The number of new COVID-19 cases in New Jersey continues to rise with Gov. Phil Murphy stating that “everything is on the table” in order to increase COVID-19 vaccinations in the state.
The statement came the day before the New Jersey recorded a total of over 1,000 new cases on July 30 with the overall number of those fully vaccinated approaching 5.3 million.
After a bill signing ceremony July 29, Murphy responded to questions about coronavirus-related options such as requiring vaccines for state workers and contractors. That same day, President Joe Biden announced he is imposing similar rules for federal workers, and other states, cities, colleges and private employers are doing the same.
Vaccine Mandate Options
“We’re looking at a whole number of options as it relates to vaccine mandates,” Murphy said. “You probably won’t be surprised our most heightened focus right now is on vulnerable communities,” the governor citing the healthcare industry as a top priority.
The discussion around mandates comes after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended masks in counties with high or substantial rates of COVID transmission this week, which currently applies to 10 counties in New Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Passaic, Atlantic, Burlington, Gloucester, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Union.
In response on July 28, Murphy and State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli In a joint statement strongly recommend that both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals wear masks in crowded indoor settings; “indoor settings involving activities with close contact with others who may not be fully vaccinated;” indoor settings where the vaccine status of other individuals is unknown; and settings where an individual is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease.
Murphy said stronger mask mandates have to remain an option, claiming his administration’s previous decisions in regards to the coronavirus pandemic is proof he doesn’t think about politics in making COVID-19 decisions.
“We have made so many calls that are unpopular,” Murphy said. “At this point I hope we have the credibility that we’re prepared (to make difficult decisions).”
The number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in New Jersey totaled 10,467,383 in-state, plus an additional 379,308 administered out-of-state for a grand total of 10,846,309 as of July 30. Of those who have received the vaccine, 5,128,659 received their second dose or the one jab Johnson & Johnson dose in state and another 164,252 out of state, bringing those fully vaccinated to 5,292,911.
In North Jersey, Bergen County has delivered 1,185,689 doses (582,771 fully vaccinated), Essex 885,457 doses (428,757), Hudson 812,165 doses (390,427), Morris 651,345 doses (319,032), Passaic 549,283 doses (266,447), Sussex 151,824 doses (75,336), and Warren 98,146 doses (48,291).
As of July 30, the cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Jersey was 906,271 with 964 total new PCR cases reported. There were 346 probable cases, bringing the cumulative total of antigen tests to 131,900. The total number of individual cases for the state is 1,038,171.
As for those that have passed, the state reported six confirmed deaths, bringing that total to 23,876. The state listed probable deaths at 2,719, bringing the overall total to 26,595. 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 30, Bergen had a total of 92 new confirmed cases and 47 new probable cases, Essex 84 new cases and 22 new probable case, Hudson 88 new cases and 28 new probable cases, Morris 54 new confirmed cases and 15 new probable cases, Passaic 47 new cases and 11 new probable case, Sussex seven new cases and eight new probable cases, and Warren five new cases and four new probable cases.
Of the total confirmed deaths in North Jersey, Essex County has the most with 2,735, followed by Bergen at 2,597, Hudson with 2,097, Passaic at 1,746, Morris at 983, Sussex at 241, and Warren County at 214.
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.
Of the 4,758,520 fully vaccinated individuals studied as of July 12, 5,678 New Jersey residents have tested positive for COVID who were fully vaccinated, resulting in 144 COVID-related hospitalizations and 49 COVID-related deaths.
As for the rate of transmission reported July 30, it decreased to 1.48 from 1.50 the day before. The daily rate of infections from those tested July 25 was 5.0%; by region, the rate was 4.5% in the North, 5.6% in the Central region and 5.3% in the South.
Officials reported 485 patients were hospitalized; by region, there were 209 in the North, 166 in the Central and 110 in the South. Of those hospitalized, 75 are in intensive care units and 33 on ventilators. A total of 70 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.
Long-term Care Facilities
Health officials noted 38 long-term care facilities are currently reporting at least one case of COVID-19, accounting for a total of 168 of the cases, broken down between 99 residents and 69 staff.
Cumulatively, 1,520 long-term care facilities reported a case infecting 32,880 residents and 22,285 staff, for a total of 55,165.
The state’s official death total will now be reported as those that are lab confirmed, sits at 8,064 on July 30. The facilities are reporting to the state 7,879 residents deaths and 144 staff deaths.