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Governor Murphy Signs Historic Legislation to Expand and Protect Reproductive Freedom in New Jersey
Governor Phil Murphy signed the historic Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act which codifies the constitutional right to freedom of reproductive choice in New Jersey. The law expands and protects reproductive freedom in New Jersey at a time when the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to limit or overturn the ruling in Roe v. Wade. With this legislation, if Roe v. Wade were overturned, the right to reproductive choice would be protected in New Jersey.
New Jersey Department of Health Releases Updated Recommendations for K-12 Schools
The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has released updated guidance for K-12 schools which includes updated school exclusion criteria to reflect CDC’s recent reduction in isolation and quarantine timelines. This guidance also includes recommendations for additional measures schools can implement in regions with very-high COVID-19 community transmission, which were shared with schools on December 30, 2020.
Governor Murphy Reinstates Public Health Emergency to Respond to Omicron Variant of COVID-19
Governor Murphy reinstated a Public Health Emergency across all 21 counties in New Jersey to ensure that the State is able to respond to the continued threat of COVID-19 and the rapidly spreading Omicron variant. The reinstated Public Health Emergency allows 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.
Governor Murphy Announces New Jersey National Guard Deployment to Assist Long-Term Care Facilities
the New Jersey National Guard will be deploying to long-term care facilities throughout New Jersey to assist with COVID-19 response efforts and to augment facilities’ staffing. Approximately 150 Soldiers and Airmen of the New Jersey National Guard are preparing to support staffing requirements of more than a dozen long-term care facilities around the state.
Statement from New Jersey Department of Health on the Expansion of Pfizer Booster to Include Ages 12-15
The CDC's recommendation to expand the Pfizer booster dose for everyone ages 12 and older five months after completing their two-dose series offers further protections against COVID-19 and its variants for this younger population.
Statement from the New Jersey Department of Health on CDC Recommendations for Pfizer COVID-19 Booster
The CDC recommended that Pfizer recipients who completed their initial COVID-19 vaccine series can get a booster shot at five months instead of six months, and that moderately or severely immunocompromised children ages 5 to 11 can receive a third dose 28 days after their second shot.
NJ Department of Health and the NJ Hospital Association Encourage Residents Not to Seek COVID-19 Testing At Emergency Departments
Due to an increase in individuals seeking COVID-19 testing in Emergency Departments, the New Jersey Department of Health and the New Jersey Hospital Association are reminding the public that Emergency Departments are for emergencies only.
New Jersey Department of Health Adopting CDC Guidance on COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Period for Healthcare Providers and Public
Based on new recommendations from the CDC, the New Jersey Department of Health is updating its guidance on isolation and quarantine period for both the public and healthcare providers.
New Federal Testing Site Coming to New Jersey
To increase availability of COVID-19 testing in the state, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will establish a surge testing site in New Jersey. The New Jersey Department of Health is working with CDC officials to determine a location for the surge testing site, when a location is selected and a timeline for opening is established it will be announced to the public.
First Lady Tammy Murphy and New Jersey Department of Health Continue Efforts to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes
As part of the state’s ongoing commitment through Nurture NJ to prevent maternal deaths, First Lady Tammy Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Health have released the Maternal Mortality Data Brief, which examines pregnancy-associated deaths in New Jersey between 2014 and 2016 and makes recommendations for improvements.
New Jersey Department of Health Updates COVID-19 Recommendations for Schools and Quarantine Timeframes For the Public
The guidance continues to recommend the optimal quarantine of 14 days for those who have been in close contact with someone who tested positive. The revision allows for shortened timeframes to end quarantine after day seven with a negative COVID-19 test result collected between five and seven days of quarantine—or after day 10 if testing has not been performed.
Governor Murphy Celebrates One Year Anniversary of COVID-19 Vaccinations in New Jersey
To mark the anniversary, Governor Murphy and New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli designated December 15 as Boost NJ Day, with vaccination sites offering expanded walk-in availability and extended hours to increase accessibility and encourage booster doses.
Divert Status for New Jersey Emergency Rooms
Hospitals sometimes notify EMS providers of a temporary inability to provide a full range of care in their emergency departments.
WIC Participant Portal
Food assistance support for low-income communities is still accessible through the pandemic.
Healthy New Jersey 2030
NJ’s health improvement plan topics include access to quality care, healthy communities, healthy families, and healthy living.
Harm Reduction Centers
Syringe access and needle exchange programs help prevent the spread of HIV, hepatitis and other bloodborne pathogens.
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