New Jersey on Friday reported 3,738 more confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 27 more confirmed deaths as the state increased the capacity of covered businesses, including restaurants and casinos, to 50%, but Gov. Phil Murphy warned that the The state no longer saw a steady decline in cases and hospitalizations.
“We are definitely leveling off, like a lot of the rest of the country,” Murphy said during a morning interview on CNBC. “We have significantly decreased compared to hospitalizations and positivity rates seen a few months ago. But it’s still too high. “
New Jersey’s seven-day average for new confirmed coronavirus cases is now 3,262, up 11% from a week ago and 22% from a month ago, as officials continue to warn of the spread of more contagious variants of COVID-19. This is the highest seven-day average since February 12.
There were at least 1,926 coronavirus patients in New Jersey hospitals as of Thursday night, 40 patients fewer than a day earlier, state data showed. Hospitalizations have been declining since mid-January, when more than 3,700 patients were treated. But they have stabilized and hovered around 1,900 in the past 12 days.
New Jersey health facilities and vaccination centers have now administered about 3.3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine – including about 2.2 million first doses and about 1.1 million second doses, data shows of State. The state is currently including Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine in the first dose totals.
The state’s goal is to vaccinate 70% of its eligible adults – about 4.7 million people – by the end of May. So far, around 17% of the adult New Jersey population has been fully vaccinated, although it takes two weeks from the final dose for full effectiveness.
The statewide transmission rate remained at 1.06 on Friday. Any number greater than 1 indicates that the epidemic is on the rise, with each new case resulting in at least one more case. Officials warned on Wednesday that the rate could rise in the coming days.
Officials warn that a number of variants of COVID-19 are spreading in the state. New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said on Wednesday that the state had identified more than 200 cases of the new variants on a sample of new positive COVID-19 tests.
Murphy pointed out that New Jersey is now affected by the same factors it was when the pandemic began a year ago – a dense population and proximity to New York.
Still, the governor said the vaccine rollout in New Jersey was improving and the weather was warming.
In all, New Jersey has now reported 758470 confirmed cases of coronavirus on more than 11.5 million PCR tests in the year since the state reported its first case on March 4, 2020. There have also been 99,269 positive antigen tests. 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 of 9 million people reported that 24,103 residents have died complications from COVID-19 – 21,588 confirmed deaths and 2,515 deaths considered probable.
New Jersey on Friday increased indoor and outdoor gathering limits from 25 to 50 people and the capacity limits for restaurants, gyms and health clubs, recreation facilities and arcades and personal care businesses to 50% . But the masked warrants and social distancing guidelines will remain in effect.
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COUNTY-BY-COUNTY NUMBERS (sorted by most new cases)
- Bergen County: 75,476 confirmed cases (453 new), 2,400 confirmed deaths (288 probable)
- Middlesex County: 73,036 confirmed cases (400 new), 1,930 confirmed deaths (242 probable)
- Essex County: 72,802 confirmed cases (354 new), 2,460 confirmed deaths (282 probable)
- Passaic County: 55,748 confirmed cases (321 new), 1,568 confirmed deaths (189 probable)
- Monmouth County: 57,112 confirmed cases (317 new), 1,334 confirmed deaths (133 probable)
- Ocean County: 56,509 confirmed cases (295 new), 1,805 confirmed deaths (144 probable)
- Hudson County: 68,563 confirmed cases (267 new), 1,877 confirmed deaths (197 probable)
- Union County: 52,361 confirmed cases (209 new), 1,614 confirmed deaths (213 probable)
- Morris County: 35,703 confirmed cases (181 new), 921 confirmed deaths (238 probable)
- Camden County: 41,506 confirmed cases (133 new), 1,116 confirmed deaths (97 probable)
- Burlington County: 32,847 confirmed cases (126 new), 716 confirmed deaths (62 probable)
- Gloucester County: 22,345 confirmed cases (112 new), 536 confirmed deaths (30 probable)
- Somerset County: 20,409 confirmed cases (102 new), 696 confirmed deaths (104 probable)
- Atlantic County: 21,171 confirmed cases (95 new), 564 confirmed deaths (32 probable)
- Mercer County: 27,707 confirmed cases (80 new), 853 confirmed deaths (43 probable)
- Sussex County: 8,876 confirmed cases (78 new), 213 confirmed deaths (65 probable)
- Warren County: 7,067 confirmed cases (52 new), 199 confirmed deaths (25 probable)
- Hunterdon County: 7,002 confirmed cases (50 new), 112 confirmed deaths (54 probable)
- Cumberland County: 12,767 confirmed cases (44 new), 357 confirmed deaths (37 probable)
- Salem County: 4,480 confirmed cases (19 new), 155 confirmed deaths (12 probable)
- Cape May County: 3,943 confirmed cases (15 new), 162 confirmed deaths (28 probable)
VACCINATIONS BY COUNTY
- ATLANTIC COUNTY – 107,860 doses administered
- BERGEN COUNTY – 380,179 doses administered
- BURLINGTON COUNTY – 174,508 doses administered
- CAMDEN COUNTY – 201 750 doses administrées
- CAPE MAY COUNTY – 48,255 doses administered
- CUMBERLAND COUNTY – 46,603 doses administered
- ESSEX COUNTY – 256,736 doses administered
- GLOUCESTER COUNTY – 125,408 doses administered
- HUDSON COUNTY – 165,445 doses administered
- HUNTERDON COUNTY – 45,637 doses administered
- MERCER COUNTY – 118,038 doses administered
- MIDDLESEX COUNTY – 269 371 doses administrées
- MONMOUTH COUNTY – 253,846 doses administered
- MORRIS COUNTY – 241,466 doses administered
- OCEAN COUNTY – 206337 doses administrées
- PASSAIC COUNTY – 148,405 doses administered
- SALEM COUNTY – 22,735 doses administered
- SOMERSET COUNTY – 132,874 doses administered
- SUSSEX COUNTY – 52 102 doses administrées
- UNION COUNTY – 172,953 doses administered
- WARREN COUNTY – 34,711 doses administered
- UNKNOWN COUNTY – 12,647 doses administered
- OUT OF STATE – 85,868 doses administered
There were 1,926 patients hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey hospitals as of Thursday night – 40 fewer than the night before, according to the state dashboard.
This included 430 in critical or intensive care (25 less than the night before), including 221 in ventilators (16 less).
There was also 247 COVID-19 patients were discharged Thursday.
Hospitalizations peaked in more than 8,000 patients during the first wave of the pandemic in April.
New Jersey has reported 188 school coronavirus outbreaks, which have resulted in 890 cases among students, teachers and school staff this school year, according to the state dashboard.
The state defines outbreaks in schools as cases where contact tracers determined that two or more students or school staff had caught or transmitted COVID-19 in class or during academic activities at the 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 students and teachers in public schools across the state, although teaching methods amid the outbreak have varied, with some schools teaching in person, some using a hybrid format and others remaining completely distant.
Murphy on Wednesday urged more New Jersey schools to return to in-person learning. He also said officials “expect” New Jersey schools to return for “safe and responsible” in-person learning when the next school year begins in September.
BREAKDOWN BY AGE
Disaggregated by age, 30-49 year olds represent the largest percentage of New Jersey residents who have contracted the virus (30.9%), followed by 50-64 year olds (23.1%), 18-29 (19, 6%), 65 -79 (10.7%), 5-17 (8.7%), 80 years and over (4.9%) and 0-4 (1.8%).
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 were among residents aged 80 and over (47.16%), followed by those aged 65 to 79 (32.77%), from 50 to 64 years old (15.63%), 30 to 49 years old (4.05%), 18 to 29 years old. (0.37%), 5-17 (0%) and 0-4 (0.02%).
At least 7,963 COVID-19 deaths in the state have occurred among residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
There are active outbreaks in 245 facilities, resulting in 4,605 active cases among residents and 5,077 among staff. These numbers have slowed in recent weeks as vaccinations continue at these facilities.
As of early Friday afternoon, there had been 122 million positive COVID-19 tests worldwide, according to an ongoing count from Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 2.7 million people have died from complications from the coronavirus.
The United States has reported the most cases, at 29.7 million, and the most deaths, at more than 539,800.
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