MILLBURN, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo announced a comprehensive plan on Friday to vaccinate Essex County residents against coronavirus. Vaccinations will be given in two doses at two, separate appointments.
Health care professionals dealing with people over 65 will get the vaccine first. Because mass vaccinations will take time, it's important that people continue to take health precautions, DiVincenzo said.
Residents of Livingston, Belleville, Maplewood, Millburn, Newark, Orange and South Orange will go to the location at the Livingston Mall, in the former Sears building — 112 Eisenhower Parkway (entrance is in the back).
Find out more details of the Essex County plan here.
Local and national numbers
More than 321,000 Americans have died of the virus as of Monday.
Find out which states currently have the highest death rates here.
Last week, New Jersey reached its highest death toll in six months from the virus, or 97 people in one day.
At the height of the crisis in New Jersey, when testing and PPE were scarce, 460 people died from the virus in 24 hours on April 30.
The death rate had been plummeting over the summer. Back on Sept. 8, three months ago, the state announced two new deaths confirmed in 24 hours.
But deaths began rising again with gatherings, reopenings, and travel to states with higher transmission. See the latest travel and quarantine information from New Jersey here.
Doctors have said that a number of factors are contributing to the fact that the daily death rate is still lower than spring, including people getting test results (and thus treatment) sooner, more protective equipment available in hospitals, and doctors becoming better able to treat the virus. However, the virus still can have long-term effects.
Use this link to see the updated fatality count in the United States.
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