Health officials in New Jersey reported another 1,989 COVID-19 cases and 13 confirmed deaths on Thursday as colder weather hits the state ahead of the holidays.
The statewide transmission rate fell to 0.88 on Thursday from 0.91 the day before. A transmission rate below 1 indicates that the epidemic is declining as each new case leads to less than one additional case.
A transmission rate of 1 means that the number of cases has stabilized, while anything above 1 indicates that the epidemic is spreading.
The seven-day average number of confirmed positive tests in New Jersey is 1,411, down 1% from a week ago and up 8% from a month ago.
The CDC now considers all but one New Jersey county to have “average” community transmission. Mercer County is labeled “low” risk, while the rest of the counties are considered “medium”.
Across 71 state hospitals, 1,046 patients with confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus were reported Wednesday night. Of those hospitalized, 126 are in the intensive care unit and 43 are on ventilators.
The statewide test positivity rate on Saturday, the last day for which data are available, was 9.9%.
The CDC considers positive rates above 10% to be “high.” New Jersey’s statewide positivity rate is well below its peak of 40.83% on January 1, during the peak of the omicron variant.
New Jersey has reported a total of over 2.38 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the first known case was announced on March 4, 2020.
The Garden State also recorded 437,803 positive antigen tests or rapid tests that are considered likely cases. There are also many cases that have probably never been counted, including positive home tests that are not included in the state counts.
The state of 9.2 million has reported 35,030 COVID-19 deaths — 31,914 confirmed deaths and 3,116 probable deaths.
New Jersey ranks 10th in the number of coronavirus deaths per capita in the United States – behind Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, New Mexico, Tennessee and Michigan – as of Thursday.
More than 7.1 million people who work, live or study in New Jersey have achieved fully vaccinated status. Nearly 8 million have received their first dose since vaccination began in the state on December 15, 2020.
More than 4.3 million people with a booster-eligible condition have received one.
LONG-TERM CARE NUMBERS
According to the latest state data, at least 9,813 deaths from COVID-19 in the state have occurred among residents and employees of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
According to the latest data, out of active outbreaks in 349 facilities, there are now 8,211 cases among residents and 5,756 among staff.
More than 636.8 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University database.
Data shows that more than 6.6 million people have died from the virus. The United States reported the highest number of cumulative cases (over 98 million) and deaths (at least 1.07 million) of any country.
More than 12.8 billion doses of vaccines have been administered worldwide.
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