NJ reports 3,207 new cases, no deaths as positive tests continue to level off

New Jersey on Sunday reported 3,207 confirmed positive tests for COVID-19 and no new confirmed deaths as positive tests continue to level off after weeks of increases.

The state’s seven-day average for confirmed cases was 3,737 on Sunday, down 5% from a week ago but still 82% higher than a month ago.

The statewide transmission rate for Saturday was 1.09. The transmission rate and some other numbers reported daily by the Health Department were not available on Sunday. When the transmission rate is greater than 1, that means that each new case generates at least one additional case and the outbreak is expanding.

There were 822 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases reported at 69 of the state’s 71 hospitals as of Saturday night. Two hospitals did not report data. Hospitalizations remain significantly lower than when they peaked at 6,089 on January 10 during the omicron wave.

There were at least 228 people discharged in the 24-hour period that ended Friday, according to state data. Of those hospitalized, 110 were in intensive care and 44 on ventilators.

The positivity rate for tests done on Monday, the most recent day for which data is available, was 11.37%.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now lists 11 New Jersey counties with “high” transmission rates: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Gloucester, Mercer, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Salem and Sussex.

People in high-risk areas are recommended to wear a mask indoors in public and on public transportation and stay up-to-date on vaccinations, according to the CDC.

Ten counties are in the medium risk category: Bergen, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic, Somerset, Union and Warren. Masks are not recommended in the middle and lower regions.

TOTAL NUMBERS

New Jersey has reported more than 2 million total confirmed cases of COVID-19 out of more than 17.8 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 has also recorded about 338,000 positive antigens or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases. And there are numerous cases that have likely never been counted, including positive tests at home that aren’t included in the state’s numbers.

The state of 9.2 million residents has reported 33,693 deaths from COVID-19: 30,630 confirmed and 3,063 probable deaths.

New Jersey has the seventh-most coronavirus deaths per capita in the US, behind Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee and West Virginia, according to the latest data reported on May 17. Last summer, the state had the highest number of deaths per capita in the country.

The latest numbers follow a major study that revealed even a mild case of COVID-19 can significantly affect the brain. Long-term COVID, the term commonly used to describe symptoms stemming from the virus long after a person no longer tests positive, has been found to affect between 10% and 30% of people who become infected, regardless of whether have mild or severe illness. case. In New Jersey, that would mean that about 600,000 of the more than 2 million who have tested positive for COVID since the start of the pandemic have or have had COVID for a long time.

VACCINATION NUMBERS

More than 6.93 million of the 8.46 million eligible people who live, work or study in New Jersey have received the initial course of vaccination and more than 7.8 million have received a first dose since vaccinations began here on December 15, 2020.

More than 3.79 million people in the state eligible for boosters have received one. That number may rise after the FDA on Tuesday approved booster shots for healthy children ages 5 to 11. US regulators have authorized the booster for children in the hope that an additional dose of vaccine will improve their protection as infections rise again.

SCHOOL NUMBERS AND LONG TERM CARE

During the week ending May 15, with approximately 56.4% of schools reporting data, an additional 11,135 cases of COVID-19 were reported among staff (3,008) and students (8,127) in New York schools. Sweater.

Since the start of the academic year, there have been 125,550 students and 37,197 school staff who have contracted COVID-19 in New Jersey, though the state has never had more than two-thirds of school districts reporting data in any week.

The state provides total 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 876 total school outbreaks, including 6,234 cases among students and staff. That includes 69 new outbreaks in the latest weekly report that ended May 23. The state reported 82 school outbreaks the previous week.

At least 9,113 of the COVID-19 deaths in the state have been among residents and staff members of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to state data.

There were active outbreaks in 343 facilities, resulting in 3,751 current cases among residents and 3,489 cases among staff, according to the latest data.

GLOBAL NUMBERS

As of Sunday, more than 528 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University, and more than 6.28 million people have died from the virus.

The United States has reported the most cases (over 83.9 million) and deaths (at least 1,004,726) of any nation.

More than 11.38 billion doses of vaccines have been administered worldwide.

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Vashti Harris can be contacted at vharris@njadvancemedia.com.

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