N.J. reports 33 COVID deaths, 2,993 cases. Virus transmission rate drops

Posted Apr 10, 2021

New Jersey on Saturday reported another 2,993 cases of the coronavirus and an additional 33 deaths as nearly half of the state’s adult population has received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose. Meanwhile, the rate of transmission dropped below a key benchmark.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the latest data on social media, the day after the governor and First Lady Tammy Murphy both received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at the Atlantic City mega-site.

The state’s 71 hospitals reported 2,344 patients as of Friday night, down 14 people from a day earlier. Hospitalizations had been rising this week, but remain well below the recent high of 3,873 on Dec. 22. The last two days, hospitalizations have dropped.

New Jersey’s seven-day average for confirmed cases is 3,284, down 19% from a week ago, but up 17% from a month ago.

New Jersey health facilities and vaccine centers have now administered more than 5.2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine since the state’s first shot was given Dec. 15. That includes more than 3.3 million people with at least one dose, nearly 50% of the state’s adult population, according to state data. Approximately 31% of the state’s adult population are fully vaccinated.

The state’s rate of transmission declined again Saturday to .98, 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 834,182 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 115,921 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 24,8259 residents have died from complications related to COVID-19 — 22,286 confirmed deaths and 2,573 fatalities considered probable. The probable deaths, which are revised weekly, increased by five on Wednesday.

There were 2,344 patients hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases across New Jersey’s 71 hospitals as of Friday night — 14 fewer than the previous night.

That included 464 in critical or intensive care (four more than the night before), with 265 on ventilators (one fewer).

There were also 301 COVID-19 patients discharged Friday.

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 (22.8%), 18-29 (19.8%), 65-79 (10.3%), 5-17 (9.4%), 80 and older (4.5%) 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 (46.2%), followed by those 65-79 (33.5%), 50-64 (15.9%), 30-49 (4%), 18-29 (0.4%), 5-17 (0%) and 0-4 (0%).

At least 7,999 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 229 facilities, resulting in 3,345 active cases among residents and 4,117 among staffers. Those numbers have been slowing as vaccinations continue at the facilities.

GLOBAL NUMBERS

As of Saturday, there have been more than 134.7 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 561,000.

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published this page in News and Politics 2021-04-11 02:46:14 -0700