New Jersey on Saturday reported five new deaths from COVID-19 statewide and 2,154 new confirmed positive tests as hospitalization rates continue to rise over the weekend.
The state’s seven-day average for confirmed cases was 1,749 on Saturday, up 2% from a week ago and 128% from a month ago.
There were 461 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases at 70 of the state’s 71 hospitals as of Friday evening. One hospital did not report data. Hospitalizations this year peaked at 6,089 on Jan. 10 during the omicron wave that swept across the state this winter.
According to state data, at least 87 people were released during that same 24-hour period ending Friday night. Of those hospitalized, 55 were in intensive care and 23 were on ventilators.
New Jersey’s transmission rate was 1.24 on Tuesday, the latest available figure. When the transmission rate is greater than 1, it means that each new case leads to at least one additional case and the epidemic is spreading.
The positivity rate for tests taken on Monday, the most recent day with data available, was 9.82%.
The state also reported 498 probable cases of rapid antigen testing at medical sites on Saturday.
Almost all of New Jersey’s 21 counties have been listed as having “low” transmission rates, according to recently updated guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After months of all 21 counties being listed as “low,” Bergen County was elevated to “medium” transmission. Healthy people in low and middle areas are no longer recommended to wear masks.
BA.2, the new strain of COVID-19, has been spreading in New Jersey for weeks, but at much lower rates than the omicron surge in December and January. Officials said the “stealth” subvariant of omicron appears to spread more easily but generally does not cause more severe disease.
For the week ending March 26, BA.2 accounted for 81.2% of positive tests sampled (compared to 70.5% the previous week), while the omicron variant accounted for 18.8% of positive tests sampled.
New Jersey has reported 1,934,179 total confirmed COVID cases out of more than 17.5 million PCR tests performed in the more than two years since the state reported its first known case on March 4, 2020.
The Garden State also recorded 309,054 positive antigens or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases. And there are many cases that were likely never counted, including positive home tests that aren’t included in state numbers.
The state of 9.2 million people has reported 33,374 deaths from COVID-19 during this period – 30,356 confirmed and 3,018 probable deaths.
New Jersey has the seventh highest number of coronavirus deaths per capita in the United States – behind Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee and West Virginia – according to the latest data reported on April 11. Last summer, the state still had the most deaths per capita in the countryside.
More than 6.84 million of the 8.46 million eligible people who live, work or study in New Jersey have received the first round of vaccinations and more than 7.77 million have received a first dose since vaccinations began here on December 15, 2020.
The latest figures follow a major study which finds that even a mild case of COVID-19 can significantly affect the brain. Additionally, long COVID – the term commonly used to describe symptoms resulting from the virus long after a person no longer tests positive – has been shown to affect between 10% and 30% of those who contract the infection, whether or not they have a mild or severe case.
More than 3.41 million people in the state eligible for boosters have received one.
SCHOOL AND LONG TERM CARE NUMBERS
For the week ending April 3, with approximately 61% of schools reporting data, an additional 2,631 cases of COVID-19 were reported among staff (679) and students (1,952) at New Jersey schools.
Since the start of the school year, 103,691 students and 29,072 school staff have contracted COVID-19 in New Jersey, although the state has never had more than two-thirds of school districts reporting data. over the course of a week.
The state provides the total number of student and staff cases separately from those considered school transmission, which is narrowly defined as three or more cases linked through contact tracing.
New Jersey has reported 596 total outbreaks in schools, including 4,177 cases among students and staff. This includes 39 new outbreaks from data reported last week.
According to state data, at least 9,483 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have occurred among residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
There have been active outbreaks at 157 facilities, resulting in 2,197 current cases among residents and 2,569 cases among staff, according to the latest data.
As of Saturday, more than 508 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University, with more than 6.2 million people dying from the virus.
The United States has reported the most cases (more than 80 million) and deaths (at least 991,169) of any country.
More than 11 billion doses of vaccines have been administered worldwide.
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