The Sand Paper: New State Website Assists in Addressing Environmental Threats to Public Health

The Sand Paper: New State Website Assists in Addressing Environmental Threats to Public Health. “A new website created by New Jersey’s Department of Health and Department of Environmental Protection provides municipal-level reports to help local governments and residents better understand and address environmental threats to public health. The Healthy Community Planning New Jersey site… allows access to reports detailing environmental, health and demographic indicators for each town in the state.”

Newswise: New Jersey Health Data Project Tackles State’s Pressing Health Needs

Newswise: New Jersey Health Data Project Tackles State’s Pressing Health Needs. “Research scholars and policy experts from throughout the state came together Wednesday for a virtual Research Consortium that marked the project launch. The event showcased how the iPHD aims to inform public health policymaking in New Jersey by using administrative data in research to promote a more complete understanding of the factors that impact population health and efficiency of government programs.”

New Jersey Department of Health: First Lady Tammy Murphy Announces Launch of Connecting NJ to Better Support Families

New Jersey Department of Health: First Lady Tammy Murphy Announces Launch of Connecting NJ to Better Support Families. “First Lady Tammy Murphy today introduced Connecting NJ, New Jersey’s first-of-its-kind network of partners and agencies dedicated to helping New Jersey families thrive. The website – http://www.NJ.gov/ConnectingNJ – centralizes information and referrals to state and local wellness services, including healthcare for mothers and children, early education programs, domestic violence support, addiction treatment, financial and housing assistance, home visiting programs, behavioral health services, and more.”

Engadget: New Jersey Attorney General also investigating Discord and Twitch after Buffalo shooting

Engadget: New Jersey Attorney General also investigating Discord and Twitch after Buffalo shooting. “New Jersey’s Acting Attorney General has launched a probe into Twitch and Discord to see if the platforms broke laws on hateful and extremist content following a recent mass shooting in Buffalo. In an announcement published Monday, New Jersey’s Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin wrote that the purpose of the investigation was to find out if policy or moderation failures allowed the platforms to become vectors for spreading extremist content, especially among young people.”

StateScoop: New Jersey jumps into disinformation fight

StateScoop: New Jersey jumps into disinformation fight. “Disinformation has long been a concern for federal officials, election administrators and health authorities, all of whom have struggled to deflect falsehoods spread by malicious actors seeking to undermine public trust in U.S. institutions. Now the State of New Jersey is getting into the fight, with a new website launched earlier this month by the state’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparation.”

New York Times: Why This Coastal County Has the Highest Covid Death Rate in Its State

New York Times: Why This Coastal County Has the Highest Covid Death Rate in Its State. “Ocean County, a coastal region in central New Jersey, is home to some of the state’s most exclusive waterfront communities and its fastest-growing town, Lakewood. A Republican bastion in a state controlled by Democrats, the county is largely suburban, encompassing more land than all but one other county in New Jersey.”

NPR: Connecticut, New Jersey and Delaware set timelines to end mask mandates for schools

NPR: Connecticut, New Jersey and Delaware set timelines to end mask mandates for schools. “Connecticut is the latest state to set plans to lift its statewide mask mandate for schools, following earlier announcements Monday from New Jersey and Delaware. The loosening guidelines are signs that the three Northeastern states are changing how they manage the COVID-19 pandemic as cases from the omicron surge continue to subside.”

TAP Into Somerville: Volunteer Cell Phones Help Preserve 19th-Century Somerville Newspapers

TAP Into Somerville: Volunteer Cell Phones Help Preserve 19th-Century Somerville Newspapers. “The borough’s Newspaper Photography Project continues to make progress, with more volunteers joining the effort to create a digital record of people, events, and places recorded in Somerville’s now defunct weekly newspapers, some dating back to the 1850s. Volunteers work at home using their cellphones and post their work in a shared digital archive created by the Borough’s Historic Advisory Committee.”

State of New Jersey: Governor Murphy Reinstates Public Health Emergency to Respond to Omicron Variant of COVID-19

State of New Jersey: Governor Murphy Reinstates Public Health Emergency to Respond to Omicron Variant of COVID-19. “Governor Phil Murphy today reinstated a Public Health Emergency, effective immediately, in order to ensure that the State is able to respond to the continued threat of COVID-19 and the rapidly spreading Omicron variant. Executive Order No. 280 declares a Public Health Emergency and restates the existing State of Emergency across all 21 counties in New Jersey, allowing state agencies and departments to utilize state resources to assist the State’s healthcare system and affected communities responding to and recovering from COVID-19 cases.”

North Jersey: NJ COVID hospitalizations surpass 6,000 for first time since April 2020

North Jersey: NJ COVID hospitalizations surpass 6,000 for first time since April 2020. “The number of people hospitalized with COVID in New Jersey reached more than 6,000 Sunday night in one of the largest one-day increases of the current wave of the pandemic. The 6,075 COVID patients in the hospital marked a single-day jump of 328, and is the most since April 29, 2020 during the initial wave of the pandemic.”

New Jersey hospitals face staffing shortages as nurses see some COVID patients “not win that battle” (CBS News)

CBS News: New Jersey hospitals face staffing shortages as nurses see some COVID patients “not win that battle”. “Nearly 6,000 hospital staff members across New Jersey have gotten COVID since Christmas. The state is asking its national guard and FEMA for help with staffing. Fourteen hospitals in the state face a critical staffing shortage and at least three more are expected to be by the end of the week. The shortage is happening as the state sees more than 700 patients in the ICU.”

NBC New York: NJ COVID Hospitalizations Up Another 10%, Now at May 2020 Levels

NBC New York: NJ COVID Hospitalizations Up Another 10%, Now at May 2020 Levels. “COVID-19 hospitalizations in New Jersey spiked another 10% over the weekend, quickly rising to levels last seen in the first week of May 2020. As of Saturday, 4,715 people were hospitalized in the state with the virus, a net increase of 441 people from the prior day. (Hospital data is a day in arrears on the state’s dashboard, so the Saturday total was posted early Monday morning.)”