COVID deaths in New Jersey have surpassed 30,000 as 121 more fatalities have been reported, with 14,692 cases reported
On Saturday, New Jersey reached another tragic milestone, surpassing 30,000 COVID-19 fatalities since the outbreak began 22 months ago.
This figure is equivalent to slashing out the approximate populations of Princeton, Nutley, or Neptune Township.
On Saturday, the mark was raised as the Garden State reported another 121 confirmed coronavirus deaths and 14,692 confirmed positive tests.
According to the New York Times, the total death toll in the United States has risen to 30,079 confirmed and probable fatalities, primarily in the United States, behind Mississippi, Arizona, and Alabama.
There are still indications New Jersey's recent surge, driven by the omicron variation, may have reached an all-time high.
The state's seven-day average for daily cases fell for the sixth day in a row on Saturday, down to 20,700. That's 6,000 less than the average a week ago, or a nearly 25% drop.
On Friday night, the number of suspected cases across the state had risen for the third day.
In a news interview on Friday, the governor said New Jersey had a good couple of days with the epidemic.
Weve been clobbered, but it feels like we may be seeing early signs of that light at the end of the tunnel, Murphy said.
The state's seven-day average, despite a trending down from the 2794th to the first month in January, is still impressively higher than the previous month, before the omicron breakout coincided with the holiday to form a potent brewery.
The statewide transmission rate in New Jersey for the second day in a row was 1.21, down from 1.29 on Thursday and 1.35 on Wednesday. The state saw a recent high of 1.92 on January 1, but it is still expanding, as each infected person is infecting more than one other person.
The statewide positivity rate for tests conducted on Monday, the most recent day available, was 25.11%, meaning more than 1 in 4 people who wanted a test got a positive result. The rate had been higher since April 2020, when testing was in short supply.
According to official sources, the number of cases being investigated has increased as more people are getting tested than ever before. On Saturday, the state also reported 2,884 probable cases from rapid antigen testing at medical sites.
The number of cases of Coronavirus deaths has increased, as well as the number of deaths in the country rising two weeks or later.
Officials say daily death reports do not reflect fatalities in the last 24 hours, and 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 government is recommending that all persons in high transmission counties wear masks in public settings regardless of their vaccination status.
As of Friday night, 5,671 coronavirus patients were hospitalized throughout the state's 71 hospitals, up by 164 patients from the night before. 850 people were discharged over the same 24-hour period.
Of the people that were hospitalized, 886 people were in intensive care (10 less than the previous night) and 524 were on ventilators (the same as the night before.
According to Judith Persichilli, roughly half of those recently hospitalized with confirmed cases had been admitted with COVID-19 as their primary condition, while the rest have COVID-19 as well as other co-existing medical complications.
This comes as some critics speculate about people who enter the hospital for a non-related condition and then test positive for the virus, causing a spike in the number of people involved.
The Virus becomes a "contributing or co-morbid disorder that could or could not worsen their principal diagnosis," according to Persichilli.
In the past 22 months since the outbreak started, New Jersey, an early coronavirus hotspot, has reported 30,079 fatalities, including 27,210 confirmed deaths and 2,869 probable fatalities.
Since the state's first case was announced on March 4, 2020, 1,709,193 total confirmed cases, including 269,864 positive antigens and rapid tests.
More than 6.5 million people in New Jersey who live, work, or study have been fully vaccinated, and more than 7.4 million have received a first dose since vaccinations began on December 15, 2020.
One in 2.5 million people in New Jersey who have been eligible for boosters has been received.
Murphy claims that booster numbers in the state are lacking, and that authorities are focusing on increasing 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 dose.
The state does not regulate the number of vaccine participants who test positive, are hospitalized, or have died due to the virus.
For the week ending December 26, there were 31,334 breakthrough cases out of ten1,000 total positive tests. Those cases led to four hospitalizations out of 2,640 total and five fatalities that week
As of December 26, New Jersey has reported a total of 128,172 breakthrough cases among fully vaccinated individuals, leading to 1,687 hospitalizations and 448 fatalities, although those are a modest percentage of total cases.
Officials say people who have been vaccinated are less likely to contract the virus and less likely to develop life-threatening diseases. But officials are calling for more people to get booster doses because the effectiveness of vaccination disproves over time.
According to the Department of Health, the number of cases that have been identified remains.
For the week ending January 2, with only half of schools reporting data, another 28,399 confirmed cases were reported among employees (8,380) and students (20,019).
Since the start of the academic year, there have been 71,029 students and 21,014 school staff members who have contracted COVID-19, although 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 the latest data, at least 8,854 of the state's COVID-19 deaths 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 324 million COVID-19 cases reported in the United States on Friday, with more than 5.53 million people dead due to the virus.
Over 9.59 billion vaccination doses have been administered globally.
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Len Melisurgo, a journalist at NJ Advance Media, has contributed to this report.
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