New Jersey reported another 247 confirmed coronavirus cases and an additional seven confirmed deaths on Thursday, marking the sixth consecutive day of fewer than 300 positive tests announced in a single day as the state’s outbreak continues to weaken amid rising vaccinations.
Nearly 4.3 million people living, working or studying in New Jersey have already been fully vaccinated at government facilities. That includes about 96,000 out-of-state residents who have been vaccinated in New Jersey. Nearly 1
The state’s goal is for 70% of 6.9 million adults in New Jersey to be vaccinated by the end of this month. So far, about 63% of adults have been fully vaccinated. In addition, children between the ages of 12 and 17 received more than 321,000 first and second vaccine doses.
More than 5 million people received at least their first dose on the spot in New Jersey – about 55% of the state’s 9.2 million people, according to the number of states.
“It’s increasingly a pandemic among unvaccinated people,” Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday.
Murphy also clarified that school districts in New Jersey can decide for themselves whether students and staff should wear masks indoors, especially during extreme heat or for other health reasons – although he stressed that they should not abandon the masks completely.
“I think we’ll leave it to the discretion of the area, but what we’re not saying is that you can take off your mask forever and ever,” he said.
The seven-day average for the new confirmed positive tests for COVID-19 is currently 227 – a drop of 7% from a week ago and 79% from a month ago.
As of Wednesday night, there were 436 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 or suspected cases in New Jersey – the same number as the day before. Hospitalizations continued to fall from the peak of the second wave in the state, when 3,873 patients were in hospitals on December 22.
The nationwide transmission rate increased to 0.77 from the previous day’s 0.74. But any number below 1 indicates that each new case results in less than one additional case.
Although the state has seen some “breakthrough” cases of COVID-19 among people who have been fully vaccinated, it is only 0.06% of inoculated patients, State Health Commissioner Judith Persicili said on Wednesday.
New Jersey, the early epicenter of the pandemic, has seen a staggering death toll from the virus. Currently, the country of 9.2 million people has reported 26,322 deaths from complications related to COVID-19 in just over 15 months – 23,637 confirmed and 2,685 considered probable. This is the highest number of deaths per capita in the United States. Probable deaths, which are reviewed weekly, increased by eight on Wednesday.
In total, the State Garden has reported a total of 889,622 cases out of more than 14 million tests since announcing its first case on March 4, 2020.
During the pandemic, the state also reported 129,083 positive antigen tests. These cases are considered probable, and health officials have warned that positive antigen tests may overlap with confirmed PCR tests, as they are sometimes given in tandem.
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As of Wednesday night, there were 436 patients hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey hospitals – the same as the night before, according to state data.
This includes 99 in critical or intensive care (six less than the night before), with 56 on fans (four less).
There were 87 patients with COVID-19 discharged on Wednesday.
By comparison, hospitalizations peaked at more than 8,300 patients in the first wave of the pandemic in April 2020 and more than 3,800 in the second wave in December.
New Jersey reported 281 outbreaks of coronavirus in schools, which resulted in 1,263 cases among students, teachers and school staff this school year, according to state data.
The state defines school outbreaks as cases in which follow-up contacts identify two or more students or school staff caught or transmitted to COVID-19 in the classroom or during academic activities at school. These figures do not include students or staff who are considered to be infected outside of school or cases that cannot be confirmed as outbreaks in school.
There are about 1.4 million students and teachers in public schools in the country, although outbreak teaching methods vary, with some schools teaching in person, some using a hybrid format, and others remaining remote.
Murphy said his executive order allowing virtual training in New Jersey during the pandemic would not be renewed after this academic year, which would officially end the possibility of virtual training in the fall.
But the governor said students would probably still have to wear masks when the next academic year begins – although he added that this could change.
By age, those aged 30 to 49 make up the largest percentage of New Jersey residents who have caught the virus (30.9%), followed by those 50-64 (22.4%), 18-29 (19). , 9%), 65 -79 (10%), 5-17 (10.1%), 80 and more (4.4%) and 0-4 (2.1%).
On average, the virus is more deadly to older people, especially those with pre-existing illnesses. Almost half of the deaths of COVID-19 in the country are among residents aged 80 and over (45.5%), followed by those aged 65-79 (33.7%), 50-64 (16.3%), 30-49 (4.1%), 18-29 (0.4%), 5-17 (0%) and 0-4 (0%).
According to state data, at least 8,058 of the COVID-19 deaths in the state are among residents and employees of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
There are active outbreaks at 77 facilities, leading to 826 active cases among residents and 1236 among employees. This number has slowed as vaccinations continue at the facilities.
As of early Thursday afternoon, there were more than 174 million positive cases of COVID-19 reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 3.7 million people have died from the coronavirus.
The United States reports more cases than any other country – more than 33 million, and the most deaths – more than 598,400.
More than 2.24 billion doses of vaccine have been administered worldwide.
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