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February 2, 2021 - COVID-19 Update

 2/2/2021 3:55 PM

COVID-19 was the top killer of Blacks, Hispanics and Asians in New Jersey last year. Some CVS stores will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines next week. The snow storm is exiting today, and it leaves few power outages in its wake.

COVID-19 Was the Top Killer of Blacks, Hispanics and Asians in New Jersey Last Year – State health data made available on Monday show COVID-19 surpassed heart disease as the top cause of death for Blacks, Hispanics and Asians. It was the third-leading cause of death among non-Hispanic whites after heart disease and cancer. It is particularly striking that the disease caused by the novel coronavirus jumped into the top spot given that the first COVID-19 death was not confirmed until almost a quarter of the way through 2020 – on March 10, 2020. (NJ Spotlight News) 

New Plan: Some COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Will Be Going Directly to Retail Pharmacies – The Biden administration will begin sending a limited number of COVID-19 vaccine doses directly to retail pharmacies across the nation. Many pharmacies are already administering the vaccine but these doses will be the first that are not sent to them by the states. (Politico) 

Select CVS Stores Will Begin Administering Vaccines Next Week – CVS says it will start providing vaccines at 27 CVS locations in New Jersey beginning Feb. 11. Appointments will become available for booking as early as Feb. 9 as stores receive shipments of the vaccine, CVS said in a statement. (nj.com)

Don't Have a Car? Here’s How to Get to a Vaccination Site – Here is information, produced by Rutgers University, on how to get to vaccination sites using NJ Transit. (Rutgers University) 

Tomorrow, Feb. 3 at 9 a.m.: Virtual Town Hall with State Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo – Join the N.J. Chamber and NJBIA for a discussion with New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo about the department’s response to COVID-19, goals and priorities, and other key issues important to enhancing the business climate. A Q&A session will follow the main presentation. 

Still Snowing – While the snow in New Jersey today isn't as intense as on Monday when parts of the state received two feet or more, snow will continue to fall for several more hours before the three-day nor’easter exits the Garden State. (nj.com) 

The Storm Caused Few Power Outages in New Jersey. Here's Why – The nor’easter was expected to bring potential wind gusts of 50 mph, but most of the state only saw wind gusts between 20 and 40 mph. Another factor: The snow was not very wet. (nj.com) 

Looking at Employee Health Insurance for 2021? – N.J. Chamber of Commerce member companies can enroll in the Members Health Plan that gives you – and your employees – the power of a big employer when it comes to health insurance service and stability of rates. Find out how you can save.


N.J. Coronavirus Cases - New Jersey Residents
(Source: N.J. Health Department)

Total Confirmed Deaths Reported: 19,455
Total Positive COVID-19 Cases Reported: 629,360
For data on hospitalizations and discharges, click here.
For data on vaccinations, click here.


* Resources From NJ Chamber of Commerce

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