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New Jersey Department of Health Investigating Possible Cluster of Legionnaires’ Disease Cases near the Border of Passaic and Bergen Counties

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Wayne NJ, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) is investigating a possible cluster of Legionnaires’ disease cases in residents of neighboring municipalities across Passaic County and Bergen County.

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Ridgewood School District to Follow State Guidance on COVID Policy

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Ridgewood NJ, according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas A. Gorman, Ed.D. the number of COVID cases in the district is very low, and the activity level for northern New Jersey is at the moderate level (Yellow).

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Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli Said She’s Willing to Testify at Bipartisan Oversight Hearing, So Let’s Do It

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Trenton NJ, Senator Joe Pennacchio called for a bipartisan legislative oversight hearing to be held to review the New Jersey Department of Health’s pandemic response after Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said yesterday she would be willing to participate.

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New More Relaxed COVID-19 Travel Guidelines for New Jersey Residents

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Newark NJ,  Governor Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Health today issued new COVID-19 travel guidance. The restrictions follow updated travel recommendations released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) earlier this month.

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ALERT! Weather update regarding your COVID-19 vaccination appointment

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As New Jersey prepares for the first storm of 2021, we are writing to provide you important information regarding vaccine appointments over the next two days.

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New Jersey Department of Health Issues Safety Guidelines for the State’s Long-term care Facilities for Holiday Visitation

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Paramus Nj, With the upcoming holiday season, the New Jersey Department of Health today issued health and safety guidance for the state’s long-term care facilities, which provides measures for residents who leave the facility for a holiday gathering, including a 14-day quarantine at the conclusion of their visit.

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Ninth Annual Poster and Video Contest to Raise Awareness for Youth Immunization Throughout New Jersey Launches

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Ridgewood NJ, The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey, in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health, today announced the launch of the ninth annual Protect Me With 3+ poster and video contest. The contest challenges New Jersey youth in middle and high school to raise awareness about the importance of adolescent immunizations: tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap), human papillomavirus (HPV), meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY) and flu vaccines.

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Governor Murphy Continues to Obscure Truth About Nursing Home Tragedies

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Paramus NJ, , Senator Joe Pennacchio called the four nursing home bills signed Wednesday by Governor Murphy “a legislative distraction that fails to address the root causes of failings that accounted for more than 7,000 deaths in nursing homes.”

“The Governor continues to whitewash the systemic problems that plague facilities,” said Pennacchio. “State government policies led to the deaths of one of every 10 residents in nursing homes, and Murphy refuses to defend those decisions.”

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NJ Health Experts Warn to Take Precautions Against Mosquitoes to Safeguard Against West Nile Virus

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Ridgewood NJ, As New Jersey enters the peak of West Nile Virus (WNV) season, the New Jersey Department of Health and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection are urging residents to take precautions to protect themselves from mosquito-borne diseases by taking simple steps to reduce populations of the insect on their properties.

New Jersey now has two human cases of WNV. The first case was found in a male in his 40s from Essex County, which was reported earlier this month.  A second case was confirmed in a male in his 70s from Monmouth County.

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New Jersey Department of Health to Allow Home Delivery of Medical Marijuana

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Ridgewood NJ, To ensure qualifying patients acquire medicinal marijuana safely and reduce trips to Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs) during the state’s COVID-19 response and beyond, the New Jersey Department of Health today issued a waiver that allows ATCs to provide home delivery of medical cannabis to patients and designated caregivers. This marks a significant first step in implementing the full home delivery provisions found in Jake Honig’s Law, which was signed by Governor Murphy last summer.

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NJDOH Ignored Local Health Officials

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Trenton NJ, Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) commented on a highly concerning letter from the Public Health Associations Collaborative Effort (PHACE) which expressed their major concerns over the lack of coordination between the New Jersey Department of Health and local health officials on the pandemic response.

“This is yet another deafening warning siren blaring at the Department that something is horribly wrong,” said O’Scanlon. “It is staggering that the NJDOH would not consult with such esteemed institutions and not tap into our State’s vast and established network of local health experts that truly understand the needs of our individual communities.”

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Governor Murphy Announces New Jersey to Enter Stage Two of Restart and Recovery on June 15th

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TRENTON NJ,  As part of his restart and recovery plan, “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health,” Governor Phil Murphy today announced that New Jersey will enter Stage Two on June 15, 2020.

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Elective Surgeries and Invasive Procedures to Resume on May 26th

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Ridgewood NJ,  Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 145, allowing elective surgeries and invasive procedures, both medical and dental, to resume on Tuesday, May 26 at 5:00 a.m. These procedures will resume according to policies that will be issued by the New Jersey Department of Health and the Division of Consumer Affairs by Monday, May 18. This order rescinds the suspension of all elective surgeries and invasive procedures performed on adults, which was instituted beginning on March 27 under Executive Order No. 109 to preserve essential equipment and health care system capacity to respond to COVID-19.

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Murphy Administration Nursing Home COVID-19 Policy was ‘Follow the Leader’ with New York

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Trenton NJ, New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio has obtained copies of both New Jersey and New York memoranda to long-term nursing facilities in their states. Both correspondences admonish the facilities to take in infected COVID-19 patients. New Jersey went so far as to prohibit even the testing of patients for COVID-19 entering long-term nursing facilities.

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State and Local Bipartisan Push to Safely reopen New Jersey Economy

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SPARTA NJ, Echoing constituent messages that all small businesses are essential to their owners and employees, Assemblyman Parker Space, a Republican, was joined with Branchville Mayor Tony Frato, a Democrat, in a call to responsibly and safely reopen New Jersey.

They are advocating for struggling small businesses and the more than one million New Jerseyans who have filed for unemployment.

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