Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Friday, February 26, 2021

Coronavirus
Virus Outbreak New Jersey

FILE- In this May 18, 2020 file photo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy wears a face mask during a coronavirus press briefing in Trenton, N.J. (Jose F. Moreno/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool, File)

NEW JERSEY — Below you will find the most up-to-date information on coronavirus news impacting New Jersey. You can find additional resources and coverage on our coronavirus page.

1 p.m.
Gov. Phil Murphy shared the latest on COVID-19 in NJ. Watch in video below or click here.

Daily health indicators

  • New cases: 3,149 (Statewide total: 696,000)
  • Hospitalizations: 2,008
    • ICU: 439
    • Ventilators: 270
  • New deaths: 46 (Death toll: 20,861)
  • The daily percent positive for test: 6.53%
  • The statewide rate of transmission: 0.89
  • Vaccines administered: 1,899,671
    • First dose: 1,262,124
    • Second dose: 636,947

Vaccines in NJ

  • Working with federally qualified health centers to undertake vaccinations in community clinics
  • Community-based vaccination effort with all levels of government, our faith institutions, and other organizations
  • Vaccinating residents and staff at long-term care facilities through the federal pharmacy partnership
  • Vaccinating individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities residing in group homes and their Direct Support Professionals

Health commissioner’s update

  • Health department’s work has been performed through an equity lens
  • Communities of color have been a high priority among vaccinations. We’re working to increase access and availability.
  • Immigration status will not be shared with officials.
  • Top municipalities at high risk: We looked at the high percentage rate of COVID deaths and those below the poverty line.
  • Megasites planning on serving 4,000 residents a day
  • COVID positivity: Northern NJ: 6.9%, Central NJ: 6.8%, Southern NJ: 4%

Q&A

  • Is the call center making appointments, if not, what is the hold up?
    • There are 80 workers training to take appointments.
    • They are assisting calls to make appointments. Training was more involved than initially thought.
  • Long lines at some sites, what is the reasoning?
    • Long lines are not acceptable, but there is a lot of post-weather digging out that may contribute to that.
  • 75 and older group: Is that a priority?
    • It’s an IDD only group.
  • NJ judges have a retirement age of 70. Do you believe NJ should consider raising the mandatory retirement age for judges?
    • I don’t have an answer. It’s been in place for many years, will look into it.
  • Comment on Lindsey Boylan’s accusations of Gov. Cuomo’s sexual harassment.
    • My nose is pressed against the NJ glass morning, noon and night. He’s been a great partner throughout this whole time.

6 a.m.
The Rahway Licensing Center and the West Deptford Regional Licensing Center are closed due to a single employee testing positive for COVID-19 at each location, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission says. Rahway will be closed until Thursday, March 11, while West Deptford will be closed until Friday, March 12.

Latest official numbers:
As of Friday, there have been 696,000 confirmed cases in the state since March, and there have been 20,861 lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths, according to the state Health Department.

To find the nearest free COVID-19 testing location, click here.

Tips to protect yourself and others amid coronavirus outbreaks.

Call New Jersey’s coronavirus hotline at 1-800-222-1222. You can also click here for additional information

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