New Jersey on Sunday reported another 2,599 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 40 additional confirmed deaths as the overall number of new cases in the state continues to climb.
Gov. Phil Murphy said as recently as Friday the state had “definitely plateaued” when it came to fighting back the second wave of the pandemic. But recent numbers show that’s not the case. Instead, daily COVID-19 cases are climbing.
New Jersey’s seven-day average for new confirmed coronavirus cases is now 3,329, up more than 11% from a week ago. It’s the highest seven-day average since mid-February.
The statewide rate of transmission, meanwhile, also continued to climb.
It increased to 1.08, up from 1.07 the previous day. Any number over 1 indicates that the outbreak is growing, with each new case leading to at least one other case. Officials warned Wednesday that the rate may creep up in the coming days.
There are nearly 2,000 people being treated across New Jersey’s 71 hospitals. It’s down from a winter high of more than 3,800 in mid-December, but there has been a steady uptick since March 7, when there were 1,785 people hospitalized.
New Jersey health facilities and vaccine centers have administered about 2.2 million first doses and about 1.2 million second doses, according to state data. The state is currently including the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the first dose totals.
The state’s goal is to vaccinate 70% of its eligible adults — about 4.7 million people — by the end of May. So far, about 16% of New Jersey’s adult population has been fully vaccinated, though it takes two weeks from the final dose for full efficacy.
In all, New Jersey has now reported 764,990 confirmed coronavirus cases out of more than 11.5 million PCR tests in the year since the state reported its first case on March 4, 2020. There have also been more than 100,896 positive antigen tests. Those cases are considered probable, and health officials have warned that positive antigen tests could overlap with the confirmed PCR tests because they are sometimes given in tandem.
The state of 9 million people has reported 24,174 residents have died from complications related to COVID-19 — 21,659 confirmed deaths and 2,515 fatalities considered probable.
- ATLANTIC COUNTY – 110,654 doses administered
- BERGEN COUNTY – 390,034 doses administered
- BURLINGTON COUNTY – 179,197 doses administered
- CAMDEN COUNTY – 207,248 doses administered
- CAPE MAY COUNTY – 49,236 doses administered
- CUMBERLAND COUNTY – 48,047 doses administered
- ESSEX COUNTY – 262,536 doses administered
- GLOUCESTER COUNTY – 129,107 doses administered
- HUDSON COUNTY – 169,601 doses administered
- HUNTERDON COUNTY – 46,713 doses administered
- MERCER COUNTY – 122,850 doses administered
- MIDDLESEX COUNTY – 276,709 doses administered
- MONMOUTH COUNTY – 260,357 doses administered
- MORRIS COUNTY – 248,470 doses administered
- OCEAN COUNTY – 211,731 doses administered
- PASSAIC COUNTY – 152,205 doses administered
- SALEM COUNTY – 23,318 doses administered
- SOMERSET COUNTY – 136,736 doses administered
- SUSSEX COUNTY – 53,477 doses administered
- UNION COUNTY – 177,680 doses administered
- WARREN COUNTY – 35,585 doses administered
- UNKNOWN COUNTY – 5,470 doses administered
- OUT OF STATE – 87,895 doses administered
New Jersey has reported 188 in-school coronavirus outbreaks, which have resulted in 890 cases among students, teachers and school staff this academic year, according to the state’s dashboard.
The state 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. 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.
There are about 1.4 million public school students and teachers across the state, though teaching methods amid the outbreak have varied, with some schools teaching in-person, some using a hybrid format and others remaining all-remote.
With teachers now eligible to get the vaccine, Murphy said on Monday that officials are “fully expecting” schools across New Jersey to return for in-person learning “safely and responsibly” when the next school year starts in September, if not sooner.
Broken down by age, those 30 to 49 years old make up the largest percentage of New Jersey residents who have caught the virus (30.9%), followed by those 50-64 (23.1%), 18-29 (19.6%), 65-79 (10.7%), 5-17 (8.7%), 80 and older (4.9%) and 0-4 (1.8%).
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 (47.16%), followed by those 65-79 (32.77%), 50-64 (15.63%), 30-49 (4.05%), 18-29 (0.37%), 5-17 (0%) and 0-4 (0.02%).
At least 7,959 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and staff members at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
There are active outbreaks at 244 facilities, resulting in 4,769 active cases among residents and 5,089 among staffers. Those numbers have slowed in recent weeks as vaccinations continue at these facilities.
As of Sunday morning, there have been more than 122.9 million positive COVID-19 tests across the globe, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. More than 2.71 million people have died from coronavirus-related complications.
The U.S. has reported the most cases, at more than 29.78 million, and the most deaths, at more than 541,900.