NJ reports 2,425 cases, 0 deaths, 1st day in nearly a week of fewer than 2,500 cases

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NJ reports 2,425 cases, 0 deaths, 1st day in nearly a week of fewer than 2,500 cases

New Jersey on Sunday reported another 2,425 confirmed positive COVID-19 tests and no confirmed deaths, the first time in six days that fewer than 2,500 new cases were reported.

The number of cases involving Omnicron’s BA.5 subvariant had recently increased. The sub-variant spreads quickly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said they accounted for 65% of new COVID-19 cases over the past week.

The nationwide positivity rate for tests conducted on Wednesday – the most recent day with available data – was 10.71%. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers positivity rates above 10% to be “high.” However, the positivity rate is significantly lower than its peak of 40.83% on January 1st during the Omicron variant’s flowering period.

The last reported transmission rate from New Jersey is 1.10. If the transmission rate is 1, it means that the cases have leveled off at the current numbers. Anything above 1 means the breakout is expanding. A transmission rate below 1 is an indication that the coronavirus outbreak is declining, as each new case results in less than one additional new case.

938 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases were reported at 68 of the state’s 71 hospitals as of Saturday.

The state’s seven-day average for confirmed positive tests is 2,734, up 12% over the past week and up 21% over the past month.

Seventeen counties in New Jersey are now considered high-risk for transmission of COVID-19. People in high-risk areas are advised to wear a mask in public and on indoor public transportation and keep up to date on vaccinations, according to the CDC.

Only Hunterdon, Mercer, Salem and Cumberland counties remain in the medium-risk category.

TOTALS

New Jersey has reported a total of 2.17 million 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 372,487 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 34,159 COVID-19 deaths — 31,062 confirmed deaths and 3,090 probable.

New Jersey has the eighth-most coronavirus deaths per capita in the US as of Friday – behind Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, West Virginia, Tennessee and Arkansas. Last summer, the state had the most deaths per capita in the nation.

vaccination numbers

More than 6.96 million people working, living, or studying in the Garden State have achieved full immunization status.

Over 7.86 million have received a first dose since vaccinations began in the state on December 15, 2020.

More than 4 million people in the state who are eligible for a refresher 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

According to state data Friday, at least 9,393 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and staff in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

Of the active outbreaks at 367 facilities, there are 4,760 current cases among residents and 4,820 among staff, according to the latest data.

GLOBAL NUMBERS

More than 562 million COVID-19 cases had been reported worldwide as of Saturday, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus database. More than 6.36 million people have died as a result of the virus, the data shows.

The US has reported the most COVID-19 cases (more than 89.5 million) and deaths (at least 1.02 million) of any nation.

More than 11.8 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.

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