New Jersey on Thursday reported a further 247 confirmed cases of coronavirus and a further seven confirmed deaths, marking the sixth day in a row with fewer than 300 positive tests announced in a single day as state outbreaks continue to subside amid rising vaccinations.
Nearly 4.3 million people living, working, or studying in New Jersey have now been fully vaccinated in state locations. It includes about 96,000 foreign residents who were vaccinated in New Jersey. Nearly 1
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 so far been fully vaccinated. In addition, more than 321,000 first and second vaccine doses have been administered to children between 12 and 17 years of age.
More than 5 million people have received at least their first dose somewhere in New Jersey – about 55% of the state’s 9.2 million residents, according to state figures.
“Increasingly, this is a pandemic among non-vaccinated individuals,” Government War Phil Murphy said Wednesday.
Murphy also clarified that school districts in New Jersey can make their own decisions locally about whether students and staff need to wear masks indoors, especially during extreme heat or for other health reasons – although he stressed that they should not ditch masks completely .
“I think we leave it to the district court to judge, but what we are not saying is that you can take off your mask forever and ever,” he said.
The state’s seven-day average for new confirmed positive COVID-19 tests is now 227 – a decrease of 7% from a week ago and 79% from a month ago.
There were 436 patients admitted with COVID-19 or suspected cases all over New Jersey as of Wednesday night – the same number as the day before. Admissions continue to fall from the top of the state’s second wave as 3,873 patients were in hospitals on Dec. 22.
The state transmission rate increased to 0.77 from 0.74 the day before. But any number below 1 indicates that each new case leads to less than one additional case.
Although the state has seen some “breakthrough” COVID-19 cases among people who have been fully vaccinated, it is only 0.06% of the vaccinated patients, State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said Wednesday.
New Jersey, an early epicenter of the pandemic, has seen staggering death toll from the virus. The state with 9.2 million people has now reported 26,322 deaths due to complications related to COVID-19 in just over 15 months – 23,637 confirmed and 2,685 are considered probable. This is the most deaths per Inhabitant of American states. The probable deaths, which are reviewed weekly, rose by eight on Wednesday.
In total, Garden State has reported 889,622 total confirmed cases out of more than 14 million tests since it announced its first case on March 4, 2020.
The state has also reported 129,083 positive antigen trials during the pandemic. These cases are considered likely, and health officials have warned that positive antigen tests may overlap the confirmed PCR tests because they are sometimes given in tandem.
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There were 436 patients admitted with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases across New Jersey hospitals from Wednesday night – the same as the previous night, according to state data.
It included 99 in critical or intensive care (six fewer more than the night before) with 56 on ventilators (four fewer).
87 COVID-19 patients were discharged on Wednesday.
By comparison, hospital admissions peaked at more than 8,300 patients during the first wave of the pandemic in April 2020 and more than 3,800 during the second wave in December.
New Jersey has reported 281 coronavirus outbreaks in the school, resulting in 1,263 cases among students, teachers and school staff this academic year, according to state data.
The state defines school outbreaks as cases where contact trackers determined that two or more students or school staff were caught or transmitted COVID-19 in the classroom or during academic activities in the school. These figures do not include students or staff who are believed to be infected outside of school or cases that cannot be confirmed as outbreaks in school.
There are about 1.4 million public school students and teachers across the state, although teaching methods in the midst of the outbreak have varied, with some schools teaching in person, others using a hybrid format and others remaining remote.
Murphy has said his ordinance allowing virtual schooling in New Jersey during the pandemic will not be renewed beyond this academic year, which will officially end the possibility of virtual learning in the fall.
But the governor said students are likely to still be required to wear masks when the next academic year begins – though he later added that could change.
Divided by age, those aged 30 to 49 make up the largest percentage of New Jersey residents who have contracted the virus (30.9%), followed by 50-64 (22.4%), 18-29 (19.9%) ), 65 -79 (10%), 5-17 (10.1%), 80 and older (4.4%) and 0-4 (2.1%).
On average, the virus has been more lethal to elderly residents, especially those with pre-existing conditions. Nearly half of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents 80 years and older (45.5%), followed by those 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 the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and employees in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to state data.
There are active outbreaks at 77 facilities, resulting in 826 active cases among residents and 1,236 among employees. These figures have decreased as vaccinations continue at the facilities.
Early Thursday afternoon, more than 174 million positive COVID-19 cases were reported across the globe, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 3.7 million people have died from coronavirus.
The United States has reported more cases than any other nation, more than 33 million, and most deaths over 598,400.
More than 2.24 billion vaccine doses have been administered globally.
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