New Jersey Increases Quarantine States to 16

New Jersey doubled the number of states that travelers are entering from are to self-quarantine.

Individuals traveling to the New Jersey from 16 states with significant community spread of COVID-19 are being advised to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. 

The travel advisory applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

List of States

The states now meeting the thresholds include Alabama; Arkansas; Arizona; California; Florida; Georgia; Iowa; Idaho; Louisiana; Mississippi; North Carolina; Nevada; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; and Utah.

“Our collective efforts to flatten the curve and beat the virus…have led to a steady decline in COVID-19 positive cases, hospitalizations, and rate of transmission,” said Murphy in a press statement. “However, many states across the country are experiencing a significant uptick in this data and we must remain vigilant to continue our progress against the virus.” 

Rooms Available

“I urge those who are arriving from a hot spot to get a COVID-19 test while they are here to ensure their health and safety, and that of those around them.”

Travelers and New Jersey residents returning from one of the 16 states are advised to self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging. Individuals should leave the place of self-quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items.

Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said there are over 3,000 hotel rooms available for travelers to use if needed as well as FEMA field hospitals. 

Daily Data

As of June 30, the cumulative number of coronavirus cases in New Jersey reached 171,667 with 416 new cases and 47 new deaths, bringing that total to 13,181. The state is reporting an additional 1,854 deaths as probably, bringing the overall total to 15,035.

Of the total confirmed deaths in North Jersey, Essex County has the most with 1,784, followed by Bergen at 1,726, Hudson with 1,280, Passaic at 1,038, Morris at 652, Sussex at 154 and Warren with 147.

In regards to probable deaths, Bergen has 263, Essex 237, Hudson 171, Passaic 148, Morris 146, Sussex 37 and Warren 11.

State Testing 

The daily rate of infections from those tested as of June 26 declined from the previous day to 1.8%. The state is no longer using serology tests as health officials explained those results show a past presence of the disease as well as a current one. By region, the north tested at 1.2%, the central at 1.9% and the south 3.4%. 

The rate of transmission was reported at 0.88. Murphy has noted that while the rate was still below 1.0, he was concerned it was rising from its .70 rate when the state began to reopen. 

Officials reported 992 patients are hospitalized with coronavirus—which included 44 new hospitalizations—while 50 patients were discharged. The north tier had 448 patients hospitalized, the central 302 and the south 242.

The daily discharge and new hospitalizations by tier for June 30 was the north charting 20 hospitalizations and 18 discharges, the central having 11 hospitalizations and 12 discharges, and the south reporting 13 hospitalizations and 20 discharges.   

Of those hospitalized, 211 are in intensive care units and 174 on ventilators. 

Bergen Tops County Count

Bergen has the most cumulative cases in the state with 19,423, followed by Hudson at 18,841, Essex at 18,758, Passaic at 16,879, Middlesex at 16,816, Union at 16,386, Ocean at 9,614, Monmouth at 9,140, Mercer at 7,659, Camden at 7,317, Morris at 6,738, Burlington at 5,168, Somerset at 4,869, Cumberland at 2,963, Atlantic at 2,863, Gloucester at 2,578, Warren at 1,233, Sussex at 1,192, Hunterdon at 1,080, Salem at 768 and Cape May at 740.

Another 642 cases are still under investigation to determine where the person resides.

Demographic Breakdown

The racial breakdown of the record deaths was 54% White, 20% Hispanic, 18% Black, 6% Asian and 2% another race. Murphy has noted the rates in the black and Hispanic communities are running about 50% more than their population in the state. 

In regards to the underlying disease of those who have passed, 56% had cardiovascular disease, 45% diabetes, 31% other chronic diseases, 18% neurological conditions, 17% lung diseases, 15% chronic renal disease, 10% cancer and 14% other. Persichilli has stated most cases have multiple underlying conditions which would push the percentage of 100%.

A census of ages for confirmed deaths shows 47% of deaths are of those 80 year old and up, 33% in the range of 65-80, 16% between 50-65 and 5% under the age of 49. 

State officials are tracking cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children who in turn  test positive for COVID-19. One new case was reported June 29, leaving the total at 48 for children ranging in age from 1-18. All have tested positive for COVID-19 or have antibodies in their blood. Eight are currently hospitalized. No deaths have been reported from the disease. 

Persichilli stated “Black and Hispanic children account for a disproportionately high number” on a national scale. While only a small sample, Persichilli reported the racial breakdown in New Jersey was 36% Hispanic, 33% Black, 18% White, 8% Asian and 3% other.

Long-term Care Facilities

Health officials noted 557 long-term care facilities are reporting at least one case of COVID-19 and accounted for 36,363 of the cases, broken down between 24,139 residents and 12,224 staff. The state’s official death total will now be reported as those that are lab confirmed, sits at 6,423 on June 29. The facilities are reporting to the state 6,509 residents deaths and 117 staff deaths. 

In a by-county breakdown:  

Bergen County

  • 63  Facilities with Outbreaks
  • 3300 Total Resident Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 1732 Total Staff Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 923  Resident Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities
  • 11  Staff Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities

Essex County

  • 46  Facilities with Outbreaks
  • 2194 Total Resident Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 1048 Total Staff Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 568  Resident Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities
  • 20  Staff Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities

Morris County

  • 42  Facilities with Outbreaks
  • 1418 Total Resident Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 709 Total Staff Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 477  Resident Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities
  • 3  Staff Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities

Passaic County

  • 25  Facilities with Outbreaks
  • 1279 Total Resident Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 749 Total Staff Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 384  Resident Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities
  • 15  Staff Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities

Hudson County 

  • 15  Facilities with Outbreaks
  • 1004 Total Resident Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 561 Total Staff Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 249  Resident Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities
  • 8  Staff Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities

Sussex County

  • 7  Facilities with Outbreaks
  • 259 Total Resident Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 148 Total Staff Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 108  Resident Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities
  • 4  Staff Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities

Warren County 

  • 7  Facilities with Outbreaks
  • 408 Total Resident Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 135 Total Staff Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 120  Resident Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities
  • 1  Staff Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities

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