New Jersey reported seven more deaths and 1,282 new cases of coronavirus Sunday as each region of the state continues to see a resurgence of COVID-19.
While the number of cases increased, the state transmission rate dropped to 1.15, which continued a downward trend over the last two weeks. However, the transmission rate is still above the central benchmark of 1, which indicates that the outbreak is expanding. The rate has been above 1 since the beginning of September.
Gov. Phil Murphy gave the latest update on social media. He did not say when the seven recently reported deaths occurred.
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The next weekly list of states and territories on New Jersey’s quarantine list comes out on Tuesday. It is unclear how the high numbers will affect New Jersey, but Murphy has discouraged any unnecessary travel out of state.
New Jersey’s growing numbers have already landed it on quarantine lists in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, but inclusion on lists will not lead to decisions, Murphy said.
“We will not spend much time complaining about whether we are on someone else’s second list or not,” the governor said.
After a summer of low daily coronavirus numbers, every region of New Jersey is seeing a resurgence of the virus, with virus levels considered “moderate” state on the state’s tracking map, officials said last week. Sunday’s new cases are the highest they have been since October 8, when more than 1,300 cases were reported. Prior to that, New Jersey had not seen a single day total over 1,000 since May.
New Jersey, an early coronavirus epicenter, has now reported 220,013 COVID-19 cases in total out of more than 4 million tests in the more than seven months since the state’s first case was reported on March 4. The state of 9 million people has reported 16,211 deaths attributed to the virus at the time – 14,422 laboratory-confirmed and 1,789 considered probable.
New Jersey’s death toll is the fourth highest in the United States after New York, Texas and California. Garden State has the country’s highest COVID-19 death rate per capita. 100,000 inhabitants.
The state’s daily numbers are still well below the spring peak of the outbreak, as officials regularly announced thousands of new cases and hundreds of new deaths a day, and more than 8,000 coronavirus patients were hospitalized. And despite the recent increases in the case, the state’s daily new deaths have remained flat and hovering around single digits for the past few months.
But New Jersey has reported 5,986 cases in the last five days – 993 Tuesday, 957 Wednesday, 973 Thursday, 823 Friday, 958 Saturday and 1,282 Sunday.
The state’s most recent positivity rate – the percentage of positive tests in a single day – was 4.3% on 11 October, which is an increase compared to recent weeks.
Essex County led the state in new cases Sunday with 139, followed by Hudson (131), Ocean (121) and Union and Middlesex, both 107.
Murphy on Thursday urged residents to avoid holding indoor gatherings, which he said “is increasingly becoming the starting point for outbreaks.” In line with the warnings from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s largest infectious disease expert, told Murphy that upcoming Thanksgiving celebrations should be limited to immediate family members or moved outdoors.
Officials say a number of factors contributed to the rise in cases in the fall, including the spread of communities among college students and teens. They also cited an outbreak in Lakewood – Ocean County’s largest municipality – from recent Jewish holidays and a sharp rise in testing across the country. The state has recently averaged just under 35,000 tests a day.
Murphy says he is more likely to take a targeted approach to fighting outbreaks, including increasing testing and contact tracking at hot spots, rather than reintroducing comprehensive restrictions similar to the state lockout he ordered in the spring.
The governor has not set a date for when he can increase the capacity limits for indoor dining at restaurants. But he said Thursday: “Unless the roof falls on us in a number of days, we will be able to a wider capacity there.”
Despite the state’s recent upticks, an NJ Advance Media analysis found that New Jersey has outperformed a number of other states over the past month as cases rise across the country. Garden State has added 1,999 cases per year. Million inhabitants at that time – 43rd in the nation.
COUNTRY CASES (sorted by most new)
- Essex County: 22,479 positive tests (139 new)
- Hudson County: 21,731 positive tests (131 new)
- Ocean County: 15,952 positive tests (121 new)
- Union County: 18,709 positive tests (107 new)
- Middlesex County: 20,930 positive tests (107 new)
- Camden County: 10,835 positive tests (98 new)
- Bergen County: 23,738 positive tests (94 new)
- Morris County: 8,430 positive tests (94 new)
- Atlantic County: 4,705 positive tests (67 new)
- Passaic County: 19,976 positive tests (63 new ones)
- Burlington County: 7,852 positive tests (51 new)
- Monmouth County: 13,311 positive tests (45 new)
- Gloucester County: 5,179 positive tests (36 new)
- Somerset County: 6,142 positive tests (33 new)
- Mercer County: 8,956 positive tests (29 new)
- Sussex County: 1,616 positive tests (15 new)
- Hunterdon County: 1,487 positive tests (13 new)
- Cumberland County: 3,898 positive tests (4 new)
- Cape May County: 1,075 positive tests (3 new)
- Salem County: 1,138 positive tests (2 new)
- Warren County: 1,507 positive tests (2 new)
New Jersey’s latest transmission rate of 1.15 is down from the reported 1.18 Friday. The state reached a recent high of 1.27 on October 5th.
Any number above 1 means that each newly infected person, on average, spreads the virus to at least one other person. Any number below 1 means that the virus is declining.
A positivity of 1.15 means that every 100 infected people spreads the virus to 115 others.
There were 759 patients across New Jersey’s 71 hospitals with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases as of Friday night. That’s 31 more than the night before.
This includes 179 patients in critical or intensive care (one more than the night before), including 60 in ventilators (the same as the night before).
There were 80 coronavirus patients discharged Friday, according to the state dashboard.
There have been 22 COVID-19 outbreaks at the school in New Jersey since the new academic year began and increased by six this week, officials said Thursday.
The 22 outbreaks include a total of 83 infected students and teachers. Still, Murphy said the number remains relatively low considering there are nearly 3,000 public and private school buildings in New Jersey. These figures only include cases spread within a school and do not count all students or staff who test positive without proof that they transmitted the virus in school.
Divided by age, those aged 30 to 49 make up the largest percentage of New Jersey residents who have contracted the virus (31%), followed by 50-64 (25.9%), 18-29 (17.1%), 65 -79 (12.9%), 80 and older (8.7%), 5-17 (3.5%) and 0-4 (0.7%).
On average, the virus has been more deadly to older residents, especially those with pre-existing conditions. Nearly half of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been by residents 80 years and older (47.2%), followed by the 65-79 (32.2%), 50-64 (15.9%), 30 -49 (4.3%), 18-29 (0.4%), 5-17 (0%) and 0-4 (0%).
At least 7,186 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been residents and employees in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
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New Jersey currently lists 38 U.S. states and territories on its coronavirus travel guide and asks travelers from those areas for self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival here. This includes New Jersey residents returning home.
The pandemic and its aftermath have also taken a heavy toll on the state’s economy. More than 1.68 million residents have applied for unemployment, businesses have lost countless incomes, and several businesses have closed permanently.
On Sunday morning, there have been nearly 40 million positive COVID-19 tests worldwide, according to a running vote from Johns Hopkins University. More than 1.1 million people have died.
The United States has the most positive tests in the world, more than 8.1 million and the most deaths, more than 219,300.
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