New Jersey health officials on Monday reported an additional 762 COVID-19 cases and six confirmed deaths as the transmission rate stabilizes days before Thanksgiving.
The nationwide transmission rate is 0.89 as of Monday. A transmission rate below 1 is an indication that the outbreak is declining, as each new case results in less than one additional case.
A transmission rate of 1 means the number of cases has leveled off, while anything above 1 indicates the outbreak is expanding.
New Jersey’s seven-day average for confirmed positive tests is 1,315, up 5% from a week ago and up 1% from a month ago.
The CDC now considers all but one county in New Jersey a “moderate” community transmission. Mercer County is classified as “low” risk.
As of Sunday night, 947 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases had been reported at 69 of the state’s 71 hospitals. Of the hospitalized patients, 122 are in intensive care and 57 are on ventilators.
The nationwide positivity rate for tests taken last Sunday, the latest day for which data is available, was 10.16%.
The CDC considers positivity rates above 10% to be “high.” New Jersey’s statewide positivity rate is significantly lower than its peak of 40.83% on Jan. 1 during the Omicron variant’s heyday.
New Jersey has reported a total of more than 2.39 million confirmed COVID-19 cases since reporting its first known case on March 4, 2020.
The Garden State has also recorded 438,997 positive antigen or rapid tests that are considered probable cases. There are also 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 35,050 COVID-19 deaths — 31,934 confirmed deaths and 3,116 probable.
New Jersey has the 10th most coronavirus deaths per capita in the US — behind Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, New Mexico, Tennessee and Michigan — as of Thursday.
More than 7.1 million people working, living, or studying in New Jersey have achieved full immunization status. Nearly 8 million have received a first dose since vaccinations began in the state on December 15, 2020.
More than 4.3 million people in the state who are eligible for a refresher have received one.
According to the latest state data, at least 9,813 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 349 facilities, there are 8,211 current cases among residents and 5,756 cases among staff, according to the latest data.
More than 638 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Database.
More than 6.6 million people have died as a result of the virus, the data shows. The US has reported the most cumulative cases (more than 98 million) and deaths (at least 1.07 million) of any nation.
More than 12.8 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.
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