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‘A complete shift’: Not just ventilators, doctors now use a range of COVID-19 treatments

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Dramatic drop in patients on ventilation shows impact of new methods

By Lilo H. Stainton, NJSpotlight

When the first wave of coronavirus patients flooded New Jersey hospitals earlier this year, clinicians were heavily focused on ventilators. At the apex of the pandemic, one in four people hospitalized for COVID-19 needed these machines to breathe, and the state’s supplies were running short.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: October 8th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19 | Tags: , | No Comments »

NJ readies for widespread inoculations when coronavirus vaccine arrives

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By Lilo H. Stainton, NJSpotlight

Health officials want 70% to get vaccine in six months, spending $6 million to get ready

New Jersey has big plans for a potential coronavirus vaccine. State health officials said they hope to get 70% of residents inoculated within six months, have identified most of the funding needed and are crafting a strategy to prioritize distribution to those most at risk.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: October 5th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 18 Comments »

NJ’s Powerful Teachers Union Says Remote Learning This Fall

Joint statement adds pressure on Murphy to make remote-only the only option for reopening schools

By JOHN MOONEY , NJSpotlight

New Jersey’s largest teachers union along with its administrator associations added their powerful voices to the growing calls for a remote-only reopening of schools in the fall while the pandemic remains ongoing.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: August 12th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Education, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Murphy Pays Boston Consultant $23.5M for Coronavirus Work Rutgers Already Doing

BY LILO H. STAINTON, NJSpotlight

New Jersey has committed to spend some $23.5 million over three months to beef up the state’s contact-tracing capacity under a deal signed last week with a Boston-based consulting group doing similar work in New York state.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: August 7th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Murphy Pays Boston Consultant $23.5M for Coronavirus Work Rutgers Already Doing

NJ School Reopening: What’s Next as Plans Are Made to Open Classrooms

Lawmakers, unions and activists are weighing in as schools work out details

By JOHN MOONEY , NJSpotlight

The back-and-forth continued this week over what New Jersey schools will look like in a month, with districts up against an August deadline to devise their reopening plans and others not shy about weighing in on what those plans should look like.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: July 31st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Education, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on NJ School Reopening: What’s Next as Plans Are Made to Open Classrooms

Plans in the Works to Increase Capacity of NJ’s Contact-Tracing Corps

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House parties tied to new coronavirus cases point to need for tracking infected people — especially teens

By LILO H. STAINTON, NJSpotlight

With nearly 90 new COVID-19 cases linked to young people who attended house parties at several Jersey Shore communities — and the potential exposure of hundreds more — state officials continue to encourage people to get tested and cooperate with contact tracers.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: July 28th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Plans in the Works to Increase Capacity of NJ’s Contact-Tracing Corps

Despite Commitment to Transparency, Murphy Less Than Open About COVID-19 Spending

The state has received more than $5B in federal funds to deal with coronavirus, but it’s taken more than four months for administration to announce a dashboard to follow the money

By COLLEEN O’DEA , NJSpotlight

Today, it is virtually impossible for any member of the public — and even some members of the New Jersey Legislature — to know how or even if the state is spending more than $5 billion received so far from the federal government to deal with COVID-19.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: July 20th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Despite Commitment to Transparency, Murphy Less Than Open About COVID-19 Spending

$9.9B Borrowing Bill OK’d by Legislature, Signed Into Law by Gov. Phil Murphy

Ambassador Murphy and cardboard President Obama. That shirt looks familiar

Last-minute bid for changes to legislation fails; some lawmakers sought to ensure Black and Latino representation on panel that will review borrowing proposals 

By JOHN REITMEYER  , NJSpotlight

Despite passionate calls to add diversity to the process, the Legislature sent Gov. Phil Murphy legislation Thursday that gives a panel of four state lawmakers power to determine the fate of up to $9.9 billion in emergency borrowing.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: July 17th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on $9.9B Borrowing Bill OK’d by Legislature, Signed Into Law by Gov. Phil Murphy

Lessons Learned After Three Months on COVID-19 Front Lines

Coronavirus is a moving target, but NJ’s health care professionals now know telemedicine, sharing data and stockpiling PPE can mean difference between life and death

By LILO H. STAINTON , NJ Spotlight

A cough and a fever aren’t always among the warning signs. Nearly one-third of those infected don’t show symptoms. Telemedicine really can be integrated into our health care practices. Stocking 90 days worth of supplies makes sense, even if they tell you otherwise in business school.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: June 9th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19 | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Lessons Learned After Three Months on COVID-19 Front Lines

Explainer: COVID-19 Testing, Testing, One, Two, Three…


Making sense of the variety of tests being put into service to help stem the coronavirus pandemic and save lives

By Lilo H. Stainton, NJSpotlight

Like leaders in other states hard-hit by the novel coronavirus, Gov. Phil Murphy has repeatedly stressed that New Jersey’s public health and economic revival must be rooted in widespread, rapid-result testing of residents.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: April 30th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Explainer: COVID-19 Testing, Testing, One, Two, Three…