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New Jersey Department of Health Releases Guidelines on Resuming Elective Surgeries

The Department of Health issued guidelines on the conditions for hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers to begin resuming elective surgeries. Last week, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 145, allowing elective surgeries and invasive procedures, both medical and dental, to resume on Tuesday, May 26.

“Hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers are encouraged to gradually resume full scope of services when possible and safe to do so consistent with the Department’s guidance,”
said New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.

“This is an important step forward for individuals who are battling an illness or are dealing with chronic pain as these surgeries are vital to their health and well-being.”

Facilities shall establish a prioritization policy for providing care and scheduling of these procedures. Scheduling must be coordinated to promote social distancing: minimize time in waiting areas, stage appointment hours and post signs at entrances in appropriate languages about symptoms and precautions.

Patients should be counseled to self-quarantine following testing until the day of surgery.  Facilities must have a process to screen patients for COVID-19 symptoms prior to scheduled procedures. 

Facilities resuming elective services are required to:

  • Comply with state and CDC guidelines to protect against further spread of COVID-19
  • Institute screening of staff for symptoms and have policies in place for removal of symptomatic employees
  • Enforce social distancing requirements in work and common areas
  • Require masks for patients, expect patients receiving services that would not allow for masking
  • When possible non-COVID care zones should be used in facilities that serve both COVID-19 and non- COVID patients
  • Have an established plan for cleaning and disinfection prior to using facilities to serve non-COVID patients
  • Facilities providing COVID-19 care should continue to be prepared for potential surges
  • Facilities should be prepared to modify resumptions of clinical services in conjunction with surge status and to repurpose and redeploy staff to urgent care roles to the extent feasible

Ambulatory Surgical Centers should not perform procedures on COVID-19 positive patients.

Hospitals should have available—and staffed ICU, Critical Care and Medical Surgical beds.

They must have a sustained downward trajectory for 14-days, with each day’s data calculated using the average of the three most recent days

  • Influenza-like illness or COVID-19 like illness
  • COVID-19 Infection rates
  • COVID-19 Hospitalizations
  • COVID-19 Emergency room admissions
  • COVID-19 ICU, Critical Care and Medical Surgical bed use
  • Ventilator use
  • Ventilatory availability

Facilities must also have a plan, consistent with CDC and Department recommendations, for patient and patient support person use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). They should implement PPE policies that account for: adequacy of available PPE, staff training on and optimized use of PPE and policies for the conservation of PPE.

Facilities must implement disinfection and cleaning protocols and cohort COVID-19 patients and non-COVID patients.   No visitors should be allowed except for limited circumstances, which includes labor and delivery and pediatric patient surgery. 

To view the guidance for hospitals please visit:

To view guidance for ambulatory surgery centers please visit:


Arrested during Covid19 pandemic – avoid longer stay in jail

Risk of staying in jail much longer than otherwise

Covid19 pandemic has made life difficult for everyone. The social and economic activities suddenly came to a halt and now we are facing uncertain times in getting them back on track.

In these times, if someone gets an arrest warrant or is arrested, it puts him at even bigger risk. The social distancing in prisons is not easy and puts the inmates at bigger risk despite some extraordinary measures taken by authorities. With courts restricted to emergency hearings only, the arrested person carries the risk of staying in jail much longer than otherwise.

How courts are functioning during Coronavirus Pandemic

Some of New Jersey municipal courts reopened for remote proceedings in the last week of April, ending a month-long suspension imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Individual matters can be conducted remotely with the consent of all parties.
The state Supreme Court further announced that the local courts could resume full sessions by video or phone on May 11. All jury trials and grand jury hearings, however, will remain suspended through May 31.

If you are arrested in New Jersey during the pandemic

The enforcement agencies are being encouraged to cite and release defendants wherever possible in order to reduce the local jail populations. Even prosecutors and judges are being more inclined to allow more defendants to stay out of jail while their case is pending. But you need to have right representation of your case by an experienced criminal defense attorney to stay out of jail and avoid health risks.

Contact a criminal defense attorney to stay out of jail

If you have been issued an arrest warrant or are arrested, call a criminal defense attorney immediately. An experienced criminal defence attorney shall protect your rights and can help you staying out of jail or get you out of it. For years Joel Silberman served as an Assistant Prosecutor with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. During this time Joel litigated hundreds of felony and juvenile cases and appeared before the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division on multiple occasions. He will give you best representation to avoid your arrest or get you out of jail.

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Avoid health risk and a longer jail term. Call (201)-420-1913 for a free consultation immediately and highly qualified and devoted legal representation. Law enforcement never rests and neither do we. Immediately after retaining Joel Silberman you will receive a 24/7 dedicated line to contact him on.


Charged for violating executive order requiring social distancing and the closure of non-essential businesses

Police officers across New Jersey have issued charges against several of residents and businesses for violating Gov. Murphy’s executive order requiring social distancing and the closure of non-essential businesses. The reports of violations are coming from all corners of the state.

Executive Orders to mitigate COVID-19 pandemic

Several executive orders have been issued in this regard. You can find the the executive orders at

The major executive orders requiring social distancing and the closure of non-essential businesses are as follows:

Violation that have resulted into charging

The violations have resulted into warnings to citations and arrests. There have been several types of violations which have resulted in action by the Police. Some of them are listed below:

  • attending a party inside of an AirBnb rental
  • people gathering in an apartment not in line with social distancing practices
  • ignoring police orders to disperse after loitering
  • being combative with employees at a Stop & Shop after walking into the store without a mask
  • coughing on an employee, resisting arrest and trying to spit on and bite police
  • screaming obscenities and refusing to leave
  • removing her mask “to blow on emergency medical technicians”
  • lunging at a police officer, and then spatting at the officer
  • told to wear a mask inside two New Jersey convenience stores and went berserk Saturday and was arrested
  • for organizing a protest of the stay-at-home orders
  • for yelling racial slurs related to the origin of the coronavirus at an Asian woman
  • disorderly conduct at a closed local beach for reading a book on a lifeguard stand
  • six men were cited for opening their local tennis and fitness club
  • six people were cited for hosting a large backyard party of adults and children, where police found kids “playing in a bouncy castle” while a chef and two waiters readied a catered meal.

Arrested or charged for violating the order related to social distancing and the closure of non-essential businesses?

If you have been arrested or charged for violating the order related to social distancing and the closure of non-essential businesses in New Jersey, talk to a criminal defence attorney immediately.

The charges can result into imprisonment, fine or both. An experienced criminal defence attorney shall protect your rights and advise you suitably that may ensure full discharge or reduction in punishment.

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Call 201-420-1913 for a free consultation immediately and highly qualified and devoted legal representation. Law enforcement never rests and neither do we. Immediately after retaining Joel Silberman you will receive a 24/7 dedicated line to contact him on.


Issue of Personal and Religious Freedom vs Public Health

A question was raised in case of the arrests of 15 men at the funeral of Rabbi Chaim Moshe Strulovics in Ocean County. On Apr 1, Police in Lakewood, N.J., had broken up a funeral at a synagogue, charging 15 men with violating Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order banning large gatherings. The Rabbi had been tested for the novel coronavirus after coming in contact with a person who had the virus.
The New Jersey government is asking its people to forgo traditional religious ceremonies and abandon places of worship during the pandemic. But there have been many incidents in which either religious leaders or groups have defied bans on gatherings.
Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson had asked N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy on why he allowed arrests at religious services to be part of coronavirus quarantine enforcement.

“That’s above my pay grade, Tucker,” Gov. Phil Murphy replied. “I wasn’t thinking of the Bill of Rights when we did this. … We looked at all the data and the science and it says people have to stay away from each other. That is the best thing we can do to break the back of the curve of this virus, that leads to lower hospitalization and ultimately fatalities.” He added that people have to find a different way to worship.

Legal precedent

It should be noted that the prescribed restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic have not really been tested in the courts yet, it is unclear how the courts would rule if it comes before it for consideration.
In the past, Jacobson v Massachusetts, a 1905 US Supreme Court decision, raised questions about the power of state government to protect the public’s health and the Constitution’s protection of personal liberty. The US Supreme Court upheld the Cambridge, Mass, Board of Health’s authority to require vaccination against smallpox during a smallpox epidemic. The Court articulated the view – “… it was the duty of the constituted authorities primarily to keep in view the welfare, comfort, and safety of the many, and not permit the interests of the many to be subordinated to the wishes or convenience of the few.”



When will the lockdown end in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, maybe in America or on the planet if we’re able to start getting back on our feet In an interview to a television channel, the Gov. Phil Murphy said, “I’ll be the happiest guy, if not on June one. But we’ve got to have broken the back of the virus. We’ve got to have that health care infrastructure in place. And we’ve got a plan that both works for us, for the region and for the country.”

He further told that the economic recovery would not happen unless it was on the back of a complete, strong healthcare recovery. He added that the “normal” may not be what Americans had known before.

He stressed that the states needed more financial help from the federal government in order to avoid raising tax rates and make up for lost revenue due to lockdown. Murphy estimated that New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Jersey will need about $150 billion from the federal government, and he said, “It needs to come urgently… We need a big slug of direct cash assistance from the feds.”


How Does a DUI/DWI Impact Your Life?

Driving While Intoxicated

DUI/DWI is a serious offense. If someone is arrested for a DUI/DWI, he or she may face fines and legal fees. He or she may also face imprisonment and other severe consequences.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for a DUI/DWI, you should consult with an experienced DUI/DWI defense attorney as soon as possible.

How Does a DUI/DWI Conviction Impact Your Life?

Legal Consequences

A DUI/DWI may result in:

  • Arrest
  • Prison time
  • Fines and legal fees
  • Driver’s license suspension or revocation
  • Driving restrictions, such as only being allowed to drive to and from your job
  • Probation
  • A potential criminal record

Personal Consequences

A DUI/DWI may have severe personal repercussions that include:

  • Loss of career opportunities
  • Increased rates for health, life and home insurance due to the possibility of a high-risk death
  • Job loss
  • Damaged reputation
  • Embarrassment and humiliation
  • College or university application denials
  • Job application denials
  • Auto insurance cancellations

If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a DUI/DWI, contact The Law Offices of Joel Silberman, LLC. Our experienced DUI/DWI defense attorneys have extensive knowledge and the necessary experience and skills to handle your DUI/DWI case. We will work hard to protect your rights and fight on your behalf to help you avoid a serious conviction. Call 201-420-1913 or email


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