NJ reports 3,083 COVID cases, 8 deaths. Positive tests constantly increasing.


New Jersey on Tuesday reported eight COVID-19 deaths and 3,083 new confirmed positive tests, with the seven-day average of cases reaching the highest number since Feb. 4.

The state’s seven-day average for confirmed cases rose to 2,932 on Tuesday, up 33% from a week ago and 127% from a month ago. The seven-day average has risen for 20 consecutive days.

Hospitalizations, which typically lag case trends by about two weeks, also increased this month.

There were 647 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases at 70 of the state’s 71 hospitals as of Monday evening. One hospital did not report data.

Hospitalizations have increased after hitting recent lows in mid-March, but remain significantly lower than those that peaked at 6,089 on January 10 from the omicron wave.

According to state data, at least 79 people were released during that same 24-hour period ending Monday night. Of those hospitalized, 64 were in intensive care and 25 were on ventilators.

New Jersey’s statewide transmission rate was 1.24 on Tuesday. 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 Thursday, the most recent day with data available, was 9.66%.

The state also reported 1,189 probable cases of rapid antigen testing at medical sites on Tuesday.

After months of all 21 counties in New Jersey being listed as having “low” transmission rates, 14 counties are now at “medium,” according to updated guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Based on community levels determined on Tuesday, Bergen, Burlington, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Somerset, Sussex and Union counties now have “average” transmission levels. Healthy people in low and middle areas are no longer recommended to wear masks.

The BA.2 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 April 23, BA.2 accounted for 96.7% of sampled positive tests (slightly up from 96.6% the previous week), while the omicron variant accounted for 1% of sampled positive tests.

TOTAL NUMBER

New Jersey has reported 1,975,972 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 out of more than 17.6 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 319,510 positive antigens or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases. And there are many cases that were probably never counted, including positive home tests that aren’t included in state numbers.

The state of 9.2 million people has reported 33,503 deaths from COVID-19 during this period – 30,451 confirmed and 3,052 probable deaths.

New Jersey has the eighth highest number of coronavirus deaths per capita in the United States – behind Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia and Arkansas – according to the latest data released on Monday. Last summer, the state still had the most deaths per capita in the country.

The latest figures follow a major study which finds that even a mild case of COVID-19 can significantly affect the brain. Long COVID – the term commonly used to describe symptoms resulting from the virus long after a person no longer tests positive – has been found to affect between 10% and 30% of those who contract the infection, whether they have a mild or severe case.

VACCINATION NUMBERS

More than 6.88 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 7.79 million have received a first dose since vaccinations began here on December 15, 2020.

More than 3.67 million people in the state eligible for boosters have received one.

SCHOOL AND LONG TERM CARE NUMBERS

For the week ending May 1, with approximately 59% of schools reporting data, an additional 4,928 cases of COVID-19 were reported among staff (1,312) and students (3,616) at New Jersey schools. .

Since the start of the school year, 111,905 students and 32,428 school staff have contracted COVID-19 in New Jersey, although the state has never had more than two-thirds of school districts communicating. data over 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 653 total outbreaks in schools, including 4,538 cases among students and staff. This includes 20 new outbreaks from data reported last week.

At least 9,049 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have occurred among residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to state data.

There have been active outbreaks at 249 facilities, resulting in 2,711 current cases among residents and 2,574 cases among staff, according to the latest data.

GLOBAL FIGURES

As of Tuesday, more than 518 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 81 million) and deaths (at least 998,050) of any country.

More than 11 billion doses of vaccines have been administered worldwide.

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Deion Johnson can be reached at djohnson@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @DeionRJohnson


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