NJ reports 755 COVID cases, 2 deaths. The transmission rate falls below the key reference.
New Jersey health officials reported another 755 cases of COVID-19 and two confirmed deaths Monday. The state’s transmission rate has fallen below its key benchmark, indicating that the number of cases is once again falling.
The statewide transmission rate was 0.93 on Monday, down from 1.11 last week. A transmission rate of less than 1 indicates that the epidemic is in decline because each new case results in less than one additional case.
A transmission rate of 1 means the number of cases has stabilized, while anything above 1 indicates the epidemic is expanding.
The state’s seven-day average for confirmed positive cases is 1,250 — a decrease of 6% from a week ago and 11% from a month ago.
The CDC changed community coronavirus levels from high to medium for Essex and Union counties last week. Mercer County is designated low risk, while the remaining counties are considered medium risk.
There were 1,044 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases reported at 70 of the state’s 71 hospitals as of Sunday evening. Of those hospitalized, 126 are in intensive care and 39 are on ventilators.
The statewide positivity rate for tests performed on Nov. 5, the most recent day for which data is available, was 10.57%.
The CDC considers positivity rates above 10% “high.” New Jersey’s statewide positivity rate is significantly lower than its peak of 40.83% on January 1 at the height of the omicron variant.
New Jersey has reported more than 2.3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 since announcing its first known case on March 4, 2020.
The Garden State also recorded 436,492 positive antigens or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases. There are also many cases that were likely never counted, including positive home tests that are not included in state figures.
The state of 9.2 million people has reported 34,988 deaths from COVID-19 – 31,872 confirmed deaths and 3,116 probable deaths.
New Jersey has the 10th highest number of coronavirus deaths per capita in the United States – behind Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, New Mexico, Tennessee and Michigan – last week.
More than 7.1 million people who work, live or study in New Jersey have achieved full vaccine status. Nearly 8 million people have received a first dose since vaccinations began in the state on December 15, 2020.
More than 4.3 million people in the state eligible for boosters have received one.
LONG TERM CARE NUMBERS
At least 9,796 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have occurred among residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to the most recent data from the State.
A CDC survey last month found that recall coverage for influenza, primary COVID-19, and COVID-19 was lowest among healthcare workers working in long-term care facilities.
Of active outbreaks at 352 facilities, there are 8,384 current cases among residents and 6,029 cases among staff, according to the latest data.
According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Database, nearly 635 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide.
More than 6.6 million people have died from the virus, the data shows. The United States has reported the highest number of cumulative cases (more than 98 million) and deaths (at least 1.07 million) of any country.
More than 12.8 billion doses of vaccines have been administered worldwide.
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