With the March 16 panel, “Living with COVID: From Pandemic to Endemic in New Jersey,” SBN continues producing livestream virtual roundtable broadcasts for NJ Spotlight News. In the latest broadcast, panelists discussed the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic and plans to shift the public health approach to the disease from combating a pandemic to dealing with an endemic version of the virus that is expected to persist for some time to come.
Nearly 2 million residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since March 2020 while more than 33,000 have died from the virus.
But with new case numbers declining significantly and mask mandates being dropped, state leaders insist COVID-19 has evolved from a pandemic to an endemic disease. What does this mean for New Jersey in the years to come? What does living with COVID look like?
The live program included keynote remarks from Linda Schwimmer, CEO, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute.
SBN produced the livestream broadcast from its Cherry Hill studios to a worldwide audience over the Vimeo Live livestream platform and the SBN Facebook page.
Dr. John Bonamo, Executive Vice President, Chief Quality Officer, CMO, RWJBarnabas Health
Dr. Eddy Bresnitz, former Medical Advisor COVID-19 Response, New Jersey Department of Health; former State Epidemiologist & Deputy Commissioner of Public Health Services, New Jersey Department of Health
Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN, School Nurse, Camden City School District, Legislative Co-Chair, New Jersey State School Nurses Association
Dr. Denise V. Rodgers, MD, FAAFP Vice Chancellor for Interprofessional Programs, RBHS Endowed Professorship in IPE, Professor of Family Medicine, Director, Rutgers Urban Health and Wellness Institute
Lilo Stainton, Health Care Writer, NJ Spotlight News
You can watch the entire panel discussion in the video player below. More resources about COVID-19 in New Jersey are available at NJ Spotlight News.
Steve Lubetkin is the news director for StateBroadcastNews.com. Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. He refocused on multimedia journalism and podcast production after a long career in corporate branded journalism and public relations.
He has won numerous awards for his audio and video news reporting from the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced a wide range of audio and video podcasts in his other role as managing partner of State Broadcast News’s parent, The Lubetkin Media Companies.
Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional.
In March 2021, he was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and in July 2021 he was named secretary of the chapter. In August 2021, he was honored by SPJ with one of the organization’s 2021 Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Awards, given to regular members of an SPJ chapter who go above and beyond in serving their chapter.
Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996.
Steve also has reported on-camera and produces virtual conferences for NJSpotlightNews.org, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of StateBroadcastNews.com, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC.
From May-November 2019, he produced and reported a weekly podcast, The CRE News Hour, a news and features program focusing on the commercial real estate industry.
From 2014 to 2019 he was New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for GlobeSt.com and filled in covering Chicago/Midwest and Atlanta.
Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for CEOReport.com, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies.
Earlier in his career, Steve reported on rock music at the Jersey Shore for the Asbury Park Press, and was a broadcast news anchor and production engineer for WJLK-AM & FM, then owned by the Press. He also worked as a general assignment reporter for the Red Bank Register, Shrewsbury, NJ.
You can email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.