New Jersey reported two new COVID-19[feminine] deaths and 1,508 confirmed positive tests as confirmed cases continue to drop this Easter holiday.
A total of 1,818 confirmed positive tests were reported on Saturday.
The state’s seven-day average for confirmed cases rose to 1,707 on Sunday, up 23% from a week ago and 170% from a month ago.
As of Saturday evening, there were 369 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases at 69 of the state’s 71 hospitals, according to the latest available data. Two hospitals did not report data. Hospitalizations hit a recent high of 6,089 on Jan. 10 during the omicron wave that swept across the state this winter.
At least 84 people were released in that same 24-hour period ending Saturday evening, according to status data. Of those hospitalized, 51 were in intensive care and 20 were on ventilators.
New Jersey’s transmission rate was 1.28 on Sunday. When the transmission rate is greater than 1, it means that each new case leads to at least 1 additional case and the epidemic is spreading.
The state also reported 288 probable cases of rapid antigen testing at medical sites on Sunday.
All of New Jersey’s 21 counties have been listed as having “low” transmission rates, according to recently updated guidelines from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is no longer recommended for healthy people in the lower and middle categories to wear masks.
BA.2, the new strain of COVID-19, has been spreading in New Jersey for weeks, but at much lower rates than the omicron surge in December and January. Officials said the “stealth” subvariant of omicron appears to spread more easily but generally does not cause more severe disease.
For the week ending March 26, BA.2 accounted for 81.2% of positive tests sampled (compared to 70.5% the previous week), while the omicron variant accounted for 18.8% of positive tests sampled.
New Jersey has reported 1,923,474 total confirmed COVID cases out of more than 17.5 million PCR tests performed in the more than two years since the state reported its first known case on March 4, 2020.
The Garden State also recorded 306,502 positive antigens or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases. And there are many cases that were probably never counted, including positive home tests that aren’t included in state numbers.
The state of 9.2 million people has reported 33,336 deaths from COVID-19 during this period – 30,322 confirmed and 3,014 probable deaths.
New Jersey has seventh highest number of coronavirus deaths per capita in the United States – behind Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee and West Virginia – according to the latest data released on Monday. Last summer, the state still had the most deaths per capita in the country.
More than 6.84 million of the 8.46 million eligible people who live, work or study in New Jersey have received the first round of vaccinations and more than 7.77 million have received a first dose since vaccinations began here on December 15, 2020.
As the number of fully vaccinated NJ residents has reached more than 6.8 million, the latest numbers also follow a major study that finds even a mild case of COVID-19 can significantly affect the brain.
More than 3.41 million people in the state eligible for boosters have received one.
SCHOOL AND LONG TERM CARE NUMBERS
For the week ending April 3, with approximately 61% of schools reporting data, an additional 2,631 cases of COVID-19 were reported among staff (679) and students (1,952) at New Jersey schools.
Since the start of the school year, 103,691 students and 29,072 school staff have contracted COVID-19 in New Jersey, although the state has never had more than two-thirds of school districts reporting data. over the course of a week.
The state provides the total number of student and staff cases separately from those considered school transmission, which is narrowly defined as three or more cases linked through contact tracing.
New Jersey has reported 596 total outbreaks in schools, including 4,177 cases among students and staff. This includes 39 new outbreaks from data reported last week.
According to status data.
There have been active outbreaks at 136 facilities, resulting in 2,446 current cases among residents and 2,960 cases among staff, according to the latest data.
On Sunday, more than 504 million cases of COVID-19 were reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins Universitywith more than 6.19 million people dying from the virus.
The United States has reported the most cases (more than 80 million) and deaths (at least 988,609) of any country.
More than 11 billion doses of vaccines have been administered worldwide.
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Vashti Harris can be reached at [email protected].