New Jersey health officials on Friday reported another 1,983 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 13 confirmed deaths as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention downgraded the last remaining counties from high to medium risk for transmission.
The seven-day average for confirmed positive tests was 1,290 on Friday, a 17% decrease from a week ago and a 47% decrease from a month ago.
The state’s rate of transmission on Friday was 0.89. A transmission rate below 1 is an indication that each new case is leading to less than one additional case.
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 CDC reported zero counties to be in the “high risk” category for transmission, down from three on Thursday. This is the first time in months that all 21 New Jersey counties had either “medium” or “low” risk for transmission.
The CDC deems 12 counties to be at “medium” risk: Sussex, Morris, Warren, Hunterdon, Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington, Camden, Atlantic, Gloucester, Salem and Cape May.
The remaining nine counties — Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Essex, Union, Middlesex, Somerset, Mercer and Cumberland — are deemed “low” risk, according to the CDC.
There were 872 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases reported at 70 of the state’s 71 hospitals as of Friday. Of those hospitalized, 103 were in intensive care and 42 were on ventilators.
The statewide positivity rate for tests conducted Sunday — the most recent day for which data is available — was 14.26%.
The CDC considers positivity rates above 10% to be “high.” The 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 2.28 million total confirmed COVID-19 cases since the state reported its first known case March 4, 2020.
The Garden State has also recorded 404,547 positive antigen or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases. And there are 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 34,619 COVID-19 deaths — 31,516 confirmed fatalities and 3,103 probable ones.
New Jersey has the ninth-most coronavirus deaths per capita in the U.S. — behind Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, West Virginia, New Mexico, Tennessee and Arkansas — as of last week. Last summer, the state had the most deaths per capita in the nation.
More than 7.03 million people who work, live or study in the Garden State 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 4.27 million people in the state eligible for boosters have received one.
LONG-TERM CARE NUMBERS
At least 9,584 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 data.
Of the active outbreaks at 380 facilities, there are 6,878 current cases among residents and 6,733 cases among staff, as of the latest data.
There have been more than 607 million COVID-19 cases reported across the globe as of Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus database. More than 6.5 million people have died because of the virus, the data shows.
The U.S. has reported the most cumulative COVID-19 cases (more than 95.1 million) and deaths (at least 1.04 million) of any nation.
There have been more than 12.1 billion COVID vaccine doses administered globally.
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