New Jersey reported another 1,068 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and two confirmed deaths on Monday, as the transmission rate has gradually declined over the past week.
The state’s seven-day average for confirmed coronavirus positive fell to 1,696, down 10% from a week ago and up 10% from a month ago.
Statewide transmission rate was 1.04 on Monday, up from 1.16 on Thursday. When the transmission rate is 1, it means the cases have leveled off with the current numbers, while anything above 1 indicates the outbreak is expanding.
Burlington and Cumberland are the only two of the state’s 21 counties in the “high” risk category for transmission of the coronavirus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC considers nine counties at “medium” risk: Atlantic, Bergen, Camden, Cape May, Gloucester, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem and Union. The remaining 10 counties – Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Warren – are classified as “low” risk.
There were 902 patients with confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus reported Sunday night at 69 of 71 New Jersey hospitals. Of those admitted to hospital, 102 are in intensive care and 27 are on a ventilator.
The statewide positivity rate for tests conducted Wednesday, the most recent day for which data is available, was 10.36%.
The CDC considers positivity rates above 10% “high.” New Jersey’s statewide positivity rate is significantly lower from its peak of 40.83% on Jan. 1 during the ommicron variant peak.
New Jersey has reported a total of 2.3 million confirmed COVID-19 cases since announcing its first known case on March 4, 2020.
The Garden State also registered 417,472 positive antigen or rapid tests on Monday, which are considered probable cases. There are also numerous 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 34,754 COVID-19 deaths – 31,638 confirmed fatalities and 3,116 probable, as of Friday.
New Jersey has the ninth most coronavirus deaths per capita in the US — after Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, West Virginia, New Mexico, Tennessee and Arkansas — according to the latest data reported Sept. 12. Last summer, the state had the most deaths per capita in the nation.
More than 7.07 million people who work, live or study in New Jersey have achieved fully 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 4.29 million people in the state who are eligible for boosters have received one.
NUMBERS LONG-TERM CARE
According to the most recent state data, at least 9,714 of the COVID-19 deaths in the state were among residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
Of the active outbreaks in 358 facilities, there are 7,472 current cases among residents and 6,840 cases among staff, according to the latest data.
More than 618 million cases of COVID-19 were reported worldwide on Monday, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus database. More than 6.5 million people have died as a result of the virus, the data shows.
The US has reported the most cumulative cases (more than 96 million) and deaths (at least 1.05 million) of all countries.
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