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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Urges Lifting Ban on Elective Surgeries and Begin Opening Up Healthcare Centers

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At-Risk Patients Can’t Get the Care They Need

Senator Joe Pennacchio, while applauding the Governor for opening up parks, is calling on the Murphy Administration to begin reinstating “elective” surgeries in the state.

Medical care for non-COVID patients is suffering, and Sen. Pennacchio is calling for restoring elective surgeries and procedures in hospitals and health centers. (©iStock)

“We are finally allowing people to get out and walk in our parks and reap the physical and emotional health benefits of exercise. Now it’s time to prioritize the general health of the population and the fiscal stability of our essential hospitals,” said Senator Pennacchio (R-26). “With the emphasis on the virus, at-risk patients have not had access to important and necessary procedures. It’s time to allow people who are not infected to get the care they need from hospitals, health centers, doctors, dentists and eye doctors.”

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Senate Republicans: Reopening Parks a Reasonable Step, Many Businesses Ready to Reopen Too

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The Senate Republican leadership team said Governor Phil Murphy’s announcement that State and county parks and golf courses will be allowed to reopen is a reasonable step and that many businesses are also ready to resume operations once restrictions are lifted:

The Senate Republican leadership team said Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement that State and county parks and golf courses will be allowed to reopen is a reasonable step and that many businesses are also ready to resume operations once restrictions are lifted. (SenateNJ.com)

“Over the last few weeks, we have witnessed with awe and pride an amazing transformation in the attitudes and practices of individual New Jerseyans as they adopted necessary social distancing and personal protective measures that just months ago would have been unthinkable.

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New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio Applauds Rockaway for Opening Local Parks and Trails

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New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio applauds Rockaway Township’s decision to open up their local parks and trails.

Rockaway Township is opening parks and trails to residents seeking a place to walk in the sunshine, and Senator Pennacchio said the state should follow suit. (NJ Division of Parks & Forestry)

“Residents will now be able to enjoy a walk in the sunlight and breathe fresh air while still maintaining social distancing,” said Pennacchio (R-26).

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Pennacchio Plan Would Rescue Businesses Struggling to Survive Rental Payments During the Crisis

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Highly Leveraged Program Will Provide Immediate Aid Without the Need for a New Bureaucracy

Amid growing concerns for the long-term impact of the coronavirus on the economy, Senator Joe Pennacchio today announced plans for legislation to help employers cope with the loss of revenue and stay in business.

Senator Pennacchio is introducing legislation to help businesses survive the coronavirus crisis, and prevent a glut of vacanies in commercial properties. (©iStock)

“This crisis has stripped companies of the ability to operate their business or adapt to changing market conditions,” said Senator Pennacchio (R-26). “Hard-working men and women who are used to doing everything possible to protect their business and their employees’ jobs find themselves powerless in a marketplace shut down caused by the virus. Without warning or any time to prepare, businesses have been closed down for more than a month and most have no way to make money under current restrictions.”

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Pennacchio: Mounting World-Wide Evidence Shows HCQ’s Effectiveness. NJ Still Not Listening.

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Most Recent World-Wide Studies Support Senator’s Call to Unshackle Doctors to Use Drug as An Early Treatment to Save Lives

New Jersey’s citizens remain locked down while the economy suffers, and the administration continues to deny doctors the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat their patients.

Senator Joe Pennacchio said while doctors around the globe are reporting success fighting COVID-19 aggressively with hydroxychloroquine, New Jersey lags behind. (WikiMedia)

“New Jersey is behind the curve and we’ve got to catch up,” said Senator Pennacchio (R-1). “Doctors must be unshackled so they can follow the lead of their colleagues around the globe who are using HCQ responsibly and safely. Lives depend on it, and the re-opening of our economy depends on it.”

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Pennacchio: Don’t Follow New York’s Latest COVID Policies

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With dueling daily press conferences, state governors in the region seem to be in competition for the top sound bites of the news cycle, and Senator Joe Pennacchio worries about its effect on public health policy during the coronavirus crisis.

Developing a vaccine could take a year or more, and hydroxychloroquine can be used to treat and prevent COVID-19 right now, Senator Pennacchio said. (Pixabay)

Recently, New York’s Governor Cuomo declared he was “prepared to have New York used as a ‘laboratory’ for testing any possible vaccines.”

“Cuomo has become a media darling with remarks that raise eyebrows and earn national press,” said Senator Pennacchio (R-26). “Offering up his residents as medical guinea pigs raises eyebrows, but does nothing for the immediate health concerns of those who are suffering in New York City and elsewhere. Solid leadership in times of crisis requires sensible, decisive and actionable solutions.”

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Senator Pennacchio Calls for Senate Select Oversight Committee on the Administration’s Handling of the Covid-19 Crisis

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Senator Joe Pennacchio today warned that the Murphy Administration’s over-reaching coronavirus policies are putting the lives and finances of the state’s residents at risk and is calling for the Senate to investigate the Administration’s handling of the crisis.

Senator Joe Pennacchio is seeking a Senate Select Oversight Committee to review the Murphy Administration’s handling of the coronavirus crisis. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am in extreme disagreement with the Administration and its over-reaching policies during these difficult times,” said Senator Pennacchio (R-26). “Some of the policies make no sense. How does closing parks and beaches keep you safe,  but crowding people together in isolation is supposed to spare us from this contagion?

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350 Additional Doctors Join Senator Pennacchio’s Call for New Jersey to Allow Doctors to Treat Patients with Hydroxychloroquine

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The New Jersey Doctor Patient Alliance, a non-profit association of 350 doctors has lent their voices to New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio’s call for the Administration to immediately rescind its draconian restrictions on doctors and allow them to prescribe hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to their patients.

An alliance of 350 physicians have come out in support of Senator Joe Pennacchio’s efforts to allow doctors in New Jersey to prescribe hydroxychloroquine to treat patients with coronavirus symptoms who have not yet tested positive.(SenateNJ.com)

In a letter signed by Stavros Christoudias, MD FACS, NJDPA’s board chairman, the group applauded Senator Pennacchio’s leadership in this effort and restated his belief in the “efficacy of hydroxychloroquine as a suppressant of the disease.”

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Pennacchio: New Jersey Rules on Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) Hurting Blacks and Minorities

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A USA TODAY report headlined “Black People are Overwhelmingly Dying from Corona Virus in Cities Across the United States” should prompt the Murphy Administration to rethink its policy on the ability of patients to access hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for corona virus treatment therapy, Senator Joe Pennacchio said today.

New Jersey’s draconian policy making it difficult for patients to acquire HCQ from doctors or hospitals is putting the state’s minority population at greater risk, Senator Pennacchio said. (©iStock)

The exact reason for the higher mortality numbers among our black population is still being studied.  Certain factors such as black population clusters in big cities where disease is more easily spread and a greater level of underlying conditions such as asthma, heart disease and diabetes among African Americans may also be contributing to the higher than usual numbers.

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Pennacchio: People are Scared and They are ‘Begging’ for Help from Doctors

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No New Jersey Citizen Should Have to Beg the Government for Permission to be Treated by Their Doctor

In an email to Senator Joe Pennacchio’s district office, a constituent related the frustrations and fears of her friend who after conferring with a telemed doctor, went to the emergency room with symptoms of COVID-19. With no test, New Jersey does not allow the patient access to anti-viral therapy (hydroxychloroquine).

Sen. Pennacchio said he received a heartbreaking email from a constituent who was pleading for New Jersey to allow HCQ for sick patients who have not been tested for COVID-19. (SenateNJ.com)

The patient was sent home to “fight it out,” the email said.

“It is heartbreaking. People are ‘begging’ for help,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “No one should ever have to beg for their government to allow their doctors treat them.

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