For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, the state of New Jersey reported no confirmed deaths on July 6.
The news comes as New Jerseyans hospitalized were under 300 for the fourth consecutive day and the number of those fully vaccinated continues to rise.
“For the first time since March 17th, 2020, we’re reporting zero new confirmed COVID-19 deaths in New Jersey today,” tweeted Gov. Phil Murphy. “There’s only one way to make sure we have more days like today: Get vaccinated.”
St. Patrick’s Day 2020 was the last day the New Jersey Department of Health didn’t report at least one newly confirmed fatality from complications related to the coronavirus. The state’s total number of COVID-19 fatalities stood at three on that date, 13 days after the first case of was reported.
The total of confirmed deaths stands at 23,774 and the number of probable deaths, last updated June 30, is 2,703 for an overall total of 26,477. State officials noted six deaths occurred in the last 24 hours of reporting that have not yet been lab confirmed.
Of the total confirmed deaths in North Jersey, Essex County has the most with 2,722, followed by Bergen at 2,589, Hudson with 2,087, Passaic at 1,738, Morris at 980, Sussex at 239, and Warren County at 212.
In regards to probable deaths, Essex has 302, Bergen has 301, Morris has 261, Hudson has 217, Passaic has 201, Sussex has 68 and Warren has 26.
The number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in New Jersey totaled 10,040,079 in-state, plus an additional 350,084 administered out-of-state for a grand total of 10,390,163 as of July 6. Of those who have received the vaccine, 4,904,132 received their second dose or the one jab Johnson & Johnson dose in state and another 150,618 out of state, bringing those fully vaccinated to 5,054,750.
Demographically, 53% of those vaccinated are women and 47% men. As for ethnicity, 49% are White, 15% Hispanic, 11% Asian, 7% Black, 9% other and 9% 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 19% are between the ages of 12-29.
In North Jersey, Bergen County has delivered 1,144,600 doses (562,377 fully vaccinated), Essex 841,400 doses (406,954), Hudson 769,813 doses (368,356), Morris 632,096 doses (308,598), Passaic 520,870 doses (252,481), Sussex 147,285 doses (72,872), and Warren 94,864 doses (46,624).
As of July 6, the cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Jersey was 894,007 with 145 total new PCR cases reported. There were 54 probable cases, bringing the cumulative total of antigen tests to 130,458. The total number of individual cases for the state is 1,024,465.
For North Jersey counties on July 6, Bergen had a total of 16 new confirmed cases and two new probable cases, Essex 13 new cases and one new probable case, Hudson four new cases and five new probable cases, Morris no new confirmed cases and four new probable cases, Passaic eight new cases and three new probable cases, Sussex one new cases and no new probable cases, and Warren had two new cases and no new probable cases.
The rate of transmission reported July 6 decreased to 0.95 from 0.97 the day before. The daily rate of infections from those tested July 1 was 1.1%; by region, the rate was 1.2% in the North, 1.4% in the Central region and 0.6% in the South.
Officials reported 263 patients were hospitalized; by region, there were 122 in the North, 64 in the Central and 77 in the South.
Of those hospitalized, 46 are in intensive care units and 19 on ventilators. A total of 23 patients were discharged.
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 90,343, followed by Middlesex at 85,202, Essex at 84,973, Hudson at 79,113, Monmouth at 68,065, Ocean at 66,164, Passaic at 66,022, Union at 60,715, Camden at 49,208, Morris at 42,077, Burlington at 38,440, Mercer at 31,777, Gloucester at 26,692, Atlantic at 25,027, Somerset at 24,442, Cumberland at 14,968, Sussex at 11,779, Warren at 9,018, Hunterdon at 9,007, Salem at 5,582, and Cape May at 4,666.
In regards to probable cases, Bergen had the most at 14,765, followed by Union at 11,139, Ocean at 10,463, Essex at 9,548, Hudson at 9,349, Morris at 8,338, Monmouth at 8,214, Middlesex at 7,531, Passaic at 7,451, Camden at 6,773, Atlantic at 6,663, Burlington at 6,022, Somerset at 5,843, Cape May at 4,641, Gloucester at 4,057, Mercer at 2,442, Sussex at 2,354, Cumberland at 2,288, Warren at 1,033, Hunterdon at 905, and Salem 541.
Another 727 cases are still under investigation to determine where the person resides.
Long-term Care Facilities
Health officials noted 21 long-term care facilities are currently reporting at least one case of COVID-19, accounting for a total of 264 of the cases, broken down between 67 residents and 197 staff.
Cumulatively, 1,486 long-term care facilities reported a case infecting 32,795 residents and 22,227 staff, for a total of 55,022.
The state’s official death total will now be reported as those that are lab confirmed, sits at 8,063 on July 6. The facilities are reporting to the state 7,878 residents deaths and 144 staff deaths.