While the coronavirus numbers are at some of their lowest in the last 15 months in New Jersey, health officials noted an uptick has occurred this week they are keeping a close eye on.
New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli reported the number of those hospitalized increased by 21 to 323 patients from the day before.
“I am not overly concerned,” said Persichilli at a press briefing June 23, adding after seeing large drops over the last few months, cases have plateaued over the past couple of weeks.
“Many of these new hospitalizations are due to individuals who are not vaccinated,” said Persichilli. “Our positivity and case rates were declining but have now flattened over the (past) weeks. We will remain vigilant as we review the data.”
The health commissioner said the state is monitoring the highly-transmissible Delta variant, which federal officials say is now the dominant coronavirus strain in the U.S. that could result in local surges among the unvaccinated.
“All of these numbers…reflect individuals who are almost exclusively — if not exclusively — not vaccinated,” said Gov. Phil Murphy.
The number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in New Jersey totaled 9,512,222 in-state, plus an additional 565,742 administered out-of-state for a grand total of 10,077,964 as of June 23. Of those who have received the vaccine, 4,595,587 received their second dose or the one jab Johnson & Johnson dose in state and another 248,347 out of state, bringing those fully vaccinated to 4,843,822.
Demographically, 54% of those vaccinated are women and 46% men. As for ethnicity, 51% are White, 15% Hispanic, 11% Asian, 7% Black, 9% other and 8% unknown. In regards to the age of those having received the vaccine, 25% are 65 years old or olders, 27% 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 1,049,628 doses (510,084 fully vaccinated), Essex 793,592 doses (379,749), Hudson 690,732 doses (325,129), Morris 609,040 doses (294,820), Passaic 490,362 doses (234,215), Sussex 142,457 doses (69,748), and Warren 91,989 doses (44,910).
As of June 23, the cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Jersey was 891,840 with 213 total new PCR cases reported. There were 89 probable cases, bringing the cumulative total of antigen tests to 129,982. The total number of individual cases for the state is 1,021,822.
As for those that have passed, the state reported 10 new deaths, bringing that total to 23,712. The state listed probable deaths at 2,698, bringing the overall total to 26,410. State officials noted two deaths occurred in the last 24 hours of reporting that has not yet been lab confirmed.
For North Jersey counties on June 23, Bergen had a total of 30 new confirmed cases and 13 new probable case, Essex 19 new cases and eight new probable cases, Hudson 19 new cases and five new probable cases, Morris six new cases and one new probable case, Passaic 15 new cases and six new probable cases, Sussex four new cases and two new probable cases, and Warren had one new case and no new probable cases.
Of the total confirmed deaths in North Jersey, Essex County has the most with 2,715, followed by Bergen at 2,584, Hudson with 2,085, Passaic at 1,733, Morris at 978, Sussex at 239, and Warren County at 211.
In regards to probable deaths reported June 16, Essex has 302, Bergen has 299, Morris has 261, Hudson has 216, Passaic has 200, Sussex has 68 and Warren has 26.
As for the rate of transmission reported June 23, it remained unchanged from the third straight day at 0.99. The daily rate of infections from those tested June 19, was 1.3%; by region, the rate was 1.3% in the North, 1.3% in the Central region and 1.3% in the South.
Officials reported 323 patients were hospitalized; 263 cases were confirmed and 60 are under investigation. By region, there were 157 in the North, 86 in the Central and 80 in the South.
Of those hospitalized, 58 are in intensive care units and 30 on ventilators. A total of 40 patients were discharged, while 42 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 90,072, followed by Middlesex at 85,075, Essex at 84,870, Hudson at 79,028, Monmouth at 67,738, Ocean at 65,903, Passaic at 65,874, Union at 60,598, Camden at 49,116, Morris at 42,001, Burlington at 38,350, Mercer at 31,722, Gloucester at 26,625, Atlantic at 24,985, Somerset at 24,364, Cumberland at 14,916, Sussex at 11,752, Warren at 8,983, Hunterdon at 8,959, Salem at 5,551, and Cape May at 4,643.
In regards to probable cases, Bergen had the most at 14,719, followed by Union at 11,093, Ocean at 10,381, Essex at 9,581, Hudson at 9,309, Morris at 8,310, Monmouth at 8,125, Middlesex at 7,533, Passaic at 7,442, Camden at 6,738, Atlantic at 6,649, Burlington at 5,998, Somerset at 5,817, Cape May at 4,643, Gloucester at 4,041, Mercer at 2,429, Sussex at 2,342, Cumberland at 2,289, Warren at 1,032, Hunterdon at 902, and Salem 536.
Another 716 cases are still under investigation to determine where the person resides.
Long-term Care Facilities
Health officials noted 33 long-term care facilities are currently reporting at least one case of COVID-19, accounting for a total of 796 of the cases, broken down between 259 residents and 537 staff.
Cumulatively, 1,480 long-term care facilities reported a case infecting 32,783 residents and 22,219 staff, for a total of 55,002.
The state’s official death total will now be reported as those that are lab confirmed, sits at 8,060 on June 23. The facilities are reporting to the state 7,877 residents deaths and 144 staff deaths.