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Health & Wellness

August 20, 2021

EDITOR'S NOTE: This event at Saint Barnabas Medical Center has since been canceled and will no longer take place on Sept. 25.  LIVINGSTON, NJ — Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) is hosting a free Baby Fair for expectant and new parents plus those who are thinking about having a baby on ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ South Orange Maplewood School district students who are unvaccinated and traveling in the last weeks of summer face missing the first days of school if they do not return with enough time to comply with quarantines guidelines. A communication from the district on Wednesday ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - After weeks of being labeled a Substantial COVID-19 transmission area, Essex County has escalated to a High transmission location. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) rates areas on a four-category scale of COVID-19 spreading: High, Substantial, Moderate and Low. Only four ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ The South Orange Maplewood School District will require a minimum seven days of quarantine for unvaccinated students if they travel outside of states bordering New Jersey, and will offer a “hybrid” learning experience to students who must quarantine. Schools Superintendent ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – Essex County is taking appointments for COVID-19 booster shots, for people with compromised immune systems, it was announced today. County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. said CDC and FDA are recommending that residents with compromised immune systems receive a third dose, or ...

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NEWARK, NJ - In recent days, there have been reports that the CDC and FDA will approve booster shots for people who have already received a COVID-19 vaccine. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo issued a statement Thursday: "Getting vaccinated is the best choice we all can make to ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ -In anticipation of the heat wave this week, cooling locations will be at the Maplewood Library's Main Building at 51 Baker Street and the Hilton Branch at 1688 Springfield Avenue. Please note that a mask is required inside the library buildings. Anyone needing a cooling location ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Air temperatures are expected to become dangerously hot this week, with a heat index value of 100 degrees possible Wednesday and 105 degrees possible Thursday, the National Weather Service warned Tuesday afternoon. A heat excessive heat warning will be in effect ...

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The Essex County Mobile Health Clinic will be onsite at Columbia High School (gym parking lot, Valley Street) to administer COVID-19 Vaccinations on Aug. 17 and Sept. 7* from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site is open to all Maplewood and South Orange residents ages 12 and up. Three vaccinations are ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Around 150 protestors gathered outside of Memorial Elementary School on Friday to protest the new school mask mandates that Gov. Phil Murphy was set to announce. While there were initially no plans for a statewide mask mandate, rising COVID-19 cases across the country have ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ — Two different events were happening in East Brunswick Friday, flooding the narrow streets around Memorial Elementary School.  One was a rally by about 150 "anti-maskers" who were there to protest Governor Murphy's statewide requirement for students to be masked when they ...

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EWING, NJ — Maplewood Township Health Officer Candice Davenport is Sustainable Jersey's August 2021 Sustainability Hero. An advocate for health, education, the arts and the environment, Davenport has distinguished herself as a stand-out sustainability leader and dedicated steward of positive ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Anyone entering Maplewood municipal buildings will have to mask up once again, due to the rise of the Delta variant of COVID-19. The unanimous vote came during Tuesday’s Board of Health meeting inside the Township Committee meeting.  The TC, acting as the Board of Health, also ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — With seeing 40 cases already this month, the Village is likely to see its one thousandth case of COVID-19 today, July 31. "Today we are at 999," said Scott Egelberg to TAPinto SOMA yesterday. Egelberg manages the Office of Emergency Management for South ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing that was required to slow the spread of infections, there has been a significant drop in blood donations. As a result, the nation’s hospitals and blood centers are experiencing a severe blood shortage. Area ...

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NEWARK, NJ – In a state faced with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy aims to tackle those numbers with the establishment of a universal home nurse visitation program for newborns. Murphy signed a landmark bill (S690) on Thursday at the Leaguers, Inc.

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 MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System announced on Tuesday that Morristown Medical Center was ranked the number one hospital in New Jersey for the fourth year in a row by U.S. News & World Report in its 2021-2022 Best Hospital rankings. The medical center is one of the top acute care ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Lung cancer is a leading cause of death in the United States; and according to experts at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) in Livingston, catching it early dramatically improves the chances of survival and even cure. Since 2012, SBMC has been catching lung cancer early in ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Belmar resident John Walsh is the winner of New Jersey’s “Your Voice, Your Shot” video contest, which is part of the state’s public health campaign encouraging residents to get the coronavirus vaccine. Walsh’s “Jersey Summer” video was selected as the public’s favorite during ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — If you noticed haze in the area Tuesday, you can blame Canada’s wildfires, according to the National Weather Service. Levels of particulate matter are anticipated to rise to unhealthy levels for sensitive groups due to a “plume of smoke, associated with the Canadian wildfires” ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — As part of the growth of the business, Homewatch CareGivers has named Michael Mitchell as executive director.  Mitchell comes to Homewatch with a background in operations and some experience in the care giving field as well.  “I've always been passionate about people, ...

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All lots of Neutrogena and Aveeno aerosol sunscreen products have been voluntarily recalled, announced Johnson & Johnson. According to a company announcement, internal testing identified low levels of benzene in some product samples. Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen, a substance ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- As we start to hit the peak of summer heat, it is more important than ever to keep our hearts healthy. Individuals who have a preexisting heart condition need to be extra careful with these extreme weather circumstances. However, people with healthy hearts are likely to ...

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SUMMIT, NJ – JULY 15, 2021 – Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center marked the opening of its redesigned Bouras Emergency Department (ED) entrance in Summit on Thursday, just days after the department received the Emergency Nurses Association’s (ENA) prestigious Lantern Award. The new ...

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NEW YORK, NY — The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a heat advisory from 11 a.m. Thursday until 8 p.m. Friday for portions of northeast New Jersey and southeast New York. Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat related illnesses.  According to the NWS, a heat advisory is issued ...

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All lots of Neutrogena and Aveeno aerosol sunscreen products have been voluntarily recalled, announced Johnson & Johnson. According to a company announcement, internal testing identified low levels of benzene in some product samples. Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen, a substance ...

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SUMMIT and MORRISTOWN, NJ - New Jersey-based Atlantic Health System and New York-based NYU Langone Health -- two of the leading names in healthcare in the Tri-State region -- are joining together to give patients greater access to heart and liver transplants and the coordinated, high-quality care ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The township is doing well in terms of getting its residents vaccinated, said Health Officer Candice Davenport, but Maplewood — and New Jersey in general — has to keep pressing to get shots into the arms of every eligible person. "My concern in July is what will happen in the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Have you lost your COVID-19 vaccination card and need a copy to show proof that you have received the vaccine? New Jersey residents can obtain a copy of the information through the New Jersey Department of Health. Although the state Department of Health cannot provide you with a ...

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ASBURY PARK, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy recently signed into law a series of measures to tackle the state's opioid crisis through overdose prevention and recovery resilience.  The six new laws are focused on overdose prevention by expanding low-barrier access to naloxone and bridges to medication ...

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