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                                                                                      COMMUNITY UPDATE

                                                                               to be protecting the health of the com-  Officials Say Delta Variant
                                                                               munity from COVID-19, and this mile-
                                                                               stone is an important step in that effort.   Yet Another Reason To
                                                                               Vaccination against COVID-19 prioritizes   Get Vaccinated
                                                                               the safety of those around us by ensuring   By Ximena Conde, WHYY, June
                                                                               that we help stop the spread of a virus that   16, 2021
                                                                               can be a minor illness in some, or lead to   This story is being republished under a
                                                                               severe disease or even death in previously   special NJ News Commons content-sharing
                                                                               healthy people.                     agreement related to COVID-19 coverage.
                                                                                 “I am very thankful that Inspira came   Link to FULL story:
                                                                               here to provide the vaccination,” said   coronavirus-update-officials-say-delta-vari-  works such as cylindrical sparklers, cones,
                                                                               Lentine. “While I was a bit hesitant to   ant-yet-another-reason-to-get-vaccinated/  and spinning sparklers.”
                                                                               receive the vaccine, it’s important to get   New Jersey’s top health official says   The Consumer Product Safety
                                                                               vaccinated. You never know what’s going   there’s now one more reason for residents  Commission (CPSC) tracks fireworks
                                                                               to come along, and we need the vaccine to   who haven’t gotten vaccinated against   injuries and reports that there were an esti-
                                                                               stay safe.”                         COVID-19 to reconsider that decision: The  mated 10,000 fireworks-related, emergency
                                                                                 A tremendous amount of teamwork and   CDC has upgraded the B.1.617.2 mutation of  department-treated injuries in 2019, with 73
                                                                               coordination went into making vaccine   COVID-19 to a variant of concern.  percent occurring in the month surround-
                                                                               administration possible at Inspira’s hospital   Previously a “variant of interest,” this   ing the Fourth of July (June 21-July 21).
                                                                               locations in Mullica Hill and Vineland, as   strain of the coronavirus—also called the   During that period, sparklers were the
                                                                               well as on-site at various pop-up commu-  Delta variant—has already been found in 66  number one cause of injuries, accounting
                                                                               nity clinics in nursing homes, schools, busi-  countries, including the U.S.  for an estimated 900 injuries; 66 percent of
                                                                               nesses and other locations.            Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli  the injuries were to males. Nearly half of
                                                                                 To date, Inspira has administered at   said this strain has had an increased pres-  the estimated injuries were to individuals
                                                                               least one dose to more than 52,000 people,   ence in New Jersey over the past four   younger than 20 years of age. In fact, half of
                                                                               and approximately 48,000 second doses.   weeks, but remains a minority, holding at 5  reported sparkler injuries involved children
                                                                               Inspira Health welcomes walk-ins at   percent of all sequenced strains.  younger than five.
                                                                               their vaccination distribution sites on the   “Initial evidence suggests that this vari-  According to national CPSC statistics, at
                                                                               medical center campuses in Vineland and   ant is more transmissible compared with   least 12 people died from fireworks-related
                                                                               Mullica Hill. For the most up-to-date infor-  other variants … However, vaccines autho- incidents in 2019. Several deaths occurred
                                                                               mation about Inspira’s vaccine distribution   rized for use in the United States have been  when victims held and ignited fireworks. In
           MENTAL HEALTH                                                       program, visit  reported to be effective against the B.1.617.2  one of the reported cases in 2019, a 21-year-
                                                                                                                   variant, as well as other variants,” said the  old male was critically injured when light-
             URGENT CARE                                                         For more information about Inspira   commissioner.                  ing mortar-type fireworks on the rooftop of
                                                                               Health, visit                                an apartment complex. The firework ignit-
                                                                               or call 1-800-INSPIRA. To stay connected   Fireworks-Use Guidelines   ed and exploded while the victim was hold-
            Get the help you need when you                                     with Inspira announcements and work                                   ing it over his head. The victim was taken to
           need it! Mental Health Urgent Care                                  being done in the community, join the con-  for Upcoming Holiday      the hospital, where he died five days later.
                                                                                                                                                        “As the growing number of vaccinated
          provides adults immediate access to                                  versation on Facebook and Twitter.   Celebrations                     persons begins to ease outdoor restrictions
          services in a welcoming environment.                                                                        In advance of upcoming holiday celebra- made necessary by the pandemic, there
                                                                                                                   tions, Division of Fire Safety Director and   may be a pent-up desire to celebrate dur-
                                                                                                                   New Jersey State Fire Marshal Richard   ing the holiday period. We simply want to
                                                                                                                   J. Mikutsky is cautioning residents about
              Get Help Today!                                                                                      the use of fireworks during Memorial Day,   note CPSC statistics and urge everyone to
                                                                                                                                                     instead take advantage of the return, as con-
                                                                                                                   Juneteenth, and Fourth of July, which   ditions permit, of traditional local municipal
                                                                                                                   increase the risk of fireworks injury and   public fireworks displays,” said State Fire
                                                                                                                   property damage.                  Marshal Mikutsky.
                                                                                                                      “After years of restrictions, our state now
                                                                                                                                                        For those who opt to use permitted fire-
                                                                                                                   allows non-aerial and novelty fireworks,”   works, the following guidelines apply:
                                                                                                                   said State Fire Marshal Mikutsky. “Part of   • Never allow young children to play
                                                                                                                   that permission includes handheld spar-  with, or ignite, fireworks, including spar-
                                                                               Inspira Health Nurse Jennifer-Lynn   klers. After ignition, the core temperature   klers. Sparklers burn at temperatures
                                                                               Cranmer, MSN, RN, administered the   of a sparkler can generate a temperature of
                                                                               100,000th dose to Joan Lentine, 75, from   2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. In the hands of   of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit—hot
                                                                               Hopewell Township, Cumberland County.   small children, unaware of the risk, the con- enough to melt some metals.
             1420 Lincoln Ave. | Vineland, NJ 08361                            Inspira Health welcomes walk-ins at   sequences can cause serious harm.  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden
           856-537-2310 |                                  their vaccination distribution sites on the   “Burn hazards are also associated with   hose handy, in case of fire or other mishap.
                                                                               medical center campuses in Vineland and                                  • Light fireworks one at a time, and then
                                                                               Mullica Hill.                       other permitted ground-based novelty fire-  move away quickly.
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