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NJ reports 2,170 COVID cases, 14 deaths. Hospital admissions hit highest number since February.

New Jersey health officials on Thursday reported an additional 2,170 COVID-19 cases and 14 confirmed deaths. The state reported the highest number of hospitalizations since February.

The nationwide transmission rate is 0.88 as of Thursday. A transmission rate below 1 is an indication that the outbreak is declining, as each new case results in less than one additional case.

A transmission rate of 1 means the number of cases has leveled off, while anything above 1 indicates the outbreak is expanding.

New Jersey’s seven-day average for confirmed positive tests is 1,417, up 16% from a week ago and 4% from a month ago.

The CDC now understands six counties in New Jersey — Mercer, Sussex, Morris, Passaic, Bergen and Hudson — have “low” community transmission. The 15 other counties in the state have “intermediate” community transmission.

The state’s 71 hospitals reported 1,236 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases as of Wednesday night. Of the hospital patients, 147 are in intensive care and 45 are on ventilators.

The nationwide positivity rate for tests taken on Saturday, the latest day for which data are available, was 10.96%.

The CDC considers positivity rates above 10% to be “high.” New Jersey’s statewide positivity rate is significantly lower than its peak of 40.83% on Jan. 1 during the Omicron variant’s heyday.

TOTALS

New Jersey has reported a total of more than 2.4 million confirmed COVID-19 cases since reporting its first known case on March 4, 2020.

The Garden State has also recorded 443,955 positive antigen or rapid tests that are considered probable cases. There are also numerous cases that have likely never been counted, including positive at-home tests that aren’t included in the state’s numbers.

The state of 9.2 million people has reported 35,143 COVID-19 deaths — 32,027 confirmed deaths and 3,116 probable.

New Jersey has the 10th most coronavirus deaths per capita in the US — behind Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, New Mexico, Tennessee and Michigan — as of Monday.

vaccination numbers

More than 7.1 million people working, living, or studying in New Jersey have achieved full immunization status. More than 8 million people have received a first dose since vaccinations began in the state on December 15, 2020.

More than 4.3 million people in the state who are eligible for a refresher have received one.

CARE NUMBERS

According to the latest state data, at least 9,839 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and staff in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

Of the active outbreaks at 338 facilities, there are 7,990 current cases among residents and 5,585 among staff, according to the latest data.

GLOBAL NUMBERS

More than 643 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Database.

More than 6.6 million people have died as a result of the virus, the data shows. The US has reported the most cumulative cases (more than 98.8 million) and deaths (at least 1.08 million) of any nation.

More than 13 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.

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Camille Furst can be reached at [email protected].

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