NJ reports 2,425 cases, 0 deaths, 1st day in almost a week with less than 2,500 cases

New Jersey reported another 2,425 confirmed positive COVID-19 tests and no confirmed deaths on Sunday, the first time in six days that fewer than 2,500 new cases have been reported.

Cases had increased recently with the omnicron BA.5 subvariant. The sub-variant is spreading rapidly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it accounted for 65% of new COVID-19 cases over the past week.

The statewide positivity rate for tests performed Wednesday — the most recent day with data available — was 10.71%. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers positivity rates above 10% “high.” However, the positivity rate is significantly lower than its peak of 40.83% on January 1 at the height of the omicron variant.

The most recently reported transmission rate in New Jersey is 1.10. When the transmission rate is 1, it means cases have stabilized at current numbers. Anything above 1 means the epidemic is expanding. A transmission rate of less than 1 indicates that the coronavirus outbreak is declining, as each new case results in less than one additional new case.

As of Saturday, 938 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases were reported at 68 of the state’s 71 hospitals.

The state’s seven-day average for confirmed positive tests is 2,734, up 12% last week and 21% last month.

Seventeen New Jersey counties are now considered high risk for COVID-19 transmission. People in high-risk areas are recommended to wear a mask indoors in public and on public transportation and to keep up to date with vaccinations, according to the CDC.

Only Hunterdon, Mercer, Salem and Cumberland counties remain in the medium risk category.

TOTAL NUMBER

New Jersey has reported 2.17 million total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the more than two years since the state reported its first known case on March 4, 2020.

The Garden State also recorded 372,487 positive antigens or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases. And there are many cases that were likely never counted, including positive home tests that aren’t included in state numbers.

The state of 9.2 million has reported 34,159 deaths from COVID-19 – 31,062 confirmed and 3,090 probable.

New Jersey has the eighth highest number of coronavirus deaths per capita in the United States – behind Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, West Virginia, Tennessee and Arkansas – on Friday. Last summer, the state recorded the most deaths per capita in the country.

VACCINATION NUMBERS

More than 6.96 million people who work, live or study in the Garden State have achieved fully vaccinated status.

More than 7.86 million people have received a first dose since vaccinations began in the state on December 15, 2020.

More than 4 million people in the state eligible for boosters have received one. That number could rise after the Food and Drug Administration approved boosters for healthy children ages 5 to 11. US regulators have authorized the booster for children, hoping an extra dose of the vaccine will boost their protection as infections continue to spread.

LONG TERM CARE NUMBERS

At least 9,393 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have affected residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to state data as of Friday.

Of active outbreaks at 367 facilities, there are 4,760 current cases among residents and 4,820 cases among staff, according to the latest data.

GLOBAL FIGURES

As of Saturday, more than 562 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus database. More than 6.36 million people have died from the virus, the data shows.

The United States has reported the most COVID-19 cases (more than 89.5 million) and deaths (at least 1.02 million) of any country.

More than 11.8 billion doses of vaccines have been administered worldwide.

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