For Gov. Phil Murphy, new cases of the coronavirus are being driven by one cohort.
“We have a pandemic again among unvaccinated residents, not among the vaccinated,” stated Murphy at a press briefing June 14. “I cannot put it any more succinctly. The vaccines…are proving to be effective against all forms of this virus including the so-called Delta variant, which is the one from India.”
Murphy said while there are some breakthrough cases in New Jersey, the data that the state’s Department of Health has collected from lab and healthcare systems in the Garden State shows new cases “almost entirely if not exclusively are from unvaccinated individuals.”
“When we have that reporting system in place, we will add those numbers to our dashboards in these briefings, and I promise you they’re going to be stark,” stated the governor. “They’re going to tell the tale that we’ve been alluding to that this is now, sadly, a pandemic overwhelmingly among unvaccinated individuals.”
Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli reported the CDC recently examined the impact of vaccination coverage among different age groups. Comparing the data in December 2020 prior to vaccination commencing to data in April, declines in COVID-19 rates were significantly greater among older adults who had higher vaccination coverage than among younger adults who had lower coverage.
Among older adults who were vaccinated, COVID-19 incident rates declined 40% compared to adults in the ages of 18-49. Rates of emergency department visits declined 59%, hospital admission rates declined 65%, and death rates decreased 66% compared to adults 18 to 49.
Vaccine Reduces Cases
“The greater decline in COVID-19 morbidity and mortality in older adults, the age group with the highest vaccination rates, demonstrates the potential benefit of increasing population-level vaccination coverage,” said Persichilli. “The data is consistent with other preliminary reports showing a reduction in COVID-19 cases and severe illness in populations with high vaccination coverage.”
According to the health commissioner, New Jersey residents 65 and older have the best coverage with 89% receiving at least one dose of vaccine. Among those ages 50 to 64, 76% have received at least one dose, 63% of those 30 to 49 years of age have received at least one dose, and 53% of those ages 18 to 29 have received at least one dose.
Additionally, 33% of those ages 12 to 17 in the month since becoming eligible have received their first dose of the.
“We still have more work to do to increase coverage in the younger populations in our state,” said Persichilli.
Murphy noted the Garden State is in the top five in the U.S. in terms of vaccinations of the state population and the largest by population.
“The states ahead of us are Connecticut, Vermont, Hawaii, Massachusetts,” said the governor. “Only Massachusetts comes close in terms of population (and) it’s about two-thirds the size of New Jersey.”
The number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in New Jersey totaled 9,257,159 in-state, plus an additional 357,974 administered out-of-state for a grand total of 9,615,133 as of June 15. Of those who have received the vaccine, 4,434,683 received their second dose or the one jab Johnson & Johnson dose in state and another 171,533 out of state, bringing those fully vaccinated to 4,606,216.
Demographically, 54% of those vaccinated are women and 46% men. As for ethnicity, 51% are White, 14% Hispanic, 11% Asian, 7% Black, 9% other and 8% unknown. In regards to the age of those having received the vaccine, 26% are 65 years old or olders, 28% are between the ages of 50-64, 29% are between the ages of 30-49, and 18% are between the ages of 12-29.
In North Jersey, Bergen County has delivered 1,013,091 doses (487,945 fully vaccinated), Essex 769,066 doses (364,270), Hudson 664,516 doses (309,735), Morris 597,288 doses (287,224), Passaic 472,507 doses (223,351), Sussex 138,747 doses (67,440), and Warren 90,239 doses (43,737).
As of June 15, the cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Jersey was 890,485 with 278 total new PCR cases reported. There were 116 probable cases, bringing the cumulative total of antigen tests to 129,558. The total number of individual cases for the state is 1,020,043.
As for those that have passed, the state reported 11 new deaths, bringing that total to 23,660. The state listed probable deaths at 2,685, bringing the overall total to 26,345. State officials noted two deaths occurred in the last 24 hours of reporting that have not yet been lab confirmed.
For North Jersey counties on June 15, Bergen had a total of 28 new confirmed cases and 16 new probable case, Essex 35 new cases and 10 new probable cases, Hudson 40 new cases and five new probable cases, Morris 14 new cases and three new probable cases, Passaic 32 new cases and seven new probable case, Sussex two new cases and three new probable cases, and Warren had two new cases and no probable cases.
Of the total confirmed deaths in North Jersey, Essex County has the most with 2,710, followed by Bergen at 2,580, Hudson with 2,080, Passaic at 1,731, Morris at 976, Sussex at 237, and Warren County at 211.
In regards to probable deaths reported June 9, Essex has 300, Bergen has 299, Morris has 261, Hudson has 215, Passaic has 199, Sussex has 68 and Warren has 26.
As for the rate of transmission reported June 15, it increased to 0.91 from 0.90 the day before. The daily rate of infections from those tested June 10, was 1.0%; by region, the rate was 1.1% in the North, 1.0% in the Central region and 0.8% in the South.
Officials reported 360 patients were hospitalized; 295 cases were confirmed and 66 are under investigation. By region, there were 164 in the North, 104 in the Central and 92 in the South.
Of those hospitalized, 86 are in intensive care units and 44 on ventilators. A total of 21 patients were discharged, while 31 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 89,927, followed by Middlesex at 84,972, Essex at 84,769, Hudson at 78,934, Monmouth at 67,593, Ocean at 65,785, Passaic at 65,749, Union at 60,528, Camden at 49,046, Morris at 41,949, Burlington at 38,306, Mercer at 31,683, Gloucester at 26,577, Atlantic at 24,946, Somerset at 24,329, Cumberland at 14,887, Sussex at 11,719, Warren at 8,970, Hunterdon at 8,927, Salem at 5,548, and Cape May at 4,626.
In regards to probable cases, Bergen had the most at 14,683, followed by Union at 11,079, Ocean at 10,310, Essex at 9,548, Hudson at 9,296, Morris at 8,301, Monmouth at 8,067, Middlesex at 7,509, Passaic at 7,416, Camden at 6,717, Atlantic at 6,645, Burlington at 5,977, Somerset at 5,798, Cape May at 4,598, Gloucester at 4,029, Mercer at 2,424, Sussex at 2,322, Cumberland at 2,277, Warren at 1,028, Hunterdon at 899, and Salem 539.
Another 715 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 59 long-term care facilities are currently reporting at least one case of COVID-19, accounting for a total of 1,588 of the cases, broken down between 597 residents and 991 staff.
Cumulatively, 1,474 long-term care facilities reported a case infecting 32,777 residents and 22,228 staff, for a total of 55,005.
The state’s official death total will now be reported as those that are lab confirmed, sits at 8,058 on June 16. The facilities are reporting to the state 7,875 residents deaths and 144 staff deaths.