New Jersey officials reported 3,207 more cases of the coronavirus Saturday – the highest number of new daily cases since April 27 when the state was still in the midst of the initial outbreak peak – and 11 additional deaths
Gov. Phil Murphy has said the state is getting hit with a second wave of the pandemic and all but assured that new restrictions to try and blunt the spread of the virus would be announced soon.
“This pandemic is real, and these numbers are going in the wrong direction. Wear a mask. Social distance. Stay safe,” Murphy said in a tweet announcing the latest figures.
The highest number of new positive tests reported during the now eight-month outbreak was 4,391 on April 17. During the month of April, all but three days had more than 3,000 new cases.
The seven-day average for new cases is now 2,135, a 40% jump from just a week ago, and 392% higher than a month ago.
The last time New Jersey had more than 3,000 cases, the state was in the middle of an unprecedented lockdown with schools and non-essential businesses shuttered to slow the outbreak. Murphy said Friday that new restrictions were imminent, but did not disclose his strategy.
“We’re working on making sure that we’ve got a right balance between strategic, scalpel-like actions and some broader actions that we will almost certainly take sooner than later,” Murphy said during a Friday public appearance.
Thirteen of New Jersey’s 21 counties reported at least 100 new cases on Saturday, while three counties had more than 300 led by Essex County with 364.
The state remains in Stage 2 of its recovery and reopening plan, though some elements of the third stage have also been implemented. Restaurants and other businesses continue to operate currently at capacity limits, and indoor gathering limits remain in place.
The 11 additional confirmed coronavirus fatalities bring the death toll to 16,425 — 14,625 confirmed and 1,800 probable deaths. Murphy did not say when the new deaths occurred.
COUNTY-BY-COUNTY NUMBERS (sorted by most new cases)
- Essex County: 26,970 positive tests (364 new), 1,923 confirmed deaths (230 probable)
- Bergen County: 26,714 positive tests (302 new), 1,826 confirmed deaths (245 probable)
- Hudson County: 24,801 positive tests (300 new), 1,380 confirmed deaths (158 probable)
- Union County: 21,899 positive tests (292 new), 1,210 confirmed deaths (168 probable)
- Passaic County: 22,403 positive tests (282 new), 1,126 confirmed deaths (141 probable)
- Camden County: 12,899 positive tests (244 new), 586 confirmed deaths (53 probable)
- Middlesex County: 23,749 positive tests (214 new), 1,251 confirmed deaths (203 probable)
- Monmouth County: 15,128 positive tests (196 new), 782 confirmed deaths (92 probable)
- Morris County: 10,037 positive tests (168 new), 697 confirmed deaths (145 probable)
- Burlington County: 9,265 positive tests (141 new), 479 confirmed deaths (41 probable)
- Ocean County: 17,488 positive tests (139 new), 1,011 confirmed deaths (66 probable)
- Atlantic County: 5,774 positive tests (125 new), 256 confirmed deaths (14 probable)
- Mercer County: 9,900 positive tests (117 new), 606 confirmed deaths (36 probable)
- Gloucester County: 6,079 positive tests (73 new), 244 confirmed deaths (7 probable)
- Somerset County: 6,890 positive tests (71 new), 524 confirmed deaths (75 probable)
- Warren County: 1,772 positive tests (41 new), 158 confirmed deaths (13 probable)
- Hunterdon County: 1,766 positive tests (37 new), 73 confirmed deaths (54 probable)
- Cumberland County: 4,190 positive tests (30 new), 154 confirmed deaths (8 probable)
- Cape May County: 1,202 positive tests (19 new), 92 confirmed deaths (10 probable)
- Sussex County: 1,862 positive tests (18 new), 162 confirmed deaths (36 probable)
- Salem County: 1,230 positive tests (6 new), 85 confirmed deaths (5 probable)
There were 1,392 patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases across the Garden State’s 71 hospitals as of Friday night. That’s 56 more than the night before and the highest number since June 11.
There were 276 patients in critical or intensive care (two more than the night before), including 76 on ventilators (four fewer).
There were 170 coronavirus patients discharged Friday, according to the state’s online dashboard.
New Jersey had more than 8,000 patients hospitalized at the peak of the outbreak in April.
New Jersey’s latest transmission rate of 1.24, down slightly from 1.25 on Friday and 1.26 on Thursday. The rate has hovered around those numbers since a recent low of 1.13 on Oct. 20.
That’s much lower than when the rate was above 5 toward the end of March. But any number above 1 means each newly infected person, on average, is spreading the virus to at least one other person. Any number below 1 means the virus’ spread is decreasing.
A transmission rate of 1.25 means every 100 infected people will spread the virus to 125 others.
Since the start of the school year, at least 146 New Jersey students and educators have either contracted COVID-19 or passed it on to someone else while in the classroom, walking around their schools or participating in extracurricular activities, state officials said.
The 146 cases were part of 36 confirmed school outbreaks that local health investigations concluded were the result of students and teachers catching the coronavirus at school.
Broken down by age, those 30 to 49 years old make up the largest percentage of New Jersey residents who have caught the virus (31.4%), followed by those 50-64 (25.3%), 18-29 (17.7%), 65-79 (12.3%), 80 and older (7.9%), 5-17 (4.3%), and 0-4 (0.9%).
On average, the virus has been more deadly for older residents, especially those with pre-existing conditions. Nearly half the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents 80 and older (47.86%), followed by those 65-79 (31.54%), 50-64 (15.83%), 30-49 (4.36%), 18-29 (0.38%), 5-17 (0%) and 0-4 (0.02%).
At least 7,230 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and staff members at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
Officials warned Monday that while a larger percentage of younger people had been contracting the virus in recent months, older people are now getting it at a faster clip.
Meanwhile, at least 17,500 more people in New Jersey have died this year than would be expected, state mortality data shows, which suggests the pandemic has claimed even more lives than state totals, according to an ongoing analysis by NJ Advance Media.
As of Saturday, there have been more than 49.46 million positive COVID-19 tests across the globe, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. More than 1.24 million people have died.
The United States has the most positive tests in the world, with more than 9.74 million, and the most deaths, at more than 236,000.