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The number of COVID cases in New Jersey has dropped to 20,624, with 106 fatalities reported

The number of COVID cases in New Jersey has dropped to 20,624, with 106 fatalities reported

On Friday, New Jersey reported another 106 confirmed deaths and 20,624 confirmed positive tests, while coronavirus hospitalizations dropped for the second day in a row.

The update comes a day after Gov. stated that he hopes the recent surge in the state driven by the omicron variant is beginning to show signs of swaning.

You have to acknowledge that this is not gonna go to zero, Murphy told reporters Thursday. At a certain point, you have to realize that this is gonna migrate from a pandemic to an end, like the flu is. And were gonna have to figure out how to be normal even though its still in our midst. Unfortunately, were not there yet. But I hope, God willing, we get there sooner than later.

The state's seven-day average for new confirmed positive tests fell on Friday to 22,824, down 17% from a week ago, but still up 494% from a month ago.

As of Thursday night, there were 5,835 people in the 71 hospitals in the state.

The statewide transmission rate in New Jersey for Friday was 1.21, down from 1.29 on Thursday and 1.35 on Wednesday. The state had a recent high of 1.92 on January 1, but it is still growing. When the rate is 1, it means the outbreak has dropped to its current level.

The statewide positivity rate is still shockingly high, according to Murphy, the most recent day available, on Saturday, which included 32.54%, bringing nearly 1 in 3 people who wanted a test to a conclusion. The rate has not been much higher since April 2020, when testing was in short supply.

The latest increase in cases comes as more people are getting tested than ever before. The state on Thursday also reported 3,313 probable cases from rapid antigen testing at medical sites. Officials note the current extent of the outbreak is likely to be undercounted because at-home antigen test results are not reported to the state.

There have been a few confirmed deaths in New Jersey this month.

Officials have noted that daily death reports do not reflect fatalities that occurred in the last 24 hours, and that reporting is sometimes delayed for days or weeks as fatalities are investigated and certified.

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All of New Jersey's 21 counties are listed as having "high" rates of coronavirus transmission, and the agency is recommending that all people in high transmission counties wear masks for indoor public settings, regardless of their vaccination status.

As of Thursday night, 5,835 coronavirus patients were hospitalized in 71 hospitals across the state, down by 98 patients from the night before. 869 people were discharged over the same 24-hour period.

Of the people that were hospitalized, 896 people were in intensive care (11 less than the previous night) and 524 were on ventilators (23 less).

According to Judith Persichilli, roughly half of people recently hospitalized with confirmed cases were admitted with COVID-19 as their primary condition. The rest have COVID-19 as well as other co-existing conditions.

This comes as some critics question whether or not people are infected with the hospital for an unrelated condition and then are testing positive for the virus, which increases the number of people infected with it.

So Persichilli said even for those who aren't admitted for COVID-19 as their primary reason, the virus becomes a contributing or co-morbid illness that could or could not worsen their principal diagnosis.

In the over 22 months since the pandemic began, New Jersey, an early coronavirus hotspot, has reported 29,959 fatalities, including 27,090 confirmed deaths and 2,869 probable deaths.

According to the New York Times, the state has in the United States, behind Mississippi, Arizona, and Alabama.

Since the state's first case was announced on March 4, 2020, New Jersey has reported 1,694,553 confirmed cases, including more than 16.9 million PCR tests.

More than 6.5 million people in New Jersey have been fully vaccinated, and more than 7.4 million have been in the first place since vaccinations began.

Over 2.5 million people in New Jersey have received one from those 4.95 million people eligible for boosters.

Murphy said that the state's booster numbers are insufficiency, and that officials will concentrate on boosting them in the next weeks.

Anyone 16 and older in the United States who has received their second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations at least five months ago is eligible for a booster shot.

The state does not issue daily breakdowns of the vaccination status of people who test positive, are hospitalized, or have died due to the disease.

For the week ending December 26, there were 31,334 breakthrough cases out of 1061,000 total positive tests. Those cases resulted in four hospitalizations out of 2,640 total and five fatalities across 146 total deaths.

As of December 26, New Jersey has reported a total of 128,172 breakthrough cases among fully vaccinated people, resulting in 1,687 hospitalizations and 448 fatalities, although those are a small percentage of total cases.

Officials say vaccinated people are less likely to contract the virus and much less likely to develop life-threatening situations. But officials are calling for more people to get booster shots because the effectiveness of vaccination decreases over time.

According to the Department of Health, infections are still being traced regardless of where the transmission was, according to statistics.

Staff (8,380) and students (20,019) were among the more than 28,399 confirmed cases reported for the week ending January 2.

COVID-19 has been reported in 71,029 students and 21,014 school staff members since the start of the academic year, though the state has never had more than two-thirds of the school districts reporting data in any week.

The state has reported 388 total in-school outbreaks, including 2,255 students and staff.

According to a new study, at least 8,854 of the state's COVID-19 fatalities have been reported among residents and staff at 550 nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

According to the United States, there have been more than 320.8 million COVID-19 cases reported across the world, with more than 5.52 million people having died due to the virus.

More than 9.57 billion vaccination doses have been administered globally.

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