New Jersey health officials reported another 1,926 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and nine deaths on Saturday as the seven-day average for positive tests began to decline.
New Jersey’s transmission rate on Saturday was 0.87, down from 1.01 at the start of the month.
A transmission rate of less than 1 is an indication that each new case leads to less than one additional case. When the transmission rate is 1, it means that the cases are smoothed with the current numbers. Anything above 1 means the outbreak is expanding.
The seven-day average for confirmed positive tests fell to 1,660 on Saturday, down 10% from a week ago and down 43% from a month ago.
Only Cape May, Atlantic and Mercer counties remain in the “high risk” category for transmission, down from seven on Thursday and 18 at the beginning of the month.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ranks nine counties as “medium” risk: Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester, Camden, Burlington, Ocean, Monmouth, Morris, and Sussex.
The remaining nine counties — Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren, Union, Essex, Hudson, Bergen and Passaic — are considered “low” risk on Saturday, according to the CDC.
There were 1,007 patients with confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus reported Saturday at 70 of the state’s 71 hospitals. Of those hospitalized, 111 are in intensive care and 37 are on a ventilator.
The statewide positivity rate for tests conducted Monday — the most recent day for which data is available — was 9.76%.
The CDC considers positivity rates above 10% “high.” However, the positivity rate is significantly lower than the peak of 40.83% on January 1 during the peak of the ommicron variant.
New Jersey has reported a total of 2.27 million confirmed COVID-19 cases since the state reported its first known case on March 4, 2020.
The Garden State has also registered 398,617 positive antigen or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases. And there are countless cases that probably never counted, including positive home tests that aren’t included in the state’s numbers.
The state of 9.2 million residents has reported 34,529 deaths from COVID-19 – 31,427 confirmed fatalities and 3,102 probable.
New Jersey has the ninth most coronavirus deaths per capita in the US — after Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, West Virginia, Tennessee, New Mexico and Arkansas — as of Aug. 16. Last summer, the state had the most deaths per capita in the nation.
More than 7 million people who work, live or study in the Garden State have achieved fully vaccinated status.
More than 7.9 million people have received their first dose since vaccinations began in the state on December 15, 2020.
More than 4.25 million people in the state who are eligible for boosters have received one. Regulators have paused plans to allow a second booster shot for adults under 50 this summer. Instead, they hope to revamp vaccines by the fall to target emerging subvariants.
NUMBERS LONG-TERM CARE
According to state data on Friday, at least 9,534 of the COVID-19 deaths in the state were among residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
Of the active outbreaks in 394 facilities, according to the latest data, there are 6,580 current cases among residents and 6,503 cases among staff.
According to Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus database on Saturday, the number of global cases reached 600 million since the start of the pandemic.
More than 6.48 million people have died as a result of the virus, the data shows.
The US has reported the most cumulative cases of COVID-19 (more than 94 million) and deaths (at least 1.04 million) of all countries.
More than 12 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.
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