LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Township of Livingston officially surpassed 2,000 cases of COVID-19 midway through April with a reported cumulative total of 2,030 cases since the pandemic and 149 new cases in April as of Monday.
In the first half of the month, the Livingston Health Department reported 124 cases compared to 99 cases reported in the first half of March. Compared to January, which marked the highest month for COVID-19 cases in Livingston since the start of pandemic, the number of new cases reported in the first 19 days of April matches the number of cases reported in the first 15 days of January.
Also as of Monday, New Jersey residents ages 16 and up are now eligible to get vaccinated.
"Today, everyone who lives, works or studies in New Jersey, ages 16-plus, is now eligible to be vaccinated," said Gov. Phil Murphy during his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton. "At this time, those ages 16 and 17 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to be vaccinated."
Until this week, only people 55 and older and those who met certain criteria—such as first responders, teachers, people with certain medical conditions and others—were able to register for the vaccine.
Murphy also reported the latest vaccination milestones on Monday, stating that New Jersey’s vaccination program "continues to rank among the very top in the nation.
"With 2,507,736 fully vaccinated New Jerseyans, we’re well more than halfway to our initial goal of 4.7 million by June 30," said Murphy, who also shared the following details:
- 6,068,731 total doses have been administered;
- 2,507,736 fully vaccinated New Jersey residents;
- 6th in vaccine supply administered;
- 9th in daily doses administered;
- 7th in % of total population having received at least a first dose; and
- 8th in % of population being fully vaccinated.
"We have hundreds of vaccination locations across our state, and 98.7% of all New Jersey residents live within five miles of where they can get vaccinated," the governor said. "To locate a vaccination center near you, visit http://covid19.nj.gov/finder."
Statewide COVID-19 Numbers as of Monday:
- 1,935 new positive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and 860,447 total PCR tests since the pandemic began in March 2020
- 388 new positive antigen (or rapid) tests, raising the total to 120,589 total antigen tests
- 2,062 patients in New Jersey hospitals with 435 patients in intensive and 250 ventilators in use
- 208 live patients discharged
- 233 COVID-19-positive patients admitted.
Additionally, the governor reported that of all New Jersey public school districts, charter schools, renaissance schools and schools for students with disabilities, 186 are currently open for all in-person instruction, 526 are open for hybrid instruction, 69 are operating fully remote and 30 are using a combination across buildings.
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