The state is now making public on a daily basis the number of New Jerseyans who have received the COVID-19 vaccine.
New to its COVID-19 information website, a total of 214,433 vaccines were administered to those in Phase 1A (frontline healthcare workers as well as long-term care facility residents) and 1B (police and firefighters) as of Jan. 11. Of those who have received the vaccine, 199,293 residents have received their first dose with 14,984 their second.
Of those receiving the vaccine, 54% were administered the Moderna vaccine and 46% the Pfizer offering.
Demographically, 64% of those vaccinated are women and 36% men. As for ethnicity, 48% are White, 20% unknown, 16% other, 6% Asian, 5% Hispanic and 4% Black.
North Jersey Breakdown
In North Jersey, Bergen County has delivered 23,784 doses, Essex 18,874, Morris 15,952, Passaic 10,050, Hudson 9,080, Sussex 3,453 and Warren 2,231. There are currently 119 sites offering the vaccine, with at least one in each county. Two of the six mega sites—at Rockaway Townsquare Mall in Morris County and Rowan College of South Jersey—are now open in the state.
More than 1 million New Jerseyans have registered to get their vaccine since preregistration began in the last week, according to New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.
With questions arising why not even half of the over 572,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines the state has received have been used, state officials believe an undercounting of the number of vaccines given out because of reporting delays.
“Everybody will get vaccinated who wants to get vaccinated,” assured Persichilli.
Praise for Murphy
While touring the vaccine mega site at Rowan College, State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) came to the defense of the Murphy’s administration handling of the program.
“They’re not paying attention,” Sweeney said of President Trump’s administration. “It’s not this administration’s priority, obviously…it’s not this administration’s fault, it’s Washington’s fault.”
Murphy noted the Gloucester County site could serve more than 2,400 people a day if fully supplied. As of now, staff there are able to vaccinate about 1,000 people per week as the federal government has been under-delivering expected numbers of doses for weeks.
“We know the supplies will increase,” Gov. Phil Murphy said after touring the site. “When they do, we don’t want to be caught flat-footed.”
On Jan. 11, the cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Jersey reached 532,959 with 5,042 total new PCR cases reported. There were 540 probable cases, bringing the cumulative total of antigen tests to 57,206. The total number of individual cases for the state is 590,162. Gov. Murphy noted there is some unknown overlap due to health officials urging those taking a rapid test to get a PCR test.
As for those that have passed, the state reported 51 new deaths, bringing that total to 17,873 The state listed probable deaths at 2,059, bringing the overall total to 19,932. State officials noted 43 deaths occurred in the last 24 hours of reporting that have not yet been lab confirmed.
For North Jersey counties, Bergen had a total of 405 new confirmed cases and 36 probable cases, Essex 303 new cases and 31 probable cases, Hudson 471 new cases and 37 probable cases, Morris 308 new cases and and 31 probable cases, Passaic 242 new cases and and 16 probable cases, Sussex 80 new cases and five probable cases, and Warren 65 cases and four probable cases.
Of the total confirmed deaths in North Jersey, Essex County has the most with 2,174, followed by Bergen at 2,110, Hudson with 1,581, Passaic at 1,351, Morris at 807, Sussex at 182 and Warren County at 173.
In regards to probable deaths, Bergen has 266, Essex has 255, Hudson has 169, Morris at 187, Passaic at 159, Sussex has 46 and Warren has 13.
The daily rate of infections from those tested as of Jan. 7, was 11.3%; by region, the rate was 10.1% in the North, 11.7% in the Central region and 14.2% in the South. The state is no longer using serology tests as health officials explained those results show a past presence of the disease as well as a current one.
As for the rate of transmission, it increased to 1.09 from 1.08 the day before. Officials have continually cited transmission rate and positivity rate as health data they rely on to track how the coronavirus is being contained in New Jersey, guiding them in determining when restrictions have to be tightened or lifted.
Officials reported 3,653 patients were hospitalized, with 3,402 confirmed cases and 251 under investigation. By region, there were 1,487 in the North, 1,214 in the Central and 952 in the South.
Of those hospitalized, 649 are in intensive care units and 438 on ventilators. While 347 patients were discharged, 377 were admitted.
Bergen Tops County Count
Bergen has the most confirmed cumulative cases in the state with 51,777, followed by Essex at 51,608, Middlesex at 50,516, Hudson at 48,715, Passaic at 42,565, Union at 39,553, Ocean at 37,039, Monmouth at 36,919, Camden at 31,924, Burlington at 24,036, Morris at 22,853, Mercer at 20,606, Gloucester at 16,154, Atlantic at 14,020, Somerset at 13,997, Cumberland at 8,941, Sussex at 5,441, Warren at 4,535, Hunterdon at 4,344, Salem at 3,291, and Cape May at 2,677.
In regards to probable cases, Bergen had the most at 5,482, followed by Union at 5,453, Essex at 4,181, Ocean at 4,036, Hudson at 3,831, Morris at 3,635, Atlantic at 3,404, Passaic at 3,327, Middlesex at 3,336, Monmouth at 3,266, Somerset at 2,929, Camden at 2,878, Cape May at 2,466, Burlington at 2,325, Gloucester at 2,037, Cumberland at 1,604, Mercer at 1,046, Sussex at 667, Warren at 464, Hunterdon at 420, and Salem 353.
Another 1,448 cases are still under investigation to determine where the person resides.
In regards to cases related to in-school transmissions, a total of 111 outbreaks involving 557 cases have been reported in 20 of the 21 counties in the Garden State, with six new outbreaks involving 11 cases recorded in the last week. For North Jersey, Bergen County has 22 confirmed outbreaks with 102 cases, Passaic County has five confirmed outbreaks with 25 cases, Sussex has five confirmed outbreaks with 13 cases, Warren has four confirmed outbreaks with nine cases, Hudson County has two confirmed outbreaks with 10 cases and Essex County with one confirmed outbreak with 83 cases. Morris is the only county in the state without an outbreak.
Long-term Care Facilities
Health officials noted 428 long-term care facilities are currently reporting at least one case of COVID-19, accounting for a total of 13,544 of the cases, broken down between 6,510 residents and 7,034 staff.
Cumulatively, 1,186 long-term care facilities reported a case infecting 30,968 residents and 20,084 staff, for a total of 51,052 cases.
The state’s official death total will now be reported as those that are lab confirmed, sits at 7,606 on Jan. 7. The facilities are reporting to the state 7,501 residents deaths and 125 staff deaths.