NJ reports 1 COVID death, 2,783 cases. 14 provinces now with ‘average’ transmission speeds.

New Jersey on Sunday reported one COVID-19 death and 2,783 new confirmed positive tests as six additional counties were upgraded to “average” transmission speeds. The CDC advises healthy people not to wear masks in the “low” and “medium” ranges.

The state’s seven-day average for confirmed cases rose to 2,698 on Sunday, a 24% increase from a week ago and a 124% increase from a month ago.

Hospital admissions, which are typically about two weeks behind case trends, have also risen so far this month. There were 600 patients with confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus at the state’s 71 hospitals on Saturday night.

Hospital admissions still remain significantly lower than when they peaked at 6,089 on Jan. 10 during the ommicron wave.

At least 131 people were laid off in that same 24-hour period ending Saturday night, according to state data† Of those hospitalized, 68 were in intensive care and 28 were on a ventilator.

The statewide transmission rate of New Jersey was 1.21 Saturday. When the transmission rate is higher than 1, it means that every new case leads to at least one additional case and the outbreak is spreading.

The positivity rate for tests conducted on Tuesday, the most recent day with available data, was 8.65%.

The state also reported 633 probable cases of rapid antigen testing at medical sites on Sunday.

After months of listing all 21 New Jersey counties with “low” transmission rates, 14 counties are now on “medium” the updated guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s six provinces more than community levels determined on April 28.

Based on community levels set on ThursdayBergen, Burlington, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Ocean counties now have “average” transmission levels. Healthy people in the low and medium areas are no longer recommended to wear a face mask.

The BA.2 strain of COVID-19 has been spreading in New Jersey for weeks, albeit at much slower rates than the ommicron rise in December and January. Officials have said the ommicron subvariant “stealth” seems to spread more easily, but generally doesn’t cause more serious disease.

For the week ending April 16, BA.2 accounted for 97.2% of the positive tests sampled (up from 88.9% the week before), while the omicron variant accounted for 2% of the positive tests collected. sampled.

TOTAL NUMBERS

New Jersey has reported a total of 1,970,847 confirmed COVID-19 cases from more than 17.6 million PCR tests conducted in the more than two years since the state reported its first known case on March 4, 2020.

The Garden State has also registered 318,103 positive antigen or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases. And there are countless cases that probably never counted, including positive home tests that aren’t included in the state’s numbers.

The state of 9.2 million residents has reported 33,488 COVID-19 deaths — 30,442 confirmed fatalities and 3,046 probable.

New Jersey has the eighth most deaths from coronavirus per capita in the US — after Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia and Arkansas — according to the latest data reported Monday. Last summer, the state still had the most deaths per capita in the country.

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VACCINATION NUMBERS

More than 6.88 million of the 8.46 million eligible people living, working or studying in New Jersey have received their first round of vaccination, and more than 7.79 million have received their first dose since the vaccinations here on Dec. 15 2020 started.

More than 3.6 million people in the state who are eligible for boosters have received one.

SCHOOL AND LONG-TERM CARE NUMBERS

For the week ending April 24, with approximately 58% of schools reporting data, an additional 3,212 COVID-19 cases were reported among staff (983) and students (2,229) at New Jersey schools.

Since the start of the academic year, 109,723 students and 31,356 school staff have contracted COVID-19 in New Jersey, although the state has never had more than two-thirds of school districts report data in a week.

The state provides the total number of student and staff cases separately from those considered as intra-school transfers, which is narrowly defined as three or more cases linked through contact tracing.

New Jersey has reported a total of 653 school outbreaks, including 4,538 cases among students and staff. That includes 20 new outbreaks based on data reported last week.

At least 9,041 of the COVID-19 deaths in the state were among residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to state data

There were active outbreaks in 226 facilities, resulting in 2,559 current cases among residents and 2,511 cases among staff, according to the latest data.

GLOBAL SONGS

More than 517 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide as of Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins Universitywith more than 6.2 million people dying as a result of the virus.

The US has reported the most cases (more than 81 million) and deaths (at least 997,503) of all countries.

More than 11 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.

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Steven Rodas can be reached at: srodas@njadvancemedia.com† Follow him on Twitter @stevenrodasnj

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