HEART HEALTH FOR HUDSON COUNTY RESIDENTS

Dr. Pragnesh Gadhvi

The benefits of living in Hudson County are numerous, from proximity to New York City and a vast public transportation network to great neighborhoods filled with restaurants, bars and shopping.

But living in one of the most densely populated counties in the United States can also take a toll on cardiovascular health.

While most people are aware of the common risk factors risk for heart disease, such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, age and family history, there are lesser-known risk factors that can cause cardiovascular problems.

Among the risk factors that come with living in Hudson County are loud noises and air pollution, said Dr. Pragnesh Gadhvi, a board-certified specialist in adult cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology at Jersey City Medical Center — RWJBarnabas Health.

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Art House Productions Announces Black Tom Island Radio Play

Art House Productions (Meredith Burns, Executive Director) is proud to announce their first audio play, Black Tom Island by Martin Casella available starting Monday, January 18 at 10:00am EST. This free audio play will be available for download on www.arthouseproductions.org and www.youtube.com/arthouseproductions. A free virtual panel discussion about the actual event featuring historians and the play’s creative team will take place on Sunday, February 7 at 3:00pm EST on Zoom.

Based on an actual incident that took place in Jersey City in 1916, Black Tom Island explores the first documented terrorist attack on American soil through the lens of a fictionalized Slovak immigrant and his wife who may or may not be involved in the attack. Funded in part through the Hudson County Historical Partnership Grant, the original project was imagined to include in-person readings on location in Jersey City, however, to adapt the project to the current safety guidelines, Casella’s play has been adapted as a radio play directed by Darren Lee with sound design by Megumi Katayama. The cast includes Michael Stewart Allen, Damian Buzzerio, Mason Hensley, and Jenna Krasowski.

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BAYONNE COVID-19 UPDATE FOR 1/14/2021

Mayor Davis has informed us of the passing of a 46yr old male who also tested positive for COVID-19.  On behalf of all of Bayonne, the Mayor sends his condolences to the family of this resident.

Under the direction of Mayor Davis, OEM provides weekly updates on the status of Bayonne in relation to the COVID-19 Health Emergency.

Bayonne Residents CURRENTLY Positive – 467*

  • The number above reflects the Bayonne residents that are CURRENTLY COVID-19 Positive.

OEM UPDATE:  To date, 4,277 Bayonne residents have tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of where that test was given. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 93 Bayonne residents have died due to Coronavirus-related illnesses. 3,717 residents have recovered to date (discontinued isolation per CDC guidelines).  There are currently 12 Covid-19 Positive Bayonne residents that are admitted to Bayonne Medical Center.  Please see Mayor Davis’ weekly video update for latest information.

VACCINE UPDATE: NJ has moved all seniors (65+) and anyone 16-64 with serious health conditions into Phase 1A.  Any Bayonne resident that is in Phase 1A can register to be vaccinated at our County Vaccination Site in South Kearny by going to www.hudsoncovidvax.org/vax/registration.

Any resident in Phase 1A that wants to be vaccinated in Bayonne can either call 201-858-6088 or email at bayvax@baynj.org to be placed on the list.  Someone will call you to schedule appointment at BMC when more vaccine becomes available.

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Hudson County Community College Receives $850,000 Investment from JPMorgan Chase

The award will fund the College’s initiatives to address and improve
Hudson County’s COVID-related workforce challenges

January 15, 2021, Jersey City, N.J. – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) has been named the recipient of a one-year, $850,000 investment from JPMorgan Chase. The investment will be utilized for a program the College developed to address the challenges of the economic crisis in Hudson County that were brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is designed to provide lasting improvement in the County’s workforce ecosystem.

“We are exceedingly grateful to JPMorgan Chase for funding our ‘Gateway to Innovation’ initiative,” said HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber. “This program is strategically aligned with needs related to the community’s COVID-19 challenges, and the College’s student success and ‘Hudson Helps’ initiatives.”

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BAYONNE COVID UPDATE FOR 12/31/2020

Mayor Davis has informed us three Bayonne residents with COVID-19 have passed away.  Three men, ages 76, 77, and 88 have recently died and also tested positive for COVID-19.  Mayor Davis extends his deepest condolences, on behalf of all of Bayonne, to the families of this residents.

Under the direction of Mayor Davis, OEM provides weekly updates on the status of Bayonne in relation to the COVID-19 Health Emergency.

Bayonne Residents CURRENTLY Positive – 376*

  • The number above reflects the Bayonne residents that are CURRENTLY COVID-19 Positive.

OEM UPDATE:  To date, 3,584 Bayonne residents have tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of where that test was given. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 92 Bayonne residents have died due to Coronavirus-related illnesses. 3,116 residents have recovered to date (discontinued isolation per CDC guidelines). As the numbers continue to rise, we urge everyone to please continue good hygiene, practice personal responsibility and social distancing.  The State of NJ still requires masks to be worn inside businesses and whenever social-distancing cannot occur.  Please go to www.covid19.nj.gov for the latest information.

BMC UPDATE: There are currently 21 Bayonne residents with COVID-19 admitted in the Bayonne Medical Center.

TESTING LOCATIONS: Please see the attachment to this update each week for list of testing locations in Bayonne.

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NEW 2021 SCHEDULE FOR Bayonne garbage and recycling

          Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the City of Bayonne has adopted a new garbage and recycling schedule, effective January 2, 2021. 

          For purposes of garbage and recycling pick-ups, Bayonne will be divided into three zones:  Zone 1 will run from 1st Street through 16th Street including Broadway.  Zone 2 will run from 16th Street to 30th Street, including Broadway, Prospect Avenue, Avenue F, and Harbor Pointe (the former Alexan).  Zone 3 will run from 30th Street to 63rd Street, including County Village (the development by the City Line, the Bayonne-Jersey City border), and all other thoroughfares between 30th and 31st Streets. 

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A CONVERSATION WITH dR.MICHAEL lOFTUS CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER AT JERSEY CITY MEDICAL CENTER ON COVID-19 VACCINE

Dr. Michael Loftus

Jersey City Medical Center began distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to its employees. In the coming weeks, the vaccine will be given to first responders and high-risk individuals before it is made available to the general public. We sat down with Dr. Michael Loftus, chief medical officer at the hospital, to ask him questions about the vaccine.

Q: Which COVID-19 vaccine are employees at Jersey City Medical Center receiving?

A: We have the specialized freezers that are required for storing the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine so we will start by distributing that vaccine.

Q: Why are health care workers getting the vaccine first?

A: The goal is to vaccinate some of the highest risk groups – those most likely to be exposed on a frequent basis. The thought is to vaccinate those who are exposed to COVID-19 frequently and as well as those who would negatively impact our ability to care for sick patients if they were to become ill themselves.

Q: Do you feel these vaccines are safe?

A: Absolutely. The safety data was gathered in a very rigorous way. These vaccines were run through the appropriate safety protocols and the early testing data has been excellent. It’s not just one manufacturer either. It is at least two, with very similar safety profiles. Everyone here at Jersey City Medical Center are very excited to be able to offer this as an important intervention in our fight against COVID-19. The vaccine is going to be the biggest game changer we’ve had so far to fight COVID-19.

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