New Jersey on Saturday reported another 4,626 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 74 additional deaths as vaccination doses surpassed 761,000 shots administered and hospitalizations continued to drop.
Hospitalizations declined to 3,075, the lowest since Nov. 29. The positivity rate for tests conducted on Monday, Tuesday, the most recent day available, was 8.92% of the 54,917 tests conducted.
Gov. Phil Murphy announced the latest numbers on Twitter Saturday afternoon and the state is administering about 25,000 vaccine doses a day on average.
New Jersey has now lost 21,455 residents in the nearly 11-month outbreak, with 19,326 confirmed fatalities and 2,129 considered probable. The death toll for January rose to 2,348 confirmed fatalities, the most in any month since May.
The rate of transmission remained 0.91 for the fourth consecutive day. Any number under 1 indicates that the outbreak is slowing.
The total number of confirmed cases is now 619,732 out of more than 9.2 million positive tests. There have also been 72,811 positive antigen tests, which the state recently began reporting publicly. Those cases are considered probable and health officials have warned the positive antigen tests could overlap with the confirmed PCR tests because they are sometime given in tandem.
Murphy announced he’s extending the ban on interstate sports for certain age groups, including high school programs, that was set to expire Sunday. The ban was first announced in November.
There have been 761,283 vaccine doses administered in New Jersey so far, according to the state’s dashboard. Of those, 637,844 were the first of two doses people will receive.
That’s out of more than 1.23 million doses the state has received from the federal government, according to a running tally by the federal Centers for Disease Control.
All six of the state’s vaccine mega-sites have now opened along with about 200 other locations statewide, though some mega-sites have had to suspended operations for a day after running out of doses.
On Wednesday, Murphy said the state can now expect about 130,000 doses from the federal government over the next three weeks, up from 100,000, but demand is still far outpacing the supply in the state.
VACCINATIONS BY COUNTY
- ATLANTIC COUNTY – 22,353 doses administered
- BERGEN COUNTY – 84,230 doses administered
- BURLINGTON COUNTY – 37,345 doses administered
- CAMDEN COUNTY – 44,871doses administered
- CAPE MAY COUNTY- 10,765 doses administered
- CUMBERLAND COUNTY – 11,305 doses administered
- ESSEX COUNTY – 59,964 doses administered
- GLOUCESTER COUNTY – 25,449 doses administered
- HUDSON COUNTY – 35,509 doses administered
- HUNTERDON COUNTY – 10,508 doses administered
- MERCER COUNTY – 20,131 doses administered
- MIDDLESEX COUNTY – 56,838 doses administered
- MONMOUTH COUNTY – 57,468 doses administered
- MORRIS COUNTY – 56,667 doses administered
- OCEAN COUNTY – 46,567 doses administered
- PASSAIC COUNTY – 35,713 doses administered
- SALEM COUNTY – 4,498 doses administered
- SOMERSET COUNTY – 29,636 doses administered
- SUSSEX COUNTY – 12,647 doses administered
- UNION COUNTY – 37,539 doses administered
- WARREN COUNTY – 7,871 doses administered
- UNKNOWN COUNTY – 24,955 doses administered
- OUT OF STATE – 28,454 doses administered
COUNTY-BY-COUNTY COVID NUMBERS (sorted by most new cases)
· Middlesex County: 59,448 confirmed cases (549 new), 1,704 confirmed deaths (217 probable)
· Bergen County: 59,878 confirmed cases (479 new), 2,201 confirmed deaths (268 probable)
· Essex County: 59,622confirmed cases (437 new), 2,283 confirmed deaths (255 probable)
· Hudson County: 56,366 confirmed cases (414 new), 1,694 confirmed deaths (171 probable)
· Ocean County: 44,512 confirmed cases (408 new), 1,559 confirmed deaths (90 probable)
· Monmouth County: 44,436 confirmed cases (348 new), 1,151 confirmed deaths (108 probable)
· Morris County: 27,510 confirmed cases (278 new), 844 confirmed deaths (207 probable)
· Passaic County: 46,995 confirmed cases (235 new), 1,437 confirmed deaths (163 probable)
· Union County: 44,346 confirmed cases (235 new), 1,486 confirmed deaths (186 probable)
· Camden County: 36,278 confirmed cases (186 new), 948 confirmed deaths (69 probable)
· Burlington County: 27,750 confirmed cases (178 new), 637 confirmed deaths (48 probable)
· Mercer County: 23,603 confirmed cases (177 new), 779 confirmed deaths (38 probable)
· Atlantic County: 17,145 confirmed cases (126 new), 450 confirmed deaths (22 probable)
· Somerset County: 16,239 confirmed cases (116 new), 648 confirmed deaths (96 probable)
· Gloucester County: 19,050 confirmed cases (104 new), 473 confirmed deaths (22 probable)
· Sussex County: 6,875 confirmed cases (75 new), 199 confirmed deaths (55 probable)
· Cumberland County: 10,715 confirmed cases (65 new), 287 confirmed deaths (14 probable)
· Warren County: 5,457 confirmed cases (57 new), 183 confirmed deaths (15 probable)
· Hunterdon County: 5,310 confirmed cases (53 new), 93 confirmed deaths (54 probable)
· Salem County: 3,885 confirmed cases (36 new), 129 confirmed deaths (11 probable)
· Cape May County: 3,185 confirmed cases (24 new), 141 confirmed deaths (20 probable)
There were 3,075 patients hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases across New Jersey’s 71 hospitals as of Friday night. That’s 41 fewer than the previous day.
That included 533 in critical or intensive care (30 fewer than the previous night), with 359 on ventilators (19 fewer).
There were also 367 COVID-19 patients discharged Friday, according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard.
Murphy has said any hospitalizations over 5,000 patients would likely trigger new rounds of restrictions. But the number of people being hospitalized has mostly ticked down slowly in recent days after hitting a more than seven-month high of 3,873 people on Dec. 22.
The state hit a high of more than 8,000 hospitalizations in April.
That’s an increase of 10 districts from the previous weekly report. There are now confirmed in-school outbreaks in all 21 counties, though the state does not identify the individual school districts.
Those numbers do not include students or staff believed to have been infected outside school or cases that can’t be confirmed as in-school outbreaks. Though the numbers keep rising every week, Murphy has said the school outbreak statistics remain below what state officials were expecting when schools reopened for in-person classes.
New Jersey defines school outbreaks as cases where contact tracers determined two or more students or school staff caught or transmitted COVID-19 in the classroom or during academic activities at school.
Broken down by age, those 30 to 49 years old make up the largest percentage of New Jersey residents who have caught the virus (31.1%), followed by those 50-64 (23.5%), 18-29 (19.3%), 65-79 (11.1%), 5-17 (7.9%), 80 and older (5.3%), and 0-4 (1.6%).
On average, the virus has been more deadly for older residents, especially those with preexisting conditions. Nearly half the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents 80 and older (47%), followed by those 65-79 (32%), 50-64 (15.6%), 30-49 (3.9%), 18-29 (0.4%), 5-17 (0%), and 0-4 (0%).
At least 7,748 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and staff members at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. That number has been rising again at a steeper rate in recent months, with deaths at the state’s nursing homes nearly tripling in December.
There are currently active outbreaks at 425 facilities, resulting in 7,514 active cases among residents and 8,102 among staffers.
As of early Saturday, there have been more than 102.2 million positive COVID-19 tests across the world, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. More than 2.2 million people have died from coronavirus-related complications.
The U.S. has reported the most cases, at more than 25.9 million, and the most deaths, at more than 436,900.
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