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Ridgewood Mayor’s periodic “COVID Report” being questioned

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Ridgewood NJ, Heads up readers. There is some question about the COVID case data Mayor Susan Knudsen has been posting periodically on Facebook.  Some residents are suggesting that the data may be erroneous or, God forbid, bogus at worst.

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A Group of US and International Scientists Claim Current Evidence does not support Providing Booster Doses of SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines to the General Public

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Ridgewood NJ,  in an expert review published September 13 online in the peer-reviewed journal The Lancet, a group of US and international scientists claim current evidence does not support providing booster doses of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines to the general public. The group—including 2 departing US FDA officials and WHO experts—said that any decision to provide additional vaccine doses should be evidence-based, concluding that despite a small drop in protection against symptomatic disease caused by the Delta variant, authorized vaccine regimens continue to provide high levels of protection against severe disease and hospitalization for all major SARS-CoV-2 variants. The authors acknowledged that some additional doses might be needed immediately for certain elderly and immunocompromised populations, but they encouraged prioritizing primary immunizations over booster shots for the general public.

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England Drops Plans for Vaccine Passports

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Ridgewood NJ, England has abandoned its previously announced plan to implement a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine passport program by the end of this month that would have required people to show proof of vaccination to enter the country’s nightclubs and certain other crowded venues, UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid told the BBC on September 12. The announcement was made following opposition from some members of Parliament as well as representatives of the hospitality industry, who said such a program would create a burden for businesses and infringe on residents’ rights. Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, Secretary Javid said the government decided against the passports after “properly” looking at the issue and determining other factors could help keep COVID-19 incidence down, including high vaccine uptake, testing, surveillance, and treatments. Some people suggested the passport proposal simply was a ruse to encourage young people to be vaccinated, although Secretary Javid hinted the government could reverse course again if the number of new cases rises. About 66% of the population of England is fully vaccinated. Several days prior to the announcement, British researchers published a paper in EClinicalMedicine casting doubt on whether vaccination passport programs would incentivize more people to get the shots and calling for additional research into the matter.

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Ridgewood Schools : Anyone who is not Vaccinated will be Tested Weekly

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Ridgewood NJ, according to the Ridgewood School District approximately 60% of faculty, staff, and parents responded to a Voluntary Anonymous Vaccination Survey.

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Research say Not So Fast Writing Off Ivermectin

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Ridgewood NJ, There are more than 100 clinical studies including more than 50,000 people from more than 2 dozen countries showing Ivermectin to be extremely safe and effective treating COVID. 63 of these studies were peer reviewed published placebo controlled studies. A meta-analysis of 14 of these peer reviewed published studies looked at high risk patients who were treated with ivermectin as prophylaxis (preventative) and they saw an 86% reduction in the combined end-point of COVID infections, number of hospitalizations, days hospitalized, the need for a ventilator, days on a ventilator, and deaths.

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Comedian and “Saturday Night Live” Alum Jim Breuer Drops Montclair Show

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Montclair NJ, comedian and “Saturday Night Live” alum Jim Breuer said in a Facebook Live stream over the weekend that he will not be performing at venues that require proof of Covid-19 vaccination for guests.

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Infectious disease expert, “Using ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug, to treat or prevent COVID-19 is up there with swallowing bleach”

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Hackensack NJ, Using ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug, to treat or prevent COVID-19 is up there with swallowing bleach and blow drying your face, it does not work and can cause serious harm.

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Public outcry following Ridgewood Mayor’s own Facebook disclosure about her vaccination status

Photo credit:  Mayor Susan Knudsen

by the staff of The Ridgewood Blog

Ridgewood NJ, an August 20, 2021 Facebook post by Ridgewood Mayor Susan Knudsen, in which she posted a photo of herself receiving what some believe to be her first COVID-19 vaccination on that date, has prompted an outcry among many residents, including two (2) who lashed out at her about the issue during Wednesday night’s in-person Village Council Public Meeting.

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NJ TRANSIT TO REOPEN REMAINING RAIL WAITING ROOMS ON SEPTEMBER 7th

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Ridgewood NJ, NJ TRANSIT customers are welcome to once again use NJ TRANSIT indoor waiting rooms at rail stations that are not staffed with ticket agents beginning Tuesday, September 7th.  Waiting rooms were temporarily closed as a precaution to protect customers and employees against the spread of COVID-19. The station waiting rooms will be open for the same hours they were prior to the pandemic. Waiting rooms with staffed ticket windows have been open since September 2020.

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Labor Day By the Numbers : Almost 1 in 3 Americans Worry About Job Security

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Ridgewood NJ, almost 1 in 3 Americans worry about job security this Labor Day, the personal-finance website WalletHub found in its Labor Day Survey. This nationally-representative survey examines Americans’ Labor Day plans and how people have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Alongside this survey, WalletHub also released its Labor Day Fun Facts report to educate and entertain consumers with stats on all aspects of the holiday – from hotdogs and history to financials and 5Ks.

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Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is associated with an increased risk of myocarditis

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Ridgewood NJ, the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is associated with an increased risk of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle), but infection with the virus is associated with a much greater risk of the condition, according to a real-world case-control study published on August 25 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers analyzed the health records of more than 2 million people who are members of the Clalit Health Services (CHS), the largest healthcare organization in Israel. Vaccination was associated with a 3-fold increase in the risk of myocarditis (risk ratio [RR], 3.24, 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.55-12.44), as well as several other conditions including swollen lymph nodes (RR, 2.43; 95% CI, 2.05 to 2.78), appendicitis (RR, 1.40; 95% CI, 1.02 to 2.01), and herpes zoster infection (RR, 1.43; 95% CI, 1.20 to 1.73).

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US Intelligence Community Report on the Origins of the Novel Coronavirus Runs Cover for China

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Washington DC, The US Intelligence Community on August 24 delivered a classified report to US President Joe Biden that made no conclusions about the origins of the novel coronavirus, including whether the virus was transmitted to humans naturally through an animal vector or if human transmission was the result of a laboratory mishap. The report, some of which is expected to be declassified in the coming days, is the result of an order from President Biden given in late May for the Intelligence Community to provide another, more thorough assessment of the origins of SARS-CoV-2 within 90 days. The report’s lack of conclusions prompted calls from global health experts, scientists, and politicians for a more urgent international effort to find the source of the pandemic in order to inform future pandemic preparedness. According to The Wall Street Journal, 2 senior US officials said a lack of cooperation from China, where the virus is assumed to have originated, hampered the US investigation.

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UPDATE: Westwood and Other Pascack Valley Towns Seek to Understand the Impact of the Pandemic on Local Economies

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Westwood NJ, the Covid-19 pandemic caused an enormous shift in work habits for residents of the Pascack Valley. In order to understand the ramifications on local economies, the following survey was designed by Westwood to be shared with residents, employees, and business owners throughout the Pascack Valley.

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Raising the Alarm Bells on “breakthrough infections” or when Fully Vaccinated Individuals Test Positive for COVID

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Ridgewood NJ, there have been growing levels of concern and conversation surrounding “breakthrough infections,” which are confirmed SARS-CoV-2-positive cases in fully vaccinated individuals. While these cases are still comparatively rare among the larger COVID-19 case burden, experts and the public alike are worried about implications for vaccinated individuals. Most of the recorded breakthrough cases are linked to the Delta variant of concern, which is currently responsible for nearly all new cases in the United States. Encouragingly, a small percentage of breakthrough cases have resulted in severe manifestations of COVID-19 that needed hospitalization.

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Johnson & Johnson announces booster shot provides ‘rapid and robust’ COVID-19 antibody increase

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New Brunswick NJ, Johnson & Johnson announced data supporting the use of its COVID-19 vaccine as a booster shot for people previously vaccinated with the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In July, the Company reported interim Phase 1/2a data published in the New England Journal of Medicine that demonstrated neutralizing antibody responses generated by the Johnson & Johnson single-shot COVID-19 vaccine were strong and stable through eight months after immunization.

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