New Jersey reported another 1,548 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and seven confirmed deaths on Saturday, as the statewide transmission rate jumped but remained below a key benchmark.
The state’s seven-day average for confirmed positive coronavirus tests rose to 1,476, a 12% increase from a week ago and a 27% decrease from a month ago .
The transmission rate was 0.97, down from 0.91 on Friday. A transmission rate of less than 1 indicates that the epidemic is in decline, since each new case results in less than one additional case. When the transmission rate is 1, it means cases have stabilized at current numbers, while anything above 1 indicates the outbreak is growing.
The United States enters for disease control and prevention considers 11 counties in the state to have “medium” levels of community transmission: Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington, Atlantic, Camden, Gloucester, Salem and Cape May.
The remaining 10 counties — Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Morris, Essex, Union, Middlesex, Somerset, Mercer and Cumberland — are rated “weak,” according to the CDC.
There were 841 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases reported at the state’s 71 hospitals as of Friday evening. Of those hospitalized, 92 were in intensive care and 34 on ventilators.
The statewide positivity rate for tests taken Monday, the most recent day for which data is available, was 10.5%.
The CDC considers positivity rates above 10% “high.” The positivity rate is significantly lower than its peak of 40.83% on January 1 at the height of the omicron variant.
New Jersey has reported a total of 2.3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the state reported its first known case on March 4, 2020.
The Garden State also recorded 408,628 positive antigens or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases. And there are many cases that were probably never counted, including positive home tests that aren’t included in state numbers.
The state of 9.2 million people has reported 34,668 deaths from COVID-19 – 31,559 confirmed and 3,109 probable deaths.
New Jersey has the ninth highest number of coronavirus deaths per capita in the United States – behind Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, West Virginia, New Mexico, Tennessee and ‘Arkansas – Monday. Last summer, the state recorded the most deaths per capita in the country.
More than 7.03 million people who work, live or study in the Garden State have achieved fully vaccinated status. More than 7.91 million people have received a first dose since vaccinations began in the state on December 15, 2020.
More than 4.27 million people in the state eligible for boosters have received one.
LONG TERM CARE NUMBERS
According to the most recent data, at least 9,636 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have affected residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
Of active outbreaks at 373 facilities, there are 6,964 current cases among residents and 6,826 cases among staff, according to the latest data.
There were more than 611 million reported cases of COVID-19 worldwide as of Saturday, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Database. More than 6.5 million people have died from the virus, according to the data.
The United States has reported the highest number of cumulative cases (more than 95.6 million) and deaths (at least 1.05 million) of any country.
More than 12.2 billion doses of vaccine have been administered worldwide.
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