New Jersey reported another 2,942 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 13 new confirmed deaths on Thursday as the transmission rate fell below 1 for the first time since June 29.
New Jersey’s transmission rate was 0.97 on Thursday, according to the state Department of Health.
A transmission rate of less than 1 indicates that the coronavirus outbreak is declining, as each new case results in less than one additional new case.
When the transmission rate is 1, it means cases have stabilized at current numbers. Anything above 1 means the epidemic is expanding.
The state’s seven-day average for confirmed positive tests is 2,555, a 12% decrease from last week but a 5% increase from last month.
Eighteen of the state’s 21 counties are now considered high risk for transmission, the CDC reported Thursday, up from just six in mid-July. Only Mercer, Cumberland and Salem counties remain in the medium risk category. The CDC recommends residents of high-risk counties wear masks indoors.
As of Thursday, 1,074 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases were reported across the state’s 71 hospitals. Of those hospitalized, 108 are in intensive care and 36 are on ventilators.
The statewide positivity rate for tests taken Saturday — the most recent day with data available — was 18.25%.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers positivity rates above 10% “high.” However, the positivity rate is significantly lower than its peak of 40.83% on January 1 at the height of the omicron variant.
New Jersey has reported a total of 2.2 million 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 also recorded 385,561 positive antigens or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases. And there are many cases that were probably never counted, including positive home tests that aren’t included in state numbers.
The state of 9.2 million people has reported 34,320 deaths from COVID-19 – 31,224 confirmed and 3,096 probable.
New Jersey has the ninth highest number of coronavirus deaths per capita in the United States – behind Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, West Virginia, Tennessee, New Mexico and the United States. ‘Arkansas – to July 25. Last summer, the state had the most deaths per capita in the nation.
More than 6.99 million people who work, live or study in the Garden State have achieved fully vaccinated status.
More than 7.89 million people have received a first dose since vaccinations began in the state on December 15, 2020.
More than 4.17 million people in the state eligible for boosters have received one. That number could rise after the Food and Drug Administration approved boosters for healthy children ages 5 to 11. US regulators have authorized the booster for children, hoping an extra dose of the vaccine will boost their protection as infections continue to spread.
Regulators have suspended plans to allow a second booster for adults under 50 this summer. Instead, they hope to revamp the vaccines to target emerging subvariants by fall.
LONG TERM CARE NUMBERS
At least 9,468 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have affected residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to state data as of Thursday.
Of active outbreaks at 400 facilities, there are 5,321 current cases among residents and 5,694 cases among staff, according to the latest data.
As of Thursday, more than 580 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Database.
More than 6.4 million people have died from the virus, the data shows.
Japan has reported the most cases in the past 28 days, with 3.8 million on Thursday. The United States has reported the second highest number of cases, with 3.5 million.
The United States has reported the most cumulative COVID-19 cases (more than 91.8 million) and deaths (at least 1.03 million) of any country.
More than 11.99 billion doses of vaccine have been administered worldwide.
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