With a Summer surge of cases in New Jersey, state officials provided data to show the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine to continue their campaign to get as many residents of the Garden State fully vaccinated.
The New Jersey Department of Health released the cases as of June 28 for the number of “breakthrough cases,” for when there are positive coronavirus cases that occur in people who are fully vaccinated. Officials defined as individuals with breakthrough cases as those testing positive 14 days past the date of their final vaccine dose.
According to state data, of the 4,432,769 fully vaccinated individuals studied, there were a total of 3,474 New Jersey residents who tested positive for COVID, resulting in 84 COVID-related hospitalizations and 13 COVID-related deaths.
Over 99% Effective
Gov. Phil Murphy noted those numbers mean the COVID-19 vaccine was 99.92% effective for those who were fully vaccinated, only 0.002% were hospitalized and 0.0007% died.
“That means that the vaccines in our toolbox—Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson—are proving effective against contracting the virus,” said Murphy. “These numbers speak for themselves. We cannot put it any more succinctly: The vaccines work.
The governor again drove home the message that the overwhelming majority of new cases stem from those who are not yet vaccinated.
Case Counts Rising
The number of new cases continues to rise, over 300 a day for the last seven days with a high of 516 on July 16. Other key health metrics such as rate of transmission and daily positivity rate continue to climb as well.
According to state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli, Garden State hospitals have seen a 20% increase in hospitalizations in recent weeks.
“These hospitalizations are preventable,” stated Persichilli. “We have safe and effective vaccines that can prevent COVID-19 hospitalizations and death.”
“We only have a pandemic among the unvaccinated,” added Murphy. “For your family. For your community. For public health. For common sense. Get vaccinated.”
The number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in New Jersey totaled 10,248,414 in-state, plus an additional 360,003 administered out-of-state for a grand total of 10,608,417 as of July 19. Of those who have received the vaccine, 5,019,733 received their second dose or the one jab Johnson & Johnson dose in state and another 155,343 out of state, bringing those fully vaccinated to 5,175,076.
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, 24% 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 1,165,153 doses (573,581 fully vaccinated), Essex 864,615 doses (419,430), Hudson 791,688 doses (380,495), Morris 642,141 doses (314,266), Passaic 536,114 doses (260,442), Sussex 149,615 doses (74,259), and Warren 96,539 doses (47,592).
As of July 19, the cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Jersey was 898,254 with 324 total new PCR cases reported. There were 110 probable cases, bringing the cumulative total of antigen tests to 130,989. The total number of individual cases for the state is 1,029,243.
As for those that have passed, the state reported four confirmed deaths, bringing that total to 23,827. The state listed probable deaths at 2,718, bringing the overall total to 26,545. State officials noted one death occurred in the last 24 hours of reporting that has not yet been lab confirmed.
For North Jersey counties on July 19, Bergen had a total of 37 new confirmed cases and 22 new probable cases, Essex 30 new cases and 16 new probable case, Hudson 35 new cases and 12 new probable cases, Morris 12 new confirmed cases and seven new probable cases, Passaic 21 new cases and six new probable case, Sussex four new cases and one new probable case, and Warren had six new cases and no new probable cases.
Of the total confirmed deaths in North Jersey, Essex County has the most with 2,729, followed by Bergen at 2,596, Hudson with 2,091, Passaic at 1,743, Morris at 980, Sussex at 239, and Warren County at 212.
In regards to probable deaths reported July 19, Essex has 304, Bergen has 302, Morris has 262, Hudson has 218, Passaic has 203, Sussex has 68 and Warren has 26.
As for the rate of transmission reported July 19, it increased to 1.37 from 1.33 the day before. The daily rate of infections from those tested July 15 was 2.5%; by region, the rate was 2.3% in the North, 2.7% in the Central region and 2.7% in the South.
Officials reported 338 patients were hospitalized; 274 cases were confirmed and 64 are under investigation. By region, there were 161 in the North, 93 in the Central and 84 in the South.
Of those hospitalized, 38 are in intensive care units and 29 on ventilators. A total of 43 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 90,759, followed by Middlesex at 85,572, Essex at 85,403, Hudson at 79,351, Monmouth at 68,636, Ocean at 66,559, Passaic at 66,247, Union at 60,947, Camden at 49,469, Morris at 42,295, Burlington at 38,602, Mercer at 31,866, Gloucester at 26,778, Atlantic at 25,195, Somerset at 24,593, Cumberland at 15,102, Sussex at 11,817, Warren at 9,067, Hunterdon at 9,059, Salem at 5,611, and Cape May at 4,685.
In regards to probable cases, Bergen had the most at 14,788, followed by Union at 11,181, Ocean at 10,515, Essex at 9,596, Hudson at 9,400, Morris at 8,380, Monmouth at 8,247, Middlesex at 7,495, Passaic at 7,487, Camden at 6,841, Atlantic at 6,693, Burlington at 6,079, Somerset at 5,837, Cape May at 4,640, Gloucester at 4,092, Mercer at 2,460, Sussex at 2,369, Cumberland at 2,302, Warren at 1,031, Hunterdon at 908, and Salem 551.
Another 731 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 75 of the cases, broken down between 41 residents and 34 staff.
Cumulatively, 1,497 long-term care facilities reported a case infecting 32,805 residents and 22,237 staff, for a total of 55,042.
The state’s official death total will now be reported as those that are lab confirmed, sits at 8,063 on July 19. The facilities are reporting to the state 7,878 residents deaths and 144 staff deaths.
(Correction: A previous version of this story misstated the number of covid-related deaths related to breackthrough cases. North-JerseyNews.com regrets this error.)