LIVINGSTON, NJ — Compared to the 211 cases of COVID-19 reported during the first 22 days of January, the Township of Livingston has reported 141 cases in the first 22 days of February, indicating a slight deceleration of new cases in Livingston after the township saw its highest monthly total in January.

There has also been one resident death reported in February, according to the Livingston Health Department, bringing the township’s cumulative total to 1,597 cases and 83 deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus as of Monday.

Despite continued delays in vaccine deliveries throughout the country, Livingston Mayor Shawn Klein announced on Monday that Essex County is still getting the largest allotment of vaccination doses in New Jersey and that Livingston is receiving the largest vaccine in Essex County.

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“I really think credit for that goes toward how much awareness there is in the community and a lack of skepticism toward vaccines, and we also have this crew of people who are helping other people who are having trouble getting appointments,” he said. “I think it's just very demonstrative of the sort of loving atmosphere that we live in that people really want to help each other. It's a great feeling.”

As of Monday, Essex County has administered 138,251 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, including 96,671 first doses and 41,580 second doses, according to the state’s most recent COVID-19 Data Dashboard. At Essex County’s five designated vaccination sites, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. reported a total of 60,646 first doses and 25,406 second doses administered to residents as of Sunday. All appointments that were canceled due to lack of vaccines have been rescheduled.

Statewide, a total of 1,676,496 vaccine doses had been administered as of Monday morning, including 1,137,490 first doses and 509,373 second doses. According to Gov. Phil Murphy, many of last week’s backlogged vaccine deliveries from both Pfizer and Moderna were scheduled to arrive Monday as well as this week’s supply from Moderna for about half of the distribution sites throughout the state.

The New Jersey Health Department reported 2,165 new positive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and 682 new positive antigen (rapid) tests on Monday for a cumulative total of 684,902 positive PCR tests and 84,207 positive antigen tests since the start of the pandemic.

The positivity rate for all PCR tests recorded on Feb 18 was 6.35% based on 23,904 PCR tests, and the statewide rate of transmission is 0.86 as of Monday.

As of Sunday night, there were 2,023 patients in New Jersey hospitals, including 438 patients in intensive care, and 289 ventilators were in use. Although 198 new COVID-19 patients were admitted to New Jersey hospitals on Sunday, 186 live patients were also discharged.

In addition to 31 in-hospital deaths, the state reported 17 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the cumulative total of confirmed deaths to 20,585. The number of probable deaths has been revised to 2,289.

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