Counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates in New Jersey

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November 17, 2022
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Counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates in New Jersey

The vaccine deployment in December 2020 signaled a turning point in the COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of May 2021, 40% of the U.S. population was fully vaccinated. But as vaccination rates lagged over the summer, new surges of COVID-19 came, including Delta in the summer of 2021, and now the Omicron variant, which comprises the majority of cases in the U.S.

Researchers around the world have reported that Omicron is more transmissible than Delta, making breakthrough and repeat infections more likely.

The United States as of Nov. 16 reached over 1 million COVID-19-related deaths and 98.1 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 68.6% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 10.1% of vaccinated people have received the most recently available bivalent booster doses.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates in New Jersey using data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and vaccination data from Covid Act Now. Counties are ranked by the highest infection rate per 100,000 residents within the week leading up to Nov. 10, 2022. Cumulative cases per 100,000 served as a tiebreaker.

Keep reading to see whether your county ranks among the highest COVID-19 infection rates in your state.

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#21. Salem County, NJ

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 91 (57 new cases, -27% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,723 (17,295 total cases)
--- 12.5% less cases per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 414 (258 total deaths)
--- 5.1% more deaths per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.7% (36,007 fully vaccinated)
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#20. Cumberland County, NJ

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 102 (153 new cases, -6% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,440 (48,507 total cases)
--- 2.4% more cases per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 433 (647 total deaths)
--- 9.9% more deaths per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.8% (81,897 fully vaccinated)
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#19. Hunterdon County, NJ

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 105 (131 new cases, -24% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,715 (31,982 total cases)
--- 18.8% less cases per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 233 (290 total deaths)
--- 40.9% less deaths per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 74.0% (92,047 fully vaccinated)
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#18. Atlantic County, NJ

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 113 (298 new cases, -3% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,154 (84,780 total cases)
--- 1.5% more cases per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 399 (1,053 total deaths)
--- 1.3% more deaths per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 69.8% (183,983 fully vaccinated)
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#17. Gloucester County, NJ

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 114 (332 new cases, +3% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,356 (85,614 total cases)
--- 7.3% less cases per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 347 (1,013 total deaths)
--- 11.9% less deaths per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 64.4% (187,950 fully vaccinated)
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#16. Burlington County, NJ

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 117 (521 new cases, +3% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,410 (130,979 total cases)
--- 7.2% less cases per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 295 (1,315 total deaths)
--- 25.1% less deaths per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 77.9% (346,716 fully vaccinated)
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#15. Somerset County, NJ

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 121 (397 new cases, -31% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,470 (90,358 total cases)
--- 13.3% less cases per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 305 (1,004 total deaths)
--- 22.6% less deaths per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 79.0% (259,861 fully vaccinated)
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#14. Union County, NJ

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 124 (692 new cases, -47% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,729 (182,086 total cases)
--- 3.3% more cases per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 439 (2,441 total deaths)
--- 11.4% more deaths per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 74.2% (412,914 fully vaccinated)
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#13. Warren County, NJ

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 125 (132 new cases, -15% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,236 (29,723 total cases)
--- 10.9% less cases per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 337 (355 total deaths)
--- 14.5% less deaths per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 70.7% (74,397 fully vaccinated)
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#12. Mercer County, NJ

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 128 (469 new cases, +9% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,787 (102,099 total cases)
--- 12.3% less cases per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 356 (1,309 total deaths)
--- 9.6% less deaths per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 74.5% (273,863 fully vaccinated)
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#11. Middlesex County, NJ

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 131 (1,081 new cases, -8% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,797 (254,095 total cases)
--- 2.8% less cases per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 358 (2,951 total deaths)
--- 9.1% less deaths per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 76.1% (628,172 fully vaccinated)
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#10. Monmouth County, NJ

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 135 (836 new cases, -9% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 33,440 (206,922 total cases)
--- 5.6% more cases per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 371 (2,298 total deaths)
--- 5.8% less deaths per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 70.5% (436,055 fully vaccinated)
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#9. Sussex County, NJ

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 138 (194 new cases, -17% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,180 (42,399 total cases)
--- 4.7% less cases per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 362 (508 total deaths)
--- 8.1% less deaths per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 64.7% (90,931 fully vaccinated)
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#8. Morris County, NJ

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 138 (680 new cases, -14% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 31,281 (153,855 total cases)
--- 1.3% less cases per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 332 (1,632 total deaths)
--- 15.7% less deaths per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 80.3% (395,025 fully vaccinated)
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#7. Ocean County, NJ

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 139 (843 new cases, -19% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,911 (199,831 total cases)
--- 3.9% more cases per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 520 (3,158 total deaths)
--- 32.0% more deaths per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.4% (342,179 fully vaccinated)
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#6. Camden County, NJ

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 143 (723 new cases, +8% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 31,039 (157,205 total cases)
--- 2.0% less cases per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 377 (1,910 total deaths)
--- 4.3% less deaths per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 72.2% (365,665 fully vaccinated)
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#5. Hudson County, NJ

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 145 (972 new cases, -11% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,738 (220,128 total cases)
--- 3.3% more cases per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 416 (2,797 total deaths)
--- 5.6% more deaths per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 81.1% (545,399 fully vaccinated)
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#4. Cape May County, NJ

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 148 (136 new cases, +11% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,360 (27,943 total cases)
--- 4.2% less cases per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 356 (328 total deaths)
--- 9.6% less deaths per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 78.1% (71,856 fully vaccinated)
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#3. Essex County, NJ

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 148 (1,180 new cases, -34% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 33,856 (270,497 total cases)
--- 6.9% more cases per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 461 (3,684 total deaths)
--- 17.0% more deaths per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 75.7% (605,051 fully vaccinated)
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#2. Passaic County, NJ

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 152 (763 new cases, -9% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 35,470 (177,998 total cases)
--- 12.0% more cases per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 480 (2,409 total deaths)
--- 21.8% more deaths per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 72.5% (363,618 fully vaccinated)
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#1. Bergen County, NJ

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 174 (1,624 new cases, -8% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 31,915 (297,513 total cases)
--- 0.8% more cases per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 386 (3,598 total deaths)
--- 2.0% less deaths per 100k residents than New Jersey
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 80.6% (751,391 fully vaccinated)

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