New Jersey health officials on Monday reported another 2,079 cases of the coronavirus and an additional 27 deaths as hospitalizations fell for a fourth consecutive day and the transmission rate remained below the key benchmark that indicates the outbreak is once again slowing.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the latest numbers during a briefing in Trenton as he highlighted the continued progress toward the goal of vaccinating 70% of the state’s adult population by the end of June. More than half of the state’s adults have received at least one dose and nearly one-third are fully vaccinated.

“To all working across the state to administer shots in arms, regardless of where you are – whether you’re a mega-site, a local health clinic, a community-based vaccination center, one of our federal pharmacy program partners, or any of the hundreds of other sites across our state – from the bottom of our hearts, we say thank you for your incredible and hard work,” said Murphy, who received his first dose on Friday.

“And to every single one of you who has raised your sleeve to be vaccinated, thank you, as well, not only for showing your faith in our vaccine efforts but for being role models for those around you,” he said.

New Jersey health facilities and vaccine centers have now administered more than 5.44 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered since the state’s first shot was given Dec. 15. That includes more than 3.47 million people with at least one dose and more than 2.19 million who received their second, according to state data.

The 2,079 new confirmed cases reported Monday is the lowest number of positive tests in five weeks and brings the state’s seven-day average for confirmed cases to 3,173. That’s down 18% from a week ago, but still up 8% from a month ago.

The state’s 71 hospitals reported 2,261 patients as of Sunday night, down 35 people from a day earlier. Hospitalizations remain well below the recent high of 3,873 on Dec. 22.

The state’s rate of transmission fell again Monday to .94, following a steady drop from 1.07 a week ago. Any number over 1 indicates that the outbreak is growing, with each new case leading to at least one other case. A declining transmission rate means the spread is slowing.

The positivity rate for tests conducted on Thursday, the most recent day available, was 8.39% based on 45,456 tests.

In all, New Jersey has now reported 839,114 coronavirus cases out of more than 12.6 million PCR tests since the state reported its first case on March 4, 2020. There have also been 116,852 positive antigen tests. Those cases are considered probable, and health officials have warned that positive antigen tests could overlap with the confirmed PCR tests because they are sometimes given in tandem.

The state of 9 million people has reported 24,896 residents have died from complications related to COVID-19 — 22,323 confirmed deaths and 2,573 fatalities considered probable.

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  • ATLANTIC COUNTY - 172,439 doses administered
  • BERGEN COUNTY - 611,250 doses administered
  • BURLINGTON COUNTY - 287,286 doses administered
  • CAMDEN COUNTY - 323,235 doses administered
  • CAPE MAY COUNTY - 71,167 doses administered
  • CUMBERLAND COUNTY - 75,473 doses administered
  • ESSEX COUNTY - 420,077 doses administered
  • GLOUCESTER COUNTY - 195,216 doses administered
  • HUDSON COUNTY - 321,371 doses administered
  • HUNTERDON COUNTY - 77,417 doses administered
  • MERCER COUNTY - 215,823 doses administered
  • MIDDLESEX COUNTY - 466,828 doses administered
  • MONMOUTH COUNTY - 399,650 doses administered
  • MORRIS COUNTY - 381,528 doses administered
  • OCEAN COUNTY - 250,278 doses administered
  • PASSAIC COUNTY - 324,540 doses administered
  • SALEM COUNTY - 34,218 doses administered
  • SOMERSET COUNTY - 221,761 doses administered
  • SUSSEX COUNTY - 84,742 doses administered
  • UNION COUNTY - 293,483 doses administered
  • WARREN COUNTY - 54,713 doses administered
  • UNKNOWN COUNTY - 22,968 doses administered
  • OUT OF STATE - 134,795 doses administered

COUNTY-BY-COUNTY NUMBERS (sorted by most new cases)

  • Middlesex County: 81,008 confirmed cases (220 new), 1,993 confirmed deaths (245 probable)
  • Bergen County: 84,265 confirmed cases (204 new), 2,470 confirmed deaths (294 probable)
  • Essex County: 81,440 confirmed cases (193 new), 2,528 confirmed deaths (291 probable)
  • Hudson County: 75,351 confirmed cases (167 new), 1,953 confirmed deaths (203 probable)
  • Passaic County: 60,883 confirmed cases (164 new), 1,629 confirmed deaths (194 probable)
  • Monmouth County: 64,035 confirmed cases (160 new), 1,391 confirmed deaths (137 probable)
  • Camden County: 45,188 confirmed cases (137 new), 1,142 confirmed deaths (97 probable)
  • Ocean County: 62,590 confirmed cases (118 new), 1,882 confirmed deaths (155 probable)
  • Union County: 57,085 confirmed cases (112 new), 1,666 confirmed deaths (216 probable)
  • Morris County: 39,975 confirmed cases (97 new), 950 confirmed deaths (241 probable)
  • Burlington County: 35,975 confirmed cases (85 new), 743 confirmed deaths (63 probable)
  • Mercer County: 30,016 confirmed cases (82 new), 870 confirmed deaths (43 probable)
  • Gloucester County: 24,522 confirmed cases (79 new), 556 confirmed deaths (30 probable)
  • Atlantic County: 23,419 confirmed cases (76 new), 599 confirmed deaths (35 probable)
  • Somerset County: 22,789 confirmed cases (45 new), 706 confirmed deaths (105 probable)
  • Sussex County: 10,680 confirmed cases (43 new), 222 confirmed deaths (66 probable)
  • Warren County: 8,103 confirmed cases (33 new), 204 confirmed deaths (25 probable)
  • Cumberland County: 13,597 confirmed cases (21 new), 375 confirmed deaths (36 probable)
  • Hunterdon County: 8,162 confirmed cases (19 new), 117 confirmed deaths (54 probable)
  • Cape May County: 4,291 confirmed cases (9 new), 169 confirmed deaths (30 probable)
  • Salem County: 4,954 confirmed cases (5 new), 158 confirmed deaths (13 probable)


There were 2,261 patients hospitalized with confirmed (2,150) or suspected COVID-19 cases across New Jersey’s 71 hospitals as of Sunday night — 35 fewer than the previous night.

That included 448 in critical or intensive care (seven fewer than the night before), with 241 on ventilators (eight fewer more).

There were also 233 COVID-19 patients discharged Sunday.

By comparison, hospitalizations peaked at more than 8,300 patients during the first wave of the pandemic in April.


New Jersey has reported 240 in-school coronavirus outbreaks, which have resulted in 1,070 cases among students, teachers and school staff this academic year, according to the state’s dashboard.

The state defines school outbreaks as cases where contact tracers determined two or more students or school staff caught or transmitted COVID-19 in the classroom or during academic activities at school. Those numbers do not include students or staff believed to have been infected outside school or cases that can’t be confirmed as in-school outbreaks.

There are about 1.4 million public school students and teachers across the state, though teaching methods amid the outbreak have varied, with some schools teaching in-person, some using a hybrid format and others remaining all-remote.

Murphy recently announced most New Jersey schools can move classroom desks three feet apart, instead of six feet, under new social distancing guidelines.

The governor also said the state’s schools will return to full in-person classes for the next school year and districts will not be allowed to offer virtual learning, even for parents who want that option due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. But Murphy clarified that students and teachers who have health issues that could put them at greater risk of a serious coronavirus case will have a virtual option.


Broken down by age, those 30 to 49 years old make up the largest percentage of New Jersey residents who have caught the virus (30.9%), followed by those 50-64 (22.9%), 18-29 (19.8%), 65-79 (10.4%), 5-17 (9.4%), 80 and older (4.6%) and 0-4 (1.9%).

On average, the virus has been more deadly for older residents, especially those with preexisting conditions. Nearly half the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents 80 and older (46.87%), followed by those 65-79 (32.89%), 50-64 (15.78%), 30-49 (4.05%), 18-29 (0.39%), 5-17 (0%) and 0-4 (0.03%).

At least 7,989 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and staff members at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

There are active outbreaks at 225 facilities, resulting in 3,676 active cases among residents and 4,366 among staffers. Those numbers have been slowing as vaccinations continue at the facilities.


As of Monday, there have been more than 136 million positive COVID-19 tests across the world, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. More than 2.9 million people have died from coronavirus-related complications.

The U.S. has reported the most cases, at more than 31.2 million, and the most deaths, at more than 562,000.

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Matt Arco may be reached at [email protected].

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