NJ reports 4,327 cases, 5 COVID deaths as BA.2 continues to spread
NJ reports 4,327 cases, 5 COVID deaths as BA.2 continues to spread

NJ reports 4,327 cases, 5 COVID deaths as BA.2 continues to spread

New Jersey reported five on Saturday COVID-19 deaths and 4,327 new confirmed positive tests as the so-called “stealth” omicron variant continues to spread.

The update from the state Department of Health comes a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised nine counties in the state to “high” transmission risk for the first time since the CDC changed how it assesses the risk in February.

Those in high-risk areas are advised to wear a mask indoors in public transportation and in public transportation and stay up to date on vaccination, according to the CDC. Counties ranked as “high” risk include Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Gloucester, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean and Sussex.

Eleven counties are in the medium risk category: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Union and Warren. Masks are not recommended in the middle and low regions.

New Jersey’s seven-day average for confirmed cases rose to 3,608 on Saturday, a 41% increase from a week ago and a 137% increase from a month ago.

Hospital admissions, which typically lag about two weeks after case trends, have also increased this month compared to last month, although the number fell slightly from Thursday to Friday.

There were 708 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases across the state’s 71 hospitals as of Friday night, a decrease of 19 patients from the previous night. Hospital admissions are still significantly lower than when they peaked at 6,089 on January 10 during the omicron wave.

There were at least 159 people discharged during the same 24-hour period that ended Friday night, according to stat data. Of those admitted, 96 were on intensive care (2 more than the night before) and 45 were on respirator (4 more than the night before).

New Jersey’s nationwide transmission rate was 1.23 on Saturday. 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 Monday, the most recent day with available data, was 10.75%.

The state also reported 959 probable cases from rapid antigen testing at medical sites on Saturday.

The BA.2 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 April 23, BA.2 accounted for 96.7% of the positive samples taken (a slight increase from 96.6% the previous week), while the omicron variant accounted for 1 % of the positive samples taken.

TOTAL NUMBERS

New Jersey has reported a total of 1,993,677 confirmed COVID-19 cases out of more than 17.6 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 324,552 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 33,543 COVID-19 deaths in that time – 30,491 confirmed deaths and 3,052 probable.

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

The latest figures follow a major study which reveals that even a mild case of COVID-19 can significantly affect the brain. Long COVID – the term commonly used to describe symptoms that originate from the virus long after a person has no longer tested positive – has been shown to affect between 10% and 30% of those who get the infection, regardless of whether they have a mild or severe case.

VACCINATION NUMBERS

More than 6.88 million of the 8.46 million eligible people living, working, or studying in New Jersey have received the initial vaccination course, and more than 7.79 million have received a first dose since vaccinations began here on the 15th. December 2020.

More than 3.67 million people in the state eligible for boosters have received one.

SCHOOL AND LONG-TERM CARE NUMBERS

In the week ending May 1, with approximately 59% of schools reporting data, an additional 4,928 COVID-19 cases were reported among staff (1,312) and students (3,616) across New Jersey schools.

Since the start of the academic year, there have been 111,905 students and 32,428 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 725 total outbreaks in the school, including 5,063 cases among students and staff. It includes 72 new outbreaks.

At least 9,049 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 277 facilities, resulting in 3,062 current cases among residents and 2,816 cases among staff, according to the latest data.

GLOBAL NUMBER

As of Saturday, there have been more than 520 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 82 million) and deaths (at least 999,519) of any nation.

More than 11 billion vaccine doses have been administered globally.

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