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4,686 new COVID cases, 26 additional deaths reported in N.J. as transmission rate holds steady – NJ.com

A further 4,686 COVID-19 circumstances and 26 deaths have been introduced Sunday as vaccine appointments in New Jersey remained troublesome to safe.

The state lately expanded vaccine eligibility to these over 65, residents with sure well being circumstances and people who smoke, making a backlog for appointments when vaccines promised by the federal authorities didn’t materialize.

“Governors got assurances by @HHSGov that we’d obtain extra vaccines from the nationwide reserve for our seniors, well being care employees, and first responders,” Murphy wrote Saturday on Twitter. “We want solutions for why this stockpile doesn’t exist and our allocations have been lowered from what we anticipated.”

Murphy added that the vaccine could be distributed to these at “larger danger” of extreme circumstances of COVID-19 as a consequence of their age and underlying circumstances.

“Our first precedence is to vaccinate these at larger danger for extreme COVID as a consequence of age and power well being components — and to have the infrastructure in place to quickly scale up distribution when federal provide meets demand,” Murphy wrote on Twitter.

The 7-day common for brand new confirmed coronavirus circumstances is now 5,367, up 4% from every week in the past and 13% from a month in the past.

Hospitalization knowledge for Sunday was not instantly obtainable. There have been 3,677 sufferers hospitalized in New Jersey with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 circumstances as of Friday night time. That marked 134 greater than the earlier night time and a rise after two days when the variety of individuals hospitalized dropped.

The state of 9 million residents has now misplaced 20,439 residents within the COVID-19 outbreak — 18,348 confirmed deaths and a couple of,091 thought-about possible, in keeping with state knowledge. New Jersey has already introduced 1,252 confirmed deaths this month, following 1,890 in December.

New Jersey has reported 565,097 whole confirmed circumstances out of greater than 8.6 million exams administered since officers introduced the state’s first case March 4. There have additionally been 62,124 optimistic speedy antigen exams, which the state started reporting publicly earlier this month, although officers have cautioned that they might overlap with the confirmed PCR exams.

The statewide price of COVID-19 transmission remained regular at 1.12. A transmission price over 1 signifies the outbreak is increasing.

The positivity price for exams administered on Wednesday, the newest day obtainable, was 10.12% out of 54,903 exams. The positivity price had been at 10% or larger since Dec. 22, earlier than dipping beneath 10% on Monday.

New Jersey’s prime well being official warned Wednesday that the state is preparing for a “surge” in hospitalizations from the most recent spike in circumstances that might come as quickly as subsequent week and will set off a brand new spherical of restrictions, notably involving elective surgical procedures.

Whereas hospitalizations have remained between 3,500 and three,900 for weeks — far beneath the height of greater than 8,000 within the spring — state Well being Commissioner Judy Persichilli mentioned hospital officers are involved in regards to the weeks forward as a consequence of obtainable staffing.

“What we is not going to have is the suitable degree of staffing that individuals are acquainted with, standard staffing,” Persichilli beforehand mentioned. “So we will probably be working with our hospitals if they should progress to what we name contingency staffing, and hopefully by no means disaster staffing.”

Murphy has warned that hospitalizations above 5,000 sufferers would doubtless set off new restrictions — notably involving elective surgical procedures, which embrace procedures like eradicating tumors.

VACCINATIONS

Greater than 348,414 doses of the vaccine have been administered within the state as of Sunday, in keeping with the state’s COVID-19 dashboard. Of these, 308,874 have been the primary of two doses individuals will obtain, whereas 39,330 have been the second, in keeping with the dashboard.

The only-day excessive to this point was Jan. 8, when 24,482 doses have been administered, in keeping with the state.

New Jersey has averaged about 9,500 pictures a day by means of the primary 30 days of this system, together with Christmas Day when no doses have been administered. The state has been averaging about 17,000 pictures a day over the previous seven days, state data present.

The state has confronted criticism for rolling out inoculations too slowly. Officers stress there could also be an undercounting of the variety of vaccines administered due to reporting delays and New Jersey, like different states, is relying on the federal authorities for its provide.

Murphy introduced Wednesday that folks 65 years and older, in addition to individuals with power well being circumstances and people who smoke at the moment are eligible to get vaccinations.

Officers have mentioned doses ought to be obtainable for most of the people by April or Might. Well being officers have mentioned they hope to vaccinate 70% of the state’s grownup residents — about 4.7 million individuals — by the top of Might.

In latest days, New Jersey has opened the first three of its six deliberate “mega-sites” for mass vaccinations. There are additionally vaccines currently available at 130 locations throughout the state, together with native well being departments, ShopRite shops and pharmacies.

Greater than 1.5 million individuals have registered to get their vaccine.

VACCINE DOSES ADMINISTERED BY COUNTY

  • ATLANTIC COUNTY – 11,485 doses administered
  • BERGEN COUNTY – 39,504 doses administered
  • BURLINGTON COUNTY – 16,936 doses administered
  • CAMDEN COUNTY – 19,691 doses administered
  • CAPE MAY COUNTY – 5,107 doses administered
  • CUMBERLAND COUNTY – 5,575 doses administered
  • ESSEX COUNTY – 27,451 doses administered
  • GLOUCESTER COUNTY – 12,319 doses administered
  • HUDSON COUNTY – 15,064 doses administered
  • HUNTERDON COUNTY – 5,744 doses administered
  • MERCER COUNTY – 8,151 doses administered
  • MIDDLESEX COUNTY – 25,934 doses administered
  • MONMOUTH COUNTY – 27,141 doses administered
  • MORRIS COUNTY – 18,251 doses administered
  • OCEAN COUNTY – 25,122 doses administered
  • PASSAIC COUNTY – 15,882 doses administered
  • SALEM COUNTY – 1,704 doses administered
  • SOMERSET COUNTY – 14,010 doses administered
  • SUSSEX COUNTY – 6,084 doses administered
  • UNION COUNTY – 16,609 doses administered
  • WARREN COUNTY – 3,641 doses administered
  • OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS – 16,458 doses administered
  • UNKNOWN COUNTY – 10,551 doses administered

HOSPITALIZATIONS

There have been 3,677 sufferers hospitalized in New Jersey with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 circumstances as of Friday night time. It was 134 greater than the earlier night time, a spike after two days the place hospitalizations had dropped.

It included 651 in essential or intensive care (25 greater than the earlier night time), with 427 on ventilators (11 fewer).

There have been 437 COVID-19 sufferers discharged Friday, in keeping with the state’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Information for Saturday was not instantly obtainable.

SCHOOL CASES

There have been 111 in-school coronavirus outbreaks in New Jersey involving 564 college students, lecturers and employees because the faculty 12 months started in late August, in keeping with the state dashboard.

These numbers don’t embrace college students or employees believed to have been contaminated exterior faculty or circumstances that may’t be confirmed as in-school outbreaks. Although the numbers hold rising each week, Murphy has mentioned the varsity outbreak statistics stay beneath what state officers have been anticipating when faculties reopened for in-person lessons.

New Jersey defines school outbreaks as circumstances the place contact tracers decided two or extra college students or faculty employees caught or transmitted COVID-19 within the classroom or throughout educational actions at college.

The variety of New Jersey faculty districts with all-remote learning has increased as college students return from winter break, Murphy mentioned Monday.

There are 339 districts that began 2021 remotely — a rise of 18 all-remote districts from Dec. 21. Solely 77 faculty districts are returning with full in-person instruction (down from 82 on Dec. 21), and 348 are returning with a hybrid of in-person or distant instruction (down from 362).

One other 47 districts are utilizing some mixture of in-person, hybrid, or all-remote throughout a number of buildings — another than Dec. 21.

AGE BREAKDOWN

Damaged down by age, these 30 to 49 years outdated make up the biggest share of New Jersey residents who’ve caught the virus (31.2%), adopted by these 50-64 (23.7%), 18-29 (19.3%), 65-79 (11.1%), 80 and older (5.4%), 5-17 (7.5%) and 0-4 (1.6%).

On common, the virus has been extra lethal for older residents, particularly these with preexisting circumstances. Almost half the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been amongst residents 80 and older (47.55%), adopted by these 65-79 (32.36%), 50-64 (15.63%), 30-49 (4.09%), 18-29 (0.36%), 5-17 (0%) and 0-4 (0.02%).

Not less than 7,644 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been amongst residents and employees members at nursing properties and different long-term care amenities. That quantity has been rising at a steeper price in latest months, with deaths at the state’s nursing homes nearly tripling in December.

There are at the moment lively outbreaks at 426 facilities, leading to 6,802 lively circumstances amongst residents and seven,368 amongst staffers.

GLOBAL NUMBERS

As of Sunday morning, there have been greater than 94.59 million optimistic COVID-19 exams internationally, in keeping with a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. This week, the world hit a grim benchmark, surpassing 2 million deaths from coronavirus-related problems.

The U.S. has reported essentially the most circumstances, at greater than 23.7 million, and essentially the most deaths, at greater than 395,800.

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