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NJ reports 2,425 new COVID cases, 1 new death after three straight days with over 3,000 cases

New Jersey on Sunday reported an additional 2,425 confirmed COVID-19 cases and one new confirmed death after three consecutive days of daily cases topped 3,000.

Eighteen of the state’s 21 counties are now considered high risk of transmission, the CDC reported Sunday, up from just six in mid-July. Only Mercer, Cumberland and Salem counties remain in the medium-risk category. Residents of high-risk areas are advised to wear masks indoors.

The state’s seven-day average for confirmed positive tests is 2,790, down 7% over the past week but up 20% from the previous month.

As of Sunday, 1,052 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases had been reported at 70 of the state’s 71 hospitals. Of the hospitalized patients, 113 are in intensive care and 37 are on ventilators.

The nationwide positivity rate for tests conducted on Tuesday – the most recent day with available data – was 12.09%.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers positivity rates above 10% to be “high.” However, the positivity rate is significantly lower than its peak of 40.83% on January 1st during the Omicron variant’s flowering period.

New Jersey’s transmission rate was 1.01 as of Sunday, according to the Health Department. If the transmission rate is 1, it means that the cases have leveled off at the current numbers. Anything above 1 means the breakout is expanding.

A transmission rate below 1 is an indication that the coronavirus outbreak is declining, as each new case results in less than one additional new case.

TOTALS

New Jersey has reported a total of 2.2 million confirmed COVID-19 cases in the more than two years since the state reported its first known case on March 4, 2020.

The Garden State has also recorded 382,804 positive antigen or rapid tests that are considered probable cases. And there are numerous cases that have likely never been counted, including positive at-home tests that aren’t included in the state’s numbers.

The state of 9.2 million people has reported 34,266 COVID-19 deaths — 31,172 confirmed deaths and 3,094 probable.

New Jersey has the ninth-most coronavirus deaths per capita in the US as of Monday – behind Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, West Virginia, Tennessee, New Mexico and Arkansas. Last summer, the state had the most deaths per capita in the nation.

vaccination numbers

More than 6.98 million people working, living, or studying in the Garden State have achieved full immunization status.

Over 7.88 million have received a first dose since vaccinations began in the state on December 15, 2020.

More than 4.16 million people in the state who are eligible for a refresher have received one. That number could rise after the Food and Drug Administration approved booster shots for healthy children between the ages of 5 and 11. US regulators approved the booster shots for children in the hope that an extra dose of vaccine will improve their protection as infections continue to spread.

CARE NUMBERS

According to state data Friday, at least 9,439 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and employees in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

Of the active outbreaks at 385 facilities, there are 5,097 current cases among residents and 5,281 cases among staff, according to the latest data.

GLOBAL NUMBERS

More than 576 million COVID-19 cases had been reported around the world as of Sunday, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus database. More than 6.39 million people have died from the virus, data shows.

The US has reported the most COVID-19 cases (more than 91.3 million) and deaths (at least 1.02 million) of any nation.

More than 11.9 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.

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Nicolas Fernandes can be reached at [email protected]

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