The Garden State has administered over a million doses of the two COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the U.S.
“Today, we’ve crossed a great barrier with one million vaccinations but we’re not resting on any laurels,” said Gov. Phil Murphy at a press briefing on Feb. 8. “We’re going to keep at it until we reach our goal. We’re going to do our part to meet President Joe Biden’s nationwide goal of 150 million vaccinations in his first 100 days.”
The number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in New Jersey reached 1,037,657 Feb. 8. Of those who have received the vaccine, 813,216 residents have received their first dose with 224,237 their second; 55% have been administered the Moderna vaccine and 45% the Pfizer.
In North Jersey, Bergen County has delivered 114,998 doses, Essex 81,958 doses, Hudson 47,813 doses, Morris 75,363 doses, Passaic 49,136 doses, Sussex 16,472 doses, and Warren 9,851 doses.
Demographically, 60% of those vaccinated are women and 40% men. As for ethnicity, 49% are White, 19% unknown, 18% other, 6% Asian, 5% Hispanic and 3% Black. In regards to age of those having received the vaccine, 36% are 65 years old or olders, 28% are between the ages of 50-64, 27% are between the ages of 40-49, and 9% are between the ages of 18-29.
Murphy said the milestone is an important one for state officials attempting to reach their goal of 4.7 million vaccinated adults, 70% of New Jerseyans, this year. Murphy now believes that threshold will be reached somewhere between Memorial Day Weekend and July 4th.
55 Days to A Million
The governor noted the dosage administration has picked up pace since the the state administered its first dose on Dec. 15, 2020. The state reached a quarter-million 29 days later and reached the 500,000 mark the 39th day after the original dose.
It took all of 16 days to get from a half-million shots to one million for those currently eligible to receive the shot, which encompass front-line healthcare workers; residents of nursing homes, group homes and prisoners; first responders; those 65 and older; and residents 16 to 64 with certain underlying health conditions.
“Even with the continued scarcity in supply, and the rescheduling caused by last week’s snowstorm, we have put 500,000 vaccine doses in arms in just a little over two weeks,” proclaimed Murphy.
But the governor knows the milestone does not give residents who are frustrated due to lack of appointments any solace.
More Doses Needed
“We’re definitely on our way, but we need much greater supply to get the vaccination infrastructure we purpose-built working to its full potential,” said Murphy. “We’re working to maximize every dose we receive from the federal government to administer the vaccine to those currently eligible.”
The state is expected to to receive nearly 250,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines this week—including 111,000 set aside for second shots—to help meet the overwhelming demand imbalance making it difficult for residents to find appointments. The state will get 55,575 Pfizer and 80,900 Moderna first doses, as well as 55,575 Pfizer and 56,100 Moderna second doses.
With news that New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson will hear a decision on their emergency use application for its one-shot vaccine by the end of February, officials estimated a timeline of mid-March of when the vaccine could be available to New Jerseyans.
On Feb. 8, the cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Jersey reached 647,194 with 2,218 total new PCR cases reported. There were 516 probable cases, bringing the cumulative total of antigen tests to 77,534. The total number of individual cases for the state is 724,728. 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 25 new deaths, bringing that total to 19,824. The state listed probable deaths at 2,187, bringing the overall total to 22,011. State officials noted 40 deaths occurred in the last 24 hours of reporting that have not yet been lab confirmed.
For North Jersey counties on Feb. 8, Bergen had a total of 224 new confirmed cases and 51 probable cases, Essex 286 new cases and 31 probable cases, Hudson 145 new cases and 23 probable cases, Morris 115 new cases and and 42 probable cases, Passaic 104 new cases and 18 probable cases, Sussex 38 new cases and 10 probable cases, and Warren 27 cases and one probable cases.
Of the total confirmed deaths in North Jersey, Essex County has the most with 2,317, followed by Bergen at 2,237, Hudson with 1,724, Passaic at 1,457, Morris at 864, Sussex at 204 and Warren County at 189.
In regards to probable deaths reported Feb. 3, Bergen has 273, Essex has 257, Morris at 216, Hudson has 173, Passaic at 163, Sussex has 57 and Warren has 16.
The daily rate of infections from those tested as of Feb. 4, was 8.5%; by region, the rate was 8.4% in the North, 8.7% in the Central region and 8.3% 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 decreased to 0.85 from 0.97 over the last two days. 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 2,814 patients were hospitalized; 2,633 cases were confirmed and 181 are under investigation. By region, there were 1,302 in the North, 873 in the Central and 639 in the South.
Of those hospitalized, 540 are in intensive care units and 373 on ventilators. A total of 255 patients were discharged, while 256 were admitted.
Bergen Tops County Count
Bergen has the most confirmed cumulative cases in the state with 62,801, followed by Middlesex at 62,342, Essex at 62,119, Hudson at 58,565, Passaic at 48,787, Ocean at 47,082, Monmouth at 46,665, Union at 45,771, Camden at 37,340, Morris at 29,061, Burlington at 29,004, Mercer at 24,473, Gloucester at 19,754, Atlantic at 18,128, Somerset at 17,057, Cumberland at 11,210, Sussex at 7,231, Warren at 5,760, Hunterdon at 5,628, Salem at 4,009, and Cape May at 3,374.
In regards to probable cases, Bergen had the most at 7,408, followed by Union at 6,965, Ocean at 5,699, Essex at 5,501, Morris at 4,942, Hudson at 4,892, Monmouth at 4,685, Atlantic at 4,617, Middlesex at 4,431, Passaic at 4,200, Camden at 4,177, Burlington at 3,915, Somerset at 3,755, Cape May at 3,162, Gloucester at 2,891, Cumberland at 2,110, Mercer at 1,449, Sussex at 1,011, Warren at 661, Hunterdon at 572, and Salem 442.
Another 1,033 cases are still under investigation to determine where the person resides.
In regards to cases related to in-school transmissions, a total of 137 outbreaks involving 655 cases, with six new outbreaks accounting for 58 cases reported in the weekly update on Feb. 3, have been reported in all 21 counties in the Garden State.
For North Jersey, Bergen County has 31 confirmed outbreaks with 126 cases, Passaic County has seven confirmed outbreaks with 32 cases, Sussex has six confirmed outbreaks with 15 cases, Warren has five confirmed outbreaks with 12 cases, Hudson County has two confirmed outbreaks with 10 cases, Essex County with one confirmed outbreak with 92 cases and Morris County has two confirmed outbreaks with 10 cases.
Long-term Care Facilities
Health officials noted 417 long-term care facilities are currently reporting at least one case of COVID-19, accounting for a total of 14,325 of the cases, broken down between 7,053 residents and 7,272 staff.
Cumulatively, 1,230 long-term care facilities reported a case infecting 31,897 residents and 20,581 staff, for a total of 52,748 cases.
The state’s official death total will now be reported as those that are lab confirmed, sits at 7,818 on Feb. 8. The facilities are reporting to the state 7,735 residents deaths and 143 staff deaths.