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Warren County officials urge COVID-19 vaccination as case counts climb

WARREN COUNTY, NJ – For the second week in a row, more than 500 confirmed COVID-19 cases were diagnosed in Warren County, according to officials.

The rapidly growing case count continues to impact our local hospital systems, Saint Luke’s University Hospital System Warren Campus and Atlantic Health System’s Hackettstown Medical Center, Warren County officials said.

“The current surge, largely driven by the unvaccinated population, is placing an enormous burden on our region’s health care system,” said Jeffrey Jahre, MD, St. Luke’s Vice President of Medical & Academic Affairs and Section Chief Emeritus of Infectious Diseases. “Unvaccinated COVID-19 patients are filling up hospital beds and exhausting medical staff and limited resources.”

Currently, at the St Luke’s Warren Campus, almost half of the hospitalized patients (45%)  are infected with the COVID-19 virus; 74% of whom are unvaccinated. All of those patients who are critically ill are unvaccinated. None of the COVID-19 infected patients are known to have received their Booster Shot, officials said.

“We hear the concerns from our area hospitals, and encourage individuals who have yet to do so to speak to their healthcare providers about getting vaccinated,” Board of County Commissioners Director James R. Kern III said.

“Hospitalizations are rapidly rising,” Kern said. “There is plenty vaccine availability in Warren County. Between our health department, healthcare facilities and private partners, appointments are easy to obtain.”

Information on getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is available on Warren County’s Government website.

“Overall, we continue to reiterate that those who are unvaccinated and those who have not yet received their booster obtain shots as soon as possible. Additionally, it is imperative that we continue to mask and social distance, when possible, in addition to practicing proper hand and respiratory hygiene – wash hands frequently and thoroughly, cover all coughs and sneezes – and stay home when you’re sick,” Warren County officials said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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