state sunday reported 18 additional confirmed deaths of COVID-19, as well as 1,625 additional new cases.
That’s a 37% drop in new cases from Saturday, but testing is generally lower on weekends and during weather events like Friday’s ice storm.
The seven-day average of positive tests now stands at 2,634, down 51% over the past week. This is the lowest mark for the seven-day average since December 3. The brand has fallen around 90% in the past month.
The seven-day average peaked on January 10 at 27,914, while the highest single-day tests were 33,459 on January 7.
Hospitalizations for confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 also continued their steady decline, falling to 2,022, about 234 less than Friday evening. That’s a 66% drop from Jan. 11, when hospitalizations peaked at 6,089 patients. However, this is likely due in part to the lack of data from two hospitals (out of a total of 71) on Saturday evening.
Trends show that “the omicron tsunami, as fast as it spread, is washing away at about the same speed,” Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday, while adding that officials are not yet fully cleared up. comfortable with the state’s situation and said they “must remain vigilant”.
Statewide transmission dipped to 0.54 from 0.55 for the first time in a week. A transmission rate of less than 1 indicates that the epidemic is in decline, with each new case resulting in less than one additional case. A rate of 1 means that the epidemic has stabilized.
Sunday also marked a precipitous drop in deaths – around 77% from the previous day – although officials warn that daily reports do not include deaths from the past 24 hours and that figures are sometimes delayed by days or weeks. .
About 6.65 million of the 8.46 million people eligible for the vaccine in New Jersey received the initial vaccination, of which 7.59 million received at least one dose.
NJ has now had about 1.84 million total cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, along with 29,047 confirmed deaths.
Nationally, the US death toll from COVID-19 reached 900,000 on Friday, less than two months after eclipsing 800,000. The two-year total, compiled by Johns Hopkins Universityis larger than the population of Indianapolis, San Francisco or Charlotte, North Carolina.
President Joe Biden lamented the step in a statement late Friday, saying, “After nearly two years, I know the emotional, physical and psychological weight of this pandemic has been incredibly difficult to bear.
He again urged Americans to get vaccinated and get booster shots. “Two hundred and fifty million Americans have stepped up to protect themselves, their families and their communities by at least getting vaccinated – and in the process we have saved more than a million American lives,” Biden said.
Globally, over 393.9 million cases of COVID-19 have been recorded, while over 5.7 million people have died.
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The Associated Press contributed to this article.