New Jersey reported 1,477 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2 more confirmed deaths on Sunday, while statewide coronavirus hospitalizations were over 900 for the fourth day in a row.
All 21 counties now have a high rate of transmission of the virus, according to daily monitoring by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Under the direction of the agency, residents of the 21 counties are recommended to wear masks in indoor public places, regardless of their immunization status.
The Garden State’s seven-day average for new confirmed positive tests rose to 1,555 on Saturday. That’s 7% more than a week ago and 214% more than a month ago. That’s the state’s highest average since May 3.
The delta variant accounted for 96% of cases in New Jersey based on a positive test sample during the last two weeks of July, according to state data.
There were 927 hospital patients with COVID-19 or suspected cases at 71 New Jersey hospitals on Saturday night – four more than the night before and the most since May 14, when 930 people were hospitalized. There were 136 the patients were released on Saturday.
Among those hospitalized, 187 were in intensive care (three less than the day before), including 85 on ventilators (10 more).
Governor Phil Murphy is expected to announce soon that New Jersey will require teachers to be vaccinated against the virus. It wasn’t immediately clear whether Murphy would allow teachers to step down in exchange for regular testing, which is done in California.
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Although the numbers have risen, hospitalizations and deaths in New Jersey have not increased near the peaks of the pandemic. More than 3,800 patients were hospitalized during the second peak in December. And New Jersey’s numbers aren’t as bad as those in other states. Officials say this is at least in part due to the state’s relatively high vaccination rate.
More than 5.47 million people who live, work or study in New Jersey have now been fully vaccinated in more than seven months since the start of inoculations, according to state data. About 4 million people are still not vaccinated.
The New Jersey statewide transmission rate held steady at 1.25 for the second day in a row. But any number greater than 1 indicates that each new case results in more than one additional case and shows the state’s epidemic is spreading.
One of the first coronavirus hotspots, New Jersey has now reported a total of 26,752 deaths from COVID-19 in over 17 months – 24,031 confirmed and 2,721 considered probable, according to the state dashboard. This is the highest number of coronavirus deaths per capita in the United States
In total, the state of 9.2 million people reported 937,187 the total confirmed cases on more than 14.91 million PCR tests since its first case was announced on March 4, 2020. The state has also reported 137 003 positive antigen tests, which are considered probable cases.
Murphy said last week that of New Jersey’s 4,332 positive tests between July 20 and July 26, nearly 18% were so-called breakthrough cases of those who had been fully vaccinated, up from weeks previous ones.
As of Sunday, more than 211 million positive cases of COVID-19 were reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University, with more than 4.4 million people dying from the virus. The United States has reported the most cases (over 37.6 million) and deaths (over 628,300) than any other country.
Almost 4.89 billion doses of vaccines have been administered worldwide.
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