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NJ reports 2,372 COVID cases, 8 new deaths as total deaths surpass 34,000 mark

New Jersey on Saturday reported 2,372 confirmed positive COVID-19 tests and eight new confirmed deaths as the total number of deaths statewide rose to more than 34,000.

The state’s seven-day average for confirmed cases was 2,075 on Saturday, down 6% from a week ago and 47% down from a month ago.

The nationwide positivity rate for tests conducted last Sunday, the most recent day with available data, was 14.61%. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers positivity rates above 10% to be “high.”

The nationwide transfer rate has hovered around 0.80 for the past few days. A transmission rate below 1 is an indication that the outbreak is declining, as each new case results in less than one additional new case.

As of Friday night, 723 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases were reported at the state’s 71 hospitals. Hospital admissions remain significantly lower than their peak of 6,089 on Jan. 10 during the Omicron wave.

Of those who were hospitalized, 108 were in intensive care and 30 on ventilators. At least 157 people were laid off in the 24 hours to Friday, according to the latest government data.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now lists four counties in New Jersey with “high” transmission rates – Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth and Morris. According to the CDC, people in high-risk areas are advised to wear a mask in public and on indoor public transportation and keep up to date on vaccinations.

There are 13 counties in the medium risk category: Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset and Sussex. Masks are not recommended in medium and low risk regions.

Cumberland, Hunterdon, Union and Warren are classified as low risk.

TOTALS

New Jersey has reported a total of 2,117,411 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 registered about 356,546 positives Antigen or rapid tests 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 34,002 COVID-19 deaths — 30,915 confirmed deaths and 3,087 probable.

New Jersey has the eighth-most coronavirus deaths per capita in the US — behind Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, West Virginia, Tennessee and Arkansas — according to the latest data reported Monday. Last summer, the state had the most deaths per capita in the country.

The latest numbers follow a large study that found even a mild case of COVID-19 can significantly affect the brain. Long COVID — the term commonly used to describe symptoms attributed to the virus long after a person has stopped testing positive — has been shown to affect between 10% and 30% of those who contract the infection, regardless of whether they have a light or heavy case.

In New Jersey, that would mean about 600,000 of the more than 2 million who have tested positive for COVID since the pandemic began either have or have had COVID for a long time.

vaccination numbers

More than 6.94 million people living, working or studying in New Jersey have received their first series of vaccines, and more than 7.8 million have received a first dose since immunizations began here on December 15, 2020.

More than 3.98 million people in the state who are eligible for boosters have received one. That number could rise after the FDA approved booster shots for healthy children between the ages of 5 and 11. US regulators have approved the booster vaccine for children in hopes that an extra dose of vaccine will improve their protection as infections continue to spread.

CARE NUMBERS

At least 9,215 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and employees of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to state data.

There have been active outbreaks in 353 facilities, resulting in 4,492 current cases in residents and 4,244 cases in staff, according to the latest data.

GLOBAL NUMBERS

As of this weekend, more than 543 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide and more than 6.3 million people have died from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The US has reported the most cases (more than 86.9 million) and deaths (at least 1,015,798) of any nation.

More than 11.6 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.

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Brianna Kudisch can be reached at [email protected].

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