New Jersey health officials on Tuesday reported another 3,164 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 92 additional deaths as the latest vaccination update showed more than 240,000 residents have received both shots and are fully vaccinated.
The seven-day average for new confirmed positive tests is now 3,050, down 22% from a week ago and 39% from a month ago. The new confirmed cases reported Tuesday include some catchup from a day earlier when 2,218 positive tests were reported, Gov. Phil Murphy said.
“Today’s case numbers include some records not included in yesterday’s counts due to an electronic laboratory reporting processing error,” Murphy said.
New Jersey has now lost 22,103 residents in the 11-month outbreak — 19,916 confirmed fatalities and 2,187 considered probable. The state has reported 572 confirmed deaths in the first nine days of February. 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 650,263 out of more than 9.6 million PCR tests. There have also been 78,041 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.
The rate of transmission reported Tuesday was 0.83, down from 0.85 on Monday and 0.87 a day earlier. That’s the lowest transmission rate since late August and any number below 1 indicates the outbreak is slowing.
The latest figures come a day after health officials said the number of new cases of the highly-contagious variant of the virus that was first discovered in the United Kingdom continues to be on the rise in New Jersey.
There has been a total of at least 31 cases in 11 counties identified in New Jersey so far, Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli announced on Monday. The first two cases of the variant in New Jersey were identified last month.
But with the second wave of the outbreak continuing to ease, Murphy said Monday the overall numbers “point in the right direction” and hinted he could lift more of the restrictions put in place to stop the spread. The number of new cases has declined significantly from several weeks ago along, as have the number of people seeking treatment in the state’s 71 hospitals.
The governor didn’t reveal which steps he would take and he also warned that new variants of the virus that more easily spread could reverse the trend.
But he’s always stressed that avoiding hospitals being hit with peak capacity has been a prime reason for the unprecedented restrictions put in place nearly a year ago. Hospitalizations have been steadily declining after reaching a second peak in mid-December.
The state hit a high of more than 8,000 hospitalizations in April.
COUNTY-BY-COUNTY CASES (sorted by most new)
- Ocean County: 47,506 confirmed cases (417 new), 1,625 confirmed deaths (104 probable)
- Monmouth County: 46,993 confirmed cases (325 new), 1,210 confirmed deaths (109 probable)
- Middlesex County: 62,670 confirmed cases (324 new), 1,773 confirmed deaths (221 probable)
- Bergen County: 63,050 confirmed cases (317 new), 2,248 confirmed deaths (273 probable)
- Hudson County: 58,814 confirmed cases (264 new), 1,735 confirmed deaths (173 probable)
- Essex County: 62,365 confirmed cases (238 new), 2,319 confirmed deaths (257 probable)
- Morris County: 29,255 confirmed cases (192 new), 867 confirmed deaths (216 probable)
- Union County: 45,929 confirmed cases (164 new), 1,512 confirmed deaths (190 probable)
- Passaic County: 48,938 confirmed cases (151 new), 1,461 confirmed deaths (163 probable)
- Atlantic County: 18,250 confirmed cases (122 new), 490 confirmed deaths (24 probable)
- Burlington County: 29,120 confirmed cases (116 new), 648 confirmed deaths (49 probable)
- Camden County: 37,434 confirmed cases (94 new), 992 confirmed deaths (71 probable)
- Mercer County: 24,567 confirmed cases (89 new), 803 confirmed deaths (39 probable)
- Somerset County: 17,149 confirmed cases (85 new), 660 confirmed deaths (97 probable)
- Gloucester County: 19,820 confirmed cases (64 new), 489 confirmed deaths (22 probable)
- Hunterdon County: 5,677 confirmed cases (49 new), 100 confirmed deaths (54 probable)
- Cumberland County: 11,254 confirmed cases (45 new), 301 confirmed deaths (18 probable)
- Sussex County: 7,267 confirmed cases (35 new), 205 confirmed deaths (57 probable)
- Warren County: 5,788 confirmed cases (26 new), 189 confirmed deaths (16 probable)
- Cape May County: 3,389 confirmed cases (18 new), 148 confirmed deaths (22 probable)
- Salem County: 4,017 confirmed cases (9 new), 141 confirmed deaths (12 probable)
There have been 1,085,595 vaccine doses administered in New Jersey so far, according to the state’s dashboard. Of those, 842,971 were the first of two doses people will receive.
That’s out of more than 1.48 million doses the state has received from the federal government, according to a running tally by the federal Centers for Disease Control.
- ATLANTIC COUNTY – 33,626 doses administered
- BERGEN COUNTY – 120,724 doses administered
- BURLINGTON COUNTY – 54,339 doses administered
- CAMDEN COUNTY – 62,748 doses administered
- CAPE MAY COUNTY – 16,044 doses administered
- CUMBERLAND COUNTY – 15,468 doses administered
- ESSEX COUNTY – 85,236 doses administered
- GLOUCESTER COUNTY – 38,056 doses administered
- HUDSON COUNTY – 49,180 doses administered
- HUNTERDON COUNTY – 14,788 doses administered
- MERCER COUNTY – 30,482 doses administered
- MIDDLESEX COUNTY – 81,423 doses administered
- MONMOUTH COUNTY – 82,444 doses administered
- MORRIS COUNTY – 79,202 doses administered
- OCEAN COUNTY – 67,140 doses administered
- PASSAIC COUNTY – 51,037 doses administered
- SALEM COUNTY – 6,997 doses administered
- SOMERSET COUNTY – 42,486 doses administered
- SUSSEX COUNTY – 17,043 doses administered
- UNION COUNTY – 53,437 doses administered
- WARREN COUNTY – 10,304 doses administered
- UNKNOWN COUNTY – 35,575 doses administered
- OUT OF STATE – 37,816 doses administered
There were 2,827 patients hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases across New Jersey’s 71 hospitals as of Monday night, four fewer than the previous night.
That included 544 in critical or intensive care (the same as the previous day), with 360 on ventilators (16 fewer from the previous day).
There were also 166 COVID-19 patients discharged Monday, according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard.
New Jersey officials reported six new in-school outbreaks of the virus, bringing the total to 137 outbreaks and 655 cases linked among students, teachers and school staff, according to the latest numbers.
The outbreaks — defined as cases in which people were confirmed to have caught or transmitted the virus in the classroom or during academic activities — were reported in all 21 counties, according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard.
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.
There are about 1.4 million students and teachers across the state, though teaching methods amid the outbreak have varied, some are in person, some are hybrid and others are all-remote.
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 Tuesday morning, there have been more than 106.5 million positive COVID-19 tests across the world, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. More than 2.32 million people have died from coronavirus-related complications.
The U.S. has reported the most cases, at more than 27 million, and the most deaths, at more than 465,000.