The Perfect Enemy | N.J. reports 1,009 COVID cases, 14 deaths. Transmission rate remains flat before Thanksgiving.
December 2, 2022

N.J. reports 1,009 COVID cases, 14 deaths. Transmission rate remains flat before Thanksgiving.

N.J. reports 1,009 COVID cases, 14 deaths. Transmission rate remains flat before Thanksgiving.  NJ.com

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New Jersey health officials reported another 1,009 COVID-19 cases and 14 confirmed deaths on Wednesday as the transmission rate remains flat the day before Thanksgiving.

The statewide rate of transmission is 0.89 as of Wednesday, the same rate it has been for three consecutive days. A transmission rate below 1 is an indication that the outbreak is declining, since each new case is leading to less than one additional case.

A transmission rate of 1 means the number of cases have leveled off, while anything above 1 indicates the outbreak is expanding.

New Jersey’s seven-day average for confirmed positive tests is 1,259, down 4% from a week ago and also down 4% from a month ago.

The CDC now considers six New Jersey counties — Mercer, Hunterdon, Warren, Passaic, Bergen and Hudson — to have “low” community transmission. The state’s 15 other counties have “medium” community transmission.

There were 1,002 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases reported across the state’s 71 hospitals as of Tuesday night. Of those hospitalized, 130 are in intensive care and 45 are on ventilators.

The statewide positivity rate for tests conducted Thursday, the most recent day for which data is available, was 8.03%.

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.

TOTAL NUMBERS

New Jersey has reported more than 2.39 million total confirmed COVID-19 cases since it announced its first known case on March 4, 2020.

The Garden State has also recorded 439,926 positive antigen or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases. There are also numerous cases that were likely never counted, including at-home positive tests that are not included in the state’s numbers.

The state of 9.2 million residents has reported 35,079 COVID-19 deaths — 31,963 confirmed fatalities and 3,116 probable ones.

New Jersey has the 10th-most coronavirus deaths per capita in the U.S. — behind Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, New Mexico, Tennessee and Michigan — as of Thursday.

VACCINATION NUMBERS

More than 7.1 million people who work, live or study in New Jersey have reached fully vaccinated status. Eight million people have received a first dose since vaccinations began in the state on Dec. 15, 2020.

More than 4.3 million people in the state eligible for boosters have received one.

LONG-TERM CARE NUMBERS

At least 9,833 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 340 facilities, there are 7,929 current cases among residents and 5,589 cases among staff, as of the latest data.

GLOBAL NUMBERS

There have been more than 639 million COVID-19 cases reported across the globe, according to Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus database.

More than 6.6 million people have died because of the virus, the data shows. The U.S. has reported the most cumulative cases (more than 98 million) and deaths (at least 1.07 million) of any nation.

There have been more than 12.8 billion vaccine doses administered globally.

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Nicolas Fernandes may be reached at nfernandes@njadvancemedia.com