New Jersey announced seven new ones on Thursday COVID-19 deaths across the state and 2,369 new confirmed positive tests – the upward trend continues in recent weeks.
The state seven-day average for confirmed cases was 1,654 on Thursday, a 3% increase from a week ago and a 139% increase from a month ago.
There were 425 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases across 70 of the state’s 71 hospitals Wednesday night. One hospital 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 75 people discharged during the same 24-hour period that ended Wednesday night, according to stat data. Of those admitted, 54 were on intensive care and 20 were on respirator.
New Jersey’s transmission speed was 1.24 on Tuesday, the latest number available. 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 on Thursday also reported 468 probable cases from rapid antigen testing at medical sites.
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.
New Jersey has reported 1,929,717 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 308,114 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 33,363 COVID-19 deaths at that time – 30,345 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.
SCHOOL AND LONG-TERM CARE NUMBERS
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 9,474 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 152 facilities, resulting in 2,316 current cases among residents and 2,730 cases among staff, according to the latest data.
As of Thursday, there have been more than 507 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 990,237) of any nation.
More than 11 billion vaccine doses have been administered globally.
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