New Jersey on Thursday reported 247 more confirmed cases of coronavirus and seven more confirmed deaths, marking the sixth consecutive day of fewer than 300 positive tests announced in a single day, as the state’s epidemic continues to decline amid increased vaccinations.
Nearly 4.3 million people who live, work, or study in New Jersey have now been fully immunized at sites across the state. This includes approximately 96,000 out-of-state residents who have been vaccinated in New Jersey. Nearly 170,000 New Jersey residents have been vaccinated in other states.
The state’s goal is to have 70% of New Jersey’s 6.9 million adults vaccinated by the end of this month. About 63% of adult residents have been fully vaccinated so far. In addition, more than 321,000 first and second doses of vaccine have been administered to children aged 12 to 17 years.
More than 5 million people received at least their first dose at one site in New Jersey – about 55% of the state’s 9.2 million people, according to state figures.
“Increasingly, this is a pandemic among the unvaccinated,” Governor Phil Murphy said on Wednesday.
Murphy also clarified that New Jersey school districts can make their own decisions at the local level as to whether students and staff should wear masks indoors, especially during extreme heat or for other reasons of health – although he stressed that they should not completely abandon masks.
“I think we’ll leave it to the district’s judgment, but what we’re not saying is you can take your mask off forever and ever,” he said.
The state’s seven-day average for new COVID-19 tests confirmed to be positive is now 227 – down 7% from a week ago and 79% from a month ago.
As of Wednesday evening, 436 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 or suspected cases in New Jersey – the same number as the day before. Hospitalizations have continued to decline since the state’s second wave peak, when 3,873 patients were hospitalized on December 22.
The statewide transmission rate rose to 0.77 from 0.74 the previous day. But any number less than 1 indicates that each new case results in less than one additional case.
Although the state has seen “groundbreaking” COVID-19 cases among people who have been fully vaccinated, this is only 0.06% of patients vaccinated, the Health Commissioner of the United Nations said on Wednesday. ‘State, Judith Persichilli.
New Jersey, one of the first epicenters of the pandemic, has seen a staggering death toll from the virus. The state of 9.2 million people has now reported 26,322 deaths from complications related to COVID-19 in just over 15 months – 23,637 confirmed and 2,685 considered probable. This is the highest number of deaths per capita among US states. Probable deaths, which are reviewed weekly, increased by eight on Wednesday.
In total, the Garden State has reported 889,622 total confirmed cases from more than 14 million tests since announcing its first case on March 4, 2020.
The state also reported 129,083 positive antigen tests during the pandemic. 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.
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As of Wednesday evening, 436 patients were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey hospitals – the same as the night before, state data showed.
This included 99 in critical or intensive care (six fewer than the day before), with 56 on ventilators (four fewer).
There were 87 COVID-19 patients discharged on Wednesday.
By comparison, hospitalizations peaked at over 8,300 patients during the first wave of the pandemic in April 2020 and over 3,800 during the second wave in December.
New Jersey has reported 281 school coronavirus outbreaks, which have resulted in 1,263 cases among students, teachers and school staff this school year, state data shows.
The state defines outbreaks in schools as cases where contact tracers have determined that at least two students or school staff have caught or transmitted COVID-19 in class or during academic activities at 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 public school students and teachers across the state, although teaching methods amid the outbreak have varied, with some schools teaching in person, some using a format hybrid and others remaining entirely at a distance.
Murphy said his executive order allowing virtual education in New Jersey during the pandemic will not be renewed beyond this school year, which will officially end the virtual learning option in the fall.
But the governor said students will likely still be required to wear masks at the start of the next academic year – although he has since added that may change.
BREAKDOWN BY AGE
Broken down by age, those aged 30 to 49 make up the largest percentage of New Jersey residents who have caught the virus (30.9%), followed by 50-64 (22.4%), 18-29 (19.9 %), 65 -79 (10%), 5-17 (10.1%), 80 years and over (4.4%) and 0-4 (2.1%).
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 occurred among residents aged 80 and older (45.5%), followed by 65-79 (33.7%), 50-64 (16 , 3%), 30-49 (4.1%), 18-29 (0.4%), 5-17 (0%) and 0-4 (0%).
At least 8,058 of COVID-19 deaths in the state have occurred among residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to state data.
There are active outbreaks in 77 facilities, resulting in 826 active cases among residents and 1,236 among staff. Those numbers have slowed as vaccinations continue at the facilities.
As of early Thursday afternoon, more than 174 million positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 3.7 million people have died from the coronavirus.
The United States has reported more cases than any other country, with more than 33 million, and the highest number of deaths, with more than 598,400.
More than 2.24 billion doses of vaccines have been administered worldwide.
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