New Jersey reported another 797 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one confirmed death on Monday as the number of positive tests continues to fluctuate from day to day.
The state’s seven-day average for confirmed positive coronavirus tests is 1,768, up 21% from a week ago and 6% from last month.
The transmission rate was 1.11 on Monday, down from 1.04 last week. 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 US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 12 counties in the state have “medium” levels of community transmission: Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington, Camden, Atlantic, Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland and Cape May.
The remaining nine counties — Passaic, Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Morris, Somerset, Union, Middlesex and Mercer — are rated “weak,” according to the CDC.
As of Monday, 873 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases were reported at 69 of the state’s 71 hospitals. Of those hospitalized, 93 are in intensive care and 30 are on ventilators.
The statewide positivity rate for tests taken Wednesday, the most recent day for which data is available, was 11.09%.
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 413,471 positive antigens or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases. There are also many cases that were likely never counted, including positive home tests that are not included in state figures.
The state of 9.2 million people has reported 34,719 deaths from COVID-19 – 31,605 confirmed and 3,114 probable.
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 – according to the latest data released on September 12. Last summer, the state had the most deaths per capita in the country.
More than 7.06 million people who work, live or study in the Garden State have achieved full vaccine status. More than 7.9 million people have received a first dose since vaccinations began in the state on December 15, 2020.
More than 4.28 million people in the state eligible for boosters have received one.
LONG TERM CARE NUMBERS
According to the most recent data, at least 9,697 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 367 facilities, there are 7,342 current cases among residents and 6,971 cases among staff, according to the latest data.
As of Sunday, more than 614 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, 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 96 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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