WESTFIELD, NJ — The mayor on Friday reported two more Westfield COVID-19 deaths and also said the town saw 133 new coronavirus cases over a seven-day time frame.

The newly dead were a 92-year-old man associated with a long-term care facility, and another 92-year-old man, who was hospitalized, Mayor Shelley Brindle said in her coronavirus update. They bring the number of Westfield COVID-19 fatalities to 49.

The 133 new cases reported by the Westfield Regional Health Department Jan. 8 – 14 bring the total number of cases the town has seen to 1,393, Brindle said.

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“The most highly impacted age group is between 10 and 19, representing 25% of the week’s cases,” she said. “At the high school, both the boys and girls hockey teams have had recent outbreaks.”

The contact tracing breakdown of the 133 new cases is as follows, according to the Westfield Regional Health Department:

  • 39 remain under investigation
  • 29 had a positive household contact
  • 17 were unable to be reached
  • 22 had no known exposure
  • 12 had known exposure
  • 4 were associated with hockey
  • 3 were associated with travel
  • 2 were exposed at New Year’s Eve parties
  • 2 were exposed at work
  • 2 were hospitalized (ages 53 and 74)
  • 1 was associated with indoor sports (non-hockey)

The people with COVID-19 ranged in age from 1 to 77 and are broken down as follows, according to Brindle:

  • Age 9 and under: 13 cases
  • Age 10-19: 33 cases
  • Age 20-29: 16 cases
  • Age 30-39: 16 cases
  • Age 40-49: 21 cases
  • Age 50-59: 20 cases
  • Age 60-69: 11 cases
  • Age 70-79: 4 cases
  • Age 80-89: No cases
  • Age 90 and above: No cases

The new Westfield cases come as New Jersey rolls out the coronavirus vaccine, which remains in limited supply.

“I know it’s incredibly frustrating, especially for the vulnerable members of our community, to find that vaccination appointments are scarce, and our health department is being inundated with questions about how residents should proceed,” Brindle said.

The state allows anyone to register here, Brindle said, and will notify people when they are eligible to receive the vaccine.

The Union County site at Kean University, she said, is vaccinating 300 people per day, and once an online registration portal for scheduling vaccinations there reopens, it will only allow people who are eligible for the vaccine to register.

“There is no interconnectivity between the County of Union and State of New Jersey's vaccination registration portals,” she said. “This is a known issue that the State continues to work on.”

Email Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net | Twitter: @MattKadosh

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