NJ reports 1,385 COVID cases, no deaths Numerous indicators suggest that the virus is spreading again.

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 NJ reports 1,385 COVID cases, no deaths  Numerous indicators suggest that the virus is spreading again.

New Jersey on Monday reported another 1,385 confirmed positive COVID-19 tests and no new confirmed deaths for the first time since late May.

But despite the low mortality report, numerous indicators suggest the virus is spreading again.

The nationwide positivity rate for tests conducted on Wednesday, the latest day with available data, was 11.36%. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers positivity rates above 10% to be “high.”

New Jersey’s transmission rate – which has been increasing lately – was 1.05 on Monday. A transmission rate below 1 is an indication that the outbreak is declining, as each new case results in less than one additional new case. If the transmission rate is 1, it means cases have leveled off at current numbers and anything above 1 means it’s spreading.

As of Sunday night, 833 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases had been reported at 70 of the state’s 71 hospitals. Hospital admissions remain significantly lower than their peak of 6,089 on Jan. 10 during the Omicron wave.

The CDC now lists four counties in New Jersey with “high” transmission rates – Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May and Monmouth. The CDC recommends that people in high-risk areas wear a mask in public and on indoor public transportation and keep up to date on vaccinations.

There are 13 counties in the medium risk category: Bergen, Camden, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset and Union. Masks are not recommended in medium and low risk regions.

Cumberland, Hunterdon, Sussex and Warren are classified as low risk.

TOTALS

New Jersey has reported a total of 2,138,256 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the more than two years since the state reported its first known case on March 4, 2020.

The Garden State has also recorded about 362,162 positive antigen or rapid tests that are considered probable cases. And there are numerous cases that have likely never been counted, including positive at-home tests that aren’t included in the state’s numbers.

The state of 9.2 million people has reported 34,065 COVID-19 deaths — 30,977 confirmed deaths and 3,088 probable.

New Jersey now has the seventh-highest coronavirus deaths per capita in the US — behind Mississippi, Arizona, Alabama, West Virginia, Tennessee and Oklahoma — according to the latest data reported Monday. Last summer, the state had the most deaths per capita in the country.

vaccination numbers

More than 6.94 million people living, working or studying in New Jersey have received their first series of vaccines, and more than 7.8 million have received a first dose since immunizations began here on December 15, 2020.

Over 4 million people in the state who are eligible for boosters have received one. That number could rise after the Food and Drug Administration approved booster shots for healthy children between the ages of 5 and 11. US regulators approved the booster shots for children in the hope that an extra dose of vaccine will improve their protection as infections continue to spread.

CARE NUMBERS

At least 9,279 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and employees of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to state data.

There have been active outbreaks in 346 facilities, resulting in 4,438 current cases in residents and 4,347 cases in staff, according to the latest data.

GLOBAL NUMBERS

More than 549 million COVID-19 cases had been reported worldwide as of Monday, and more than 6.3 million people have died from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The US has reported the most cases (more than 87.8 million) and deaths (at least 1,017,880) of any nation.

More than 11.7 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.

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Jackie Roman can be reached at [email protected].

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