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N.J. reports 35 COVID deaths, 3,347 cases as residents start getting J&J vaccine shots

New Jersey on Friday reported another 3,347 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 35 additional confirmed deaths as the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines started to be administered in the state, significantly increasing the number of locations offering shots.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the latest number on social media after joining Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky at the Union Plaza Apartments in Union City on Friday morning to watch some of the first doses being administered to seniors.

“This is a huge day in our fight to beat COVID,” Murphy said. “This vaccine is a game-changer in our fight to protect residents, to save lives and defeat this virus.”

There have been about 2.33 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in New Jersey as of Friday morning, according to state data. That includes about 1.5 million first doses and 788,000 second doses.
That’s out of more than 2.78 million doses the state has received, according to a running tally by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state’s goal is to vaccinate 70% of its adult population — about 4.7 million people — within the next few months.

On Monday, the state announced it was greatly expanding eligibility for the vaccine over the next four weeks, including teachers and transportation workers March 15 and various other essential workers, including restaurant employees, March 29.

The Garden State’s seven-day average for new confirmed coronavirus positive tests is 2,887, up 12% from a week ago and down 11% from a month ago.

In all, New Jersey has now reported 715,889 confirmed coronavirus cases out of more than 10.9 million PCR tests in the year since the state reported its first case March 4, 2020. There have also been 90,481 positive antigen tests. Those cases are considered probable, and health officials have warned that positive antigen tests could overlap with the confirmed PCR tests because they are sometimes given in tandem.
The state of 9 million people has reported 23,521 residents have died from complications related to COVID-19, including 21,124 confirmed deaths and 2,397 fatalities considered probable.
The statewide rate of transmission increased again Friday to 1.04, up from 1.01 a day earlier. Any number over 1 indicates that the outbreak is growing an each new case leads to at least one other case. The transmission rate had been below 1 for weeks before pushing above that mark Thursday.

COUNTY-BY-COUNTY CASES (sorted by most new)

  • Bergen County: 70,601 confirmed cases (442 new), 2,348 confirmed deaths (284 probable)
  • Essex County: 68,739 confirmed cases (318 new), 2,425 confirmed deaths (275 probable)
  • Monmouth County: 52,895 confirmed cases (313 new), 1,297 confirmed deaths (125 probable)
  • Middlesex County: 68,871 confirmed cases (301 new), 1,888 confirmed deaths (235 probable)
  • Hudson County: 64,908 confirmed cases (282 new), 1,838 confirmed deaths (185 probable)
  • Ocean County: 53,133 confirmed cases (261 new), 1,760 confirmed deaths (127 probable)
  • Morris County: 32,936 confirmed cases (221 new), 905 confirmed deaths (224 probable)
  • Union County: 49,881 confirmed cases (202 new), 1,581 confirmed deaths (205 probable)
  • Passaic County: 52,959 confirmed cases (200 new), 1,528 confirmed deaths (179 probable)
  • Camden County: 39,944 confirmed cases (117 new), 1,081 confirmed deaths (91 probable)
  • Burlington County: 31,373 confirmed cases (103 new), 696 confirmed deaths (57 probable)
  • Mercer County: 26,560 confirmed cases (83 new), 844 confirmed deaths (41 probable)
  • Somerset County: 19,066 confirmed cases (83 new), 685 confirmed deaths (103 probable)
  • Atlantic County: 20,067 confirmed cases (74 new), 551 confirmed deaths (28 probable)
  • Gloucester County: 21,369 confirmed cases (59 new), 523 confirmed deaths (30 probable)
  • Hunterdon County: 6,480 confirmed cases (41 new), 109 confirmed deaths (54 probable)
  • Warren County: 6,515 confirmed cases (40 new), 198 confirmed deaths (22 probable)
  • Sussex County: 8,118 confirmed cases (38 new), 210 confirmed deaths (64 probable)
  • Cumberland County: 12,321 confirmed cases (34 new), 346 confirmed deaths (29 probable)
  • Salem County: 4,300 confirmed cases (20 new), 154 confirmed deaths (12 probable)
  • Cape May County: 3,760 confirmed cases (13 new), 157 confirmed deaths (27 probable)

VACCINATIONS BY COUNTY

  • ATLANTIC COUNTY – 75,609 doses administered
  • BERGEN COUNTY – 266,063 doses administered
  • BURLINGTON COUNTY – 120,936 doses administered
  • CAMDEN COUNTY – 137,278 doses administered
  • CAPE MAY COUNTY – 35,268 doses administered
  • CUMBERLAND COUNTY – 34,139 doses administered
  • ESSEX COUNTY – 189,049 doses administered
  • GLOUCESTER COUNTY – 86,506 doses administered
  • HUDSON COUNTY – 110,400 doses administered
  • HUNTERDON COUNTY – 31,615 doses administered
  • MERCER COUNTY – 77,851 doses administered
  • MIDDLESEX COUNTY – 187,877 doses administered
  • MONMOUTH COUNTY – 182,668 doses administered
  • MORRIS COUNTY – 173,570 doses administered
  • OCEAN COUNTY – 151,116 doses administered
  • PASSAIC COUNTY – 105,304 doses administered
  • SALEM COUNTY – 16,032 doses administered
  • SOMERSET COUNTY – 94,344 doses administered
  • SUSSEX COUNTY – 36,392 doses administered
  • UNION COUNTY – 119,503 doses administered
  • WARREN COUNTY – 23,697 doses administered
  • UNKNOWN COUNTY – 14,397 doses administered
  • OUT OF STATE – 64,109 doses administered

HOSPITALIZATIONS

There were 1,881 patients hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases New Jersey’s 71 hospitals as of Thursday night — 19 fewer than the previous night, according to the state’s dashboard.
That included 389 in critical or intensive care (13 more than the previous night), with 223 on ventilators (nine more).
There were also 249 COVID-19 patients discharged Thursday and 247 new patients admitted.
Hospitalizations peaked at more than 8,000 patients during the first wave of the pandemic in April.
SCHOOL CASES
New Jersey has reported 152 in-school coronavirus outbreaks, which have resulted in 737 cases among students, teachers and school staff this academic year, according to the state’s dashboard.
The state defines school outbreaks as cases where contact tracers determined two or more students or school staff caught or transmitted COVID-19 in the classroom or during academic activities at school.Those numbers do not include students or staff believed to have been infected outside school or cases that can’t be confirmed as in-school outbreaks.
There are about 1.4 million public school students and teachers across the state, though teaching methods amid the outbreak have varied, with some schools teaching in-person, some using a hybrid format and others remaining all-remote.

Murphy said Monday that with teachers soon eligible to get the vaccine, officials are “fully expecting” schools across New Jersey to return for in-person learning “safely and responsibly” when the next school year starts in September, if not sooner.

AGE BREAKDOWN
Broken down by age, those 30 to 49 years old make up the largest percentage of New Jersey residents who have caught the virus (31%), followed by those 50-64 (23.2%), 18-29 (19.5%), 65-79 (10.9%), 5-17 (8.5%), 80 and older (5%), and 0-4 (1.7%).
On average, the virus has been more deadly for older residents, especially those with preexisting conditions. Nearly half the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents 80 and older (47.25%), followed by those 65-79 (32.76%), 50-64 (15.58%), 30-49 (4.02%), 18-29 (0.37%), 5-17 (0%), and 0-4 (0.02%).
At least 7,923 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and staff members at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
There are currently active outbreaks at 309 facilities, resulting in 6,099 active cases among residents and 6,214 among staffers.
GLOBAL NUMBERS

As of Friday afternoon, there have been about 115.6 million positive COVID-19 tests across the world, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. More than 2.56 million people have died from coronavirus-related complications.

The U.S. has reported the most cases, at more than 28.8 million, and the most deaths, at about 520,300.

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