Concern Over Rising New Jersey COVID-19 Cases; Breakthrough Cases Reported

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COVID-19 cases are on the rise again in New Jersey, primarily among the unvaccinated, however there have been more than 3,000 breakthrough coronavirus cases affecting individuals who are fully vaccinated.

The New Jersey Department of Health, which has been tracking breakthrough cases among fully vaccinated people reported:

As of 6/28: 4,432,769 fully vaccinated individuals
3,474 COVID+ cases among the fully vaccinated (99.92% effective)
84 COVID-related hospitalizations among the fully vaccinated (99.998% effective)
31 COVID-related deaths among the fully vaccinated (99.9993% effective)

The New Jersey Department of Health has been tracking these “breakthrough” cases occurring in people who are fully vaccinated — defined as individuals who are 14 days past the date of their final vaccine dose.

New Jersey’s health commissioner Judy Persichilli, speaking at a press briefing Monday, reported a marked increase in the rate of positive test results among children up to age 13, and especially among children 4 and under. Children under age 12 are not yet eligible for the vaccine.

However, Gov. Murphy, who previously said he will keep “all options on the table” when it comes to the possibility of re-installing any restrictions, said Monday there was no need for renewed restrictions at this time.

Earlier this month, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky called the national increase in cases — nearly 70% in just a week — and hospitalizations up by nearly 36% nationally, “a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

The breakthrough cases are considered rare but expected. According to the CDC, “no vaccines are 100% effective at preventing illness in vaccinated people. There will be a small percentage of fully vaccinated people who still get sick, are hospitalized, or die from COVID-19.”

The highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant is now the predominant strain in New Jersey, according to state data released last week. All three of the vaccines — Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson — are highly effective against the Delta and other variants.

Montclair COVID data dashboard.

Here is the weekly data for COVID-19 cases reported in Montclair; from July 11 through July 17, there were 26 new cases reported.

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  1. Montclair’s version of the Pandemic of The Unvacinated:

    On January 22 99% of Montclair adults were not vaccinated. That same day, the Montclair School District made the last-minute, contentious decision not to reopen. We all heard the arguments for and against.

    Yesterday, six months later, maybe 75% of montclair adults are fully vaccinated.

    Also six months later, all the rate of infection metrics – adjusted for the unvaccinated then and now – are identical.

  2. The total population of Montclair is about 38,600. Per the Mayor on Tuesday, Montclair’s adults are 90% vaccinated. Montclair has had 34 cases over the last 7 days. That equates to 88 cases per 100,000 using our total population. Case counts applied to just the 10% unvaccinated adult population AND all under 18 projects out to roughly 300 cases per 100,000. If I we could count those vaccinated between 12-17, the Per 100k figure would be even higher.

    It will be interesting to hear the Back To School Task Force’s recommendations on what steps to take now to prepare for the September opening.

  3. 90% fully vaccinated? Where did he pull that stat from? According to the NJ Health Dept. Montclair is between 75 – 85% with neighboring Bloomfield a mere 55 – 70%. Orange and East Orange less than 25%. So unless you build a wall around Montclair any statistics like that are meaningless.

    I smell another lawsuit coming as the union/CDC/AAP mandates masks for everyone over the age of 2. I hope he’s not losing sleep over this one too. Hmm.. no proper ventilation in the schools. Wonder what that means as we head into fall and winter.

  4. Our MEA? The ones that wanted to be vax’d first and are 100% vax’d? Nah.

    Now if you’re talking about SROs at MHS, they clearly are against that. And they’re against accountability – at least for themselves.

    One of the more dysfunctional unions around these parts.

  5. Unions these days across the country are pretty much non functioning and money pits with no bottom. But that’s another story really. I’m talking about CDC and AAP recommendations for mask wearing in children over the age of 2 and all adults whether vaccinated or not. We can’t have vaccine passports or even ask (according to emptyG) and require an answer so that leaves all of us at the mercy of the anti vaxers. 80% of all new Covid cases in the US are of the Delta variant which is more virulent and transmissible.

    I see the Dr. Ponds is losing sleep over the state of our buildings. Is Covid his soporific knowing the staff is probably vaccinated thanks to his handling of the pandemic last school year? Will he mandate all staff be vaccinated or make mask wearing mandatory in the unvaccinated? Oh yeah..never mind. So how about some real numbers Mr. Mayor like number of variant cases, which variants, breakthrough cases, percent of children over 12 fully vaccinated, staff fully vaccinated, you know things that matter. To just say Montclair is 90% vaccinated is ludicrous at best. Don’t you feel drowsy already?

  6. 1.) The Back To School Task Force is full-time. You would think a full-time task force would have a PR person. What are they doing? Seriously, get yourself a talking head.

    2.) The Superintendent losing sleep is very troublesome.
    When I can’t sleep I read an audit report.
    But, not the Mtc Public School District audit report! I tried those.
    I get about 170-odd pages in.
    I was actually about to nod off.
    And then I read about the $2MM+/- in unused SDA grants to Montclair just sitting there. Year after year.
    Now I am wide awake.

    I guess I am, technically, also losing sleep over the condition of our schools.

  7. I’m serious about the members of the BTS Task Force speaking up now about Delta. My fear is you have your own agenda & allegiances. That’s too bad…all around.

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