almost 334,000 pacifiers are being recalled because they pose a choking hazard, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The Mushie & Co FRIGG silicone pacifiers came in two designs, the Classic and the Daisy, and each design came in two sizes: 0-6 months and 6-18 ...

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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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