TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced Operation Jersey Summer, an effort to spur vaccinations in the state, during his COVID press briefing on Monday.
"We are putting into overdrive our work to hit our initial target of 4.7 million vaccinated New Jerseyans by June 30," Murphy said. "We’re putting an army of boots on the ground to safely knock on doors in communities throughout the state. They will work directly in underserved communities, reaching out to residents with information and resources necessary that will help them make the decision to be vaccinated."
The governor also said that a call center, through the NJ Dept. of Health, is proactively reaching out to residents who preregistered for vaccinations but who have yet to make their appointment. They’re connecting them directly with live operators to help them make an appointment.
"Over the next eight weeks, we’re going to be doing everything we can to make sure that every New Jerseyan recognizes that vaccines are safe and effective, easy to get, and the only way we end this pandemic," he said.
The governor also announced the "Shot and a Beer" campaign with New Jersey breweries that will give a free beer to anyone who gets their first vaccine dose.
Of New Jersey's public-school districts, charter schools, renaissance schools, and schools for students with disabilities:
- 285 are open for all in-person instruction.
- 459 are open for hybrid instruction.
- 50 are using a combination across buildings.
- 17 are still on all-remote learning.
Latest New Jersey COVID Figures
As of Sunday night:
- 880 new positive PCR tests, raising the pandemic total to 876,141 total PCR tests.
- 197 new positive antigen tests (rapid tests), which brings the statewide total to 124,852 total antigen tests.
- 1,424 patients in New Jersey hospitals with 325 patients in ICUs and 197 ventilators in use.
- 148 live patients discharged.
- 128 COVID-positive patients admitted.
- The statewide rate of transmission is currently 0.37.
- The positivity rate for the 35,761 PCR tests recorded on April 29 was just under 4.95%.
"Sadly, we must report an additional 16 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, bringing the cumulative total of confirmed deaths to 22,884," the governor announced.