NJ reports 2,092 COVID cases, 7 deaths; only a third of counties in the state at “high risk”, according to the CDC

New Jersey reported another 2,092 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and seven new confirmed deaths on Friday, as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reduced the number of counties at high risk of transmission.

Only seven counties remain in the high-risk category for transmission, as the CDC reported on Friday. The counties are Cape May, Atlantic, Camden, Burlington, Monmouth, Essex and Middlesex.

The remaining counties are considered “medium” risk, in addition to Hudson County, which is considered “low” risk, according to the CDC.

The seven-day average of confirmed positive tests fell to 1,904 on Friday, down 16% from a week ago and down 31% from a month ago. The average was below 2,000 on Thursday for the first time since April 27.

With cases declining, the CDC dropped its recommendation for individuals to self-quarantine if they come into close contact with an infected person and said individuals no longer need to stay 6 feet apart. the other, after more than two and a half years of recommendation that measure.

The CDC also dropped recommendations for schools to regularly test students and staff.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy also signed an executive order Aug. 15 ending requirements that teachers, school workers, daycare workers, state employees and state contractors who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 should undergo regular testing for the virus.

Rutgers University announced Aug. 16 that it will continue to require its students and employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear masks in indoor teaching spaces and libraries for the next semester.

New Jersey’s transmission rate was 0.89 on Friday. The rate was 1.01 at the start of the month.

A transmission rate of less than 1 indicates that each new case results in less than one additional case. When the transmission rate is 1, it means cases have stabilized at current numbers. Anything above 1 means the epidemic is expanding.

As of Friday, 999 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases were reported at 70 of the state’s 71 hospitals. Of those in hospital, 118 are in intensive care and 40 are on ventilators.

The statewide positivity rate for tests performed on Sunday — the most recent day with data available — was 16.62%.

The CDC considers positivity rates above 10% “high.” However, the positivity rate is significantly lower than its peak of 40.83% on January 1 at the height of the omicron variant.

TOTAL NUMBER

New Jersey has reported a total of 2.25 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the state reported its first known case on March 4, 2020.

The Garden State also recorded 394,131 positive antigens or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases. And there are many cases that were likely never counted, including positive home tests that aren’t included in state numbers.

The state of 9.2 million people has reported 34,447 deaths from COVID-19 – 31,348 confirmed and 3,099 probable deaths.

New Jersey has the ninth highest number of coronavirus deaths per capita in the United States – behind Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, West Virginia, Tennessee, New Mexico and the United States. ‘Arkansas – Tuesday. Last summer, the state recorded the most deaths per capita in the country.

VACCINATION NUMBERS

More than 7 million people who work, live or study in the Garden State have achieved fully vaccinated status.

More than 7.89 million people have received a first dose since vaccinations began in the state on December 15, 2020.

More than 4.2 million people in the state eligible for boosters have received one.

Regulators have suspended plans to allow a second booster for adults under 50 this summer. Instead, they hope to revamp the vaccines to target emerging subvariants by fall.

LONG TERM CARE NUMBERS

At least 9,509 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have affected residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, state data showed Friday.

Of active outbreaks at 393 facilities, there are 6,082 current cases among residents and 6,255 cases among staff, according to the latest data.

GLOBAL FIGURES

As of Friday, more than 594 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus database.

More than 6.4 million people have died from the virus, the data shows.

Japan has reported the most cases in the past 28 days, with more than 5.6 million on Friday. The United States reported the second highest number of cases during the same period, with 3.1 million.

The United States has reported the most cumulative COVID-19 cases (over 93.4 million) and deaths (at least 1.03 million) of any country.

More than 12 billion doses of vaccines have been administered worldwide.

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