New Jersey health officials reported another confirmed 1,255 COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths on Tuesday, as the daily number of positive tests remains below 1,500.
The seven-day average for confirmed positive tests was 1,624 Tuesday, down 8% from a week ago and down 43% from a month ago.
New Jersey’s transmission rate on Tuesday was 0.89, down from 1.01 at the start of the month.
A transmission rate of less than 1 is an indication that each new case leads to less than one additional case. When the transmission rate is 1, it means that the cases are smoothed with the current numbers. Anything above 1 means the outbreak is expanding.
Only Cape May, Atlantic and Mercer counties remain in the “high risk” category for transmission, up from seven counties on Thursday and 18 at the beginning of the month.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rated nine counties as “medium” risk: Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester, Camden, Burlington, Ocean, Monmouth, Morris and Sussex.
The remaining nine counties — Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren, Union, Essex, Hudson, Bergen and Passaic — are considered “low” risk, according to the CDC Tuesday.
On Tuesday, 1,038 patients with confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus had been reported in 71 hospitals. Of those admitted to hospital, 109 are in intensive care and 37 are on a ventilator.
The statewide positivity rate for tests conducted Tuesday — the most recent day for which data is available — was 10.49%.
The CDC considers positivity rates above 10% “high.” However, the positivity rate is significantly lower than the peak of 40.83% on January 1 during the peak of the ommicron variant.
New Jersey has reported a total of 2.27 million confirmed COVID-19 cases since the state reported its first known case on March 4, 2020.
The Garden State has also registered 399,756 positive antigen or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases. And there are countless cases that probably never counted, including positive home tests that aren’t included in the state’s numbers.
The state of 9.2 million residents has reported 34,545 COVID-19 deaths – 31,442 confirmed fatalities and 3,103 probable.
New Jersey has the ninth most coronavirus deaths per capita in the US — behind Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, West Virginia, New Mexico, Tennessee and Arkansas — on Aug. 29. Last summer, the state had the most deaths per capita in the nation.
More than 7.02 million people who work, live or study in the Garden State have achieved full vaccinated status. More than 7.9 million people have received their first dose since vaccinations began in the state on December 15, 2020.
More than 4.25 million people in the state who are eligible for boosters have received one. Regulators have paused plans to allow a second booster shot for adults under 50 this summer. Instead, they hope to revamp vaccines by the fall to target emerging subvariants.
NUMBERS LONG-TERM CARE
According to Tuesday’s state data, at least 9,544 of the COVID-19 deaths in the state are among residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
Of the active outbreaks in 393 facilities, there are 6,712 ongoing cases among residents and 6,558 cases among staff, according to the latest data.
More than 601 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported around the world as of Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus database.
More than 6.48 million people have died as a result of the virus, the data shows.
The US has reported the most cumulative cases of COVID-19 (more than 94 million) and deaths (at least 1.04 million) of all countries.
More than 12.1 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.
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