NJ reports highest number of COVID deaths in 6 months as vaccinations begin

New Jersey health officials reported the highest number of COVID-19-related deaths in six months on the same day that health care workers around the state began to get inoculated against the virus.
Officials say that there were 97 COVID-related deaths to report, for a statewide death toll of 16,004.
“Today, as we celebrate our first vaccinations, we mourn all we have lost. This is not over yet. Stay vigilant,” Gov. Phil Murphy wrote on Twitter.
The state also reported 4,111 new positive COVID-19 cases. The rate of transmission was down to 1.1
There are 3,660 COVID patients in New Jersey hospitals, with 727 in the ICU and 456 on ventilators – a decrease from Monday.
Middlesex County had the highest number of new cases with 415 new positive cases reported.