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COVID mask mandates: Three Monmouth and Ocean County hospitals bring them back

in Toms River News

Three hospitals in Monmouth and Ocean counties are among those that have begun to require employees and visitors wear masks after seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases, officials said Wednesday, a reminder that the public health emergency is over, but the virus continues to be a threat.

Hackensack Meridian Health said it made the move at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Ocean University Medical Center in Brick and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Stafford, where there has been an increase in cases at the facilities and in the community.

The Edison-based hospital network also mandated masks at Old Bridge Medical Center in Middlesex County and Carrier Clinic in Montgomery Township, Somerset County. And it is strongly encouraging employees and visitors to wear masks at its other hospitals.

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Toms River among several NJ school districts putting mask mandate on hold due to extreme heat

in Toms River News
Toms River, along with the Lacey School District as well as the West Milford School District, are citing the potential for excessive heat as a basis for keeping masks optional to start the year, in spite of Gov. Phil Murphy’s order that all students need to wear masks.
Excessive eat is an exemption in the executive order.  The district says on its website it’ll be optional on buses and in buildings because of the potential for extreme heat.
There’s some pushback in West Milford. Some parents started a petition requesting the mandate be adhered to in spite of any heat.
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Some NJ school districts to allow masks be optional this week, citing excessive heat in schools

in Toms River News

The first allowable exception to New Jersey’s statewide mandate that masks be worn in schools, for excessive heat in classrooms, will be put to the test during the first week of classes.

Some districts, including Lacey Township, Toms River and West Milford, already announced masks will be optional, but strongly encouraged.

The three districts are just three of many across the state. The guidance does not define what “extreme heat indoors” means, by temperature, humidity, or any other index.

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