The numbers in New Jersey show that while breakthrough cases for COVID-19 continue to rise, those hospitalized and dying are almost exclusively of the unvaccinated.
For the week of Aug. 23-29, breakthrough cases accounted for 21.6% of all new cases (2,602 of 12,051), 3.7% of new hospitalizations (35 of 945), and none of the 80 deaths. The percentage for new cases increased (16.9%) but declined for hospitalizations (4.5%) from the week before.
Of the 5,212,016 fully vaccinated individuals studied as of Aug. 30, 18,390 New Jersey residents have tested positive for COVID who were fully vaccinated, resulting in 386 COVID-related hospitalizations and 97 COVID-related deaths. Percentage wise, that accounts for 0.35% testing positive, 0.007% of those that have been hospitalized and 0.002% of those who have died.
Path to Ending Pandemic
“Vaccines are the pathway out of this pandemic,” said New Jersey Department of Health Judith Persichilli at a press briefing Sept. 13.
State officials cited different studies as well as their own internal data that the efficacy of the vaccine remains strong, no matter it being any of the three approved vaccines.
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NJDOH’s Dr. Edward Lifshitz rattled off three reports, including a CDC survey that found people who were not fully vaccinated this Spring and Summer were more than 10 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 11 times more likely to die of COVID-19, than those who were fully vaccinated.
Closer to home, a New Jersey Hospital Association report found Garden State residents who are unvaccinated were six times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than those who are vaccinated during the month of August.
“The data is overwhelming that you are far more protected (being fully) vaccinated than if you are not,” remarked Gov. Phil Murphy.
The number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in New Jersey totaled 11,346,695 in-state, plus an additional 417,873 administered out-of-state for a grand total of 11,764,568 as of Sept. 13. Of those who have received the vaccine, 5,524,781 received their second dose or the one jab Johnson & Johnson dose in state and another 179,097 out of state, bringing those fully vaccinated to 5,704,688.
In North Jersey, Bergen County has delivered 1,270,455 doses (620,342 fully vaccinated), Essex 980,403 doses (470,514), Hudson 889,452 doses (426,928), Morris 690,562 doses (336,217), Passaic 609,852 doses (294,193), Sussex 162,352 doses (80,368), and Warren 105,583 doses (51,756).
As of Sept. 13, the cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Jersey was 974,083 with 1,498 total new PCR cases. There were 311 probable cases, bringing the cumulative total of antigen tests to 144,968. The total number of individual cases for the state is 1,119,0512.
As for those that have passed, the state reported six confirmed deaths, bringing that total to 24,313. The state listed probable deaths at 2,766, bringing the overall total to 27,079. 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 Sept. 13, Bergen had a total of 113 new confirmed cases and 14 new probable cases, Essex 74 new cases and 17 new probable case, Hudson 104 new cases and five new probable cases, Morris 62 new confirmed cases and 13 new probable cases, Passaic 62 new cases and eight new probable cases, Sussex 27 new cases and four new probable cases, and Warren 24 new cases and two new probable cases.
Of the total confirmed deaths in North Jersey, Essex County has the most with 2,790, followed by Bergen at 2,623, Hudson with 2,131, Passaic at 1,767, Morris at 999, Sussex at 248, and Warren County at 221.
In regards to probable deaths reported Sept. 13, Essex has 310, Bergen has 306, Morris has 263, Hudson has 222, Passaic has 206, Sussex has 69 and Warren has 26.
As for the rate of transmission reported Sept. 10, it remained at 1.01 for a second day in a row. The daily rate of infections from those tested Sept. 9 was 5.3%; by region, the rate was 4.2% in the North, 6.0% in the Central region and 7.0% in the South.
The state reported 1,114 patients were hospitalized; by region, there were 384 in the North, 346 in the Central and 384 in the South. Of those hospitalized, 248 are in intensive care units and 131 on ventilators. A total of 104 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 151 long-term care facilities are currently reporting at least one case of COVID-19, accounting for a total of 1,072 of the cases, broken down between 579 residents and 493 staff.
Cumulatively, 1,674 long-term care facilities reported a case infecting 33,437 residents and 22,793 staff, for a total of 56,230.
The state’s official death total will now be reported as those that are lab confirmed, sits at 8,488 on Sept. 13. The facilities are reporting to the state 7,927 residents deaths and 145 staff deaths.