New Jersey health officials reported Saturday that there were 1,926 confirmed COVID-19 cases and nine deaths as the seven-day average of positive tests began to decline.
New Jersey’s infection rate was 0.87 on Saturday, down from 1.01 at the start of the month.
A transmission rate less than 1 indicates that each new case leads to less than one additional case. An infection rate of 1 means that the number of infected people has plateaued at the current number. A value above 1 means the outbreak is expanding.
The seven-day average of confirmed positive tests fell to 1,660 on Saturday, down 10% from a week ago and 43% from a month ago.
Only Cape May, Atlantic and Mercer counties remain in the “high risk” category for infections, down from 7 counties on Thursday and 18 counties earlier in the month.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester, Camden, Burlington, Ocean, Monmouth, Morris, and Sussex counties to be “medium” risk.
The remaining nine counties – Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren, Union, Essex, Hudson, Bergen and Passaic – are considered “low” risk, according to the CDC on Saturday.
As of Saturday, 70 of the state’s 71 hospitals had reported 1,007 confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases. Of the hospitalized patients, 111 are in intensive care units and 37 are on ventilators.
The statewide positive rate for tests performed on Monday (the latest day for which data are available) was 9.76%.
The CDC considers a positivity rate of over 10% to be “high.” However, the positive rate is significantly lower than the peak of 40.83% he on January 1, which is the peak of the Omicron variety.
New Jersey has reported a total of 2.27 million COVID-19 cases since the first known case was reported on March 4, 2020.
Garden State also recorded 398,617 positive antigen or rapid tests, which are considered probable. And there are numerous cases that likely went uncounted, including positive tests at home that weren’t included in the state’s count.
With 9.2 million residents, the state has reported 34,529 COVID-19 deaths, with 31,427 confirmed and 3,102 possible deaths.
New Jersey had the highest number of coronavirus deaths per capita in the U.S. as of Aug. 16, after Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, West Virginia, Tennessee, New Mexico and Arkansas. It is the ninth-largest state in terms of population. country population.
More than 7 million people who work, live or study in the Garden State are fully vaccinated.
More than 7.9 million people have been vaccinated for the first time since vaccination began in the state on December 15, 2020.
More than 4.25 million people in eligible states received boosters. Regulators have suspended plans to allow adults under the age of 50 to get her second booster this summer. Instead, they hope to refine the vaccine to target emerging subspecies by the fall.
long-term care number
At least 9,534 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths were among residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to state data on Friday.
Of the 394 premises with ongoing outbreaks, there are 6,580 current cases among residents and 6,503 cases among staff, as of the latest data.
The number of global cases has surpassed 600 million since the start of the pandemic, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus database on Saturday.
More than 6.48 million people have died from the virus, according to data.
The United States has reported the most cumulative COVID-19 cases (over 94 million) and deaths (at least 1.04 million) of any country.
More than 12 billion doses of vaccines have been administered worldwide.
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