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              COMMUNITY UPDATE

        We hold out hope that Dulce is alive   or via the Bridgeton Police Department    coverage. Link to FULL story: njspotlight.  lasting impacts on individuals, families
     (as we have no evidence of her demise)   at as well.             com/2021/09/9-11-covid-19-pandemic-  and communities.
     and want the public to know that this                                     share-public-health-commonalities-strug-  Both 9/11 and the COVID-19 pan-
     case will remain open until  such time   Like 9/11, COVID-19’s            gles-mental-health/                 demic have led people to view the
     as we locate Dulce and determine those                                                                        responders—firefighters and emergency
     responsible for her  disappearance.   Toll Set To Shape a                   The coronavirus struck nearly 20   medical personnel then, and nurses,
        We encourage our community part-  Generation                           years after the terror attacks in the   doctors and other caregivers today—as
     ners to assist law enforcement  by pro-                                   United States on 9/11 and in a drasti-  heroes, a term experts acknowledge can
     viding any information that they feel may    By Lilo H. Stainton, Health Care   cally different manner: slowly at first and   be good and bad. Sometimes the “hero”
     be helpful. Information can be provided   Writer, September 13, 2021      essentially invisible, a far cry from the   label can prevent these responders from
     anonymously to the Cumberland County   This story is being republished under   explosions after airliners slammed into   seeking help for their own mental health
     Prosecutor’s  Office by visiting   a special NJ News Commons content-  Manhattan’s Twin Towers with the scene   or substance abuse issues, clinicians said,
                                          sharing agreement related to COVID-19   immediately beamed worldwide.    and those who endured 9/11 may find it
                                                                                 But the two crises—which will likely   even harder to handle with the pandemic
      Cumberland County Health Department Offering                             shape generations of New Jerseyans—  stress of today.
      COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics                                             share certain commonalities when it    “If you are dealing already with men-
                                                                               comes to public health. Both disasters   tal health issues, anything pre-existing,
                                                                               prompted unprecedented levels of anxi-  you don’t bode well if there is some
         The Cumberland County              • Those in active treatment with   ety and depression, especially for those   kind of major trauma,” explained Jodi
       Department of Health is announc-   high-dose corticosteroids or other   intimately involved in the response,   Streich, mental health director for the
       ing its COVID-19 vaccination clinic   drugs that may suppress  the immune   experts note, and are likely to have long-  World Trade Center Clinical Center of
       schedule for the month of September.   system.
       These clinics  will offer the Moderna   If you are unsure if you should get   Bridgeton Church              Vet Home Residents May
       and Johnson & Johnson vaccine for   an additional dose now, contact your
       18 years and older as well as the Pfizer   primary care provider to discuss your   Providing Brown-Bag      Opt for 60-Day Leave
       vaccine for anyone over the age of 12.   medical information. There is currently   Sunday Lunches           Without Losing Spot
       The clinics will be held on Wednesdays   no additional dose available for those   Bethany Grace Community Church   Under a group of bills signed last
       and  Fridays in both Millville and   who  received the Johnson & Johnson   is handing out free brown-bag lunches   week by Gov. Phil Murphy, residents
       Bridgeton. The health department will   one-dose vaccine.                 with sandwiches and holding a weekly   of New Jersey’s three veterans homes,
       also be offering COVID-19 vaccinations   Those who are looking to receive   non-perishable food pantry program   including the Veterans Memorial
       at events being held throughout the   an additional dose must schedule an   on Sundays at 12:30 p.m.        Home Vineland, would be able to leave
       community.                         appointment. The health department       During the same time, the church   the facility in times of public emergen-
          In addition, the health department   will not accept walk-ins for third doses.
       is offering an additional third dose for   To schedule an additional dose   will also be offering showers, toiletries,   cy, including health emergencies.
                                                                                                                      Any resident can be cared for else-
                                                                                 and clean-undergarments to indi-
       individuals who are immunocompro-  appointment with the Cumberland        viduals experiencing homelessness.   where by loved ones for 60 days with-
       mised. The CDC recommends that     County Department of Health, visit     Lunches and food will be supplied on a   out giving up their rights to their place
       individuals who are moderately to    first-come/first-serve basis. Masks are   at the veterans home.
       severely immunocompromised (those   When scheduling your appointment,     required and social distancing proce-  COVID fatalities were very high last
       with a weakened immune system)     it’s  important to click on the vaccine   dures are in effect.           year at the Menlo Park and Paramus
       should receive a third dose of either the   appointment that states MODERNA   If you’d like to donate food for this   locations, but significantly lower at
       Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Individuals   BOOSTER. If you were  vaccinated by   program, donations are accepted every   Vineland. Some high level supervisors
       must wait at least 28 days after their   the Cumberland County Department   Thursday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m, and   were dismissed and some are being
       second dose before they get their third   of Health previously, you can use the   every Sunday after Sunday Service. All   investigated for the failure to protect
       dose. These individuals include:   same  e-mail address to register. No   non-perishable foods are accepted.   patients at the northern New Jersey
          • Those who are receiving active   appointment is necessary for first and
                                                                                   For a list of the most-needed items,
       cancer treatment                   second doses. All COVID-19 vaccines    go to To get   facilities.
                                                                                                                      Some families have sued the state
          • Those who have received an organ   are effective, safe, and free. No insur-  involved or volunteer, contact Nick at   for gross negligence, claiming masks
       transplant or are taking medicine to   ance is necessary.                 1-855-818-3810, ext. 707 or by e-mail to   and other protective equipment were
       suppress their immune system         Information on booster doses for       not shared and infected people were
          • Those who received a stem cell   the general population will be released
                                                                                   Bethany Grace is a non-denomi-
       transplant within two years or are tak-  when more information  becomes avail-  national Christian church. The web-  not kept apart from those with COVID.
                                                                                                                      NJ Assembly members Vincent
       ing medicine to suppress their immune   able from the New Jersey Department   site is and   Mazzeo and John Armato (both D-2),
       system                             of Health.                             the location is 31 N. Pearl Street in   Atlantic Co. and Annette Chaparro
          • Those with an advanced or       For more information and to see the   Bridgeton.                       (D-33), Hudson Co, sponsored the bills.
       untreated HIV infection            full September clinic schedule, visit
                                 or                     —Mickey Brandt                     —Mickey Brandt
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