N.J. governor urges residents to cooperate with contact tracers to help slow COVID-19 spread
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N.J. governor urges residents to cooperate with contact tracers to help slow COVID-19 spread

More than 2,3000 contact tracers across the state are working to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but they face a major hurdle in their work – cooperation from the public. About 60 percent of the people contact tracers call refuse to cooperate with the contact tracers, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said on Friday….

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation executive vice president to serve on Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board
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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation executive vice president to serve on Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board

Julie Morita, the executive vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Plainsboro, has been appointed to serve on President-Elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board. Morita previously served as the health commissioner for the city of Chicago. According to her biography on the foundation website, she is a member of the American Academy of…

Mercer County to offer free COVID-19 testing Friday, Nov. 6 at the CURE Arena in Trenton
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Mercer County to offer free COVID-19 testing Friday, Nov. 6 at the CURE Arena in Trenton

Mercer County residents, first responders, and health care workers can get a free COVID-19 test on Friday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CURE Insurance Arena, which is located at 81 Hamilton Avenue in Trenton. The saliva test is available to county residents 14 years or older and anyone employed as…

American Red Cross urges area residents to donate blood at local drives
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American Red Cross urges area residents to donate blood at local drives

The American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood to ensure a strong supply for patients as the U.S. braces for flu season while still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Princeton area residents can donate blood at the following upcoming blood drives: Saturday, October 319 a.m. to…

New York Sports Club at Princeton Shopping Center closed for good
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New York Sports Club at Princeton Shopping Center closed for good

The New York Sports Club at the Princeton Shopping Center has been closed permanently. It is unclear whether another fitness company has bought the location from the parent company that owns the New York Sports Club brand. On Friday, workers removed fitness and office equipment from the gym that has been at the shopping center…

NJ health commissioner urges residents to get flu shots as state prepares for possibility of a ‘twin-demic’
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NJ health commissioner urges residents to get flu shots as state prepares for possibility of a ‘twin-demic’

New Jersey Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli on Monday urged residents to get flu shots this fall. “As we enter the fall season, we are also moving into the flu season. This year we are preparing for the possibility of a twin-demic,” Persichilli said. “A severe flu season and a resurgence of COVID-19 could constrain healthcare…

‘A whole-body rehab process’: COVID-19 battle doesn’t end at the hospital door
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‘A whole-body rehab process’: COVID-19 battle doesn’t end at the hospital door

Lilo H. Stainton for NJ Spotlight Hospital “clap-out” ceremonies are filled with of hope, as doctors, nurses and other caregivers line the hallways to cheer for a coronavirus patient heading home, into the loving arms of family and friends. But these joyous events are not the end of the struggle for many COVID-19 patients in…

Princeton Health offers support group for first responders on the front lines of the pandemic
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Princeton Health offers support group for first responders on the front lines of the pandemic

Penn Medicine Princeton Health is offering a virtual support group for first responders because of the potential emotional toll the pandemic is taking on emergency rescue squad members, firefighters, police officers, corrections officers, and military personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has caused more than 170,000 deaths in the United States. First responders have…

For the first time in almost five months, the Princeton Medical Center has no COVID-19 patients (updated)
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For the first time in almost five months, the Princeton Medical Center has no COVID-19 patients (updated)

For the first time since March 16, the Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro does not have any COVID-19 patients. The hospital has treated more than 500 COVID-19 inpatients since March. A member of the Princeton area community Facebook group moderated by Planet Princeton mentioned the milestone yesterday. A spokesman for Penn Medicine confirmed the good…

COVID-19 vaccine trials show promising early results
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COVID-19 vaccine trials show promising early results

Health experts agree situations of COVID-19 flare ups will be common as the state reopens, or at least until scientists develop a vaccine for broad distribution. There appears to be a clear front runner from the University of Oxford and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca that’s showing promising results in human testing. It received an endorsement from…

NJ nurses want more PPE and support for second COVID-19 wave
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NJ nurses want more PPE and support for second COVID-19 wave

By Brenda Flanagan, NJTV News Leaders at one health care union with 13,000 members say a soon-to-be-released survey shows 20% of respondents got COVID-19. More than half felt they were exposed to the virus. Many feel shell-shocked. They want more PPE and support in case there is a second COVID-19 wave in New Jersey.

Capital Health to open primary care facility in former Princeton Packet building on Witherspoon Street
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Capital Health to open primary care facility in former Princeton Packet building on Witherspoon Street

By contributor Marc Monseau Capital Health plans to open a primary care facility in January in the former offices for The Princeton Packet newspaper on Witherspoon Street in Princeton. At the new facility, the Hopewell-based health system will offer same day appointments for chronic and well care for children and adults. Capital Health initially expects…

Princeton area donors needed to replenish blood supply
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Princeton area donors needed to replenish blood supply

Blood donors are needed because the usual spring build-up of the blood supply didn’t happen and there is still a national blood shortage. Community blood drives are starting up again to meet the needs of hospitals, and blood drives are being held in large spaces to enable social distancing. Donors are being asked to wear masks…

Here are the new guidelines for elective medical and dental surgeries in NJ
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Here are the new guidelines for elective medical and dental surgeries in NJ

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order earlier this month allowing elective medical and dental surgeries and invasive procedures to resume today, Tuesday, May 26. The Department of Health issued detailed guidelines for new procedures for hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. Facilities must establish a prioritization policy for providing care and the scheduling…

Community Park Pool opening to be delayed
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Community Park Pool opening to be delayed

The start of the 2020 Community Park Pool season is being delayed until at least June 13. An update regarding the opening status will be provided around May 22, Princeton Recreation Department Director Ben Stentz said. As of May 1, all pool registration options have been temporarily suspended until further notice. When registration resumes, both…

Capital Health conducts antibody testing study to understand spread of COVID-19 among healthcare workers
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Capital Health conducts antibody testing study to understand spread of COVID-19 among healthcare workers

By contributor Marc Monseau Capital Health is conducting testing to detect the presence of COVID-19 antibodies in its doctors, nurses, and other staff members to better understand the spread of the virus among healthcare workers. The Pennington-based health system began testing volunteers on April 13 to see if they had produced antibodies to fend-off COVID-19,…

Princeton Medical Center reaches critical care capacity over past several days, still accepts patients
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Princeton Medical Center reaches critical care capacity over past several days, still accepts patients

By contributor Marc Monseau Over the past two weeks, the Princeton Medical Center has reached the licensed patient capacity for its critical care unit numerous times, in large part due to a surge of patients related to the COVID-19 outbreak. But even when the Princeton Medical Center does reach its licensed capacity, officials from the…