N.J. reports 41 COVID deaths, 3,791 positive tests. Hospitalizations, transmission rate decline again. – NJ.com

New Jersey health officials on Friday reported another 3,791 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and an additional 41 confirmed deaths as hospitalizations and the rate of transmission continued to fall.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the latest numbers on social media. The seven-day average for new positive tests is 3,066, down 9% from a week ago and about the same as a month ago.

More than 1 in 3 adults in the state — 2,377,803 — are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while 3,694,948 have received at least one dose as of Friday morning, according to the state. Vaccine eligibility expands on Monday to anyone 16 or older who lives, works or studies in New Jersey.

The state’s rate of transmission on Friday decreased to 0.91 from 0.92 on Thursday. It has dropped steadily from 1.07 on April 5. Any number over 1 indicates that the outbreak is growing, with each new case leading to at least one other case. A declining transmission rate means the spread is slowing.

The positivity rate for Saturday, the most recent day available, was 11.23% based on 25,301 tests. Positivity rates on weekend days tend to be higher with fewer tests conducted. The positivity rate on weekdays last week hovered between 8 and 9%.

In all, New Jersey has now reported 852,330 confirmed coronavirus cases out of more than 12.8 million PCR tests since the state reported its first case on March 4, 2020. There have also been 119,452 positive antigen tests. Those cases are considered probable, and health officials have warned that positive antigen tests could overlap with the confirmed PCR tests because they are sometimes given in tandem.

The state of 9 million people has reported 25,094 people have died from complications related to COVID-19 — including 22,502 confirmed deaths and 2,592 fatalities considered probable. The probable deaths, which are revised weekly, increased by 19 on Wednesday.

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VACCINATIONS BY COUNTY

  • ATLANTIC COUNTY – 184,262 doses administered
  • BERGEN COUNTY – 652,941 doses administered
  • BURLINGTON COUNTY – 306,206 doses administered
  • CAMDEN COUNTY – 342,576 doses administered
  • CAPE MAY COUNTY – 75,131 doses administered
  • CUMBERLAND COUNTY – 80,095 doses administered
  • ESSEX COUNTY – 451,257 doses administered
  • GLOUCESTER COUNTY – 206,432 doses administered
  • HUDSON COUNTY – 354,057 doses administered
  • HUNTERDON COUNTY – 84,434 doses administered
  • MERCER COUNTY – 231,054 doses administered
  • MIDDLESEX COUNTY – 507,865 doses administered
  • MONMOUTH COUNTY – 429,155 doses administered
  • MORRIS COUNTY – 406,188 doses administered
  • OCEAN COUNTY – 347,589 doses administered
  • PASSAIC COUNTY – 269,037 doses administered
  • SALEM COUNTY – 36,225 doses administered
  • SOMERSET COUNTY – 237,844 doses administered
  • SUSSEX COUNTY – 90,329 doses administered
  • UNION COUNTY – 317,625 doses administered
  • WARREN COUNTY – 58,951 doses administered
  • UNKNOWN COUNTY – 20,968 doses administered
  • OUT OF STATE – 142,186 doses administered

COUNTY-BY-COUNTY NUMBERS (sorted by most new cases)

  • Essex County: 83,084 confirmed cases (445 new), 2,551 confirmed deaths (291 probable)
  • Hudson County: 76,478 confirmed cases (382 new), 1,979 confirmed deaths (206 probable)
  • Middlesex County: 82,361 confirmed cases (374 new), 2,013 confirmed deaths (245 probable)
  • Bergen County: 85,445 confirmed cases (345 new), 2,492 confirmed deaths (294 probable)
  • Passaic County: 62,083 confirmed cases (318 new), 1,635 confirmed deaths (195 probable)
  • Camden County: 45,910 confirmed cases (252 new), 1,145 confirmed deaths (98 probable)
  • Monmouth County: 64,976 confirmed cases (239 new), 1,408 confirmed deaths (137 probable)
  • Union County: 57,885 confirmed cases (234 new), 1,673 confirmed deaths (220 probable)
  • Ocean County: 63,259 confirmed cases (194 new), 1,905 confirmed deaths (155 probable)
  • Morris County: 40,599 confirmed cases (174 new), 952 confirmed deaths (246 probable)
  • Burlington County: 36,488 confirmed cases (154 new), 752 confirmed deaths (67 probable)
  • Gloucester County: 24,993 confirmed cases (115 new), 563 confirmed deaths (30 probable)
  • Mercer County: 30,366 confirmed cases (106 new), 874 confirmed deaths (43 probable)
  • Atlantic County: 23,784 confirmed cases (98 new), 603 confirmed deaths (35 probable)
  • Sussex County: 10,928 confirmed cases (84 new), 222 confirmed deaths (67 probable)
  • Somerset County: 23,145 confirmed cases (77 new), 710 confirmed deaths (105 probable)
  • Cumberland County: 13,795 confirmed cases (55 new), 377 confirmed deaths (36 probable)
  • Hunterdon County: 8,341 confirmed cases (48 new), 116 confirmed deaths (54 probable)
  • Warren County: 8,286 confirmed cases (41 new), 204 confirmed deaths (25 probable)
  • Salem County: 5,071 confirmed cases (37 new), 159 confirmed deaths (13 probable)
  • Cape May County: 4,340 confirmed cases (13 new), 169 confirmed deaths (30 probable)

HOSPITALIZATIONS

There were 2,185 patients hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases across New Jersey’s 71 hospitals as of Thursday night — 75 fewer than the previous night.

That included 456 in critical or intensive care (four fewer than the night before), with 190 on ventilators (61 fewer).

There were also 300 COVID-19 patients discharged Thursday.

By comparison, hospitalizations peaked at more than 8,300 patients during the first wave of the pandemic in April.

SCHOOL CASES

New Jersey has reported 245 in-school coronavirus outbreaks, which have resulted in 1,094 cases among students, teachers and school staff this academic year, according to the state’s dashboard.

The state defines school outbreaks as cases where contact tracers determined two or more students or school staff caught or transmitted COVID-19 in the classroom or during academic activities at school. Those numbers do not include students or staff believed to have been infected outside school or cases that can’t be confirmed as in-school outbreaks.

There are about 1.4 million public school students and teachers across the state, though teaching methods amid the outbreak have varied, with some schools teaching in-person, some using a hybrid format and others remaining all-remote.

Murphy recently announced most New Jersey schools can move classroom desks three feet apart, instead of six feet, under new social distancing guidelines.

The governor also said the state’s schools will return to full in-person classes for the next school year and districts will not be allowed to offer virtual learning, even for parents who want that option due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. But Murphy clarified that students and teachers who have health issues that could put them at greater risk of a serious coronavirus case will have a virtual option.

AGE BREAKDOWN

Broken down by age, those 30 to 49 years old make up the largest percentage of New Jersey residents who have caught the virus (30.9%), followed by those 50-64 (22.9%), 18-29 (19.8%), 65-79 (10.4%), 5-17 (9.4%), 80 and older (4.6%) and 0-4 (1.9%).

On average, the virus has been more deadly for older residents, especially those with preexisting conditions. Nearly half the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents 80 and older (46.87%), followed by those 65-79 (32.89%), 50-64 (15.78%), 30-49 (4.05%), 18-29 (0.39%), 5-17 (0%) and 0-4 (0.03%).

At least 7,989 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and staff members at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

There are active outbreaks at 225 facilities, resulting in 3,676 active cases among residents and 4,366 among staffers. Those numbers have been slowing as vaccinations continue at the facilities.

GLOBAL NUMBERS

As of Friday, there have been more than 139.3 million positive COVID-19 tests across the world, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. More than 2.99 million people have died from coronavirus-related complications.

The U.S. has reported the most cases, at more than 31.5 million, and the most deaths, at more than 565,400.

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