VIRUS: MONMOUTH DEATHS HIT 1,200

Atrium resident Audrey Haimowitz receiving a vaccine shot Friday. (Photo courtesy of Springpoint Senior Living. Click to enlarge.)

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By JOHN T. WARD

Amid rising numbers of vaccine shots statewide, Monmouth County recorded its 1,200th death from COVID-19, the New Jersey Health Department reported Monday.

The grim milestone was passed as a Red Bank senior facility reported three more pandemic-related fatalities, though all three victims were considered to have recovered from the virus, a representative said.

The Atrium at Navesink Harbor, on Riverside Avenue, reported three more deaths in its longterm care operation to the state Friday, Julia Zauner, a spokesperson for facility owner Springpoint Senior Living, told redbankgreen Monday.

“These individuals had been diagnosed with and recovered from COVID, then subsequently passed away,” Zauner said by email. “The Atrium strictly follows the reporting requirements from the state of New Jersey, whereby any resident who ever tested positive and then expired is counted as a COVID death although they may not be COVID positive at the time of death.”

The Atrium, which offers independent-living apartments as well as onsite skilled nursing care for its senior clients, has now had 14 resident deaths in its longterm care operation since late November. [A previously reported total of 13 deaths was later revised down by two to correct a reporting error, Zauner said.]

Also on Friday, 220 residents and staff members at the Atrium received a COVID-19 vaccine from the pharmacy giant CVS, Zauner said. With that, 79 percent of the Atrium’s residents, in both its assisted living and skilled nursing components, have now received at least one of the two shots, she said.

“Any individual who has symptoms or tested positive for COVID cannot receive the shot, which accounts for the portion of the resident population not yet vaccinated,” she said.

Since the start of an outbreak, which the state defines as one or more positive tests in a 28-day period, 29 Atrium residents and 32 staffers have had tested positive for the coronavirus, the state reported its update on longterm care facilities Monday.

At Red Bank’s only other longterm care facility, the Hackensack Meridian Health center on Chapin Avenue, 8 residents and 12 staffers have tested positive in a current outbreak, with no recent deaths associated with the pandemic, the report showed.

• In his regular Monday briefing on the pandemic, Governor Phil Murphy reported that more than one million COVID-19 vaccines have now been administered since the first one on December 15.

Of the 1,037,657 shots given, 813,216 were first doses and 224,237 were seconds, the state reported.

More than half the shots have been given in the past 16 days, which Murphy said was “definitely forward progress” in his campaign to inoculate 4.7 million adults statewide by July 4.

In Monmouth County, 78,104 vaccine doses had been given, the website indicates, 61,690 of them first doses.

• The state’s COVID-19 dashboard showed that Monmouth County has now lost 1,200 residents in the pandemic, which first took hold in America 11 months ago.

Of those, 263, or more than one in five, have been reported since January 1, according to state data.

In Monmouth County, 78,104 vaccine doses had been given, the website indicates, 61,690 of them first doses.

• In their daily update Sunday, Monmouth County officials reported these cumulative cases by town:

February 6 February 7
Aberdeen 1262 1270
Allenhurst 55 55
Allentown 88 90
Asbury Park 1163 1172
Atlantic Highlands 227 230
Avon-by-the-Sea 145 145
Belmar 366 372
Bradley Beach 268 269
Brielle 405 412
Colts Neck 706 712
Deal 220 221
Eatontown 1172 1184
Englishtown 157 158
Fair Haven 313 313
Farmingdale 100 101
Freehold Borough 1217 1226
Freehold Twp 2579 2593
Hazlet 1349 1353
Highlands 248 249
Holmdel 1088 1096
Howell 3667 3704
Interlaken 54 54
Keansburg 793 802
Keyport 484 491
Lake Como 108 111
Little Silver 400 406
Loch Arbour 15 15
Long Branch 3105 3137
Manalapan 2809 2841
Manasquan 382 384
Marlboro 2430 2444
Matawan 784 790
Middletown 4191 4229
Millstone 635 639
Monmouth Beach 222 225
Neptune City 341 347
Neptune Twp 2371 2380
Ocean 2119 2142
Oceanport 400 410
Red Bank 1347 1358
Roosevelt 46 46
Rumson 443 444
Sea Bright 104 104
Sea Girt 137 137
Shrewsbury 413 415
Shrewsbury Twp 75 75
Spring Lake 177 177
Spring Lake Hts 293 302
Tinton Falls 1222 1236
Union Beach 347 350
Upper Freehold 403 405
Wall 1836 1854
West Long Branch 828 836

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