New Jersey hit a grim new pandemic milestone last week.
As of Sunday afternoon, the state had logged 17,751 confirmed and probable deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic. With a population just shy of 9 million people, that amounts to about one death out of every 500 New Jersey residents.
As an international travel and transit hub, New York and New Jersey were hit especially hard at the beginning of the pandemic, meaning a significant share of New Jersey’s deaths occurred in the spring and summer, when states further west were seeing relatively few deaths.
New Jersey is approaching 200 deaths per 100,000 residents since the pandemic began. That death toll is higher than any state in the nation and far above the national rate of 85 deaths per 100,000.
For example, looking at the rolling average daily death toll maintained by the New York Times, New Jersey doesn’t even crack the top 10 states for new reported deaths. Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania are among the states currently experiencing high daily death rates.