New Jersey passed the one million mark of residents being fully vaccinated against the coronavirus on March 15—three months to the day the first jab was administered in the state.
In its morning update, the state dashboard showed the number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in New Jersey totaled 3,007,152 since the first doses were delivered Dec. 15. Of those who have received the vaccine, 2,003,563 residents have received their first dose with 1,003,444 their second; 52% have been administered the Moderna vaccine, 47% the Pfizer vaccine and 1% the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. It is unknown the exact breakdown of the different vaccines.
“In just two weeks, we’ve delivered another 1,000,000 shots into arms. We’re vaccinating New Jerseyans as quickly and equitably as possible,” stated Gov. Phil Murphy on social media.
Inside the Numbers
Demographically, 57% of those vaccinated are women and 43% men. As for ethnicity, 59% are White, 12% unknown, 12% other, 7% Asian, 6% Hispanic and 4% Black. In regards to age of those having received the vaccine, 42% are 65 years old or olders, 27% are between the ages of 50-64, 23% are between the ages of 40-49, and 8% are between the ages of 18-29.
In North Jersey, Bergen County has delivered 344,103 doses, Essex 237,004 doses, Morris 218,293 doses, Hudson 147,255 doses, Passaic 135,582 doses, Sussex 47,727 doses, and Warren 30,633 doses.
The news of over three million doses administered comes on the same day the state increased its eligibility for those seeking the vaccine.
March 15 was the first of two dates this month where vaccination eligibility increased. Those gaining eligibility include Motor Vehicle Commission workers; NJ Transit workers and other transportation workers; Public and local transportation workers, including bus, taxi, rideshare and airport employees; all public safety personnel who have not already been made eligible such as probation officers, child protective service workers and probation officers; members of tribal communities; migrant farm workers; and people living in homeless shelters or domestic violence shelters.
Teachers and childcare providers eligibility was moved up to March 5 to line up with President Joe Biden’s mandate to get educators vaccinated so that in-school instruction can return this Spring. The additions are to those already eligible including frontline healthcare workers, long-term care residents and staff, first responders and individuals ages 16-64 with certain medical conditions, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that increase the risk or might increase the risk of severe illness from the virus.
Two weeks later, on March 29, a different tranche of frontline essential workers become eligible, including food production, agriculture, and food distribution workers; eldercare and support workers; warehousing and logistics workers; social services support staff; elections personnel; hospitality workers; medical supply chain workers; postal and shipping services workers; clergy; and judicial system workers.
Additionally, the state began a program to help seniors unable to schedule an appointment. For all residents ages 75 and over, officials will actively conduct outreach over the phone and schedule appointments to ensure greater direct access. In a corresponding move, the state increased allocations to mega-sites specifically for these seniors.
Those eligible have increased, supply and getting an appointment still remains an issue. But Murphy has stated those issues will be resolved in the next couple of months so it can meet its goal of vaccinating 70% of New Jersey residents by the end of May.
“We have a very high degree of confidence that we will have the supplies we need in April and May to get vaccinations by Memorial Day (to) any adult New Jerseyan who wants a vaccine will be able to get one,” said Murphy at a press briefing March 10. “That’s our commitment.”
As of March 15, the cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Jersey was 744,499 with 2,468 total new PCR cases reported. There were 537 probable cases, bringing the cumulative total of antigen tests to 96,348. The total number of individual cases for the state is 840,847. Gov. Murphy previously 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 23 new deaths, bringing that total to 21,451. The state listed probable deaths at 2,474, bringing the overall total to 23,925. State officials noted 24 deaths occurred in the last 24 hours of reporting that have not yet been lab confirmed.
For North Jersey counties on March 15, Bergen had a total of 304 new confirmed cases and 53 probable cases, Essex 209 new cases and 48 probable cases, Hudson 198 new cases and 52 probable cases, Morris 118 new cases and 39 probable cases, Passaic 182 new cases and 32 probable cases, Sussex 34 new cases and 11 probable cases, and Warren 29 cases and three new probable cases.
Of the total confirmed deaths in North Jersey, Essex County has the most with 2,448, followed by Bergen at 2,384, Hudson with 1,867, Passaic at 1,556, Morris at 915, Sussex at 212 and Warren County at 198.
In regards to probable deaths reported March 10, Bergen has 284, Essex has 287, Morris has 232, Hudson has 193, Passaic has 183, Sussex has 65 and Warren has 25.
As for the rate of transmission, it remained at 1.02 for the fourth straight day. The daily rate of infections from those tested as of March 10, was 7.0%; by region; the rate was 7.4% in the North, 7.4% in the Central region and 5.3% in the South.
Officials reported 1,870 patients were hospitalized; by region, there were 943 in the North, 565 in the Central and 373 in the South. Of those hospitalized, 402 are in intensive care units and 161 on ventilators. A total of 205 patients were discharged.
Officials have continually cited transmission rate, hospilizations, intensive care units, ventilators 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.
Bergen Tops County Count
Bergen has the most confirmed cumulative cases in the state with 73,853, followed by Middlesex at 71,550, Essex at 71,407, Hudson at 67,410, Monmouth at 55,805, Ocean at 55,476, Passaic at 54,796, Union at 51,581, Camden at 40,965, Morris at 34,913, Burlington at 32,370, Mercer at 27,359, Gloucester at 21,995, Atlantic at 20,799, Somerset at 20,011, Cumberland at 12,606, Sussex at 8,616, Warren at 6,861, Hunterdon at 6,823, Salem at 4,395, and Cape May at 3,888.
In regards to probable cases, Bergen had the most at 9,741, followed by Union at 8,466, Ocean at 7,573, Essex at 6,901, Hudson at 6,406, Monmouth at 6,135, Morris at 6,062, Middlesex at 5,532, Atlantic at 5,419, Passaic at 5,315, Camden at 5,038, Burlington at 4,856, Somerset at 4,484, Cape May at 3,779, Gloucester at 3,248, Cumberland at 2,174, Mercer at 1,767, Sussex at 1,395, Warren at 763, Hunterdon at 667 and Salem 465.
Another 1,029 cases are still under investigation to determine where the person resides.
In regards to cases related to in-school transmissions, a total of 160 outbreaks involving 765 cases have been reported, with 13 new outbreaks accounting for 39 cases in the weekly update on March 10.
For North Jersey, Bergen County has 38 confirmed outbreaks with 157 cases, Passaic County has eight confirmed outbreaks with 34 cases, Sussex has eight confirmed outbreaks with 21 cases, Warren has eight confirmed outbreaks with 20 cases, Morris County has four confirmed outbreaks with 32 cases, Hudson County has four confirmed outbreaks with 16 cases, and Essex County with one confirmed outbreak with 92 cases.
Long-term Care Facilities
Health officials noted 254 long-term care facilities are currently reporting at least one case of COVID-19, accounting for a total of 10,104 of the cases, broken down between 4,890 residents and 5,214 staff.
Cumulatively, 1,286 long-term care facilities reported a case infecting 32,418 residents and 21,247 staff, for a total of 53,665 cases.
The state’s official death total will now be reported as those that are lab confirmed, sits at 7,952 on March 15. The facilities are reporting to the state 7,841 residents deaths and 143 staff deaths.