July 7, 2021

Local COVID Numbers Remain Low; NJ Notes Zero Deaths Tuesday

By Donald Gilpin

On Tuesday, July 6, New Jersey reported no newly confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the state for the first time since March 17, 2020. New case numbers and hospitalizations have also been dropping throughout the state, and the Princeton Health Department continues to report few new cases of COVID-19 in Princeton, just one in the past 14 days.

Princeton Health Officer Jeff Grosser emphasized that the COVID environment today is significantly different than it was last summer when Princeton and the rest of the country benefited from relatively low rates of infection only to be hit with a second wave of the virus in October, November, and the winter months.

“We are in a different place than last fall,” he said. “With a substantially effective vaccine, there is community protection we did not have last year.” He went on to mention causes for ongoing caution and concern.

“Variants will continue to pose a threat and a continued need for public health surveillance of new cases. Vaccine breakthrough cases along with variants that may be more stubborn against the current vaccines will require further consideration.”

He warned in particular about the highly transmissible Delta variant as a concern for unvaccinated individuals, particularly those living in congregate settings where infections tend to spread at a much quicker rate.

Grosser went on to point out that the health department continues to focus its vaccination efforts on pop-up clinics in different communities in order to make it as easy as possible for residents to access the vaccine. “We are also standing ready for expanded access to the vaccine and working with our health care community to begin that process as it opens up.”

The health department’s Mobile Vaccination Program has been bringing the COVID-19 vaccine to people in a convenient way, with interested businesses, community organizations, and places of worship hosting health department staff on location at a time of their choice. Contact the Princeton health officer at jgrosser@princetonnj.gov for details.

Four local artists — Manveen Bindra, Veronica Foreman, Claudia Orostizaga,
and Rhinold Ponder — have been selected by the Princeton Health Department in partnership with the Arts Council of Princeton to create inspirational artwork that will help the community build confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and create hope for an end to the pandemic.

The health department notes that vaccine education is especially important at this time when the demand for COVID-19 vaccines has decreased and there are still many unvaccinated individuals. These pieces of art will work, in tandem with facts and information on vaccine efficacy and safety, as visual vaccine awareness tools. The artistic designs will be displayed on posters, stickers, yard signs, flyers, and tote bags to be distributed throughout the Princeton community.

Mercer County vaccination clinics, in partnership with Capital Health and Penn Medicine Princeton Health, will be held on Wednesday, July 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton; Thursday, July 8, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Mercer County Park Skating Center in West Windsor; Friday, July 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Trenton Farmers Market, 960 Spruce Street in Lawrence Township; Monday, July 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Millyard Park, 635 South Clinton Avenue, Trenton; Thursday, July 15, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Mercer County Park Skating Center; and Friday, July 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Trenton Farmers Market.

Vaccinations are free, and no appointment is necessary, but registration at covidvaccine.nj.gov is recommended.