Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Monday, January 11, 2021

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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.

12 p.m.
Gov. Phil Murphy gave an update on COVID-19 in New Jersey. Watch in video below.

Vaccine distribution

  • More than 200,000 vaccines administered in NJ

Capitol riots

  • Flags flying half-staff for U.S. Capitol Police Office Brian Sicknick
  • More on Officer Sicknick
  • Death being investigated as a homicide, Gov. Murphy said.

Schools in NJ

  • Governor signing executive order:
    • Waiving the graduation assessment test requirement for all 12th grade students who have met all other education requirements.
    • Removing Student Growth Objectives from educator evaluations
    • Extending time in which certified teachers can serve as substitute teachers
  • Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan: Acting commissioner of the Dept. of Education
    • The health and safety standards or protecting students and staff from COVID-19 altered the way lessons were learned and how schools utilized resources
    • All three actions are the result of engagement with state stakeholders and practitioners who keep the Dept. of Education abreast of everything occurring.

Daily health indicators

  • New dashboard info: Number of vaccines administered (Total: 214,433)
  • New cases: 5,042 (Statewide total: 532,959)
    • 57,206 positive antigen tests
  • 3,653 people are hospitalized, 649 are in ICUs and 438 are on ventilators.
    • Hospitalizations bouncing in a range for at least a month.
    • 347 patients discharged
    • 377 patients admitted
  • New deaths: 51 (Death toll: 17,873)
  • The daily percent positive for test: 11.32%
  • The statewide rate of transmission: 1.09
  • We are now experiencing the holiday increase

Persichilli’s update

  • Second mega vaccination site opened in Rowan College.
  • We’ll be able to vaccinate more than 2,000 individuals a day.
  • With every vaccination given, we move closer to the light at the end of the tunnel, Persichilli said.
  • The demand for the vaccine is larger than thes supply.
  • Current eligibility: Group 1A, 1B (sworn-in officers, firefighters) and those in long-term care facilities
  • For those who want to pre-register, click here.
  • 2 new reports of MIS-C

Q&A

  • Are you aware of a planned armed protest in Trenton Sunday?
    • We are very much aware of the protests. No further detail, but we’re taking nothing for granted. We’re going to take all precautions
  • Anyone arrested from NJ in regards to Capitol riots? Unsure
  • Do you plan to open vaccines to those 75 and older soon?
    • Unsure yet, but as we open up more groups, we’ll base it on our supply and demand
  • Will lack of holidays hopefully decrease the number of cases?
    • We don’t have any holidays in the next few weeks like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve, so hopefully numbers go down.
    • However, we need to ensure we keep our guards up, Dr. Christina Tan said.
    • Had a small peak at end of November and beginning of December, as well as the week after Christmas.
    • Hopefully with ongoing vigilance and less opportunities for gathering, we’ll see a decrease in cases.
  • Why should Trump be banned on Twitter, while other similar leaders are not?
    • If I could, i’d vote to impeach him or invoke the 25th Amendment. If you’re inciting insurrection and you’re the United States president, that’s a little too far.
  • Jan. 17 planned protest: Do you know if any progressives will plan a counter-protest?
    • Even if your heart is in the right place, stay home
    • Callahan: If you go out, please be peaceful
    • Jared Maples: If you sense suspicious activity, please report it.
  • Any members of NJ’s law enforcement who were at the Capitol riots?
    • Callahan: uncertain
  • Does the state have a breakdown on how many people are in each group?
    • 650,000 health care workers, about 50,000 in police and fire, essential workers together is 2.7 million.
  • Is there anyone trying to jump the line?
    • People are showing up and registering at some sites who are not within eligible categories. We ask sites to take information, call them back and give it to them. Persichilli: We’re trusting that people do the right thing, but we have to do it in an orderly fashion. We will have enough vaccines, it’s just a matter of time.
  • Does delaying Newark school reopening until April too premature?
    • There’s no joy associated with that, but we have to respect those decisions.
    • Allen-McMillan: If there’s a change within our incoming federation, we’ll make adjustments if necessary.
  • Legal weed:
    • We’re optimistic that it will pan out.
  • Are you fully staffed in the chance there are plans to storm the state’s capitol building
    • We’re taking the security risks seriously and we’re going to take necessary precautions
  • 24/7 vaccination sites
    • We’re leaving all options open, particularly if we get the supplies we need. We also don’t want to go into a no-appointments flow.
  • Should teachers be required to take the vaccine?
    • Murphy: Believe teachers will come at their free will to get vaccinated.
  • Word on vaccine doses being thrown out?
    • Persichilli: We keep track of end-of-day dose wages. It’s minimal. Advise all sites to get people to get vaccinated. We do not want waste.
  • Threats to NJ capitol on Sunday. Alleged threats to courthouse and administrative buildings in NJ.
    • Don’t want to get much into detail, but we’re taking this seriously.
  • Any message to New Jersyans worried about possible violence in the state?
    • You can’t give people assurances if you’re trying to guarantee something during unprecedented times.
    • Asking everyone to stay home. Be careful and be safe.
  • Schools:
    • 337 remote, 79 all in-person, 351 all-remote

Latest official numbers
As of Monday, there have been 532,959 cumulative cases in the state since March and 17,873 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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