N.J. reports 23 COVID deaths, 1,967 cases. Positive test continue to steadily rise. – NJ.com

New Jersey health officials reported another 1,967 COVID-19 cases Monday and 22 confirmed deaths as positive tests continue to rise steadily.
The state’s seven-day average for confirmed positive tests is 1,916, up 11% from a week ago and up 37% from a month ago. That’s still well below the seven-day average from Dec. 13, 2021 of 3,720 confirmed positive tests.
The statewide rate of transmission was 1.12 for the second consecutive day, down from 1.44 on Friday. A transmission rate of 1 means the number of cases have leveled off, while anything above 1 indicates the outbreak is expanding.
There were 1,369 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases reported across the state’s 71 hospitals as of Monday night. That’s the most patients since February. Of those hospitalized, 146 are in intensive care and 55 are on ventilators.
The CDC now considers Bergen, Hudson and Passaic counties to have “high” community levels of COVID-19. The remaining 18 counties in the state are have “medium” transmission levels.
State health officials have not updated the positivity rate for tests since Nov. 26, when it was 10.96%.
The CDC considers positivity rates above 10% to be “high.” New Jersey’s statewide positivity rate is substantially lower than its peak of 40.83% on Jan. 1 during the height of the omicron variant.
New Jersey has reported more than 2.4 million total confirmed COVID-19 cases since it announced its first known case on March 4, 2020.
The Garden State has also recorded 451,241 positive antigen or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases. There are also numerous cases that were likely never counted, including at-home positive tests that are not included in the state’s numbers.
The state of 9.2 million residents has reported 35,268 COVID-19 deaths — 32,152 confirmed fatalities and 3,116 probable ones.
New Jersey has the 10th-most coronavirus deaths per capita in the U.S. — behind Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arizona, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, New Mexico, Tennessee and Michigan — as of Friday.
More than 7.1 million people who work, live or study in New Jersey have reached fully vaccinated status. More than 8 million people have received a first dose since vaccinations began in the state on Dec. 15, 2020.
More than 4.3 million people in the state eligible for boosters have received one.
At least 8,936 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and staff members at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to the most recent state data.
Of the active outbreaks at 339 facilities, there are 8,003 current cases among residents and 5,477 cases among staff, as of the latest data.
There have been more than 650 million COVID-19 cases reported across the globe, according to Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus database.
More than 6.65 million people have died because of the virus, the data shows. The U.S. has reported the most cumulative cases (more than 99 million) and deaths (at least 1.08 million) of any nation.
Our journalism needs your support. Please subscribe today to NJ.com.
If you purchase a product or register for an account through one of the links on our site, we may receive compensation.
Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (User Agreement updated 1/1/21. Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement updated 7/1/2022).
Cookie Settings
© 2022 Advance Local Media LLC. All rights reserved (About Us).
The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local.
Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site.
Ad ChoicesAd Choices