SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit has been notified by the Westfield Regional Health Department (WRHD) that a 23rd Summit resident has passed away due to COVID-19. The passing of the individual -- a 54-year-old male who had been hospitalized -- is the second resident fatality recorded in February, and casts a shadow over the positive news that Summit's daily COVID case positives dropped nearly 39 percent in the month.

January, with 263 cases, averaged 8.48 case positives per day while February averaged 5.21 case positive per day. In sum, there have been 1,385 cases of the virus confirmed in Summit since the pandemic began. Total case numbers are updated and adjusted weekly following contact tracing interviews.

Of the most-recent cases, the WRHD reports:

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  • 42 cases have no known exposure;
  • 33 cases with a positive household contact;
  • 28 cases were unable to be reached;
  • 17 cases with a known exposure;
  • 15 cases diagnosed in a prior month but reported during February;
  • Three (3) cases associated with sports;
  • Two (2) cases associated with a workplace;
  • Two (2) cases refused to be interviewed;
  • Two (2) cases associated with travel; and
  • Two (2) cases were hospitalized (ages 68, 53)

The age breakdown is as follows:

  • 30 cases ages 18 and younger; 
  • 20 cases ages 19 to 24; 
  • 11 cases ages 25 to 29; 
  • Six (6) cases ages 30 to 34; 
  • Seven (7) cases ages 35 to 39; 
  • 10 cases ages 40 to 44; 
  • 17 cases ages 45 to 49; 
  • 13 cases ages 50 to 54; 
  • 19 cases ages 55 to 59; 
  • Six (6) cases ages 60 to 64;
  • One (1) case age 65 to 69;
  • Three (3) cases 70 to 74;
  • One (1) case 75 to 79; and
  • Two (2) cases ages 80 to 84.

Regarding vaccinations, more than 1.3 million people statewide, or 15.6% of the population, and 38.4% of prioritized population groups have received first doses of the vaccine, and 1.8M or 7.8% of the population are fully vaccinated. This week New Jersey will receive 70,000 doses of the single shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

In Union County, 11.8% of the population or 63,025 residents have been vaccinated with first doses and 5.9% of county residents or 31,425 people are fully vaccinated.