The mayor reported one new COVID-19 death Monday.

WESTFIELD, NJ — In the town, 78% of adults have now been partially vaccinated against COVID-19 and 57% of adults are fully vaccinated, officials said Monday.

The figures, which are as of April 23, include only people 18 and over. Westfield Health Officer Megan Avallone reported the numbers at Monday’s board of health meeting, during which she also announced that the town has resumed its vaccination program for homebound residents.

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“We are going to meet people where they are,” Avallone said. “We are going to go with the vaccine to where they work, to where they go to church, to where they gather.”

The homebound vaccination program had been suspended with the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine paused, but now that it has resumed the Westfield Regional Health Department is bringing back its vaccine program for homebound people.

In Union County, 40.5% of the total population has been vaccinated, Mayor Shelley Brindle said in a COVID-19 update Monday, and 48% of residents statewide who have received one dose of a vaccine.

Across Union County, 25.2% of people are fully vaccinated and statewide that figures stood at 34%, Brindle said.

News of the increase in vaccinations came on the same evening that Brindle reported that at 79-year-old Westfield man had died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of Westfield COVID-19 deaths to 57 people.

In her update, Brindle reported that Westfield saw 232 COVID-19 cases in April. This marked a 14.7% decline from the 272 cases reported in March.

“The most highly impacted age group for the month was ages 10 through 19, representing 29% of the reported cases,” Brindle said. The total number of cases to date is 2,334, she said.

At the meeting, Avallone said that the regional health department is, through Atlantic Health System, coordinating vaccine appointments for high school students 16 and older in the 11 districts in its coverage area.

The vaccines will be given at the Summit Recreation Center, she said. Overlook Medical Center, Avallone said, has provided the appointments up front.

“We’ve asked individuals through the schools to register,” she said.

The discussion of vaccinations came on the same day that Gov. Phil Murphy announced that starting May 19 he would lift capacity limits on restaurants, stores and personal services in addition to limits on outdoor gatherings. Masks will still, however, be required in doors and venues must keep groups of people six feet apart.

Brindle said she would stop providing a detailed breakdown of where people newly infected with COVID-19 caught the virus.

“I’ll be pivoting the emphasis of our COVID reports to focus more on vaccination rates and reopening efforts,” Brindle said. “While I’ll continue to provide recaps of current case numbers and the related age group breakdowns, the source of transmission information will not be reported regularly, as it provides incrementally less value at this point.”

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

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