Gov. Phil Murphy announced he will be getting his COVID-19 vaccine this week on the same day the state has reached 40% of its initial goal to get 4.7 million residents fully vaccinated by June 30.
The governor and his wife Tammy scheduled their appointment for April 9 at the Atlantic City mega site run by AtlantiCare. Murphy, who underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor on his kidney last year, became eligible for the vaccine earlier this week.
“Tammy and I both went online—more Tammy than myself—and made our appointments to be vaccinated,” said Murphy at his daily press briefing April 7. “I am looking forward to that visit in a big way.”
Gov. Murphy, 63, and the First Lady, 55, became eligible for the vaccine on April 5 after it grew to include resident aged 55-64; people ages 16 and up with intellectual and developmental disabilities; educators in higher education settings; communications infrastructure support; members of the press; real estate, building, and home service workers; retail financial institution workers; sanitation workers; laundry service workers; utility workers including, electrical generation; and librarians.
The day of expansion, the state announced as of April 19 anyone 16 and older became eligible to receive the vaccine. That date was moved up from the original May 1st date.
“We were already planning on being there on Friday to complete our circuit of visiting all six vaccination mega sites and we thought it would be a perfect opportunity to showcase a terrific location,” said the governor.
Murphy promoted that getting vaccinated is part of the power that residents have to end the pandemic.
“When you get vaccinated, when you wear your mask, when you get tested—it’s not just about protecting you. It’s about protecting those you love and your entire community,” said Murphy.
The number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in New Jersey totaled 4,892,598 as of April 7. Of those who have received the vaccine, 3,121,660 residents have received their first dose with 1,896,442 receiving their second dose or the one jab Johnson & Johnson dose; 51% have been administered the Pfizer vaccine, 46% the Moderna vaccine and 3% the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Demographically, 56% of those vaccinated are women and 44% men. As for ethnicity, 58% are White, 11% other, 9% unknown, 9% Hispanic, 8% Asian and 5% Black. In regards to age of those having received the vaccine, 38% are 65 years old or olders, 29% are between the ages of 50-64, 25% are between the ages of 40-49, and 9% are between the ages of 18-29.
In North Jersey, Bergen County has delivered 550,422 doses, Essex 375,645 doses, Morris 348,274 doses, Hudson 276,284 doses, Passaic 221,015 doses, Sussex 77,983 doses, and Warren 50,080 doses.
As of April 7, the cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Jersey was 824,179 with 3,578 total new PCR cases reported. There were 1,067 probable cases, bringing the cumulative total of antigen tests to 113,800. The total number of individual cases for the state is 937,979. 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 45 new deaths, bringing that total to 22,176. The state listed probable deaths at 2,573, bringing the overall total to 24,749. State officials noted 28 deaths occurred in the last 24 hours of reporting that have not yet been lab confirmed.
For North Jersey counties on April 7, Bergen had a total of 414 new confirmed cases and 153 probable cases, Essex 456 new cases and 85 probable cases, Hudson 331 new cases and 86 probable cases, Morris 182 new cases and 72 probable cases, Passaic 197 new cases and 81 probable cases, Sussex 62 new cases and 16 probable cases, and Warren 37 cases and three new probable cases.
There are a total of 827 coronavirus variants being reported in the Garden State. State officials documented 806 cases of the U.K. variant, 10 cases of the California variants, nine cases of the Brazilian P1 variant, and two cases of the South African variant.
Of the total confirmed deaths in North Jersey, Essex County has the most with 2,526, followed by Bergen at 2,458, Hudson with 1,940, Passaic at 1,611, Morris at 943, Sussex at 220 and Warren County at 204.
In regards to probable deaths reported April 7, Bergen has 294, Essex has 291, Morris has 241, Hudson has 203, Passaic has 194, Sussex has 66 and Warren has 25.
As for the rate of transmission, it decreased to 1.04 from 1.06 the day before. The daily rate of infections from those tested as of April 3, was 12.4%; by region, the rate was 13.1% in the North, 12.2% in the Central region and 10.8% in the South.
Officials reported 2,375 patients were hospitalized; 2,244 cases were confirmed and 131 are under investigation. By region, there were 1,237 in the North, 698 in the Central and 440 in the South.
Of those hospitalized, 455 are in intensive care units and 249 on ventilators. A total of 338 patients were discharged, while 367 were admitted.
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 82,811, followed by Essex at 79,838, Middlesex at 79,414, Hudson at 74,107, Monmouth at 62,796, Ocean at 61,500, Passaic at 59,912, Union at 56,208, Camden at 44,415, Morris at 39,296, Burlington at 35,347, Mercer at 29,534, Gloucester at 24,056, Atlantic at 22,939, Somerset at 22,386, Cumberland at 13,391, Sussex at 10,381, Warren at 7,897, Hunterdon at 7,970, Salem at 4,875, and Cape May at 4,241.
In regards to probable cases, Bergen had the most at 11,846, followed by Union at 9,825, Ocean at 9,092, Essex at 8,328, Hudson at 8,084, Monmouth at 7,315, Morris at 7,176, Middlesex at 6,592, Passaic at 6,472, Atlantic at 6,130, Burlington at 5,738, Camden at 5,733, Somerset at 5,240, Cape May at 4,237, Gloucester at 3,586, Cumberland at 2,191, Mercer at 2,083, Sussex at 1,871, Warren at 858, Hunterdon at 773 and Salem 498.
Another 865 cases are still under investigation to determine where the person resides.
In regards to cases related to in-school transmissions, a total of 240 outbreaks involving 1,070 cases have been reported, with 35 new outbreaks accounting for 123 cases in the weekly update on April 6.
For North Jersey, Bergen County has 51 confirmed outbreaks with 196 cases, Passaic County has 15 confirmed outbreaks with 50 cases, Warren has 14 confirmed outbreaks with 34 cases, Sussex has 11 confirmed outbreaks with 34 cases, Morris County has five confirmed outbreaks with 34 cases, Hudson County has four confirmed outbreaks with 21 cases, and Essex County with one confirmed outbreak with 92 cases.
Long-term Care Facilities
Health officials noted 226 long-term care facilities are currently reporting at least one case of COVID-19, accounting for a total of 7,721 of the cases, broken down between 3,462 residents and 4,259 staff.
Cumulatively, 1,348 long-term care facilities reported a case infecting 32,553 residents and 21,732 staff, for a total of 54,285 cases.
The state’s official death total will now be reported as those that are lab confirmed, sits at 7,994 on April 7. The facilities are reporting to the state 7,854 residents deaths and 143 staff deaths.