New Jersey reported five more coronavirus deaths and 378 more positive tests on Sunday, as the state’s transmission rate declined for the seventh consecutive day, though it remained just above the key metric indicating the outbreak is in expansion.
The Garden State death toll now stands at 15,874, with 14,021 confirmed deaths and 1,853 likely victims of COVID-19, according to the latest numbers reported by Governor Phil Murphy.
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Murphy announced the new numbers on Twitter. He did not hold a live press conference on Sunday.
The state did not specify when the new deaths reported on Sunday occurred.
The figures come on the same day the same day the United States surpassed 5 million cases of COVID-19, about a quarter of all infections worldwide since the virus emerged in China, just over seven months ago.
However, Sunday marks the 31st consecutive day New Jersey reported fewer than 50 new deaths in one day and the ninth consecutive day reported fewer than 15. It also marks the ninth consecutive day that the state announced fewer than 500 new deaths. cases after seeing sudden rises late last month.
The number of deaths and daily cases in New Jersey – one of the first coronavirus hotspots – remains well below the highs of April, when it was routine for the state to announce hundreds of new deaths and thousands of new positive tests per day.
On Friday, Murphy said that “most of this week’s numbers have started to go in a direction we need them to go” after saying a week earlier that “alarms” were sounding due to the growing number of cases and increase in transmission speed.
The state’s most recent transmission rate – a critical metric the state is using to determine how to further remove restrictions on the coronavirus – is 1.03, down from 1.15 reported Friday and a four-month high of 1. 49 reported a week ago.
The goal is to keep the rate below 1. Anything above this sign means that each new case is leading to more than one additional infection and the virus is spreading.
The rate had been below 1 for weeks during the most severe parts of the New Jersey coronavirus lockdowns, but had fluctuated above and below 1 in July as the state took further steps to reopen. The rate has decreased incrementally every day this week.
The most recent spike led Murphy on Monday to reduce the limits for indoor meetings in New Jersey to 25% with up to 25 people, with exceptions for weddings, funerals, and religious and political events. Up to this point, there could be indoor meetings of up to 25% of a building’s capacity or up to 100 people.
There were 483 patients being treated for COVID-19 or under investigation for it in 71 New Jersey hospitals on Saturday night. It is the second time since the state began publicly monitoring admissions that the number of patients has dropped below 500.
Of these patients, 83 were in ICU or critical care and 31 were on ventilation.
There were 57 coronavirus patients discharged from state hospitals on Saturday, according to the state monitoring website.
New Jersey hospitalizations have continued to decline steadily over the past few months, having peaked at more than 8,000 in mid-April.
COUNTY NUMBERS BY COUNTY
- Atlantic County: 3,463 cases (9 new), 237 confirmed deaths (15 likely)
- Bergen County: 20,794 cases (46 new), 1,787 confirmed deaths (251 probable)
- Burlington County: 6,007 cases (30 new), 433 confirmed deaths (40 probable)
- Camden County: 8,562 cases (39 new), 524 confirmed deaths (56 probable)
- Cape May County: 832 cases (8 new), 82 confirmed deaths (5 likely)
- Cumberland County: 3,338 cases (6 new), 146 confirmed deaths (12 likely)
- Essex County: 19,728 cases (14 new), 1,872 confirmed deaths (239 probable)
- Gloucester County: 3,248 cases (12 new), 205 confirmed deaths (7 probable)
- Hudson County: 19,671 cases (30 new), 1,337 confirmed deaths (167 probable)
- Hunterdon County: 1,149 cases (2 new), 70 confirmed deaths (56 probable)
- Mercer County: 8,119 cases (6 new), 580 confirmed deaths (39 likely)
- Middlesex County: 17,919 cases (36 new), 1,199 confirmed deaths (204 probable)
- Monmouth County: 10,302 cases (20 new), 759 confirmed deaths (97 probable)
- Morris County: 7,248 cases (14 new), 681 confirmed deaths (148 probable)
- Ocean County: 10,596 cases (12 new), 951 confirmed deaths (67 probable)
- Passaic County: 17,642 cases (19 new), 1,092 confirmed deaths (148 probable)
- Salem County: 894 cases (2 new), 81 confirmed deaths (6 probable)
- Somerset County: 5,245 cases (15 new), 486 confirmed deaths (75 likely)
- Sussex County: 1,330 cases (4 new), 161 confirmed deaths (37 probable)
- Union County: 16,695 cases (33 new), 1,180 confirmed deaths (170 probable)
- Warren County: 1,345 cases (2 new), 158 confirmed deaths (14 likely)
CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES: Live map plotter | news bulletin | Home page
New Jersey, a densely populated state of 9 million residents, ranks second among U.S. states in total deaths from COVID-19 and eighth in total cases.
About half of the deaths in the state – at least 6,956 – were from residents of staff members at the state’s nursing homes and long-term care centers.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the state is cumulative and does not reflect the thousands of residents who have recovered. Nearly 33,000 New Jersey residents have recovered from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.
There have now been more than 2.3 million COVID-19 tests administered in the state.
New Jersey remains in phase 2 of its plan to gradually lift the coronavirus restrictions Murphy ordered in March to combat the spread of COVID-19. Gyms, cinemas and internal sections of bars and restaurants are closed until further notice.
Nearly 1.5 million workers in the state have filed for unemployment benefits since mid-March.
Murphy asks travelers from Puerto Rico and 34 states who qualify as a coronavirus hotspot to voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in New Jersey.
As of early Sunday afternoon, there have been more than 19.6 million positive tests for COVID-19 worldwide, according to a current tally from Johns Hopkins University. Of these, more than 727,000 have died, while nearly 12 million have recovered.
There have been more than 162,000 deaths in the United States, by far the largest number in the world.
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