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Pennacchio to NJ State Health Department: Begin an Immediate Retrospective Analysis of the Effectiveness of HCQ as a Prophylactic Treatment for COVID-19

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As evidence continues to mount supporting the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) against the coronavirus, New Jersey remains behind the curve in its approach to treatment and prevention of COVID-19.

Sen. Pennacchio is calling on the State health department to launch a study comparing coronavirus rates in patients who have been prescribed HCQ for other diseases and people who have not taken the drug. (SenateNJ.com)

Numerous doctors have joined Senator Joe Pennacchio in his call to unshackle them, and allow doctors to treat patients and prescribe HCQ as both a treatment and early preventative against this virus.

“Minimally, the State should have secured HCQ pills and developed a distribution protocol,” said Senator Pennacchio.

Adding to that request, the Senator challenged the State Department of Health to immediately perform a “retrospective study” of people who have routinely taken HCQ as a drug therapy for other diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.  Such a study comparing this population of patients to an equal number of patients who have not been treated with HCQ would prove to be an early treatment protection against COVID-19.

Others such as Dr. Philip DeFina, PhD, a research scientist and former associate professor at New York University School of Medicine, agree with Senator Pennacchio.

“A retrospective analysis of people who are already taking HCQ as part of an ongoing treatment plan for ailments such as auto-immune disorders would be extremely informative data to assess whether or not these same people appear to have a decreased likelihood of contracting COVID-19.  Additionally, some first responders, military personnel and front-line healthcare workers who are already taking lower, prophylactic doses of HCQ would be an excellent source population for a scientifically valid retrospective study. Furthermore, doctor’s nationwide have been prescribing HCQ for compassionate use in patients who have tested positive for COVID-19. There has been some reporting that these outcomes are being tracked for potential studies, and they absolutely should be.”

“Relying on federal ‘guidance’ which seems to have their own issues about accepting HCQ is not enough. The State of New Jersey must immediately take a proactive approach,” concluded Senator Pennacchio.

 

Senator Michael Testa

Testa: NJDOC Must Stop Transferring Inmates to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

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Senator Michael Testa called on the New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC) to stop transferring inmates from “hot zones” of infection in North Jersey to prisons in South Jersey to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the confines of our correctional facilities.

Sen. Michael Testa called on the NJDOC to stop transferring inmates from ‘hot zones’ of infection in North Jersey to prisons in South Jersey to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Pixabay)

“The NJDOC hasn’t locked down inmate transfers enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from prison to prison,” said Testa (R-1). “We heard of a prisoner who was transferred several days ago from a ‘hot zone’ in North Jersey to South Woods State Prison. The prisoner was symptomatic upon arrival at South Woods, brought to a hospital, and tested positive for the coronavirus. It’s increasingly clear that inmate transfers at this time within the New Jersey prison system is creating unnecessary risk for other inmates and the Corrections Officers who watch over them.”

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District 24

Oroho, Space & Wirths Ask Congressional Delegation Why No Federal Stimulus for Sussex & Warren Counties

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Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (all R-24) called on New Jersey’s congressional delegation to investigate and explain why some counties, including Sussex and Warren, were left out of the first batch of federal grants delivered to New Jersey following the passage of a $2 trillion stimulus package.

Oroho, Space & Wirths called on New Jersey’s congressional delegation to investigate and explain why some counties, including Sussex and Warren, were left out of the first batch of federal grants delivered to New Jersey following the passage of a $2 trillion stimulus package. (Pixabay)

“Our families and businesses in Sussex and Warren counties are suffering just as much as anyone in New Jersey,” the legislators said in a joint statement. “It’s very concerning, and frankly unacceptable, that the communities we represent were overlooked in the first round of federal funding. We urge New Jersey’s congressional delegation to find out why we were left out and ensure that our constituents’ needs are being treated equally.”

According to a press release from United States Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, 17 of New Jersey’s 21 counties, along with a number of individual municipalities within those counties, received awards through federal programs.

District 10

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano: ‘Complete Census for School Funding Fairness’

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With the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, the 10th District Legislators, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano are reminding residents of the importance of the 2020 U. S. Census.

The U.S. Census is used to determine federal funding for infrastructure, schools, healthcare and housing, and Sen. Holzapfel and Am. McGuckin and Catalano are urging residents to complete the survey to ensure the state gets its fair share. (SenateNJ.com)

The census is used to determine federal funding for infrastructure, schools, healthcare and housing.

In recent years, funding for schools in the 10th Legislative District has been drastically cut.  The legislators are reminding residents of the importance of the census to ensure their fair share of school funding.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Administration Policy Leading to More Sickness, Deaths

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Pennacchio to Governor: Unshackle Doctors, Give Them the Tools to Treat and Save Patients

More than 500 New Jerseyans have died from COVID-19, almost 26,000 have tested positive for the virus, yet as the numbers skyrocket every day, the Murphy Administration continues to tie the hands of doctors desperate to control the spread with hydroxychloroquine, Senator Joe Pennacchio said today.

Sen. Pennacchio said the Murphy Administration should heed the call of doctors who want to pretreat people with HCQ to control the spread of COVID-19. (CDC)

“It’s difficult to understand the motivation here,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “For whatever reason, doctors are being shackled in how they can use HCQ, and patients are suffering for it.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Amid Pandemic Crisis, Bucco Calls for Front Office Business Advocate

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-Morris County) released the following statement amid the COVID-19 crisis and growing economic uncertainty:

Sen. Anthony Bucco released the following statement amid the COVID-19 crisis and growing economic uncertainty. (©iStock)

“First off, I want to commend the Governor and the administration for their leadership throughout this pandemic and the uncertain times confronting residents, businesses and government alike. Our state’s response must first and foremost be about protecting the health and safety of our residents. That is clear. But with each passing day, businesses small and large are losing revenues necessary to sustain operations and jobs. With a myriad of businesses across our state with different challenges, ideas, and concerns, there is no single answer on how to confront the economic challenges before the Garden State.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Independent Physicians Align with Senator Pennacchio on Physician Autonomy

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Physicians Wrote to Governor Calling for Early Treatment with HCQ

An additional group of doctors has contacted a New Jersey State Senator calling on the State to lift restrictions on the use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for the therapeutic treatment and prophylactic early treatment of COVID-19.

Sen. Pennacchio said the Murphy Administration needs to allow doctors to be doctors, remove the unnecessary shackles, and let them save lives using HCQ as a preventive treatment for the coronavirus. (Flickr)

The doctors are echoing Senator Pennacchio’s appeal for New Jersey to accumulate a stockpile of the medication.

“Major pharmacies that have a presence in New Jersey have committed to donating more than 100 million pills,” said Pennacchio. “How many has the Administration secured for us?”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa, McClellan & Simonsen Advise NJ Tax Filers of Deadline Extension

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Vow to Fight for South Jersey During Budget Process

Senator Michael Testa Jr. and Assemblymen Antwan McClellan and Erik K. Simonsen are alerting residents that the deadline for filing New Jersey income taxes has been delayed until July 15, coinciding with the extended federal deadline.

Senator Testa and Assemblymen McClellan and Simonsen informed residents that New Jersey Income Taxes are not due until July due to the coronavirus pandemic. (SenateNJ.com)

“People are worried and concerned about the coronavirus pandemic,” said Testa (R-1). “COVID-19 has upended everyday life and created severe financial strain on residents. Good news has been hard to come by, but the tax filing delay will lighten the stress levels on those who are isolating at home and trying to keep themselves and families safe and well.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: New Jersey’s Treatment of COVID-19 Patients Makes No Sense

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Urges State to Unshackle the Doctors to Break Pandemic

New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio once again questioned how the State is dictating how doctors may treat their patients.

The State can curb the spread of coronavirus if the Murphy Administration allows doctors to use hydroxychloroquine to protect patients before they get sick, Senator Pennacchio said. (©iStock)

“Instead of allowing doctors to prophylactically or immediately treat patients, New Jersey is requiring them to have a full-blown case of coronavirus before action can be taken,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “By that time, in many cases, it is too late.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Commends Robotics Club for Commitment to Build 10,000 PPE Face Shields

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Collaborative Effort Between Warren Hills Regional HS, Special Technical Services, and Mt. Olive HS

Senator Michael Doherty praised the Warren Hills Robotics Association (WHRA) for their efforts to raise $20,000 to assemble 10,000 face shields for first responders.

Sen. Michael Doherty praised the Warren Hills Robotics Association for their efforts to raise $20,000 to assemble 10,000 face shields for first responders. (CDC)

“In this tumultuous time, ordinary people are stepping up to the plate to do extraordinary things,” said Doherty (R-23). “We need all hands on deck to beat this virus.

“WHRA’s proactive approach will help keep our medical personnel safe from COVID-19. To all donating and participating – thank you for your lifesaving endeavors.”

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Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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