Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Monday, January 25, 2021

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Sgt. Brian Patrick McKnerney, of the New Jersey State Police, receives a COVID-19 vaccination at the Morris County vaccination site, in Rockaway, New Jersey on Jan. 8, 2021.

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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 held a coronavirus briefing. Watch the news conference below or click here.

Vaccine updates

  • 565,401 vaccinations have been administered statewide as Monday morning – an increase of 65,179 vaccinations from the state’s report on Friday.
  • “Even with the limited weekly supply we’re receiving, we’re averaging approximately 25,000 vaccinations per day,” Murphy said.
  • “There is far more demand for vaccines at this moment than we have actual doses available to us,” the governor said.
  • The state continues to ensure distribution is equitable and that health care workers and other front-line essential workers are prioritized.
  • “We continue to ask for patience as we await more vaccine doses coming into our state,” Murphy said.
  • New Jersey has launched a toll-free hotline — 855-568-0545 — to assist residents with vaccine questions, identifying whether they’re eligible, and finding vaccination center locations.

Second dose scheduling issues

  • Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said they are receiving a lot of questions about scheduling second-dose appointments.
  • Most vaccination centers schedule second-dose appointments before a person leaves after getting their first dose, but there were some sites that did not do that, Persichilli said.
  • The state Health Department’s best practice policy is that the centers should make the second appointment during the first dose visit, Persichilli said.
  • The commissioner said she is aware there are specific sites that did not follow that protocol and the Health Department is following up with them.
  • Anyone who did get a first dose will be contacted to schedule their second dose, Persichilli said.
  • “We will follow up on every single one of them,” Persichilli said of those who did not get a second-dose appointment, adding that shots are set aside for them regardless if they have an appointment.
  • Additionally, Persichilli said second-dose appointments through the state’s official portal will be available beginning Friday.
  • The Health Department sent an email to all vaccination centers Monday morning outlining these procedures again.

Nurture NJ Maternal and Infant Health Strategic Plan

  • New program launched Monday morning with the goal of making New Jersey the safest and most equitable state in America to have and raise a baby.

Schools update

  • 86 open for in-person instruction
  • 414 offering a hybrid of in-person and remote instruction
  • 270 using all-remote instruction
  • 41 districts implementing a mix of all-remote, in-person, or hybrid learning

June primary

  • The online form for petition signatures for the June primary will go live on New Jersey’s website Monday.
  • Murphy is signing an executive order to allow in-person collection of signatures.

Daily indicators

  • 3,694 new positive PCR tests reported Sunday
  • 598,660 total PCR tests since March
  • 645 new positive antigen tests reported Sunday
  • 68,291 total antigen tests
  • 21 new lab-confirmed deaths reported Sunday
  • 18,851 fatalities since March
  • 2,121 additional probably deaths
  • 3,254 COVID-19 patients hospitalized statewide
  • 598 patients in ICUs
  • 392 ventilators in use
  • 242 patients discharged on Sunday
  • 314 COVID-positive patients admitted on Sunday
  • Positivity rate for all 54,987 PCR tests on Jan. 21 was 9.62%
  • Statewide rate of transmission is 0.94

8:15 a.m.
Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh discussed how the city is doing amid vaccine rollout and supply shortage. Watch in video below.

Paterson mayor weighs in on COVID-19 vaccine shortages

Latest official numbers
As of Monday, there have been 666,951 confirmed cases in the state since March, and there have been 18,851 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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