Health officials have confirmed two cases in New Jersey and New York City of a respiratory illness that is caused by an uncommon virus.
The heat is expected to continue through Sunday. There’s a chance for strong to severe thunderstorms on Sunday night or Monday.
The state Department of Health said the storm has left behind wet debris piles and depressions from fallen trees. Mosquitoes will breed in standing water.
The state budget recently proposed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would divide $675 million in charity care funds between New Jersey hospitals – roughly the same amount that was allocated during the current fiscal year.
Gov. Chris Christie’s administration announced state and federal emotional stress hotlines have been made available to New Jersey residents and relief workers.
Officials said Greenleaf Compassionate Care in Montclair has submitted all the necessary paperwork and cleared all the hurdles to open.
State health officials say a 70-year-old Cumberland County man is hospitalized with what is believed to be the illness. He received an injection of a steroid from one of the lots recalled by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts and tied to a meningitis outbreak.
Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd said no cases have been uncovered in New Jersey, but in a statement said “This is an ongoing investigation and the full scope of the affected patients and facilities is not yet known.”
The announcement comes as the state’s first legal dispensary, Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair, N.J., grows its first crop of legal pot for patients.