New Jersey on Sunday reported two new COVID-19 deaths across the state and 1,527 new confirmed positive tests as the Garden State dropped below Arkansas as the state with the eighth-most coronavirus deaths per capita in the U.S.
New Jersey’s seven-day average for confirmed cases was 1,752 on Sunday, up 3% from a week ago, and up 123% from a month ago.
There were 440 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases across 68 of the state’s 71 hospitals as of Saturday night. Three hospitals did not report data. Hospitalizations this year hit a peak at 6,089 on Jan. 10 during the omicron wave that spread across the state this winter.
There were at least 99 people discharged in that same 24-hour period ending Saturday night, according to state data. Of those hospitalized, 55 were in intensive care and 24 were on ventilators.
New Jersey’s transmission rate was 1.14, according to the the latest number available. When the transmission rate is over 1, that means each new case is leading to at least one additional case and the outbreak is expanding.
The positivity rate for tests conducted on Wednesday, the most recent day with available data, was 7.18%.
The state on Sunday also reported 292 probable cases from rapid antigen testing at medical sites.
Nearly all of New Jersey’s 21 counties were listed as having “low” rates of transmission, according to recently updated guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After months of all 21 counties being listed as “low,” Bergen and Morris counties have been elevated to “medium” transmission. Healthy people in the low and medium areas are no longer recommended to wear masks.
BA.2, the new strain of COVID-19, has been spreading in New Jersey for weeks, though at much lower rates than the omicron surge in December and January. Officials have said the omicron “stealth” subvariant appears to spread more easily but generally does not cause more severe illness.
For the week ending April 2, BA.2 accounted for 89.6% of the positive tests sampled (up from 81.1% the previous week), while the omicron variant accounted for 9.5% of positive tests sampled.
New Jersey has reported 1,935,664 total confirmed COVID cases out of more than 17.5 million PCR tests conducted in the more than two years since the state reported its first known case March 4, 2020.
The Garden State has also recorded 309,254 positive antigen or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases. And there are numerous cases that have likely never been counted, including at-home positive tests that are not included in the state’s numbers.
The latest numbers follow a major study that reveals even a mild case of COVID-19 can significantly affect the brain. Moreover, long 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 those who contract the infection, regardless of whether they have a mild or serious case.
The state of 9.2 million residents has reported 33,376 COVID-19 deaths in that time — 30,358 confirmed fatalities and 3,018 probable.
New Jersey has the eighth-most coronavirus deaths per capita in the U.S. — behind Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia and Arkansas — as of the latest data reported April 11. Last summer, the state still had the most deaths per capita in the country.
More than 6.84 million of the 8.46 million eligible people who live, work or study in New Jersey have received the initial course of vaccinations and more than 7.77 million have received a first dose since vaccinations began here on Dec. 15, 2020.
More than 3.5 million people in the state eligible for boosters have received one.
SCHOOL AND LONGTERM CARE NUMBERS
For the week ending April 10, with about 53% of schools reporting data, another 3,102 COVID-19 cases were reported among staff (858) and students (2,244) across New Jersey’s schools.
Since the start of the academic year, there have been 104,655 students and 29,892 school staff members who have contracted COVID-19 in New Jersey, though the state has never had more than two-thirds of the school districts reporting data in any week.
The state provides total student and staff cases separately from those deemed to be in-school transmission, which is narrowly defined as three or more cases linked through contact tracing.
New Jersey has reported 621 total in-school outbreaks, including 4,372 cases among students and staff. That includes 25 new outbreaks from data reported last week.
At least 9,483 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and staff members at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to state data.
There were active outbreaks at 157 facilities, resulting in 2,197 current cases among residents and 2,569 cases among staff, as of the latest data.
As of Sunday, there have been more than 509 million COVID-19 cases reported across the globe, according to Johns Hopkins University, with more than 6.2 million people having died due to the virus.
The U.S. has reported the most cases (more than 80 million) and deaths (at least 991,237) of any nation.
There have been more than 11 billion vaccine doses administered globally.
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