New Jersey officials on Wednesday reported seven new coronavirus deaths and 430 new positive tests as the state’s transmission rate rose slightly again, climbing further above the key parameter of 1 which shows the outbreak here is in expansion.
This marks the eighth time in the past nine days New Jersey has announced more than 400 new cases of COVID-19, although new deaths and hospitalizations have been relatively stable in recent weeks.
Of the recently reported deaths, all seven have occurred in the past week, Governor Phil Murphy said during his latest coronavirus briefing in Trenton.
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New Jersey, one of the first coronavirus hotspots, has reported 200,988 cases of COVID-19 out of more than 3.42 million tests administered in the more than six months since the outbreak began in early March. This is the eighth largest number of cases among US states.
The total of cases on Wednesday reflects the removal of 53 positive tests that were reported on Monday and Tuesday but have since been determined as out-of-state residents or duplicates, Murphy said.
The state of 9 million people reported 16,082 deaths related to the virus – 14,291 laboratory confirmed and 1,791 considered probable. This is the second largest in the United States after New York. New Jersey has the nation’s highest COVID-19 death rate for every 100,000 residents.
More than 34,600 residents have recovered from the disease, according to Johns Hopkins University, although this number is likely much higher.
New Jersey has seen its daily numbers drop significantly since April, when officials regularly announced hundreds of new deaths and thousands of new cases a day. New deaths have dropped below 10 and new cases have been between 300 and 600 in the past few weeks.
Officials said the increases are likely due to large testing capacity and some spread of the virus in the community. They also warned of the increase in cases among younger residents and noted spikes in individual counties, such as Ocean and Gloucester, in recent days.
Murphy on Wednesday asked residents to continue wearing face masks, practice social distancing, and wash their hands frequently. He also warned that he does not want to follow in the footsteps of the UK, which announced this week that it is launching a new round of restrictions due to an increase in cases.
“I desperately hope we don’t have to do it here,” the governor said. “And the more we stick to our new routines, the better our chances of keeping our numbers down and down, and we keep moving forward.”
New Jersey’s latest airtime rate is 1.15, up from 1.13 reported Tuesday – and the highest rate since it hit 1.15 on Aug.7. The rate has been above 1 since September 4 and has increased incrementally since last week.
“We’d love to get it under 1,” Murphy said. “This is where we expected.”
Any number above 1 means that every newly infected person, on average, is spreading the virus to at least one other person. Any number less than 1 indicates that the virus is decreasing.
The state’s latest positivity rate – the percentage of residents who test positive in a single day – was 1.93% on Saturday, the date with the most recent data available. This means that around 98% of those who were tested that day were negative.
There were 459 patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases in 71 New Jersey hospitals on Tuesday night. That’s 42 more than the night before.
Of these, 231 tested positive for the virus and 228 were under investigation pending test results. Many of the people under investigation for the virus have tested negative, officials said.
Admissions on Tuesday include 90 ICU or critical care patients (10 more than the day before) with 31 ventilators (three fewer than the day before).
There were 32 coronavirus patients discharged on Tuesday, according to the state’s coronavirus monitoring website.
COVID-19 hospitalizations in New Jersey have dropped dramatically from the state’s peak in mid-April, when there were more than 8,000 patients.
COUNTY-BY-COUNTY CASES (sorted by most new cases)
- Ocean County: 12,436 positive tests (59 new), 979 confirmed deaths (65 likely)
- Middlesex County: 19,210 positive tests (51 new), 1,223 confirmed deaths (202 likely)
- Bergen County: 22,276 positive tests (32 new), 1,801 confirmed deaths (243 probable)
- Burlington County: 7,006 positive tests (32 new), 455 confirmed deaths (39 likely)
- Gloucester County: 4,389 positive tests (28 new), 219 confirmed deaths (7 likely)
- Passaic County: 18,877 positive tests (28 new), 1,110 confirmed deaths (142 likely)
- Essex County: 20,898 positive tests (27 new), 1,897 confirmed deaths (230 likely)
- Monmouth County: 11,605 positive tests (24 new), 773 confirmed deaths (92 likely)
- Morris County: 7,795 positive tests (20 new), 686 confirmed deaths (145 likely)
- Somerset County: 5,725 positive tests (17 new), 498 confirmed deaths (74 likely)
- Union County: 17,517 positive tests (17 new), 1,190 confirmed deaths (166 probable)
- Camden County: 9,765 positive tests (16 new), 553 confirmed deaths (53 likely)
- Hudson County: 20,547 positive tests (15 new), 1,353 confirmed deaths (160 probable)
- Mercer County: 8,596 positive tests (11 new), 599 confirmed deaths (36 probable)
- Atlantic County: 3,990 positive tests (9 new), 245 confirmed deaths (11 likely)
- Cumberland County: 3,757 positive tests (8 new), 149 confirmed deaths (8 likely)
- Salem County: 1,052 positive tests (5 new), 84 confirmed deaths (6 likely)
- Sussex County: 1,461 positive tests (5 new), 161 confirmed deaths (37 probable)
- Cape May County: 1,008 positive tests (4 new), 87 confirmed deaths (8 likely)
- Hunterdon County: 1,296 positive tests (4 new), 71 confirmed deaths (54 likely)
- Warren County: 1,436 positive tests (2 new), 158 confirmed deaths (13 likely)
There are 346 other positive cases that remain under investigation, with the patients’ counties of origin unconfirmed.
BREAKDOWN BY AGE
Broken down by age, those aged 30 to 49 make up the highest percentage of New Jersey residents who contracted the virus (31%), followed by those aged 50-64 (26.6%), 18- 29 (16.1%), 65-79 (13.3%), 80 (9.1%), 5-17 (3%) and 0-4 (0.6%).
On average, the virus was more deadly for older residents, especially those with pre-existing conditions. Nearly half of COVID-19 deaths in the state were of residents aged 80 and over (47.1%), followed by those aged 65-79 (32.2%), 50-64 (15, 9%), 30-49 (4.3%), 18-25 (0.4%), 5-17 (0%) and 0-4 (0%).
At least 7,149 of the COVID-19 deaths in the state were of residents and staff members at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
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New Jersey is asking travelers from 35 U.S. states and territories considered COVID-19 hotspots to quarantine for 14 days after arriving here, including residents returning home.
New Jersey has allowed some businesses listed in phase 3 of its recovery plan to reopen with restrictions, including indoor gyms, cinemas and restaurants. Murphy warned it could tighten the guidelines if there are sustained hikes or if businesses and patrons don’t follow the rules.
The virus had a severe impact on the state’s economy. More than 1.56 million residents have filed for unemployment, businesses have lost incalculable revenues and numerous businesses have been permanently closed.
As of Wednesday afternoon, there have been more than 31.71 million positive COVID-19 tests worldwide, according to a current tally from Johns Hopkins University. More than 972,800 people have died, while more than 21.79 million people have recovered.
The United States has the most positive tests in the world, with more than 6.91 million, and the largest number of deaths, more than 201,200.
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