Gov. Phil Murphy on Sunday announced 2,043 additional coronavirus cases and four new deaths, as he urged residents to continue to take the pandemic seriously.
Murphy said New Jersey is entering wave two of the virus and new restrictions are likely to come soon, but he did not disclose details.
“We are still in the midst of a pandemic and we need everyone to take this seriously. Wear a mask. Social distance. Wash your hands. Use common sense, “ Murphy said in a tweet on Sunday announcing the latest figures.
On Saturday, New Jersey officials reported 3,207 more cases of the coronavirus – the highest number of new daily cases since April 27, when the state was still in the midst of the initial outbreak peak – and 11 more deaths.
The highest number of new positive tests reported since the outbreak began was 4,391 on April 17. During the month of April, there were over 3,000 new cases every day but three.
The high number of cases will almost certainly lead to further restrictions in the state.
“We are working to ensure that we have a good balance between strategic scalpel type actions and some broader actions that we will almost certainly take sooner rather than later,” Murphy said in a public appearance on Friday.
New Jersey has been in the second stage of the five-stage reopening plan since June 15, when outdoor restaurants and non-essential stores were allowed to reopen at limited capacity. Some elements of Stage 3 have also been introduced including gymnasiums and limited entertainment.
The fourth additional confirmed coronavirus deaths bring the death toll to 16,429 – 14,629 confirmed deaths and 1,800 probable deaths. Murphy did not say when the new deaths occurred.
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There were 1439 patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 at 71 Garden State hospitals on Saturday night.
There were 284 patients in critical or intensive care (eight more than the day before), 89 of whom were on ventilators (13 more).
There were 197 coronavirus patients discharged on Saturday, according to the state’s online dashboard.
New Jersey had more than 8,000 hospital patients at the height of the epidemic in April.
New Jersey’s latest transmission rate of 1.23, down slightly from 1.24 on Saturday and 1.25 on Friday. The rate has hovered around these numbers from a recent low of 1.13 on October 20.
This is much lower than when the rate was above 5 towards the end of March. But any number greater than 1 means that each newly infected person, on average, transmits the virus to at least one other person. Any number less than 1 means that the spread of the virus is decreasing.
A transmission rate of 1.23 means that every 100 people infected will transmit the virus to 123 more.
Since the start of the school year, at least 146 students and educators in New Jersey have contracted COVID-19 or passed it on to someone else while they were in class, walking around their schools, or participating in extracurricular activities, state officials said.
The 146 cases were among 36 confirmed outbreaks in schools that local health surveys concluded following students and teachers catching the coronavirus at school.
BREAKDOWN BY AGE
Broken down by age, 30-49 year olds make up the largest percentage of New Jersey residents who have caught the virus (31.4%), followed by 50-64 years (25.1%), 18-29 (17.9%), 65-79 (12.1%), 80 years and over (7.7%) , 5-17 (4.6%) and 0 -4 (0.9%).
On average, the virus has been deadlier for older residents, particularly those with pre-existing conditions. Almost half of the deaths from COVID-19 in the state were among residents 80 years and older (47.86%), followed by 65-79 (31.54%), 50-64 (15.83%), 30-49 (4.36%), 18-29 (0.38%), 5 -17 (0%) and 0- 4 (0.02%).
At least 7,230 COVID-19 deaths in the state have occurred among residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
Officials warned on Monday that while a larger percentage of young people have contracted the virus in recent months, older people are now catching it faster.
Meanwhile, at least 17,500 more people in New Jersey have died this year than expected, according to state mortality data, which suggests the pandemic has claimed even more lives than the state total. , according to an ongoing analysis by NJ Advance Media.
As of Saturday, there had been more than 49.97 million positive COVID-19 tests across the world, according to an ongoing count from Johns Hopkins University. More than 1.25 million people have died.
The United States has the most positive tests in the world, with more than 9.8 million, and the most deaths, with more than 23,000.
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