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Health & Wellness

December 20, 2021

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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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A role in the Maplewood Health Department that started as outreach for COVID-19 patients has now expanded. Taliah Jeffers, Vulnerable Populations Outreach Coordinator, talked about the impact her role is having on Maplewood residents at the Oct. 5 Township Committee meeting ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Vice President Kamala Harris came to Newark on Friday with a clear goal in mind - to encourage city residents to get vaccinated at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly yet to be defeated.  “There will be an end to this,” Harris said at a pooled press conference while ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Hours after Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) announced that the hospital would be renamed the Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC) in recognition of a $100 million donation from the Cooperman Family Foundation, an unveiling ceremony honoring Leon and Toby Cooperman of Short ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ __ With a petition drive, parents and community members are urging the South Orange-Maplewood School District to conduct regular COVID-19 screening of students. The district, however, says such “surveillance testing” is not mandated by the state Department of Health. So far, ...

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TRENTON, NJ — In an effort to address an alarming rise of teen depression and suicide, especially during a time when the country is facing more mental health issues than ever before due to COVID-19, a bill sponsored by Assemblymembers Herb Conaway, M.D., Pamela Lampitt and Carol Murphy to create a ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — In recognition of a $100 million donation from the Cooperman Family Foundation—the largest monetary contribution ever provided to a hospital in New Jersey in support of its healthcare initiatives—Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) in Livingston announced on Thursday that the ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Orthopedic injuries are common for athletes who play at the high school, collegiate or professional levels, according to experts. Many young men and women suffer from anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, hip labral tears, meniscus tears, shoulder dislocation, elbow ligament ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Health Department and the South Orange Health Department have issued a joint statement related to COVID-19 quarantine protocols. The statement, from Maplewood Health Officer Candice Davenport and South Orange Health Officer John Festa, says the towns’ ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ Parents and community members are urging the South Orange-Maplewood School District to lessen its mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement for any students exposed to COVID-19, saying the district should adopt CDC and state guidelines and do whatever it takes to prioritize in-person ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — The new Pancreatic Cyst Surveillance Program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC), a high-volume pancreatic cancer center in Livingston, is using top-notch technology—and a multidisciplinary team of doctors—to evaluate a pancreatic cyst before it becomes cancerous. According ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Kate Cestar, Director of Marketing & Community Engagement has issued the following statement regarding the Duck Race that had been scheduled for this coming Sunday, September 12: "After discussing the impact of last week's Tropical Storm Ida with Maplewood ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A flash flood warning is in effect for parts of New Jersey including SOMA, as the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida bear down Wednesday night.  The National Weather Service issued the warning at 5:54 p.m. and stated it would remain in effect until about 7:45 p.m. It ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — A third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines is now available at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) for any area residents considered to be moderately or severely immunocompromised and will also become available to this population at the Essex County Vaccination ...

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MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — In preparation of the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flash flood watch throughout New Jersey. The storm is expected to hit Wednesday night into Thursday with heavy rainfalls equaling five inches, scattered thunderstorms ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange Maplewood School District plans to offer mobile COVID-19 testing and vaccinations as students return for in-person instruction this school year. In a message sent to parents and families on Thursday, the district said it is working with partners on ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A heat advisory will remain in effect for the SOMA area through Thursday, the National Weather Service (NWS) said today. The weather service predicts heat index values up to 100 degrees, warning that the combination of high temperatures and high humidity "may cause ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — In collaboration with the New Jersey Devils, RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) has opened registration for its annual “Running with the Devils 5K Run and Wellness Walk,” to be held in both live and virtual formats in October. The live, in-person run will take place on Sunday, Oct.

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