Painting the picture of how the recent surge in new coronavirus cases has pushed up key health metrics in the last month, Gov. Phil Murphy provided what he called proof that 99% of the cases are being driven by the unvaccianted.
For July 26, the state reported 594 new confirmed COVID-19 cases; it reached a high of 861 last week on July 24. Comparatively, the state reported 324 new cases last Monday, 227 two weeks ago and 105 on June 28.
“As many other states are experiencing, the spread of the coronavirus among the unvaccinated is increasing and we are seeing the same upticks in our numbers due to the rapid spread of the highly transmissible and contagious Delta variant,” said Murphy at a press briefing July 26. “The trends we are seeing over the past several days suggest we are not done seeing these numbers continue to rise.”
Rise in Hospitalizations
Following the recent uptick in cases, the numbers are beginning to rise in hospitals. There are currently 419 patients hospitalized. Those numbers awere 274 last week, 249 the week before that, and the highest since June 9 when it was 436. The governor noted New Jersey was in good shape comparative to previous surges as well as low-vaccine states such as Florida, which currently has 4,000 COVID-related hospilizations.
“The increase in hospitalizations is what we are watching most closely. Over the past week, the number of confirmed COVID-positive patients in our hospitals increased roughly 30% over two weeks ago,” Murphy said. “As we have noted since the start of the pandemic these are the metrics that speak to the ability of our healthcare network to treat those who have COVID-related illness.”
Another notable daily stat the governor noted is nearly 4% of COVID tests came back positive in the Garden State as of July 22. Comparatively, Murphy said a month ago the rate was less than 1%.
Additionally, health officials updated the number of breakthrough COVID-19 vaccine cases in New Jersey. Of the 4,758,520 fully vaccinated individuals studied as of July 12, 5,678 New Jersey residents tested positive for COVID who were fully vaccinated, resulting in 144 COVID-related hospitalizations and 49 COVID-related deaths.
According to Murphy, that means less than 1% of those receiving the vaccine are testing positive, being hospitalized or dying—since mid-January, approximately 32,000 cases and 5,400 hospitalizations are of those who have not been fully vaccinated.
“More than 99% of all individuals hospitalized or who died due to COVID since mid-January were unvaccinated,” said Murphy. “The vaccines turn COVID into a preventable disease…The vaccines work, there safe and they are going to keep you protected.”
The number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in New Jersey totaled 10,369,410 in-state, plus an additional 376,789 administered out-of-state for a grand total of 10,746,199 as of July 26. Of those who have received the vaccine, 5,077,477 received their second dose or the one jab Johnson & Johnson dose in state and another 163,113 out of state, bringing those fully vaccinated to 5,240,590.
Demographically, 53% of those vaccinated are women and 47% men. As for ethnicity, 48% 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 20% are between the ages of 12-29.
In North Jersey, Bergen County has delivered 1,176,174 doses (578,644 fully vaccinated), Essex 877,442 doses (425,406), Hudson 803,327 doses (386,017), Morris 647,170 doses (316,583), Passaic 544,055 doses (264,086), Sussex 150,907 doses (74,893), and Warren 97,485 doses (48,019).
As of July 26, the cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Jersey was 902,870 with 594 total new PCR cases reported. There were 162 probable cases, bringing the cumulative total of antigen tests to 131,363. The total number of individual cases for the state is 1,034,233.
As for those that have passed, the state reported three confirmed deaths, bringing that total to 23,860. The state listed probable deaths at 2,719, bringing the overall total to 26,579. State officials noted four deaths occurred in the last 24 hours of reporting that have not yet been lab confirmed.
For North Jersey counties on July 26, Bergen had a total of 64 new confirmed cases and 24 new probable cases, Essex 52 new cases and 10 new probable case, Hudson 45 new cases and 16 new probable cases, Morris 25 new confirmed cases and six new probable cases, Passaic 27 new cases and five new probable case, Sussex seven new cases and no new probable cases, and Warren two new cases and one new probable case.
Of the total confirmed deaths in North Jersey, Essex County has the most with 2,734, followed by Bergen at 2,596, Hudson with 2,095, Passaic at 1,744, Morris at 983, Sussex at 240, and Warren County at 213.
In regards to probable deaths reported July 26, Essex has 305, Bergen has 303, Morris has 260, Hudson has 218, Passaic has 203, Sussex has 68 and Warren has 26.
As for the rate of transmission reported July 26, it was at 1.44. The daily rate of infections from those tested July 22 was 3.9%; by region, the rate was 3.6% in the North, 4.7% in the Central region and 3.1% in the South.
Officials reported 419 patients were hospitalized; 357 cases were confirmed and 62 are under investigation. By region, there were 173 in the North, 145 in the Central and 101 in the South.
Of those hospitalized, 78 are in intensive care units and 33 on ventilators. A total of 54 patients were discharged, while 58 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 91,237, followed by Middlesex at 86,078, Essex at 85,870, Hudson at 79,605, Monmouth at 69,265, Ocean at 67,011, Passaic at 66,469, Union at 61,206, Camden at 49,646, Morris at 42,534, Burlington at 38,775, Mercer at 31,995, Gloucester at 26,890, Atlantic at 25,366, Somerset at 24,765, Cumberland at 15,037, Sussex at 11,871, Hunterdon at 9,104, Warren at 9,089, Salem at 5,628, and Cape May at 4,705.
In regards to probable cases, Bergen had the most at 14,822, followed by Union at 11,223, Ocean at 10,500, Essex at 9,644, Hudson at 9,453, Morris at 8,383, Monmouth at 8,337, Passaic at 7,513, Middlesex at 7,503, Camden at 6,864, Atlantic at 6,668, Burlington at 6,145, Somerset at 5,843, Cape May at 4,645, Gloucester at 4,126, Mercer at 2,467, Sussex at 2,367, Cumberland at 2,266, Warren at 1,020, Hunterdon at 917, and Salem 561.
Another 724 cases are still under investigation to determine where the person resides.
Long-term Care Facilities
Health officials noted 27 long-term care facilities are currently reporting at least one case of COVID-19, accounting for a total of 126 of the cases, broken down between 78 residents and 48 staff.
Cumulatively, 1,506 long-term care facilities reported a case infecting 32,845 residents and 22,253 staff, for a total of 55,098.
The state’s official death total will now be reported as those that are lab confirmed, sits at 8,063 on July 26. The facilities are reporting to the state 7,878 residents deaths and 144 staff deaths.