New Jersey health officials on Monday reported another 3,114 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 34 additional deaths as hospitalizations dropped below 3,000 over the weekend to the lowest number since before Thanksgiving.
Officials have administered more than 785,500 vaccines across the state so far, though Monday’s winter storm will slow the mass vaccination effort since many sites announced Sunday they would be closed.
Hospitalizations declined Sunday night to 2,865, the lowest since Nov. 23, with 531 people in intensive care and 355 on ventilators.
“All of those numbers are down,” Gov. Phil Murphy said during a briefing in Woodbridge to discuss the winter storm lashing the state.
New Jersey has now lost 21,513 residents in the nearly 11-month outbreak, with 19,384 confirmed fatalities and 2,129 considered probable. The death toll for January was 2,377 confirmed fatalities, the most in any month since May.
The total number of confirmed cases is now 626,645 out of more than 9.3 million PCR tests. There have also been 73,701 positive antigen tests, which the state recently began reporting publicly. Those cases are considered probable and health officials have warned the positive antigen tests could overlap with the confirmed PCR tests because they are sometimes given in tandem.
Health officials, meanwhile, continue to discover more cases of the highly-contagious variant of the virus that was first discovered in the United Kingdom. There have been at least 11 confirmed cases of the variant, officials said on Friday, including one associated with a death.
The cases have been reported in six counties:
- Ocean County – 4
- Essex County – 2
- Morris County – 2
- Hudson County – 1
- Middlesex County – 1
- Warren County – 1
There have been 785,588 vaccine doses administered in New Jersey so far, according to the state’s dashboard. Of those, 656,174 were the first of two doses people will receive.
That’s out of more than 1.23 million doses the state has received from the federal government, according to a running tally by the federal Centers for Disease Control.
All six of the state’s vaccine mega-sites have now opened along with about 200 other locations statewide, though some mega-sites have had to suspended operations for a day after running out of doses.
Murphy said last week that the state can now expect about 130,000 doses from the federal government over the next three weeks, up from 100,000, but demand is still far outpacing the supply in the state.
“We still have a big supply-demand imbalance. We’re still going to be chopping through that for weeks to come,” Murphy said during a CNN interview.
- ATLANTIC COUNTY – 22,813 doses administered
- BERGEN COUNTY – 86,616 doses administered
- BURLINGTON COUNTY – 38,742 doses administered
- CAMDEN COUNTY – 46,359 doses administered
- CAPE MAY COUNTY- 11,358 doses administered
- CUMBERLAND COUNTY – 11,498 doses administered
- ESSEX COUNTY – 62,777 doses administered
- GLOUCESTER COUNTY – 26,024 doses administered
- HUDSON COUNTY – 36,437 doses administered
- HUNTERDON COUNTY – 10,785 doses administered
- MERCER COUNTY – 21,023 doses administered
- MIDDLESEX COUNTY – 58,828 doses administered
- MONMOUTH COUNTY – 59,564 doses administered
- MORRIS COUNTY – 58,242 doses administered
- OCEAN COUNTY – 47,462 doses administered
- PASSAIC COUNTY – 36,853 doses administered
- SALEM COUNTY – 4,691 doses administered
- SOMERSET COUNTY – 30,871 doses administered
- SUSSEX COUNTY – 13,151 doses administered
- UNION COUNTY – 38,734 doses administered
- WARREN COUNTY – 8,018 doses administered
- UNKNOWN COUNTY – 25,732 doses administered
- OUT OF STATE – 29,010 doses administered
There were 2,865 patients hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases across New Jersey’s 71 hospitals as of Sunday night. That’s 58 fewer than the previous day.
That included 531 in critical or intensive care (five more than the previous night), with 255 on ventilators (four fewer).
There were also 286 COVID-19 patients discharged Sunday, according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard.
Murphy has said any hospitalizations over 5,000 patients would likely trigger new rounds of restrictions. But the number of people being hospitalized has mostly ticked down slowly in recent days after hitting a more than seven-month high of 3,873 people on Dec. 22.
Hospitalizations have been slowly declining in recent weeks.
The state hit a high of more than 8,000 hospitalizations in April.
At least 629 students and staff in 131 school districts in New Jersey have caught COVID-19 through in-school outbreaks, according to the latest update from state health officials.
That’s an increase of 10 districts from the previous weekly report. There are now confirmed in-school outbreaks in all 21 counties, though the state does not identify the individual school districts.
Those numbers do not include students or staff believed to have been infected outside school or cases that can’t be confirmed as in-school outbreaks. Though the numbers keep rising every week, Murphy has said the school outbreak statistics remain below what state officials were expecting when schools reopened for in-person classes.
New Jersey defines school outbreaks as cases where contact tracers determined two or more students or school staff caught or transmitted COVID-19 in the classroom or during academic activities 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 (31.1%), followed by those 50-64 (23.5%), 18-29 (19.3%), 65-79 (11.1%), 5-17 (7.9%), 80 and older (5.3%), and 0-4 (1.6%).
On average, the virus has been more deadly for older residents, especially those with preexisting conditions. Nearly half the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents 80 and older (47.49%), followed by those 65-79 (32.56%), 50-64 (15.52%), 30-49 (4.05%), 18-29 (0.36%), 5-17 (0%), and 0-4 (0.02%).
At least 7,713 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and staff members at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. That number has been rising again at a steeper rate in recent months, with deaths at the state’s nursing homes nearly tripling in December.
There are currently active outbreaks at 435 facilities, resulting in 7,338 active cases among residents and 7,929 among staffers.
As of Monday morning, there have been more than 103 million positive COVID-19 tests across the world, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. More than 2.22 million people have died from coronavirus-related complications.
The U.S. has reported the most cases, at more than 26.1 million, and the most deaths, at more than 441,300 .