New Jersey on Friday reported an additional 2,366 confirmed COVID-19 cases and seven confirmed deaths as the state’s transmission rate continues to rise.
The transmission rate was 1.07 on Friday, up from 1.05 on Thursday and 1.04 earlier this week.
If the transmission rate is 1, it means cases have leveled off at current numbers, while anything above 1 indicates the outbreak is spreading.
The state’s seven-day average for confirmed positive coronavirus tests is 1,722, up 14% from a week ago and down 3% from a month ago.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 12 counties in the state have “intermediate” transmission rates: Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington, Camden, Atlantic, Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland and Cape may
The remaining nine counties — Passaic, Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Morris, Somerset, Union, Middlesex and Mercer — are considered “low,” according to the CDC.
The state’s 71 hospitals reported 887 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases as of Friday. Of the hospitalized patients, 109 are in intensive care and 35 are on ventilators.
The nationwide positivity rate for tests taken on Saturday, the latest day for which data is available, was 14.7%.
The CDC considers positivity rates above 10% to be “high.” The positivity rate is significantly lower than its peak of 40.83% on January 1st during the flowering period of the Omicron variant.
New Jersey has reported a total of 2.3 million confirmed COVID-19 cases since the state reported its first known case on March 4, 2020.
The Garden State has also recorded 412,330 positive antigen or rapid tests that are considered probable cases. There are also 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 34,706 COVID-19 deaths — 31,594 confirmed deaths and 3,112 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 – according to the latest data as of Sept. 12. Last summer the state had the most deaths per capita in the nation.
More than 7.05 million people who work, live, or study in the Garden State have achieved full immunization status. More than 7.92 million have received a first dose since vaccinations began in the state on December 15, 2020.
More than 4.28 million people in the state who are eligible for boosters have received one.
According to the latest data, at least 9,684 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and staff in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
Of the active outbreaks at 367 facilities, there are 7,230 current cases among residents and 6,914 cases among staff, according to the latest data.
More than 614 million COVID-19 cases had been reported worldwide as of Friday, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus database. More than 6.5 million people have died as a result of the virus, data shows.
The US has reported the most cumulative cases (more than 95.9 million) and deaths (at least 1.05 million) of any nation.
More than 12.2 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.
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