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Ridgewood NJ, Village of Ridgewood Mayor Ramon Hache posted the following information on several Facebook pages :
The World Health Organization has formally declared the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic.
As you may have read, Bergen County has the most cases of Coronavirus in NJ. Officials are warning and preparing for continued spreading of the virus.
Dawn Cetrulo, our Health Officer, has been working to ensure we have the most updated information from the NJ Department of Health and the CDC and has been in contact with the Superintendent of Ridgewood Schools on a daily basis.

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NJ Department of Health Announces First Death Associated With National Vaping Outbreak

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Ridgewood NJ, The Department of Health today is announcing the first New Jersey death associated with the national vaping outbreak. The death, involving an adult female from northern New Jersey, was reported to the Department in August and mentioned as a report under investigation by Department of Health Acting Commissioner Judith Persichilli at the time Governor Phil Murphy announced the creation of the Electronic Smoking Device Task Force on September 12, 2019.

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New Jersey Department of Health Issues Health Alert on Vaping

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Ridgewood NJ, The New Jersey Department of Health today sent a statewide health alert to health care providers and local health departments following recent reports of severe lung disease in people who have used vaping products.

At this time, the New Jersey Department of Health is investigating nine reports from healthcare facilities of severe lung illness in people who report vaping. Cases in New Jersey have been primarily reported among persons between the ages of 17 to 35 with no significant past medical history.

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NJ Department of Health Announces Medical Marijuana Rule Changes

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Ridgewood NJ, The New Jersey Department of Health today announced amended medical marijuana rules that establish standards by which the Department implements the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act. The rule changes follow the Department’s recommended regulatory actions in response to Gov. Phil Murphy’s Executive Order #6, which charged the Department with reviewing all aspects of the program to expand access and eliminate bureaucratic barriers.

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Thousands At Risk for Possible exposure to HIV, hepatitis at Bergen County surgery center

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Saddle Brook NJ, On September 7, 2018, the New Jersey Department of Health closed the HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook , “because some members of our staff were not following proper sterile processing procedures and failed to comply with other regulations regarding the dispensing and storage of medication, as well as infection control planning and procedures,” according to the statement, which noted that the facility opened again three weeks later after addressing key safety issues.

According to ABC News ,over,”  3,000 patients of a surgery center in Bergen County, New Jersey, may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, according to the New Jersey Department of Health and the HealthPlus Surgery Center in the town of Saddle Brook.”

The NJ Department of Health stated, “An investigation by the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) revealed that during this time period, lapses in infection control in sterilization/cleaning instruments and the injection of medications may have exposed patients to bloodborne pathogens,” the letter states, adding that it is important to get tested “even if you do not remember feeling sick.”

NJ Health officials have issued a statement asking patients who received a procedure at HealthPlus Surgery Center between January and September of this year to get a blood test for hepatitis and HIV. The new statement notes that there have been no reported incidences of infection or illness relating to the investigation to date.
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League Conference Session to Focus on Municipal Implementation of Cannabis Legalization
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League Conference Session to Focus on Municipal Implementation
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New Jersey West Nile Virus Cases Hit Record Highs

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Trenton NJ, West Nile Virus cases in New Jersey are reaching record highs with a total of 31 human cases reported statewide so far this year — two of which were deaths associated with the virus among Bergen County residents.

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