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N.J. reports 43 COVID deaths, 3,523 cases. Nearly half of adults have 1 vaccine dose.

New Jersey health officials on Friday reported another 3,523 cases of the coronavirus and an additional 43 deaths as nearly half of the state’s adult population has received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the latest numbers on the outbreak on social media before he is expected to be vaccinated along with his wife Tammy Murphy at the Atlantic City mega-site

New Jersey’s seven-day average for confirmed cases is 3,360, down 18% from a week ago, but up 20% from a month ago.

The state’s 71 hospitals reported 2,358 patients as of Thursday night, down 20 people from a day earlier. Hospitalizations had been rising this week, but remain well below the recent high of 3,873 on Dec. 22.

New Jersey health facilities and vaccine centers have now administered more than 5.1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine since the state’s first shot was given Dec. 15. That includes more than 3.2 million people with at least one dose, about 47% of the state’s adult population, according to state data. Nearly 30% of New Jersey’s adult population has been fully vaccinated.
The state’s rate of transmission declined again Friday to 1.01, following a steady drop through the week from 1.07 on Monday. Any number over 1 indicates that the outbreak is growing, with each new case leading to at least one other case. A declining transmission rate means the spread is slowing.
In all, New Jersey has now reported 831,260 coronavirus cases out of more than 12.5 million PCR tests since the state reported its first case on March 4, 2020. There have also been 115,244 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 9.2 million people has reported 24,826 residents have died from complications related to COVID-19 — 22,253 confirmed deaths and 2,573 fatalities considered probable. The probable deaths, which are revised weekly, increased by five on Wednesday.

VACCINATIONS BY COUNTY
  • ATLANTIC COUNTY – 164,853 doses administered
  • BERGEN COUNTY – 577,382 doses administered
  • BURLINGTON COUNTY – 271,452 doses administered
  • CAMDEN COUNTY – 306,948 doses administered
  • CAPE MAY COUNTY – 68,766 doses administered
  • CUMBERLAND COUNTY – 70,959 doses administered
  • ESSEX COUNTY – 394,076 doses administered
  • GLOUCESTER COUNTY – 185,634 doses administered
  • HUDSON COUNTY – 296,602 doses administered
  • HUNTERDON COUNTY – 73,556 doses administered
  • MERCER COUNTY – 201,556 doses administered
  • MIDDLESEX COUNTY – 440,966 doses administered
  • MONMOUTH COUNTY – 382,466 doses administered
  • MORRIS COUNTY – 361,635 doses administered
  • OCEAN COUNTY – 310,408 doses administered
  • PASSAIC COUNTY – 234,378 doses administered
  • SALEM COUNTY – 32,896 doses administered
  • SOMERSET COUNTY – 209,752 doses administered
  • SUSSEX COUNTY – 80,801 doses administered
  • UNION COUNTY – 274,730 doses administered
  • WARREN COUNTY – 52,553 doses administered
  • UNKNOWN COUNTY – 21,286 doses administered
  • OUT OF STATE – 128,215 doses administered

COUNTY-BY-COUNTY NUMBERS (sorted by most new)

  • Middlesex County: 80,250 confirmed cases (408 new), 1,983 confirmed deaths (245 probable)
  • Essex County: 80,639 confirmed cases (365 new), 2,528 confirmed deaths (291 probable)
  • Bergen County: 83,471 confirmed cases (350 new), 2,464 confirmed deaths (294 probable)
  • Monmouth County: 63,384 confirmed cases (310 new), 1,384 confirmed deaths (137 probable)
  • Hudson County: 74,732 confirmed cases (307 new), 1,948 confirmed deaths (203 probable)
  • Ocean County: 62,049 confirmed cases (268 new), 1,870 confirmed deaths (155 probable)
  • Passaic County: 60,380 confirmed cases (247 new), 1,622 confirmed deaths (194 probable)
  • Union County: 56,644 confirmed cases (242 new), 1,661 confirmed deaths (216 probable)
  • Camden County: 44,731 confirmed cases (155 new), 1,137 confirmed deaths (97 probable)
  • Morris County: 39,621 confirmed cases (153 new), 946 confirmed deaths (241 probable)
  • Burlington County: 35,624 confirmed cases (144 new), 742 confirmed deaths (63 probable)
  • Somerset County: 22,586 confirmed cases (107 new), 705 confirmed deaths (105 probable)
  • Mercer County: 29,752 confirmed cases (105 new), 868 confirmed deaths (43 probable)
  • Atlantic County: 23,138 confirmed cases (100 new), 596 confirmed deaths (35 probable)
  • Gloucester County: 24,244 confirmed cases (58 new), 555 confirmed deaths (30 probable)
  • Hunterdon County: 8,069 confirmed cases (45 new), 117 confirmed deaths (54 probable)
  • Sussex County: 10,508 confirmed cases (45 new), 221 confirmed deaths (66 probable)
  • Warren County: 7,970 confirmed cases (41 new), 204 confirmed deaths (25 probable)
  • Salem County: 4,915 confirmed cases (24 new), 158 confirmed deaths (13 probable)
  • Cumberland County: 13,483 confirmed cases (23 new), 375 confirmed deaths (36 probable)
  • Cape May County: 4,265 confirmed cases (14 new), 169 confirmed deaths (30 probable)

HOSPITALIZATIONS

There were 2,358 patients hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases across New Jersey’s 71 hospitals as of Thursday night — 20 fewer than the previous night.
That included 460 in critical or intensive care (four more than the night before), with 266 on ventilators (two more).
There were also 324 COVID-19 patients discharged Thursday.
By comparison, hospitalizations peaked at more than 8,300 patients during the first wave of the pandemic in April.
SCHOOL CASES
New Jersey has reported 240 in-school coronavirus outbreaks, which have resulted in 1,070 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.

Murphy last week announced most New Jersey schools can move classroom desks three feet apart, instead of six feet, under new social distancing guidelines.

The governor also said the state’s schools will return to full in-person classes for the next school year and districts will not be allowed to offer virtual learning, even for parents who want that option due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. But Murphy clarified Tuesday that students and teachers who have health issues that could put them at greater risk of a serious coronavirus case will have a virtual option.
AGE BREAKDOWN
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 (22.9%), 18-29 (19.8%), 65-79 (10.4%), 5-17 (9.4%), 80 and older (4.6%) and 0-4 (1.9%).
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 (46.87%), followed by those 65-79 (32.89%), 50-64 (15.78%), 30-49 (4.05%), 18-29 (0.39%), 5-17 (0%) and 0-4 (0.03%).
At least 7,989 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 225 facilities, resulting in 3,676 active cases among residents and 4,366 among staffers. Those numbers have been slowing as vaccinations continue at the facilities.

GLOBAL NUMBERS
As of Friday, there have been more than 134 million positive COVID-19 tests across the world, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. More than 2.9 million people have died from coronavirus-related complications.
The U.S. has reported the most cases, at more than 31 million, and the most deaths, at more than 560,100.

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