On Friday, New Jersey health officials reported another 1,637 COVID-19 cases and three new deaths.
These numbers were offset by some encouraging news. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday lowered the number of counties deemed to have “high” community levels of COVID-19 from seven to four.
The CDC considers four counties – Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem – to have “high” community levels of coronavirus.
The community level of the remaining 17 counties is Medium. According to the CDC, the number of cases and hospitalizations by region determines the community level of each county.
The statewide infection rate on Friday was 0.87, officials reported. An infection rate of 1 means that the number of cases has plateaued, and a rate below 1 means that outbreaks are declining.
The seven-day average of confirmed positive tests in New Jersey was 1,451, down 4% from a week ago and down 23% from a month ago.
Thursday night, there were 1,302 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases reported at 70 hospitals in the state. Of the hospitalized patients, 135 are in intensive care and 52 are on ventilators.
The statewide positive rate for tests conducted on Sunday, the latest day for which data are available, was 13.85%.
The CDC considers a positivity rate of over 10% to be “high.” New Jersey’s statewide positivity rate is significantly lower than its peak of 40.83% on January 1, 2022, the height of the Omicron variant.
New Jersey has reported more than 2.5 million total confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the first known case was announced on March 4, 2020.
Garden State also recorded 483,096 positive antigen or rapid tests, which are considered probable. There are also many cases that likely would not have been counted, such as positive tests at home that were not included in the state count.
The state, home to 9.2 million residents, has reported 35,774 COVID-19 deaths, with 32,658 confirmed and 3,116 probable deaths.
New Jersey has the 10th highest number of coronavirus deaths per capita in the United States as of January 9.
More than 7.1 million people who work, live or study in New Jersey are fully immunized. More than 8 million people have been vaccinated for the first time since vaccination began in the state on December 15, 2020.
More than 4.3 million people in eligible states received boosters.
long-term care number
At least 10,008 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have occurred among residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to the latest state data.
Of the 446 premises with ongoing outbreaks, there are 12,237 current cases among residents and 7,842 cases among staff, as of the latest data.
More than 670 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus database.
Data show that the virus has killed more than 6.8 million people. The United States has reported the most cumulative cases (over 102 million) and deaths (at least 1.1 million) of any country.
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