Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Monday, March 8, 2021

Virus Outbreak New Jersey

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy tours a field medical station inside the Atlantic City Convention Center, Tuesday, April 21, 2020, in Atlantic City, N.J. The center was converted into a makeshift hospital to handle patient overflow in response to COVID-19. (Joe Lamberti/Camden Courier-Post via AP, Pool)

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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.

COVID-19 briefing

Gov. Phil Murphy held a coronavirus briefing. Watch the news conference below.

Vaccine updates

  • New Jersey has administered more than 2.5 million doses, as of Monday morning.
  • 500,000 total doses have been given at the state’s six vaccine megasites.
  • Two more community-based vaccination sites opened Monday at partnering churches in Jersey City and Camden.
  • New Jersey is eighth of all states in doses administered daily and 10th of all states in total doses.
  • “We’re above the national averages in terms of the percent of our population that have both first and second shots – and keep in mind that we are the 11th most-populous state so we have a lot more ground to cover than many of the states ahead of us,” Murphy said.

Federal COVID-19 relief bill

  • The American Rescue Plan means that New Jersey can get moving forward again, from additional federal funding for vaccination efforts to small business aid and more.

Daily indicators

  • 2,201 new positive PCR tests
  • 722,997 total PCR tests
  • 421 new positive antigen tests
  • 91,919 total antigen tests
  • 1,786 COVID-19 patients hospitalized
  • 393 patients in ICUs
  • 237 ventilators in use
  • 20 new lab-confirmed fatalities
  • 21,193 total COVID-19 deaths 
  • The positivity rate for all 43,025 PCR tests recorded on March 4 was 7.13%
  • The statewide rate of transmission is 1.06

Canceled vaccine appointments

  • DOH has received reports of people canceling their Pfizer or Moderna vaccine appointments because they want to wait for the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine, Commissioner Judy Persichilli said.
  • Anyone who wants to wait for a Johnson and Johnson shot is welcome to do so, but if they have a vaccine appointment and cancel it, they will go to the back of the state’s queue, the commissioner warned.
  • “We urge you, if you have an appointment, please consider getting vaccinated,” Persichilli said.

Latest official numbers:

As of Monday, there have been 722,997 confirmed cases in the state since March, and there have been 21,193 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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