Health

‘Their tank is empty’: Local public health officials combat staff burnout, low pay, harassment

BY: - September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Eighteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic, state and local public health departments that were already struggling with too few workers and too little money have been pushed to the brink — and for some, beyond the brink.  “My staff is burnt out, overworked and underpaid,” Dr. Mysheika Roberts, health commissioner with the Columbus Public Health […]

Judge declines to block Rutgers vaccine mandate

BY: - September 28, 2021

A federal judge declined to block Rutgers University’s vaccine mandate Monday, ruling the anti-vaccine group that lodged the suit failed to demonstrate the action was likely to succeed or that the plaintiffs would face irreparable harm. U.S. District Court Judge Zahid Quraishi denied the bid for an injunction to block the mandate sought by Children’s […]

Judges: Newark vaccine mandate can go forward without restrictions

BY: - September 27, 2021

An appellate panel reinforced Newark’s right to enact a vaccine mandate Monday by vacating portions of an earlier decision that required the city negotiate certain aspects of its union-opposed immunization policy. The three-judge panel reversed injunctions issued by the Public Employment Relations Commission last month, with the newer decision finding Newark Mayor Ras Baraka has […]

Democratic state senators must be vaccinated by Oct. 18

BY: - September 24, 2021

New Jersey’s 25 Democratic state senators must be vaccinated by Oct. 18, according to a memo from the Senate Majority Office. The vaccine policy will apply to lawmakers, staffers, and district office employees, and there will be no testing option, two Senate officials said. Lawmakers must attest to their vaccination in writing by Oct. 18, […]

Who will get a booster shot? A Q-and-A about what the feds are saying

BY: - September 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Booster shots soon will begin rolling out to some Americans who received the two-shot vaccine made by Pfizer—after a contentious and confusing federal approval process that isn’t over yet. Determining who exactly should be rolling up their sleeves for an additional dose was tricky. The Biden administration had leapfrogged federal regulatory panels in […]

State comptroller scolds Egg Harbor for selling water systems ‘in violation of law’

BY: - September 23, 2021

Egg Harbor City failed to hire an independent financial adviser, as state law requires, in the sale of its water and wastewater systems, and instead improperly paid its municipal engineer to do the job, according to the New Jersey Office of the State Comptroller. But the municipal engineer was far from independent: In 2018, in […]

4,600 N.J. businesses await specifics of Biden’s vaccine mandate

BY: - September 22, 2021

As more than 4,600 New Jersey businesses prepare to face President Biden’s sweeping vaccine mandate, employers and their staff are questioning how the directive will work. Who foots the bill for weekly testing? What happens if someone produces a fake vaccine card? What gives the federal government the power to issue this kind of order? […]

Republicans slam Murphy’s masking requirement for 2-year-olds in day care

BY: - September 22, 2021

Two-year-old toddlers aren’t known for being good listeners or keeping their hands to themselves. Now, under Gov. Phil Murphy’s new mask mandate, they’ll be expected to keep their mouths and noses covered for hours at a time. Murphy’s Monday announcement that children ages 2 and up will need to wear masks in all day care […]

Homelessness highest in Essex County, annual count finds

BY: - September 21, 2021

Nearly 8,100 people experienced homelessness on a single January night this year in New Jersey, with nearly a quarter of them living in Essex County, according to a new report on the federally mandated annual enumeration known as the Point in Time Count. The numbers seem to show homelessness has decreased from last year, when […]

Decline in new vaccinations blamed on Ida, Labor Day

BY: - September 16, 2021

New Jersey saw a sharp decline in new vaccinations in early September, one likely fueled by a devastating storm, a national holiday, and the beginning of the new school year. About 25% fewer residents received their first doses of two-shot vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna or the lone dose of the Johnson & Johnson […]

As more people grow old without children, advocates demand a stronger safety net

BY: - September 15, 2021

Steve McIntyre and his husband Keith Miller don’t have children. Together for 35 years, they never longed for parenthood. And legal protections for the LGBT community have lagged so far behind other marginalized groups that same-sex marriage wasn’t federally protected until 2015, and same-sex adoptions even later, in 2017. “Given the state of equal rights, […]

Food assistance expanded for Ida-impacted residents in 11 counties

BY: - September 14, 2021

Some New Jersey residents impacted by Ida now can get disaster food assistance through the end of the month. The expanded benefits are available to residents enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Bergen, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, and Union counties, where federal authorities have made Major Disaster […]