New Jersey reported 1,419 more COVID-19 cases and 28 more confirmed deaths on Saturday as the state’s seven-day average for new positive tests continues to decline.
The average fell to 1,323, the lowest number since August 11. It’s also a drop of over 8% from a week ago and 31% from a month ago.
The statewide transmission rate was 0.94 for the fourth day in a row. Any transmission rate below 1 indicates that each infected person transmits the virus to less than one other person and that the epidemic is no longer spreading.
As of Friday evening, 897 people were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus in 71 hospitals in New Jersey, according to state data, against 886 the day before. But hospitalizations have fallen 20% since September 15.
There were 115 patients discharged in the 24 hours leading up to Friday evening. Among those hospitalized, 217 were in intensive care (eight more than the night before), including 112 on ventilators (six fewer).
Govt. Phil murphy noted that statewide numbers are improving, but still urges people to get vaccinated to avoid another spike as the weather cools and the holiday season looms.
More than 5.96 million people who live, work or study in New Jersey – a state of about 9.2 million people – have now been fully immunized. Govt. Phil murphy said this week that more than 75% of eligible people in the state have been fully immunized. Only six other states exceed that mark, he said.
More than 6.72 million people in the state have received at least one dose and more than 305,800 people have received third doses or boosters.
On Thursday, a panel of Federal Food and Drug Administration advisers voted to recommend that some Americans who have received Moderna’s vaccine be given a half-dose booster.
In addition, Murphy told NJ Advance Media on Thursday that state officials had not ruled out the possibility of requiring proof of vaccination for dining at restaurants and attending entertainment events or forcing students get vaccinated for in-person classes. He said “everything” stays “on the table”.
Officials also said this week that there are now 33,963 cases of COVID-19 among fully vaccinated people in the state. Of these, only 672 people were hospitalized and 182 died.
From the week of September 20 to September 26, no coronavirus deaths in the state occurred among those fully vaccinated.
The statewide positivity rate for tests performed on Monday, the most recent day available, was 4.05%.
In the first weeks of the school year, districts in New Jersey reported at least 96 school outbreaks, for a total of 521 cases as of Wednesday. This is an increase of 27 new outbreaks since last week and a 69% increase in the total number of cases.
School outbreaks are defined as three or more cases that are determined by contact tracing to have been transmitted between staff or students at school. They do not include the total number of cases among staff and students.
The highly transmissible delta variant of the virus continues to dominate cases in New Jersey.
Fourteen of New Jersey’s 21 counties are listed as having “high” rates of coronavirus transmission, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties have all been downgraded to substantial transmission. But the CDC recommends that people in the 21 counties wear masks for indoor public places, regardless of their immunization status.
New Jersey, one of the early epicenters of the pandemic, has now reported 27,720 total COVID-19 deaths in just over 19 months – 24,917 confirmed and 2,803 considered probable, according to the dashboard of the ‘State. It is the second highest number of coronavirus deaths per capita in the USA
The state has reported 1,025,463 total confirmed cases out of the more than 15.74 million PCR tests performed since its first case was announced on March 4, 2020. The state has also reported 154,925 positive antigen tests. or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases.
At least 8,582 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths as of Friday occurred among residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to state data. There are active outbreaks in 165 facilities, resulting in 728 current cases among residents and 621 among staff.
As of Saturday, more than 240.2 million positive cases of COVID-19 were reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University, with more than 4.89 million people dying from the virus. The United States has reported the most cases (over 44.89 million) and deaths (over 723,700) than any other country.
More than 6.6 billion doses of vaccine have been administered worldwide.
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