New Jersey reported Friday 15 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 1,990 confirmed positive tests The FDA issued an emergency authorization for a breath test to detect COVID-19.
The InspectIR COVID-19 Breathalyzer is about the size of a piece of hand luggage, the FDA said, and can be used in doctors’ offices, hospitals and mobile test sites. The test, which can give results in less than three minutes, must be performed under the supervision of an authorized healthcare provider.
The state seven-day average for confirmed cases rose to 1,656 on Friday, a 31% increase from a week ago and a 135% increase from a month ago.
There were 374 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases across 70 of the state’s 71 hospitals Thursday night. One hospital did not report data. Hospital admissions reached a recent high of 6,089 on January 10 during the omicron wave that hit the state this winter.
There were at least 77 people discharged during the same 24-hour period that ended Thursday night, according to stat data. Of those admitted, 40 were on intensive care and 21 were on respirator.
New Jersey’s transmission speed was 1.3 Friday for the third day in a row. When the transmission rate is above 1, it means that each new case leads to at least 1 other new case and the outbreak expands.
The state-wide daily positivity rate for tests performed on Saturday, the most recent available day, was 9.05%.
The state also reported 464 probable cases from rapid antigen testing at medical sites on Friday.
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. Healthy people in the low and middle categories 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.
New Jersey has reported 1,920,207 total confirmed 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 305,957 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 33,334 COVID-19 deaths at that time – 30,320 confirmed deaths and 3,014 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 Monday. Last summer, the state still had the most deaths inhabitant of the country.
More than 6.83 million of the 8.46 million eligible people living, working, or studying in New Jersey have received the initial vaccination course, and more than 7.76 million have received a first dose since vaccinations began here on the 15th. December 2020.
While the number of fully vaccinated NJ residents has reached over 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 3.38 million people in the state eligible for boosters have received one.
SCHOOL AND LONG-TERM CARE NUMBERS
In the week ending April 3, with about 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 9,431 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 136 facilities, resulting in 2,446 current cases among residents and 2,960 cases among staff, according to the latest data.
As of Friday, there have been more than 503 million COVID-19 cases reported across the globe, according to Johns Hopkins Universitywhere more than 6.19 million people have died due to the virus.
The United States has reported the most cases (more than 80 million) and deaths (at least 988,211) of any nation.
More than 11 billion vaccine doses have been administered globally.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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