New Jersey reported an additional 1,474 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 12 confirmed deaths per day on Tuesday after the state’s transmission rate rose above a key benchmark.
The transmission rate was 1.04, up from 0.97 on Sunday.
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.
The state’s seven-day average for confirmed positive tests for the coronavirus is 1433, a 2% increase from a week ago and a 22% decrease from a month ago.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes 11 counties in the state have “average” community levels of transmission: Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington, Atlantic, Camden, Gloucester, Salem and Cape May.
The remaining 10 counties — Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Morris, Essex, Union, Middlesex, Somerset, Mercer and Cumberland — are considered “low” according to the CDC.
There were 861 patients with confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus reported Tuesday at the state’s 71 hospitals. Of those hospitalized, 101 are in intensive care and 30 are on a ventilator.
The statewide positivity rate for tests conducted Thursday, the most recent day for which data is available, was 10.61%.
The CDC considers positivity rates above 10% “high.” The positivity rate is significantly lower than the peak of 40.83% on January 1 during the peak of the ommicron 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 registered 410,130 positive antigen or rapid tests, 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 34,689 COVID-19 deaths – 31,577 confirmed fatalities and 3,112 probable.
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 7.05 million people who work, live or study in the Garden State have achieved fully vaccinated status. More than 7.92 million people have received their first dose since vaccinations began in the state on December 15, 2020.
More than 4.27 million people in the state who are eligible for boosters have received one.
NUMBERS LONG-TERM CARE
According to the most recent data, at least 9,662 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 370 facilities, there are 7,100 current cases among residents and 6,889 cases among staff, according to the latest data.
More than 612 million cases of COVID-19 were reported worldwide on Tuesday, 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 95.7 million) and deaths (at least 1.05 million) of all countries.
More than 12.2 billion doses of vaccine have been administered worldwide.
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