Daily COVID-19 New Cases Reported Reaches Pandemic Low in New Jersey

The first day in the month of June saw some of the lowest daily medical numbers related to the coronavirus in the last 15 months. 

And the state sits at under 500,000 million people to reach their fully vaccinated goal June 30.

All of the key data officials have continually cited—transmission rate, hospitalizations, intensive care units, ventilators and positivity rate—they rely on to track how the coronavirus is being contained in New Jersey reached lows on June 1 that reach back to late Summer and early Fall of 2020.

New Cases

For cases, the 137 total new PCR cases reported was the lowest since March 18, 2020 when 89 cases were reported in one day. The next lowest day recorded after the first wave was Aug. 23, 2020 with 288. 

The daily rate of positivity for May 27 was 1.6%, the first time it has been that low since Sept. 2, 2020. The lowest date according to the New Jersey Department of Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard was Aug. 19 at 1.2%. 

The most comparable date for hospitalizations, which currently stand at 530, was Oct. 4, 2020 at 507. The lowest number for those hospitalized in the Garden State on one day was Sept. 6 at 389. 

Trending Downward

For those hospitalized, the 111 in the intensive care unit is the same as Oct. 3, 2020; the daily low was 62 Sept. 9, 2020. Meanwhile, the 66 patients in need of a ventilator is the lowest since 67 were incubated on Oct. 3. The daily low for ventilators in use was Sept. 9, 2020 at 62.

As for patients discharged, the 45 patients sent home was last seen on Oct. 12, 2020. The lowest number during the pandemic was 22 on Aug. 17, 2020. 

The numbers come the day after the Memorial Day Weekend, where fully vaccinated residents could enjoy greater freedoms. For the first time since last March, bars, restaurants, retail stores, movie theaters, gyms, and churches could operate at full capacity as the state ended its rule to keep 6 feet of distance between patrons or groups. Businesses were still permitted to require staff or customers to wear masks, but it’s no longer a statewide mandate.

Vaccine Distribution

The number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in New Jersey totaled 8,688,584 in-state, plus an additional 357,974 administered out-of-state for a grand total of 9,046,558 as of June 1. Of those who have received the vaccine, 4,067,538 received their second dose or the one jab Johnson & Johnson dose in state and another 167,663 out of state, bringing those fully vaccinated to 4,235,201. 

Demographically, 54% of those vaccinated are women and 46% men. As for ethnicity, 52% are White, 14% Hispanic, 11% Asian, 7% Black, 9% other and 8% unknown. In regards to the age of those having received the vaccine, 28% are 65 years old or olders, 28% are between the ages of 50-64, 29% are between the ages of 30-49, and 16% are between the ages of 12-29.  

In North Jersey, Bergen County has delivered 953,766 doses (4483,579 fully vaccinated), Essex 712,083 doses (327,545), Hudson 613,066 doses (277,379), Morris 568,884 doses (268,236), Passaic 437,387 doses (202,332), Sussex 132,656 doses (63,205), and Warren 85,733 doses (40,740). 

Daily Data

As of June 1, the cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Jersey was 887,834 with 137 total new PCR cases reported. There were 33 probable cases, bringing the cumulative total of antigen tests to 128,656. The total number of individual cases for the state is 1,016,490. 

As for those that have passed, the state reported seven new deaths, bringing that total to 23,549. The state listed probable deaths at 2,670, bringing the overall total to 26,219. State officials noted three deaths occurred in the last 24 hours of reporting that have not yet been lab confirmed.  

For North Jersey counties on June 1, Bergen had a total of 10 new confirmed cases and five new probable cases, Essex 12 new cases and two new probable cases, Hudson six new cases and one new probable cases, Morris eight new cases and no new probable cases, Passaic 13 new cases and four new probable cases, Sussex one new case and one new probable case, and Warren two new cases and no new probable case.

There are a total of 4,295 coronavirus variants being reported in the Garden State. State officials documented 3,968 cases of the U.K. variant (B.1.1.7), 160 cases of the California variants (B.1.429 and B.1.427), 156 cases of the Brazilian (P.1) variant, and 11 cases of the South African (B.1.351) variant. 

Of the total confirmed deaths in North Jersey, Essex County has the most with 2,694, followed by Bergen at 2,569, Hudson with 2,071, Passaic at 1,724, Morris at 974, Sussex at 234 and Warren County at 211.

In regards to probable deaths reported May 26, Bergen has 298, Essex has 299, Morris has 257, Hudson has 215, Passaic has 198, Sussex has 68 and Warren has 25.

State Testing 

As for the rate of transmission reported May 28, it decreased to 0.74 from 0.79 the day before. The daily rate of infections from those tested as of May 27, was 1.6%; by region, the rate was 1.5% in the North, 1.6% in the Central region and 1.8% in the South. 

Officials reported 530 patients were hospitalized; by region, there were 269 in the North, 114 in the Central and 147 in the South. Of those hospitalized, 111 are in intensive care units and 66 on ventilators. A total of 48 patients were discharged, while 45 were admitted.

Officials have continually cited transmission rate, hospitalizations, intensive care units, ventilators and positivity rate as health data they rely on to track how the coronavirus is being contained in New Jersey, guiding them in determining when restrictions have to be tightened or lifted.

Bergen Tops County Count

Bergen has the most confirmed cumulative cases in the state with 89,691, followed by Middlesex at 84,694, Essex at 84,549, Hudson at 78,683, Monmouth at 67,400, Ocean at 65,578, Passaic at 65,509, Union at 60,333, Camden at 48,921, Morris at 41,818, Burlington at 38,212, Mercer at 31,586, Gloucester at 26,497, Atlantic at 24,895, Somerset at 24,267, Cumberland at 14,834, Sussex at 11,672, Warren at 8,935, Hunterdon at 8,890, Salem at 5,539, and Cape May at 4,605.  

In regards to probable cases, Bergen had the most at 14,579, followed by Union at 11,003, Ocean at 10,176, Essex at 9,456, Hudson at 9,210, Morris at 8,260, Monmouth at 8,073, Middlesex at 7,460, Passaic at 7,335, Camden at 6,657, Atlantic at 6,629, Burlington at 5,964, Somerset at 5,760, Cape May at 4,576, Gloucester at 4,002, Mercer at 2,401, Sussex at 2,310, Cumberland at 2,248, Warren at 1,028, Hunterdon at 895, and Salem 538.

Another 736 cases are still under investigation to determine where the person resides.

In regards to cases related to in-school transmissions, a total of 281 outbreaks involving 1,263 cases, accounting for 18 additional outbreaks and 106 cases from the previous weekly update on May 17. 

For North Jersey, Bergen County has 53 confirmed outbreaks with 202 cases, Sussex has 18 confirmed outbreaks with 78 cases, Passaic County has 16 confirmed outbreaks with 57 cases, Warren has 15 confirmed outbreaks with 36 cases, Morris County has five confirmed outbreaks with 34 cases, Hudson County has five confirmed outbreaks with 23 cases, and Essex County with one confirmed outbreak with 92 cases.

Long-term Care Facilities

Health officials noted 132 long-term care facilities are currently reporting at least one case of COVID-19, accounting for a total of 2,979 of the cases, broken down between 1,195 residents and 1,784 staff. 

Cumulatively, 1,469 long-term care facilities reported a case infecting 32,884 residents and 22,269 staff, for a total of 55,153. 

The state’s official death total will now be reported as those that are lab confirmed, sits at 8,054 on June 1. The facilities are reporting to the state 7,889 residents deaths and 144 staff deaths.

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