New Jersey on Wednesday reported another 1,526 confirmed COVID-19 cases and seven confirmed deaths as the rate of transmission has seen a dramatic decrease since last week.
The statewide rate of transmission was .98 on Wednesday, down from 1.16 on Thursday of last week.
When the transmission rate is 1, that means cases have leveled off at the current numbers, while anything above 1 indicates the outbreak is expanding.
The state’s seven-day average for confirmed coronavirus positive fell to 1,579, a 12% decrease from a week ago and a 7% increase from a month ago.
Burlington and Cumberland are the only two of the state’s 21 counties in the “high” risk category for coronavirus transmission, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC deems nine counties to be at “medium” risk: Atlantic, Bergen, Camden, Cape May, Gloucester, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem and Union. The remaining 10 counties — Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Warren — are designated “low” risk.
There were 933 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases reported across 66 of New Jersey’s 71 hospitals as of Tuesday night. Of those hospitalized, 89 are in intensive care and 30 are on ventilators.
The statewide positivity rate for tests conducted Thursday, the most recent day for which data is available, was 9.72%.
The CDC considers positivity rates above 10% to be “high.” New Jersey’s statewide positivity rate is substantially lower than its peak of 40.83% on Jan. 1 during the height of the omicron variant.
New Jersey has reported 2.3 million total confirmed COVID-19 cases since it announced its first known case on March 4, 2020.
The Garden State has also recorded 418,716 positive antigen or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases, as of Wednesday. There are also numerous cases that likely never have been counted, including at-home positive tests that are not included in the state’s numbers.
The state of 9.2 million residents has reported 34,766 COVID-19 deaths — 31,650 confirmed fatalities and 3,116 probable ones as of Wednesday.
New Jersey has the ninth-most coronavirus deaths per capita in the US — behind Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, West Virginia, New Mexico, Tennessee and Arkansas — as of the latest data reported on Wednesday. Last summer, the state had the most deaths per capita in the nation.
More than 7.07 million people who work, live or study in New Jersey have reached fully vaccinated status. More than 7.9 million have received a first dose since vaccinations began in the state on Dec. 15, 2020.
More than 4.29 million people in the state eligible for boosters have received one.
LONG-TERM CARE NUMBERS
At least 9,723 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and staff members at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to the most recent state data.
Of the active outbreaks at 357 facilities, there are 7,543 current cases among residents and 6,883 cases among staff, as of the latest data.
There have been more than 619 million COVID-19 cases reported across the globe as of Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus database. More than 6.5 million people have died because of the virus, the data shows.
The US has reported the most cumulative cases (more than 96 million) and deaths (at least 1.06 million) of any nation.
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