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N.J. reports 31 COVID deaths, 2,895 cases. Hospitalizations drop below 2,000.

Statewide coronavirus hospitalizations in New Jersey have fallen below 2,000 for the first time in slightly more than a month as officials on Thursday reported another 2,895 confirmed cases and an additional 31 confirmed deaths in the state.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the update during an unrelated event in Iselin and once again expressed cautious optimism the third wave of the pandemic may be starting to wane in the Garden State.

“I think we’re winning this one,” Murphy said during a radio interview Thursday afternoon on WCBS 880-AM. “And it’ll be slower than maybe we’d like, but we’re gonna get there.”

Murphy also reiterated he will have information next week on another round of reopening steps over the coming weeks, though he declined to provide more detail. He has said any steps would be incremental.

”We’re going through a fairly significant list of moves here,” he told reporters after Thursday’s event. “We just need to make sure our health numbers continue to go in the right direction. Hospitalizations going below 2,000 today is a very good, positive milestone.”
Still, Murphy also warned the state is “beginning to see” hesitancy among residents cause demand for the vaccine to slow. He said the state is brainstorming ways to “proactively reach” into communities to drum up support for the vaccine — including possibly using mobile units, public service announcements, working with businesses, and “maybe knocking on your door.”
New Jersey’s COVID-19 hospitalizations fell for the first time in three days, with 1,997 patients across the state’s 71 hospitals as of Wednesday night. That marks the first time since March 21 that there have been fewer than 2,000 hospitalized coronavirus patients statewide.
The state’s seven-day average for new confirmed positive tests is now 2,888, down 5% from a week ago and 14% from a month ago.
More than 2.63 million people have been fully vaccinated in the state as of Thursday — about 38% of the state’s 6.9 million adult residents. The state’s goal is to fully vaccinate 70% of its eligible adult population — about 4.7 million people — by the end of June.
Murphy said Thursday he still believes “with a fairly high degree of confidence” that the state will reach that mark even though some vaccine centers have reported dwindling demand.
But the governor added the state is hitting a critical point because the first shots need to be into arms by the end of May for that to happen with the pair of two-dose vaccines currently available.
”We are at the point we knew we would get to, and I think it’s this week — ironically, because this is the week we opened it up for everybody — where we knew we would have to take a series of proactive steps to reach into communities,” Murphy said. “It’s here and now.”
In all, more than 6.31 million vaccine doses have been administered in New Jersey, with more than 3.92 million people receiving at least one dose.
The state’s rate of transmission remained at 0.93 on Thursday, the same as the day before. The rate had dropped steadily in recent weeks after reaching 1.07 on April 5. Any number over 1 indicates that the outbreak is growing, with each new case leading to at least one other case. A declining transmission rate means the spread is slowing.
The statewide positivity rate for tests conducted on Sunday, the most recent day available, was 10.33%. Positive tests rates tend to be higher on the weekends when fewer tests are conducted. The percent positivity on weekdays last week ranged between 7.5% and 8.5%.
In all, New Jersey has now reported 868,541 confirmed coronavirus cases out of nearly 13.1 million PCR tests in the nearly 14 months since the state reported its first case on March 4, 2020. There have also been 122,039 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 25,301 residents have died from complications related to COVID-19 — including 22,691 confirmed deaths and 2,611 fatalities considered probable. The probable deaths, which are revised weekly, increased Wednesday by 19 fatalities.
New Jersey has the most coronavirus deaths per capita among American states.
Dr. Edward Lifshitz, director of the state Department of Health’s communicable disease service, said Wednesday there’s no magic percentage of the population that needs to be vaccinated to get to herd immunity.
“The higher your overall immunity gets in the population, the more you can expect to see numbers drop,” Lifshitz said. “But there’s not going to be one exact number where we get to 50%, 52%, or 70% where you can say, ‘That’s it, we’re not going to be seeing anymore transmission.’”
Still, Lifshitz noted that the state has begun to see cases drop dramatically among the state’s oldest population, which was among the first to become eligible for the vaccine.
So far, 83% of people 65 to 79 in New Jersey have received at least one vaccine dose in New Jersey, followed by 76% of those 80 and older, 62% of those 50 to 64, 46% of those 30 to 49, 27% of those 16 to 29.
VACCINATIONS BY COUNTY
  • ATLANTIC COUNTY – 197,404 doses administered
  • BERGEN COUNTY – 704,603 doses administered
  • BURLINGTON COUNTY – 332,512 doses administered
  • CAMDEN COUNTY – 366,758 doses administered
  • CAPE MAY COUNTY – 79,365 doses administered
  • CUMBERLAND COUNTY – 85,722 doses administered
  • ESSEX COUNTY – 493,769 doses administered
  • GLOUCESTER COUNTY – 221,986 doses administered
  • HUDSON COUNTY – 390,382 doses administered
  • HUNTERDON COUNTY – 90,959 doses administered
  • MERCER COUNTY – 249,988 doses administered
  • MIDDLESEX COUNTY – 561,295 doses administered
  • MONMOUTH COUNTY – 461,877 doses administered
  • MORRIS COUNTY – 439,142 doses administered
  • OCEAN COUNTY – 371,646 doses administered
  • PASSAIC COUNTY – 296,292 doses administered
  • SALEM COUNTY – 38,898 doses administered
  • SOMERSET COUNTY – 260,836 doses administered
  • SUSSEX COUNTY – 97,321 doses administered
  • UNION COUNTY – 352,383 doses administered
  • WARREN COUNTY – 62,133 doses administered
  • UNKNOWN COUNTY – 3,515 doses administered
  • OUT OF STATE – 151,279 doses administered
HOSPITALIZATIONS
There were 1,997 patients hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases across New Jersey’s 71 hospitals as of Wednesday night — 117 fewer than the previous night, according to state data.
That included 457 in critical or intensive care (two more than the night before), with 245 on ventilators (three fewer).
There were also 288 COVID-19 patients discharged Wednesday, while 219 were admitted.
By comparison, hospitalizations peaked at more than 8,300 patients during the first wave of the pandemic in April and more than 3,800 during the second wave in December.
SCHOOL CASES
New Jersey has reported 254 in-school coronavirus outbreaks, which have resulted in 1,125 cases among students, teachers and school staff this academic year, according to state data.
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 has said New Jersey’s schools are expected to return to full in-person classes for the next school year.
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 (30.9%), followed by those 50-64 (22.7%), 18-29 (19.9%), 65-79 (10.2%), 5-17 (9.7%), 80 and older (4.4%) and 0-4 (2%).
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 (46.66%), followed by those 65-79 (32.91%), 50-64 (15.95%), 30-49 (4.06%), 18-29 (0.39%), 5-17 (0.01%) and 0-4 (0.03%).
At least 8,020 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and staff members at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to state data.
There are active outbreaks at 234 facilities, resulting in 2,836 active cases among residents and 3,675 among staffers. Those numbers have slowed as vaccinations continue at the facilities.
GLOBAL NUMBERS
As of early Thursday afternoon, there have been more than 144.1 million positive COVID-19 tests across the globe, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. More than 3.06 million people have died from coronavirus-related complications.
The U.S. has reported the most cases, at more than 31.87 million, and the most deaths, at more than 569,500.
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N.J. reports 46 confirmed COVID deaths, 2,961 positive tests. Nearly 2.6M people fully vaccinated.

Three weeks after officials declared a third wave of the pandemic was hitting the state, New Jersey on Wednesday reported another 2,961 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and an additional 46 confirmed deaths, while more than 3 in 10 adults have been fully vaccinated in the state.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the update at his latest COVID-19 briefing in Trenton, saying that the state’s numbers are “still not where we need them to be” but have improved in the last week or so.

“They are showing a trend that is beginning to build in the right direction,” Murphy added.
Murphy also said he expects to have details next week on further easing safety restrictions in the state, though he stressed reopening will continue to be incremental and not in one fell swoop.
“We … owe people our best guess as to what it’s gonna look like for graduations, summer on the beaches, and whatnot,” the governor said.
The state’s seven-day average for new confirmed positive tests is now 2,961, down 4% from a week ago and 11% from a month ago.
Nearly 2.6 million people have been fully vaccinated in the state as of Tuesday — about 37% of the state’s 6.9 million adult residents. The state’s goal is to fully vaccinate 70% of its eligible adult population — about 4.7 million people — by the end of June.
In all, more than 6.2 million vaccine doses have been administered in New Jersey, with nearly 3.9 million people receiving at least one dose.
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 rose slightly for the second straight day, with 2,114 patients across the state’s 71 hospitals as of Tuesday night — an increase of five patients.
The state’s rate of transmission increased slightly to 0.93 after two days at 0.92. The rate had dropped steadily in recent weeks after reaching 1.07 on April 5. Any number over 1 indicates that the outbreak is growing, with each new case leading to at least one other case. A declining transmission rate means the spread is slowing.
The statewide positivity rate for tests conducted on Saturday, the most recent day available, was 10.94% based on 21,242 test. Positivity tests tend to be higher on the weekends when fewer tests are conducted. The percent positivity on weekdays last week ranged between 7.5% and 8.5%.

New Jersey has so far not come close to matching the prediction models that Murphy’s administration released last month to warn about the third wave. The models showed the state could peak at 5,445 daily cases and 2,669 people hospitalized with COVID-19 under a moderate scenario on April 18, which was Sunday. The worst-case scenario said the state could peak at 8,162 cases and 3,664 people hospitalized on May 18. But officials stressed those were just projections and that human behavior, including mask-wearing and social distancing, could prevent those scenarios from happening.

In all, New Jersey has now reported 865,733 confirmed coronavirus cases out of slightly more than 13 million PCR tests in the nearly 14 months since the state reported its first case on March 4, 2020. There have also been 121,617 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 25,271 residents have died from complications related to COVID-19 — including 22,660 confirmed deaths and 2,611 fatalities considered probable. The probable deaths, which are revised weekly, increased Wednesday by 19 fatalities.
New Jersey has the most coronavirus deaths per capita among American states.
Dr. Edward Lifshitz, director of the state Department of Health’s communicable disease service, said there’s no magic percentage of the population that needs to be vaccinated to get to herd immunity.
“The higher your overall immunity gets in the population, the more you can expect to see numbers drop,” Lifshitz said. “But there’s not going to be one exact number where we get to 50%, 52%, or 70% where you can say, ‘That’s it, we’re not going to be seeing anymore transmission.’”
Still, Lifshitz noted that the state has begun to see cases drop dramatically among the state’s oldest population, which was among the first to become eligible for the vaccine.
So far, 83% of people 65 to 79 in New Jersey have received at least one vaccine dose in New Jersey, followed by 76% of those 80 and older, 62% of those 50 to 64, 46% of those 30 to 49, 27% of those 16 to 29.
VACCINATIONS BY COUNTY
  • ATLANTIC COUNTY – 196,789 doses administered
  • BERGEN COUNTY – 697,555 doses administered
  • BURLINGTON COUNTY – 328,875 doses administered
  • CAMDEN COUNTY – 363,569 doses administered
  • CAPE MAY COUNTY – 78,903 doses administered
  • CUMBERLAND COUNTY – 85,287 doses administered
  • ESSEX COUNTY – 484,559 doses administered
  • GLOUCESTER COUNTY – 220,411 doses administered
  • HUDSON COUNTY – 385,076 doses administered
  • HUNTERDON COUNTY – 90,057 doses administered
  • MERCER COUNTY – 247,200 doses administered
  • MIDDLESEX COUNTY – 551,295 doses administered
  • MONMOUTH COUNTY – 456,207 doses administered
  • MORRIS COUNTY – 434,685 doses administered
  • OCEAN COUNTY – 367,371 doses administered
  • PASSAIC COUNTY – 292,047 doses administered
  • SALEM COUNTY – 38,705 doses administered
  • SOMERSET COUNTY – 256,967 doses administered
  • SUSSEX COUNTY – 96,130 doses administered
  • UNION COUNTY – 348,421 doses administered
  • WARREN COUNTY – 61,613 doses administered
  • UNKNOWN COUNTY – 3,465 doses administered
  • OUT OF STATE – 149,972 doses administered
COUNTY-BY-COUNTY NUMBERS (sorted by most new)
  • Essex County: 84,692 confirmed cases (368 new), 2,565 confirmed deaths (295 probable)
  • Passaic County: 63,335 confirmed cases (367 new), 1,650 confirmed deaths (195 probable)
  • Middlesex County: 83,729 confirmed cases (268 new), 2,026 confirmed deaths (246 probable)
  • Bergen County: 86,586 confirmed cases (264 new), 2,508 confirmed deaths (294 probable)
  • Hudson County: 77,617 confirmed cases (236 new), 1,989 confirmed deaths (210 probable)
  • Monmouth County: 65,967 confirmed cases (204 new), 1,421 confirmed deaths (139 probable)
  • Union County: 58,820 confirmed cases (191 new), 1,684 confirmed deaths (221 probable)
  • Ocean County: 63,964 confirmed cases (161 new), 1,927 confirmed deaths (158 probable)
  • Camden County: 46,621 confirmed cases (147 new), 1,153 confirmed deaths (98 probable)
  • Morris County: 41,166 confirmed cases (120 new), 956 confirmed deaths (249 probable)
  • Burlington County: 36,978 confirmed cases (100 new), 759 confirmed deaths (67 probable)
  • Gloucester County: 25,393 confirmed cases (97 new), 568 confirmed deaths (30 probable)
  • Mercer County: 30,761 confirmed cases (88 new), 877 confirmed deaths (43 probable)
  • Somerset County: 23,520 confirmed cases (70 new), 711 confirmed deaths (106 probable)
  • Atlantic County: 24,162 confirmed cases (64 new), 610 confirmed deaths (35 probable)
  • Cumberland County: 13,970 confirmed cases (47 new), 380 confirmed deaths (36 probable)
  • Salem County: 5,201 confirmed cases (47 new), 162 confirmed deaths (13 probable)
  • Warren County: 8,444 confirmed cases (37 new), 205 confirmed deaths (25 probable)
  • Sussex County: 11,156 confirmed cases (34 new), 223 confirmed deaths (67 probable)
  • Hunterdon County: 8,504 confirmed cases (31 new), 117 confirmed deaths (54 probable)
  • Cape May County: 4,429 confirmed cases (16 new), 169 confirmed deaths (30 probable)
HOSPITALIZATIONS
There were 2,114 patients hospitalized with confirmed (1,961) or suspected COVID-19 cases across New Jersey’s 71 hospitals as of Tuesday night — five more than the previous night, according to state data.
That included 455 in critical or intensive care (three more than the night before), with 248 on ventilators (six fewer).
There were also 262 COVID-19 patients discharged Tuesday, while 263 new patients were admitted.
By comparison, hospitalizations peaked at more than 8,300 patients during the first wave of the pandemic in April and more than 3,800 during the second wave in December.
SCHOOL CASES
New Jersey has reported 245 in-school coronavirus outbreaks, which have resulted in 1,094 cases among students, teachers and school staff this academic year, according to state data.
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 has said New Jersey’s schools are expected to return to full in-person classes for the next school year.
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 (30.9%), followed by those 50-64 (22.7%), 18-29 (19.9%), 65-79 (10.2%), 5-17 (9.7%), 80 and older (4.4%) and 0-4 (2%).
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 (46.66%), followed by those 65-79 (32.91%), 50-64 (15.95%), 30-49 (4.06%), 18-29 (0.39%), 5-17 (0.01%) and 0-4 (0.03%).
At least 8,018 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and staff members at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to state data.
There are active outbreaks at 233 facilities, resulting in 2,863 active cases among residents and 3,710 among staffers. Those numbers have slowed as vaccinations continue at the facilities.
GLOBAL NUMBERS
As of Wednesday afternoon, there have been more than 143.2 million positive COVID-19 tests across the world, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. More than 3.04 million people have died from coronavirus-related complications.
The U.S. has reported the most cases, at more than 31.8 million, and the most deaths, at more than 569,000.
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13 deaths, 2,765 cases of COVID announced as N.J. prepares to open vaccine eligiblity

New Jersey health officials on Sunday reported another 2,765 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and an additional 13 confirmed deaths as the state prepares to open vaccine eligibility to all adults.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the latest figures on social media.

More than 1 in 3 adults in the state — 2,476,998 — are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while 3,777,441 have received at least one dose as of Saturday morning, according to the state. Vaccine eligibility expands on Monday to anyone 16 or older who lives, works or studies in New Jersey.

The state’s rate of transmission on Sunday held steady from 0.91 on Saturday, down from a recent peak of 1.07 on April 5. Any number over 1 indicates that the outbreak is growing, with each new case leading to at least one other case. A declining transmission rate means the spread is slowing.

In all, New Jersey has now reported 858,519 confirmed coronavirus cases out of more than 12.9 million PCR tests since the state reported its first case on March 4, 2020. There have also been 120,334 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 25,143 deaths from complications related to COVID-19 — including 22,551 confirmed deaths and 2,592 fatalities considered probable.

HOSPITALIZATIONS

There were 2,095 patients hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases across New Jersey’s 71 hospitals as of Thursday night — 90 fewer than the previous night. More recent data from the weekend was not available on Sunday.
That figure included 446 in critical or intensive care (10 fewer than the night before), with 247 on ventilators (six fewer).
There were also 299 COVID-19 patients discharged Thursday.
The number of people being treated has ticked down for nearly a week.

By comparison, hospitalizations peaked at more than 8,300 patients during the first wave of the pandemic last April.

SCHOOL CASES
New Jersey has reported 245 in-school coronavirus outbreaks, which have resulted in 1,094 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.
Teaching methods amid the outbreak have varied for the 1.4 million public school students and teachers across the state, with some schools teaching in-person, some using a hybrid format and others remaining all-remote.
Murphy recently announced most New Jersey schools can move classroom desks three feet apart, instead of six feet, under new social distancing guidelines.
The governor also said the state’s schools will return to full in-person classes for the next school year and districts will not be allowed to offer virtual learning, even for parents who want that option due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. But Murphy clarified that students and teachers who have health issues that could put them at greater risk of a serious coronavirus case will have a virtual option.

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 (30.9%), followed by those 50-64 (22.7%), 18-29 (19.9%), 65-79 (10.2%), 5-17 (9.6%), 80 and older (4.5%) and 0-4 (2%).
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 (46.66%), followed by those 65-79 (32.91%), 50-64 (15.95%), 30-49 (4.06%), 18-29 (0.39%), 5-17 (0%) and 0-4 (0.03%).
At least 7,989 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 active outbreaks at 225 facilities, resulting in 3,676 active cases among residents and 4,366 among staffers. Those numbers have been slowing as vaccinations continue at the facilities.
GLOBAL NUMBERS
As of Sunday, there have been more than 140 million positive COVID-19 tests across the world, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. More than 3 million people have died from coronavirus-related complications.
The U.S. has reported the most cases, at more than 31.64 million, and the most deaths, at more than 567,000.
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N.J. reports 41 COVID deaths, 3,791 positive tests. Hospitalizations, transmission rate decline again.

New Jersey health officials on Friday reported another 3,791 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and an additional 41 confirmed deaths as hospitalizations and the rate of transmission continued to fall.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the latest numbers on social media. The seven-day average for new positive tests is 3,066, down 9% from a week ago and about the same as a month ago.

More than 1 in 3 adults in the state — 2,377,803 — are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while 3,694,948 have received at least one dose as of Friday morning, according to the state. Vaccine eligibility expands on Monday to anyone 16 or older who lives, works or studies in New Jersey.

The state’s rate of transmission on Friday decreased to 0.91 from 0.92 on Thursday. It has dropped steadily from 1.07 on April 5. Any number over 1 indicates that the outbreak is growing, with each new case leading to at least one other case. A declining transmission rate means the spread is slowing.

The positivity rate for Saturday, the most recent day available, was 11.23% based on 25,301 tests. Positivity rates on weekend days tend to be higher with fewer tests conducted. The positivity rate on weekdays last week hovered between 8 and 9%.
In all, New Jersey has now reported 852,330 confirmed coronavirus cases out of more than 12.8 million PCR tests since the state reported its first case on March 4, 2020. There have also been 119,452 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 25,094 people have died from complications related to COVID-19 — including 22,502 confirmed deaths and 2,592 fatalities considered probable. The probable deaths, which are revised weekly, increased by 19 on Wednesday.
VACCINATIONS BY COUNTY
  • ATLANTIC COUNTY – 184,262 doses administered
  • BERGEN COUNTY – 652,941 doses administered
  • BURLINGTON COUNTY – 306,206 doses administered
  • CAMDEN COUNTY – 342,576 doses administered
  • CAPE MAY COUNTY – 75,131 doses administered
  • CUMBERLAND COUNTY – 80,095 doses administered
  • ESSEX COUNTY – 451,257 doses administered
  • GLOUCESTER COUNTY – 206,432 doses administered
  • HUDSON COUNTY – 354,057 doses administered
  • HUNTERDON COUNTY – 84,434 doses administered
  • MERCER COUNTY – 231,054 doses administered
  • MIDDLESEX COUNTY – 507,865 doses administered
  • MONMOUTH COUNTY – 429,155 doses administered
  • MORRIS COUNTY – 406,188 doses administered
  • OCEAN COUNTY – 347,589 doses administered
  • PASSAIC COUNTY – 269,037 doses administered
  • SALEM COUNTY – 36,225 doses administered
  • SOMERSET COUNTY – 237,844 doses administered
  • SUSSEX COUNTY – 90,329 doses administered
  • UNION COUNTY – 317,625 doses administered
  • WARREN COUNTY – 58,951 doses administered
  • UNKNOWN COUNTY – 20,968 doses administered
  • OUT OF STATE – 142,186 doses administered

COUNTY-BY-COUNTY NUMBERS (sorted by most new cases)

  • Essex County: 83,084 confirmed cases (445 new), 2,551 confirmed deaths (291 probable)
  • Hudson County: 76,478 confirmed cases (382 new), 1,979 confirmed deaths (206 probable)
  • Middlesex County: 82,361 confirmed cases (374 new), 2,013 confirmed deaths (245 probable)
  • Bergen County: 85,445 confirmed cases (345 new), 2,492 confirmed deaths (294 probable)
  • Passaic County: 62,083 confirmed cases (318 new), 1,635 confirmed deaths (195 probable)
  • Camden County: 45,910 confirmed cases (252 new), 1,145 confirmed deaths (98 probable)
  • Monmouth County: 64,976 confirmed cases (239 new), 1,408 confirmed deaths (137 probable)
  • Union County: 57,885 confirmed cases (234 new), 1,673 confirmed deaths (220 probable)
  • Ocean County: 63,259 confirmed cases (194 new), 1,905 confirmed deaths (155 probable)
  • Morris County: 40,599 confirmed cases (174 new), 952 confirmed deaths (246 probable)
  • Burlington County: 36,488 confirmed cases (154 new), 752 confirmed deaths (67 probable)
  • Gloucester County: 24,993 confirmed cases (115 new), 563 confirmed deaths (30 probable)
  • Mercer County: 30,366 confirmed cases (106 new), 874 confirmed deaths (43 probable)
  • Atlantic County: 23,784 confirmed cases (98 new), 603 confirmed deaths (35 probable)
  • Sussex County: 10,928 confirmed cases (84 new), 222 confirmed deaths (67 probable)
  • Somerset County: 23,145 confirmed cases (77 new), 710 confirmed deaths (105 probable)
  • Cumberland County: 13,795 confirmed cases (55 new), 377 confirmed deaths (36 probable)
  • Hunterdon County: 8,341 confirmed cases (48 new), 116 confirmed deaths (54 probable)
  • Warren County: 8,286 confirmed cases (41 new), 204 confirmed deaths (25 probable)
  • Salem County: 5,071 confirmed cases (37 new), 159 confirmed deaths (13 probable)
  • Cape May County: 4,340 confirmed cases (13 new), 169 confirmed deaths (30 probable)

HOSPITALIZATIONS

There were 2,185 patients hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases across New Jersey’s 71 hospitals as of Thursday night — 75 fewer than the previous night.
That included 456 in critical or intensive care (four fewer than the night before), with 190 on ventilators (61 fewer).
There were also 300 COVID-19 patients discharged Thursday.
By comparison, hospitalizations peaked at more than 8,300 patients during the first wave of the pandemic in April.
SCHOOL CASES
New Jersey has reported 245 in-school coronavirus outbreaks, which have resulted in 1,094 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 recently announced most New Jersey schools can move classroom desks three feet apart, instead of six feet, under new social distancing guidelines.

The governor also said the state’s schools will return to full in-person classes for the next school year and districts will not be allowed to offer virtual learning, even for parents who want that option due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. But Murphy clarified that students and teachers who have health issues that could put them at greater risk of a serious coronavirus case will have a virtual option.
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 (30.9%), followed by those 50-64 (22.9%), 18-29 (19.8%), 65-79 (10.4%), 5-17 (9.4%), 80 and older (4.6%) and 0-4 (1.9%).
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 (46.87%), followed by those 65-79 (32.89%), 50-64 (15.78%), 30-49 (4.05%), 18-29 (0.39%), 5-17 (0%) and 0-4 (0.03%).
At least 7,989 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 active outbreaks at 225 facilities, resulting in 3,676 active cases among residents and 4,366 among staffers. Those numbers have been slowing as vaccinations continue at the facilities.
GLOBAL NUMBERS

As of Friday, there have been more than 139.3 million positive COVID-19 tests across the world, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. More than 2.99 million people have died from coronavirus-related complications.

The U.S. has reported the most cases, at more than 31.5 million, and the most deaths, at more than 565,400.
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Monmouth County Man Admits Posing As Teenager On Facebook To Induce Minor To Send Sexually Explicit Pictures And Videos

TRENTON, N.J. – A Monmouth County, New Jersey, man today admitted to knowingly receiving child pornography, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.

Herman Christopher Jensen, 68, of Union Beach, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to an information charging him with one count of knowingly receiving child pornography.

According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Special agents of the FBI began investigating Jensen for assuming the identity of a 17-year-old boy to entice and solicit an underage girl to send nude and sexually explicit images over the internet. Jensen did this by creating a fake Facebook account, purporting to be a teenaged boy named “Kevin Bennett.” From January 2018 through August 2018, Jensen used the “Kevin Bennett” Facebook account to communicate with the victim frequently, causing her to believe that she was involved in a romantic relationship with “Kevin Bennett.”

Jensen requested nude and semi-nude photographs from the victim through Facebook’s messenger service and the victim sent him images. Jensen received increasingly explicit videos depicting the victim engaging in sexually explicit activity.

In August of 2018, Jensen revealed to the victim that he was not the 17-year-old boy he purported to be, but instead an adult named Chris Jensen. The victim continued to communicate with Jensen via the “Chris Jensen” Facebook account. In December 2018, the victim traveled to New Jersey to live with Jensen. On Dec.19, 2018, local authorities removed the victim from Jensen’s residence.

The charge of knowingly receiving child pornography carries a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 20 years in prison, and a statutory maximum fine equal to the greatest of $250,000, or twice the gross amount of any pecuniary gain or loss, whichever is greater.  Sentencing is scheduled for September 14, 2021.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents and task force officers of the FBI and the Red Bank Resident Agencies Jersey Shore Gang and Criminal Organization Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr., with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea. She also thanked the Union Beach, New Jersey, Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Michael J. Woodrow, for assistance in the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Perry Farhat of the Government Frauds Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Newark.

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Covid-19 State News

N.J. reports 27 COVID deaths, 2,079 cases. More than half of state’s adults have received 1 vaccine dose.

New Jersey health officials on Monday reported another 2,079 cases of the coronavirus and an additional 27 deaths as hospitalizations fell for a fourth consecutive day and the transmission rate remained below the key benchmark that indicates the outbreak is once again slowing.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the latest numbers during a briefing in Trenton as he highlighted the continued progress toward the goal of vaccinating 70% of the state’s adult population by the end of June. More than half of the state’s adults have received at least one dose and nearly one-third are fully vaccinated.

“To all working across the state to administer shots in arms, regardless of where you are – whether you’re a mega-site, a local health clinic, a community-based vaccination center, one of our federal pharmacy program partners, or any of the hundreds of other sites across our state – from the bottom of our hearts, we say thank you for your incredible and hard work,” said Murphy, who received his first dose on Friday.
“And to every single one of you who has raised your sleeve to be vaccinated, thank you, as well, not only for showing your faith in our vaccine efforts but for being role models for those around you,” he said.
New Jersey health facilities and vaccine centers have now administered more than 5.44 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered since the state’s first shot was given Dec. 15. That includes more than 3.47 million people with at least one dose and more than 2.19 million who received their second, according to state data.
The 2,079 new confirmed cases reported Monday is the lowest number of positive tests in five weeks and brings the state’s seven-day average for confirmed cases to 3,173. That’s down 18% from a week ago, but still up 8% from a month ago.
The state’s 71 hospitals reported 2,261 patients as of Sunday night, down 35 people from a day earlier. Hospitalizations remain well below the recent high of 3,873 on Dec. 22.
The state’s rate of transmission fell again Monday to .94, following a steady drop from 1.07 a week ago. Any number over 1 indicates that the outbreak is growing, with each new case leading to at least one other case. A declining transmission rate means the spread is slowing.
The positivity rate for tests conducted on Thursday, the most recent day available, was 8.39% based on 45,456 tests.
In all, New Jersey has now reported 839,114 coronavirus cases out of more than 12.6 million PCR tests since the state reported its first case on March 4, 2020. There have also been 116,852 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 24,896 residents have died from complications related to COVID-19 — 22,323 confirmed deaths and 2,573 fatalities considered probable.
VACCINATIONS BY COUNTY
  • ATLANTIC COUNTY – 172,439 doses administered
  • BERGEN COUNTY – 611,250 doses administered
  • BURLINGTON COUNTY – 287,286 doses administered
  • CAMDEN COUNTY – 323,235 doses administered
  • CAPE MAY COUNTY – 71,167 doses administered
  • CUMBERLAND COUNTY – 75,473 doses administered
  • ESSEX COUNTY – 420,077 doses administered
  • GLOUCESTER COUNTY – 195,216 doses administered
  • HUDSON COUNTY – 321,371 doses administered
  • HUNTERDON COUNTY – 77,417 doses administered
  • MERCER COUNTY – 215,823 doses administered
  • MIDDLESEX COUNTY – 466,828 doses administered
  • MONMOUTH COUNTY – 399,650 doses administered
  • MORRIS COUNTY – 381,528 doses administered
  • OCEAN COUNTY – 250,278 doses administered
  • PASSAIC COUNTY – 324,540 doses administered
  • SALEM COUNTY – 34,218 doses administered
  • SOMERSET COUNTY – 221,761 doses administered
  • SUSSEX COUNTY – 84,742 doses administered
  • UNION COUNTY – 293,483 doses administered
  • WARREN COUNTY – 54,713 doses administered
  • UNKNOWN COUNTY – 22,968 doses administered
  • OUT OF STATE – 134,795 doses administered
COUNTY-BY-COUNTY NUMBERS (sorted by most new cases)
  • Middlesex County: 81,008 confirmed cases (220 new), 1,993 confirmed deaths (245 probable)
  • Bergen County: 84,265 confirmed cases (204 new), 2,470 confirmed deaths (294 probable)
  • Essex County: 81,440 confirmed cases (193 new), 2,528 confirmed deaths (291 probable)
  • Hudson County: 75,351 confirmed cases (167 new), 1,953 confirmed deaths (203 probable)
  • Passaic County: 60,883 confirmed cases (164 new), 1,629 confirmed deaths (194 probable)
  • Monmouth County: 64,035 confirmed cases (160 new), 1,391 confirmed deaths (137 probable)
  • Camden County: 45,188 confirmed cases (137 new), 1,142 confirmed deaths (97 probable)
  • Ocean County: 62,590 confirmed cases (118 new), 1,882 confirmed deaths (155 probable)
  • Union County: 57,085 confirmed cases (112 new), 1,666 confirmed deaths (216 probable)
  • Morris County: 39,975 confirmed cases (97 new), 950 confirmed deaths (241 probable)
  • Burlington County: 35,975 confirmed cases (85 new), 743 confirmed deaths (63 probable)
  • Mercer County: 30,016 confirmed cases (82 new), 870 confirmed deaths (43 probable)
  • Gloucester County: 24,522 confirmed cases (79 new), 556 confirmed deaths (30 probable)
  • Atlantic County: 23,419 confirmed cases (76 new), 599 confirmed deaths (35 probable)
  • Somerset County: 22,789 confirmed cases (45 new), 706 confirmed deaths (105 probable)
  • Sussex County: 10,680 confirmed cases (43 new), 222 confirmed deaths (66 probable)
  • Warren County: 8,103 confirmed cases (33 new), 204 confirmed deaths (25 probable)
  • Cumberland County: 13,597 confirmed cases (21 new), 375 confirmed deaths (36 probable)
  • Hunterdon County: 8,162 confirmed cases (19 new), 117 confirmed deaths (54 probable)
  • Cape May County: 4,291 confirmed cases (9 new), 169 confirmed deaths (30 probable)
  • Salem County: 4,954 confirmed cases (5 new), 158 confirmed deaths (13 probable)
HOSPITALIZATIONS
There were 2,261 patients hospitalized with confirmed (2,150) or suspected COVID-19 cases across New Jersey’s 71 hospitals as of Sunday night — 35 fewer than the previous night.
That included 448 in critical or intensive care (seven fewer than the night before), with 241 on ventilators (eight fewer more).
There were also 233 COVID-19 patients discharged Sunday.
By comparison, hospitalizations peaked at more than 8,300 patients during the first wave of the pandemic in April.
SCHOOL CASES
New Jersey has reported 240 in-school coronavirus outbreaks, which have resulted in 1,070 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 recently announced most New Jersey schools can move classroom desks three feet apart, instead of six feet, under new social distancing guidelines.
The governor also said the state’s schools will return to full in-person classes for the next school year and districts will not be allowed to offer virtual learning, even for parents who want that option due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. But Murphy clarified that students and teachers who have health issues that could put them at greater risk of a serious coronavirus case will have a virtual option.
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 (30.9%), followed by those 50-64 (22.9%), 18-29 (19.8%), 65-79 (10.4%), 5-17 (9.4%), 80 and older (4.6%) and 0-4 (1.9%).
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 (46.87%), followed by those 65-79 (32.89%), 50-64 (15.78%), 30-49 (4.05%), 18-29 (0.39%), 5-17 (0%) and 0-4 (0.03%).
At least 7,989 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 active outbreaks at 225 facilities, resulting in 3,676 active cases among residents and 4,366 among staffers. Those numbers have been slowing as vaccinations continue at the facilities.
GLOBAL NUMBERS
As of Monday, there have been more than 136 million positive COVID-19 tests across the world, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. More than 2.9 million people have died from coronavirus-related complications.
The U.S. has reported the most cases, at more than 31.2 million, and the most deaths, at more than 562,000.
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Covid-19 State News

Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Friday, April 10, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Below you will find the most up-to-date information on coronavirus news impacting New Jersey. You can find additional resources and coverage on our coronavirus page.

12 p.m.
Gov. Phil Murphy held his daily coronavirus press conference with new updates. Watch in full below.

  • New Jersey now has 54,588 COVID-19 cases, Murphy says.
  • 7,570 patients hospitalized, 1,679 of which require critical or intensive care.
  • 682 COVID-19 patients have been discharged from the hospital in New Jersey.
  • State death toll now stands at 1,932 after 233 additional fatalities since Thursday.
  • Gov. Murphy reminded people to continue social distancing during Easter weekend, saying that staying apart this year ensures we will be together next year.
  • Gov. Murphy signing order allowing temporary home confinement for certain low-risk prison inmates whose current age or health status puts them at greater risk for COVID-19 complications.
  • Within NJ correctional facilities, there are currently 129 employees with coronavirus, 20 inmates infected, and there has been one inmate fatality due to COVID-19. This inmate was at the New Jersey State Correctional Facility.
  • NJ counties with most positive cases: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Union, Middlesex.

7:20 a.m.
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop announced on the PIX11 Morning News a $3 million relief fund to help local non-profits and low-income residents dealing with the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

As of early Friday morning, New Jersey COVID-19 cases stand at 51,027, with the state’s death toll now at 1,700.

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Crime & Safety State News

Two Essex County Men Arrested for Fraudulent Debit Card Scheme

NEWARK, N.J. – Two Essex County men were arrested today for their roles in a fraudulent debit card scheme, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Alateef Perry, 43, of Newark, and Rajohn Dawkins, 25, of Irvington, New Jersey, are charged by complaint with conspiracy to commit access device fraud. Both defendants are scheduled to make initial appearances this afternoon by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Hammer.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

From July 2019 through March 2020, Perry and Dawkins fraudulently used debit cards in the names of other individuals, without the cardholders’ consent or knowledge, to purchase diesel fuel for commercial truck drivers in exchange for cash. Perry and Dawkins met commercial truck drivers at multiple gas stations in New Jersey, including gas stations located in Hanover and Middlesex. Perry and Dawkins used the unauthorized debit cards to fill the drivers’ commercial trucks with diesel fuel. The truck drivers then typically paid Perry and Dawkins a fraction of the fuel’s purchase price in cash, which Perry and Dawkins pocketed. Perry and Dawkins used over 500 unauthorized debit cards and ultimately stole over $220,000.

The charge of conspiracy to commit access device fraud carries a maximum potential sentence of five years in prison and a maximum potential fine of $250,000, or twice the gross pecuniary gain or loss from the offense, whichever is greater.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the U.S. Secret Service, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Mark McKevitt, with the investigation leading to today’s arrests. She also thanked inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service – Newark Division, under the direction of Acting Inspector in Charge Rodney M. Hopkins; the Township of Hanover Police Department, under the direction of Chief Mark D. Roddy, and the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Armando B. Fontoura, for their assistance with this investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Samantha C. Fasanello of the Criminal Division in Newark.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Covid-19 State News

N.J. reports 43 COVID deaths, 3,523 cases. Nearly half of adults have 1 vaccine dose.

New Jersey health officials on Friday reported another 3,523 cases of the coronavirus and an additional 43 deaths as nearly half of the state’s adult population has received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the latest numbers on the outbreak on social media before he is expected to be vaccinated along with his wife Tammy Murphy at the Atlantic City mega-site

New Jersey’s seven-day average for confirmed cases is 3,360, down 18% from a week ago, but up 20% from a month ago.

The state’s 71 hospitals reported 2,358 patients as of Thursday night, down 20 people from a day earlier. Hospitalizations had been rising this week, but remain well below the recent high of 3,873 on Dec. 22.

New Jersey health facilities and vaccine centers have now administered more than 5.1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine since the state’s first shot was given Dec. 15. That includes more than 3.2 million people with at least one dose, about 47% of the state’s adult population, according to state data. Nearly 30% of New Jersey’s adult population has been fully vaccinated.
The state’s rate of transmission declined again Friday to 1.01, following a steady drop through the week from 1.07 on Monday. Any number over 1 indicates that the outbreak is growing, with each new case leading to at least one other case. A declining transmission rate means the spread is slowing.
In all, New Jersey has now reported 831,260 coronavirus cases out of more than 12.5 million PCR tests since the state reported its first case on March 4, 2020. There have also been 115,244 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 9.2 million people has reported 24,826 residents have died from complications related to COVID-19 — 22,253 confirmed deaths and 2,573 fatalities considered probable. The probable deaths, which are revised weekly, increased by five on Wednesday.

VACCINATIONS BY COUNTY
  • ATLANTIC COUNTY – 164,853 doses administered
  • BERGEN COUNTY – 577,382 doses administered
  • BURLINGTON COUNTY – 271,452 doses administered
  • CAMDEN COUNTY – 306,948 doses administered
  • CAPE MAY COUNTY – 68,766 doses administered
  • CUMBERLAND COUNTY – 70,959 doses administered
  • ESSEX COUNTY – 394,076 doses administered
  • GLOUCESTER COUNTY – 185,634 doses administered
  • HUDSON COUNTY – 296,602 doses administered
  • HUNTERDON COUNTY – 73,556 doses administered
  • MERCER COUNTY – 201,556 doses administered
  • MIDDLESEX COUNTY – 440,966 doses administered
  • MONMOUTH COUNTY – 382,466 doses administered
  • MORRIS COUNTY – 361,635 doses administered
  • OCEAN COUNTY – 310,408 doses administered
  • PASSAIC COUNTY – 234,378 doses administered
  • SALEM COUNTY – 32,896 doses administered
  • SOMERSET COUNTY – 209,752 doses administered
  • SUSSEX COUNTY – 80,801 doses administered
  • UNION COUNTY – 274,730 doses administered
  • WARREN COUNTY – 52,553 doses administered
  • UNKNOWN COUNTY – 21,286 doses administered
  • OUT OF STATE – 128,215 doses administered

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

  • Middlesex County: 80,250 confirmed cases (408 new), 1,983 confirmed deaths (245 probable)
  • Essex County: 80,639 confirmed cases (365 new), 2,528 confirmed deaths (291 probable)
  • Bergen County: 83,471 confirmed cases (350 new), 2,464 confirmed deaths (294 probable)
  • Monmouth County: 63,384 confirmed cases (310 new), 1,384 confirmed deaths (137 probable)
  • Hudson County: 74,732 confirmed cases (307 new), 1,948 confirmed deaths (203 probable)
  • Ocean County: 62,049 confirmed cases (268 new), 1,870 confirmed deaths (155 probable)
  • Passaic County: 60,380 confirmed cases (247 new), 1,622 confirmed deaths (194 probable)
  • Union County: 56,644 confirmed cases (242 new), 1,661 confirmed deaths (216 probable)
  • Camden County: 44,731 confirmed cases (155 new), 1,137 confirmed deaths (97 probable)
  • Morris County: 39,621 confirmed cases (153 new), 946 confirmed deaths (241 probable)
  • Burlington County: 35,624 confirmed cases (144 new), 742 confirmed deaths (63 probable)
  • Somerset County: 22,586 confirmed cases (107 new), 705 confirmed deaths (105 probable)
  • Mercer County: 29,752 confirmed cases (105 new), 868 confirmed deaths (43 probable)
  • Atlantic County: 23,138 confirmed cases (100 new), 596 confirmed deaths (35 probable)
  • Gloucester County: 24,244 confirmed cases (58 new), 555 confirmed deaths (30 probable)
  • Hunterdon County: 8,069 confirmed cases (45 new), 117 confirmed deaths (54 probable)
  • Sussex County: 10,508 confirmed cases (45 new), 221 confirmed deaths (66 probable)
  • Warren County: 7,970 confirmed cases (41 new), 204 confirmed deaths (25 probable)
  • Salem County: 4,915 confirmed cases (24 new), 158 confirmed deaths (13 probable)
  • Cumberland County: 13,483 confirmed cases (23 new), 375 confirmed deaths (36 probable)
  • Cape May County: 4,265 confirmed cases (14 new), 169 confirmed deaths (30 probable)

HOSPITALIZATIONS

There were 2,358 patients hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases across New Jersey’s 71 hospitals as of Thursday night — 20 fewer than the previous night.
That included 460 in critical or intensive care (four more than the night before), with 266 on ventilators (two more).
There were also 324 COVID-19 patients discharged Thursday.
By comparison, hospitalizations peaked at more than 8,300 patients during the first wave of the pandemic in April.
SCHOOL CASES
New Jersey has reported 240 in-school coronavirus outbreaks, which have resulted in 1,070 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 last week announced most New Jersey schools can move classroom desks three feet apart, instead of six feet, under new social distancing guidelines.

The governor also said the state’s schools will return to full in-person classes for the next school year and districts will not be allowed to offer virtual learning, even for parents who want that option due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. But Murphy clarified Tuesday that students and teachers who have health issues that could put them at greater risk of a serious coronavirus case will have a virtual option.
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 (30.9%), followed by those 50-64 (22.9%), 18-29 (19.8%), 65-79 (10.4%), 5-17 (9.4%), 80 and older (4.6%) and 0-4 (1.9%).
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 (46.87%), followed by those 65-79 (32.89%), 50-64 (15.78%), 30-49 (4.05%), 18-29 (0.39%), 5-17 (0%) and 0-4 (0.03%).
At least 7,989 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 active outbreaks at 225 facilities, resulting in 3,676 active cases among residents and 4,366 among staffers. Those numbers have been slowing as vaccinations continue at the facilities.

GLOBAL NUMBERS
As of Friday, there have been more than 134 million positive COVID-19 tests across the world, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. More than 2.9 million people have died from coronavirus-related complications.
The U.S. has reported the most cases, at more than 31 million, and the most deaths, at more than 560,100.
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Crime & Safety State News

New Jersey Man Admits Operating Illegal Bitcoin Exchange

NEWARK, N.J. – A Monmouth County, New Jersey, man today admitted operating an illegal bitcoin exchange, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

William Green, 53, of Wall, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to Count 1 of an indictment charging him with operating an unlicensed money transmitting business.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

From August 2017 through February 2019, Green operated a website called “Destination Bitcoin.”  Through the website and various referrals, Green received money from members of the public through cash, wire transfers into bank accounts controlled by Green, and online payment processors.  Green then converted the funds to bitcoin and transferred the bitcoin to bitcoin wallet addresses provided by the customers. Green charged the customers a fee for this service.

Federal law provides that any person who owns or controls a money transmitting business shall register the business (whether the business is licensed as a money transmitting business in any state) with the Secretary of the Treasury. Green admitted today that he knew he was required to register his business with the Secretary of the Treasury and that he failed to do so.

The unlicensed money transmitting charge to which Green pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 10, 2021.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of IRS – Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael Montanez, and special agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anthony P. Torntore and Matthew Feldman Nikic of the U.S. Attorney’s Cybercrime Unit in Newark.