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COVID-19 cases continue to increase precipitously in the Hopewell Valley. The most recent update from the Hopewell Township health department indicates an increase of 53 cases in the past week. Click here for more information.

At the end of December, New Jersey launched its mechanism for registering for the COVID-19 vaccine. The website is covid19.nj.gov/vaccine. “This is our central online location for official vaccine-related information and will also serve as a ‘landing page’ for our vaccine registration portal in the near future,” Governor Phil Murphy said during his regular COVID-19 briefing.
https://www.nj.com/coronavirus/2020/12/nj-launches-website-for-covid-19-vaccine-news-and-how-to-register.html

Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes announced this week that the County will open a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at CURE Insurance Arena in partnership with Capital Health, which will manage the site. A soft opening is planned for next week.

“We are committed to doing everything we can to help get eligible people vaccinated as quickly as possible,” Mr. Hughes said. “We had a successful partnership with Capital Health during the COVID-19 testing program we established last spring, and I can’t think of a more fitting partner for this next phase of the pandemic response – the vaccination phase.”

Like other vaccination locations, the arena site will be for those eligible under the state’s phasing plan that is designed to ensure those most at risk are prioritized. The public is advised to pre-register to receive a vaccination through the New Jersey Vaccination Scheduling System at https://covidvaccine.nj.gov. Those who have pre-registered will be notified when they are eligible to make a vaccination appointment. Appointments currently are required at all vaccination sites. State officials have said they expect to have a consumer call center up and running soon to assist people without Internet access in scheduling appointments, and to help answer general inquiries and questions.

Mercer County also is working on opening a vaccination site  at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) that would be managed by the County Health Officers Association and utilize all of the resources and staffing available from the municipal and county health offices, as well as MCCC nursing students. The CURE Insurance Arena and MCCC locations will supplement, not replace, smaller vaccination sites including those currently being operated by municipal health departments and other health care facilities in Mercer County.

For more information on the CURE Insurance Arena and MCCC vaccination sites, email publichealth@mercercounty.org.

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Amie Rukenstein
Amie Rukenstein is a very curious and enthusiastic resident of Hopewell Township who can never let a question go unanswered. Amie lives in Titusville with her husband, Ron, and numerous pets. She vastly enjoys frequent visits from her college-age children and their friends. In most aspects of her life, including with her new role at MercerMe, Amie is an organizer. With a full-time job and as a member of several non-profit organizations, she finds herself most often with her laptop open and excel and google on the screen. She does, however, leave the computer as often as possible to hike in Washington Crossing Park. Amie and Ron recently purchased what appears to be the oldest structure in Titusville. Known as The Titus Store at the corner of Church and River Drive and abandoned for 20 years, they look forward to restoring the building to its former glory.

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