NJ reports lowest number of new COVID cases since outbreak’s first weeks, with 137 positive tests, 7 deaths
New Jersey on Tuesday reported 137 more confirmed cases of the coronavirus – the lowest number since the first weeks of its outbreak in March 2020 – and seven more deaths as the state prepares to lift some of its latest COVID-19 restrictions .
This is the second day in a row the state has reported fewer than 200 positive cases and the fewest reported cases in a day since the state announced 89 on March 17. This was two weeks after the state reported its first confirmed case and when testing was scarce, meaning the outbreak was likely underestimated at the time.
In addition, Tuesday marks the second day in a row the state has reported fewer than 10 deaths in one day – the first time since early November.
New Jersey, an early epicenter of the pandemic, has now reported a total of 887,834 cases across more than 14.33 million tests in the nearly 15 months since the state announced its first case on March 4, 2020.
The state of 9.2 million people also reported 26,219 deaths from complications related to COVID-19 – 23,549 confirmed and 2,670 considered probable. This is the highest number of deaths per capita among US states.
But all of New Jersey’s coronavirus numbers have improved dramatically in recent weeks as more people have been vaccinated.
More than 4 million people who live, work or study in the state have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at sites in New Jersey. This includes 91,000 out-of-state residents who were vaccinated in New Jersey. Another 167,000 New Jersey residents have been vaccinated in other states.
The state has set a goal to have 70% of New Jersey’s 6.9 million adults vaccinated by the end of the month. About 56% have been fully vaccinated so far. More than 232,000 children between the ages of 12 and 17 have also been vaccinated in New Jersey.
More than 4.9 million people have received at least their first dose at one site in New Jersey, or about 54% of the state’s 9.2 million people.
The state’s seven-day average for new COVID-19 tests confirmed to be positive is now 272, down 42% from a week ago and 84% from a month ago.
There were 530 COVID-19 patients hospitalized statewide on Sunday evening. Overall, hospitalizations for the virus have fallen 86% since the peak of New Jersey’s second wave of 3,873 patients on December 22.
The statewide transmission rate fell to 0.74 from 0.79 the previous day. Any number less than 1 indicates that the outbreak is slowing down and that each new case results in less than one additional case.
New Jersey has also reported 128,656 positive antigen tests during the pandemic. These cases are considered probable and health officials have warned that positive antigen tests could overlap with confirmed PCR tests, as they are sometimes given in tandem.
The state took a number of important steps last week to lift restrictions on coronaviruses, including lifting its indoor mask mandate and social distancing requirements – though unvaccinated people are still strongly encouraged. to wear masks, while companies can still demand masks and social distancing.
Next, the state will remove all indoor gathering limits on Friday, which will allow full capacity indoor concerts and sporting events. In addition, companies not open to the public will be able to let their employees work without a mask if they have been vaccinated from that day on.
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As of Monday evening, 530 patients were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey hospitals, four fewer than the night before, state data showed.
This included 111 in critical or intensive care (eight fewer than the day before), with 68 on ventilators (two more).
There were 48 COVID-19 patients discharged on Monday.
By comparison, hospitalizations peaked at over 8,300 patients in the first wave of the pandemic in April 2020 and over 3,800 in the second wave in December.
New Jersey has reported 281 school coronavirus outbreaks, which have resulted in 1,263 cases among students, teachers and school staff this school year, state data shows.
The state defines outbreaks in schools as cases where contact tracers have determined that at least two students or school staff have caught or transmitted COVID-19 in class or during academic activities at school. ‘school. These figures do not include students or staff suspected of having been infected outside of school or cases that cannot be confirmed as outbreaks at school.
There are an estimated 1.4 million public school students and teachers across the state, although teaching methods amid the outbreak have varied, with some schools teaching in person, some using a format hybrid and others remaining entirely at a distance.
Murphy said his executive order allowing virtual education in New Jersey during the pandemic will not be renewed beyond this school year, which will officially end the virtual learning option in the fall.
But the governor said students will likely still be required to wear masks at the start of the next academic year.
BREAKDOWN BY AGE
Broken down by age, those aged 30 to 49 make up the largest percentage of New Jersey residents who have contracted the virus (30.9%), followed by 50-64 (22.4%), 18-29 (19.9 %), 65 -79 (10%), 5-17 (10.1%), 80 years and over (4.4%) and 0-4 (2.1%).
On average, the virus has been deadlier for older residents, especially those with pre-existing conditions. Almost half of the deaths from COVID-19 in the state occurred among residents aged 80 and older (45.5%), followed by 65-79 (33.7%), 50-64 (16 , 3%), 30-49 (4.1%), 18-29 (0.4%), 5-17 (0%) and 0-4 (0%).
At least 8,054 of COVID-19 deaths in the state have occurred among residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to state data.
There are active outbreaks in 132 facilities, resulting in 1,195 active cases among residents and 1,784 among staff. These numbers have slowed as vaccinations continue in facilities.
As of early Tuesday afternoon, there had been more than 170 million positive COVID-19 tests worldwide, according to an ongoing count from Johns Hopkins University. More than 3.5 million people have died from complications from the coronavirus.
The United States reported the highest number of cases, with more than 33 million, and the highest number of deaths, with more than 594,500.
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