Eugene Wayne Fort, of Laurel Springs, 64
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NJ News Commons: VACCINE HOTLINE LIVE, BUT SHORTAGES HAMPER EFFORTS

The state's vaccine hotline went live yesterday, but the call center is already flooded with interest. Over 60,000 people have called in already — but only a small fraction have been able to set up appointments. Plus, the sites are already experiencing vaccine shortages. So far there hasn't been universal follow-through for the second shot, though it is required. (TAPinto Camden) Screen Shot 2020-09-14 at 21.27.45

Plus:

TAMMY MURPHY'S PLAN FOR MATERNAL MORTALITY RATE


Tammy Murphy, the state's First Lady, has unveiled a plan to tackle maternal mortality — the number of women who die in childbirth in this country, especially our state, is staggering. Women of color are disproportionately at risk. The goal is to cut the number of deaths in half in five years. (WHYY)
  • “A Black mother in New Jersey is 7x more likely than a white mother to die from maternity-related complications, and a Black baby is over 3x more likely than a white baby to die before his or her first birthday,” according to Nurture New Jersey's report — read it here.

SHE'S BACK: BRIDGET ANNE KELLY IS RUNNING FOR OFFICE


Bridget Anne Kelly — a former staffer in Gov. Chris Christie's administration who was part of the infamous Bridgegate scandal (her conviction was overturned by SCOTUS) — is now running for office in Bergen County. She's throwing her hat in the ring as a Republican. The job: Bergen County clerk. (Politico / NJ.com)

NEW INVESTIGATION: ALLEGED ABUSE AT WOMEN'S PRISON


30 corrections officers at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility are on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into allegations of abuse and assaults against inmates. The women's prison has come under fire for its culture, which allegedly failed to protect staff from sexual assault. (NJ.com)

More:
  • NJ prison leader should step down while reports of beatings at women’s prison are investigated, Sen. Loretta Weinberg says (NJ.com)
 

😷 Coronavirus—

  • First inmate dies at NJ prison ravaged by COVID (NJ.com / NJ Spotlight)
  • Some COVID vaccine sites aren't scheduling 2nd doses (Patch)
  • Camden woman cited for large warehouse party violation (TAPinto)
  • Bergen Meadowlands mega-site begins COVID vaccinations (Patch)
  • CVS Health: 1st round of vaccine at skilled nursing centers (ROI-NJ)
  • S. Jersey veterans can access vaccine center in Camden (TAPinto)
  • Ddispute over opening NJ farmland to large solar projects (NJ Spotlight)
  • Merck axes two COVID-19 vaccine candidates (ROI-NJ)
  • Democratic Black Caucus endorses Team Fulop, but Black community leaders have their doubts (Jersey Journal)
  • Gloucester County says there’s no way to book appointment for second dose of COVID vaccine at NJ mega-site (NJ.com)
 

☝️ Lastly—

  • NJ Transit is changing local bus routes and needs your ideas (NJ.com)
  • NJ moves against national retailer over pregnancy discrimination (Patch)
  • Newark youth organization launches workforce program (TAPinto)
  • Halt to marijuana prosecutions extended as NJ legal weed stalls (NJ.com)
  • NJRHA, DoorDash: $500K grant program for NJ restaurants (ROI-NJ)
  • Transit advocacy group applauds efforts to modernize NJ Transit bus system (Planet Princeton)
PLUS — not everything is terrible:
  • Grants available for soup kitchens and food pantries (TAPinto Newark)
  • Bergen County is a mecca for international eats: a guide (NorthJersey)
  • Woman’s Club of Paramus sews masks to save lives (NJ Spotlight)

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