New Jersey reported 2,111 confirmed positive COVID-19 tests and 20 new confirmed deaths on Tuesday as cases continue to decline after a recent spike in the spring.
New Jersey’s seven-day average for confirmed cases was 2,400 on Tuesday, down 17% from a week ago and 33% from a month ago.
The statewide positivity rate for tests performed Thursday, the most recent day with data available, was 8.93%. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers positivity rates above 10% “high.”
The statewide transmission rate for Tuesday was 0.89. A transmission rate of less than 1 indicates that the epidemic is shrinking, because each new case results in less than one additional new case.
Cases, transmission rates and hospitalizations have stabilized and started to decline in recent weeks.
As of Monday evening, 790 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases were reported at the state’s 71 hospitals. Hospitalizations remain significantly lower than they were when they peaked at 6,089 on January 10 during the omicron wave.
Of those hospitalized, 87 were in intensive care and 25 were on ventilators. According to state data, at least 93 people were released during the 24-hour period ending Monday.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now lists 11 New Jersey counties with “high” transmission rates – Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Sussex and Warren.
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.
Ten counties are in the medium risk category: Bergen, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Passaic, Salem, Somerset and Union. Masks are not recommended in medium and low risk areas.
New Jersey has reported 2,092,487 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 has also recorded about 349,150 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 people has reported 33,879 deaths from COVID-19 – 30,798 confirmed deaths and 3,081 probable deaths.
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 – according to the latest data released on Monday. Last summer, the state recorded the most deaths per capita in the country.
The latest figures follow a major study which found that even a mild case of COVID-19 can significantly affect the brain. Long COVID – the term commonly used to describe symptoms resulting from the virus long after a person no longer tests positive – has been found to affect between 10% and 30% of those who contract the infection, whether they have a mild or severe case.
In New Jersey, that would mean about 600,000 of the more than 2 million who have tested positive for COVID since the pandemic began have or have had long COVID.
More than 6.92 million of the 8.46 million eligible people who live, work or study in New Jersey have received the first round of vaccinations and more than 7.8 million have received a first dose since vaccinations began here on December 15, 2020.
More than 3.92 million people in the state eligible for boosters have received one. That number could rise after the FDA approved booster shots for healthy children ages 5 to 11. US regulators have authorized the booster for children hoping an extra dose of vaccine will boost their protection as infections continue to spread.
SCHOOL AND LONG TERM CARE NUMBERS
For the week ending June 5, with 52.9% of schools reporting data, an additional 5,799 cases of COVID-19 were reported among staff (2,099) and students (3,700) at New York schools. Jersey.
Since the start of the school year, 140,385 students and 42,433 school staff have contracted COVID-19 in New Jersey, although the state has never had more than two-thirds of school districts reporting data. over the course of a week.
The state provides the total number of student and staff cases separately from those considered school transmission, which is narrowly defined as three or more cases linked through contact tracing.
New Jersey has reported 965 total outbreaks in schools, including 6,997 cases among students and staff. This includes 8 new outbreaks in the latest weekly report ending June 6. The state reported 33 school outbreaks the previous week.
At least 9,153 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have occurred among residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to state data.
There have been active outbreaks at 367 facilities, resulting in 4,357 current cases among residents and 4,034 cases among staff, according to the latest data.
As of Tuesday, more than 536 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University, and more than 6.3 million people have died from the virus.
The United States has reported the most cases (more than 85.6 million) and deaths (at least 1,011,641) of any country.
More than 11.55 billion doses of vaccine have been administered worldwide.
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