NJ reports 1,634 COVID cases, 8 deaths. Moderna seems to be making a stronger booster for omicron.
NJ reports 1,634 COVID cases, 8 deaths.  Moderna seems to be making a stronger booster for omicron.

NJ reports 1,634 COVID cases, 8 deaths. Moderna seems to be making a stronger booster for omicron.

New Jersey announced eight new ones on Wednesday COVID-19 deaths and 1,634 confirmed positive tests as Moderna creates a combination of the initial covid vaccine and the new omicron shot.

Moderna hopes to offer updated COVID-19 boosters this fall, combining its original vaccine with protection against the omicron variant.

While the increase in antibodies was modest, Moderna’s goal is to produce a combination shot specifically aimed at omicron. “These results really give us hope” that the next step will work even better, said Dr. Jacqueline Miller, a Modern Vice President.

New Jersey’s seven-day average for confirmed cases was 1,642 on Wednesday, up 8% from a week ago and up 146% from a month ago.

There were 396 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases across 68 of the state’s 71 hospitals Tuesday night. Three hospitals did not report data. Hospital admissions reached a recent high of 6,089 on January 10 during the omicron wave that swept across the state this winter.

There were at least 64 people discharged in the same 24-hour period that ended Tuesday night, according to stat data. Of those admitted, 46 were on intensive care and 20 were on respirator.

New Jersey’s transmission rate was 1.24 on Tuesday. When the transmission rate is above 1, it means that each new case leads to at least one additional case and the outbreak expands.

The positivity rate for tests performed on Friday, the most recent day with available data, was 7.74%.

The state also reported 654 probable cases from rapid antigen testing at medical sites on Wednesday.

Nearly all of New Jersey’s 21 counties were listed as having “low” transmission rates, according to recently updated guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After months in which all 21 counties were listed as “low”, Bergen County has been elevated to “medium” transmission. Healthy people in the low and medium areas are no longer recommended to wear masks.

BA.2, the new strain of COVID-19, has been spreading in New Jersey for weeks, albeit at much lower rates than the omicron rise in December and January. Officials have said the omicron “stealth” subvariant appears to spread more easily, but generally does not cause more serious illness.

For the week ending March 26, BA.2 accounted for 81.2% of the positive samples taken (up from 70.5% the previous week), while the omicron variant accounted for 18.8 % of the positive samples taken.

TOTAL NUMBERS

New Jersey has reported 1,927,349 total confirmed COVID cases out of more than 17.5 million PCR tests performed in the more than two years since the state reported its first known case on March 4, 2020.

Garden State has also recorded 307,685 positive antigen or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases. And there are several cases that have probably never been counted, including positive home tests that are not included in state numbers.

The state with 9.2 million inhabitants has reported 33,356 COVID-19 deaths at that time – 30,338 confirmed deaths and 3,018 probable.

New Jersey has the seventh most coronavirus deaths per inhabitant in the United States – behind Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee and West Virginia – according to the latest data reported on April 11. Last summer, the state still had the most deaths inhabitant of the country.

More than 6.84 million of the 8.46 million eligible people living, working, or studying in New Jersey have received the initial vaccination course, and more than 7.77 million have received a first dose since vaccinations began here on the 15th. December 2020.

While the number of fully vaccinated New Jersey residents has reached more than 6.8 million, the latest figures also follow a major study which reveals that even a mild case of COVID-19 can significantly affect the brain.

More than 3.41 million people in the state eligible for boosters have received one.

For the week ending April 3, with approximately 61% of schools reporting data, an additional 2,631 COVID-19 cases were reported among staff (679) and students (1,952) across New Jersey schools.

Since the start of the academic year, there have been 103,691 students and 29,072 school staff who have received COVID-19 in New Jersey, though the state has never had more than two-thirds of school districts report data in a week.

The state provides aggregate student and staff cases separately from those considered to be school transfers, which is narrowly defined as three or more cases connected through contact tracking.

New Jersey has reported 596 total outbreaks in the school, including 4,177 cases among students and staff. It includes 39 new outbreaks from data reported last week.

At least 9,457 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and employees in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to stat data.

There were active outbreaks at 149 facilities, resulting in 2,372 current cases among residents and 2,747 cases among staff, according to the latest data.

As of Wednesday, there have been more than 506 million COVID-19 cases reported across the globe, according to Johns Hopkins Universitywhere more than 6.2 million people have died due to the virus.

The United States has reported the most cases (more than 80 million) and deaths (at least 989,396) of any nation.

More than 11 billion vaccine doses have been administered globally.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Deion Johnson can be reached at [email protected].

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