TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy provided during his COVID press briefing on Wednesday some positive news about testing sites and vaccinations. He said the 1,758,979 total vaccine doses (1,192,364 first doses, and 566,441 second doses) have been administered as of this morning.  He also was proud that New Jersey has been able to distribute vaccine more equitably than other states.

Additionally, the governor was pleased to announce that 500 "pop-up" sites around the state have conducted COVID tests.

"You can see, slowly but surely, the needle is moving in the right direction," Murphy said. 

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"We’re working to ensure the most efficient, equitable vaccination program as possible. Every day, we’re administering tens of thousands of doses while ensuring equitable access," the governor added.

Latest NJ COVID19 Numbers:

  • 2,661 new positive PCR tests; 689,944 total 
  • 785 new positive antigen tests; 85,442 total 

As of last night:

  • 2,070 patients in Nj hospitals with 435 patients in ICUs and 273 ventilators in use.
  • 238 live patients discharged
  • 253 COVID-positive patients admitted
  • 34 in-hospital deaths

The governor also reported 57 confirmed new COVID deaths overall in the state, bringing the state's cumulative total of confirmed deaths to 20,746.

However, with progress on the vaccine front, he hinted that he might soon increase restaurant capacity to 50% and ease other restrictions.

The governor began the press briefing by recapping the highlights of the Fiscal Year 2022 budget that he unveiled yesterday.

"I was proud to unveil my budget. It’s time for us to lean into the smart policies and key investments that will move us forward: the first full pension payment in 25 years, $700 million in funding for public schools, more accessible child care, and direct tax rebates for families," he said.