The Perfect Enemy | N.J. reports 1,989 COVID cases, 13 deaths as colder weather arrives
December 9, 2022
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New Jersey health officials reported another 1,989 COVID-19 cases and 13 confirmed deaths on Thursday as colder weather descends on the state ahead of the holidays.

The statewide rate of transmission dropped to 0.88 on Thursday, down from 0.91 from a day earlier. 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 1,411, down 1% from a week ago and up 8% from a month ago.

The CDC now considers all but one New Jersey county to have “medium” community transmission. Mercer County is designated “low” risk, while the remaining counties are considered “medium” risk.

There were 1,046 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases reported across the state’s 71 hospitals as of Wednesday night. Of those hospitalized, 126 are in intensive care and 43 are on ventilators.

The statewide positivity rate for tests conducted Saturday, the most recent day for which data is available, was 9.9%.

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 2.38 million total confirmed COVID-19 cases since it announced its first known case on March 4, 2020.

The Garden State has also recorded 437,803 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 35,030 COVID-19 deaths — 31,914 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. Nearly 8 million 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 9,813 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 349 facilities, there are 8,211 current cases among residents and 5,756 cases among staff, as of the latest data.

GLOBAL NUMBERS

There have more than 636.8 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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