A 1-year-old baby is among the 137 new Westfield cases reported.
WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle on Friday reported 137 new COVID-19 cases for the past seven days, reflecting the highest count of town residents infected in such a time frame.
The people known to be newly infected Jan. 1 – 7 range in age from 1 to 99 years old with 30% of the newly infected ages 10 – 19, which is the most highly impacted age group in Westfield, Brindle said in her Friday COVID-19 update.
“Like the entire state, Westfield remains in a high level of transmission, and the Westfield Regional Health Department has seen an increase in activity since the holidays,” Brindle said. “Unfortunately, this week represents the highest number of weekly cases we have seen to date.”
The count of Westfield dead from COVID-19 remains at 47, with the last death reported Jan. 5, according to Brindle.
The Friday figures are being reported as state and county authorities roll out COVID-19 vaccines for healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities. In a press release, Union County government on Thursday announced that it had administered its first vaccine at Kean University.
“At this time, the expected timeframe for the general public to begin receiving vaccinations in New Jersey is in April and May,” Brindle said Friday. “While it’s wonderful that this timeframe is finally within sight, we still can’t let down our guard.”
This week also marked an addition to the COVID data the state reports.
The health department is including antigen, also called rapid tests, in its data dashboard. Westfield officials had previously included these figures in its local numbers, having said that including the rapid test results — which, according to the CDC, are more likely to yield a false negative result — make for a more accurate reflection of the virus’ spread.
Union County reported Friday that there were 298 new cases, according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, which puts Friday’s number of new cases across New Jersey at 5,765.
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