Millions of more people in New Jersey are currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination following the announcement by Gov. Phil Murphy’s, which extended its launch on Wednesday.
People living, working or studying in New Jersey over the age of 65 can now receive an appointment to get fired, the governor said. Smokers and people aged 16 to 64 with certain medical conditions can also get the vaccine.
There are an estimated 4.47 million people eligible for the vaccine as of Thursday: 2 million smokers, 1.47 million people older than 65, and as many as 1 million other chronically ill patients.
People are still asked to pre-register on state websites. Residents who pre-register with the state should be reminded of when an appointment will be scheduled, Murphy said. The state will then give you a link where you can choose a vaccination location and make an appointment with the site’s website.
More than 1.2 million people were pre-registered on government websites as of Wednesday.
There were 3,638 people in 71 state hospitals who were infected with the coronavirus or the cases under investigation at 10:00 p.m. Wednesday, down 88 from 3,726 in the previous 24 hours.
The hospitalizations were between 3,500 and 3,800 over a month.
Murphy on Wednesday released an additional 6,922 COVID-19 cases, a one-day record and 95 more deaths.
The seven-day mean for the new confirmed cases rose Wednesday to 5,679, a 22% increase from the previous week and 18% from last month. That’s the highest average in seven days in an outbreak to date, although the lack of spring testing could have caused the first wave of infections.
There were 277,118 vaccinations in New Jersey before 4 p.m. Wednesday, the latest update listed on the dashboard. Of the first 245,785 vaccinations, each of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccinations required two shots.
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Here’s a roundup of the latest coronavirus news in New Jersey and beyond:
It’s time to get NJ teachers to get the COVID vaccine, the lawmaker said: New Jersey can no longer wait to begin vaccinating its teachers against the coronavirus and should expand eligibility as soon as possible, two Republican lawmakers said on Wednesday.
The state is vaccinating health care workers, nursing home residents, as well as police, firefighters and prisoners.
New Jersey educators are in Phase 1b of the state’s vaccination program that includes first responders, food service workers, childcare workers and public transportation workers.
NJ gun licenses are soaring. Fear brings an unprecedented need: The state of New Jersey is seeing an unprecedented increase in gun licensing and firearm purchases, according to state statistics and gun shop owners. Up and down in the state, from cities like Hoboken to suburban cities like Brick, residents flock to buy guns. This caused a significant delay in the law enforcement background check process and gun shops were unable to hold their shelves.
442,214 handgun licenses were filed for 2020, according to the New Jersey State Police. That is 332% from 102,270 filed in 2019.
New Jersey prisons with the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the country are ready to be vaccinated next week: The Fort Dix Federal Prison, which currently has the most positive coronavirus cases at federal correctional facilities, will receive the COVID-19 vaccine next week, NJ Advance Media has learned.
Prison administration coordinator James Reiser said in court documents on Wednesday that the prison was expected to receive Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 19, which would pursue its policy. The prison office, though, is still unclear. How many prisons would initially be received, Riser said.
The NJ school district plans to remain virtual throughout the school year because of COVID: Hillside public schools will remain distant for the remainder of the school year as the coronavirus, interim director Robert Gregory announced to parents on Tuesday in a letter.
The plan will remain unless the coronavirus trend is improving or new laws, executive orders or state advice, the letter said.
This is NJ Advance Media’s first district to learn a plan to stay distant all year long.
Only 15% of the COVID NJ vaccine has been used for long-term care: When government officials announced that long-term caregivers and officials would be among the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, it was fine to reserve 215,000 weekly doses from the federal government for that purpose.
But a month after NJ received its first vaccine delivery and 2 1/2 weeks after vaccination in nursing homes started, only 15% of that vaccine got it out of the freezer and into the arms. Of someone
Covid concerns cause schools to cancel winter sports. This is the most recent list.: As indoor and winter sports are about to kick off, at least 14 New Jersey schools have canceled, postponed or restricted seasons due to safety concerns for student athletes during the coronavirus outbreak.
Burlington City was the first canceled in October and the list rose to double digits this week as basketball, bowling and fencing training began on Monday.
Respected New Jersey police officer died after A ‘heroic battle’ with COVID, officials said: A Newark police officer died Wednesday of complications from the coronavirus, the seventh member of the state’s largest local police force to succumb to the virus, his family and officials said.
Agent Hector Moya is 55 years old. He has been with the Newark Police for two decades.
US case: At least 84,784 of the approximately 23.1 million people tested positive for coronavirus in the United States died at 7:00 a.m. Thursday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
Worldwide cases: As of Thursday, 7 a.m., the coronavirus killed an estimated 1.98 million people in 191 counties.Over 92.4 million have been infected since the outbreak in December 2019 at least 51.1 million people have been recovered.
The NJ Advance Media team of authors Matt Arco, Joe Atmonavage, Karin Price Mueller, Adam Clark, Brent Johnson, Alex Napoliello and Rebecca Panico contributed to this report.
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