N.J. reports 4,532 COVID cases, 11 deaths. Hospitalizations, transmission rate continue to climb.

Published: Dec. 09, 2021

New Jersey on Thursday reported another 4,532 COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths as the number of people being hospitalized and the statewide transmission continue a steady post-Thanksgiving surge.

The 4,532 confirmed positive tests is the highest single-day total since April 1.

The seven-day average for confirmed positive tests increased to 3,402, up 55% from a week ago and more than triple the average from a month ago. That’s also the highest average since April 8. By comparison, however, the seven-day average was 5,151 on Dec. 9, 2020, when vaccinations were not yet available.

There were 1,452 patients hospitalized with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases across New Jersey’s 71 hospitals as of Wednesday night. New Jersey has reported more than 1,000 hospitalizations for 10 consecutive days and it’s the highest number of people hospitalized since May 1.

There were 43 more people hospitalized Wednesday compared to the previous day despite 186 patients being discharged in the 24 hours leading up to Wednesday night. Of those hospitalized, 264 patients were in intensive care (three more than the previous night), with 116 of them on ventilators (one fewer).

The statewide transmission rate increased Thursday to 1.39, up from 1.36 Wednesday and 1.31 Tuesday. Any transmission rate above 1 indicates the pandemic is expanding, as each infected person is passing the virus to at least one other person.

The statewide positivity rate for tests administered on Saturday, the most recent day available, was 9.6%.

The latest increases in positive tests, transmission rate and hospitalizations come after last month’s Thanksgiving gatherings and a shift to colder temperatures, driving people inside.

Health officials are encouraging everyone 18 and older in New Jersey who has received their second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines six months ago or longer to get a booster shot. Anyone 18 and older who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is also eligible for a booster two months after their single shot.

As of the end of November, New Jersey has reported a total of 61,521 breakthrough cases among fully vaccinated people, leading to 1,402 hospitalizations and 339 deaths, though those represent a small percentage of total cases.

From Nov. 22 to Nov. 28, the state reported 16,050 positive tests. Of those, 3,393 were from fully vaccinated people and those cases led to 16 hospitalizations (out of 874 total) and no deaths (out of 82 total).

All of New Jersey’s 21 counties are listed as having “high” rates of coronavirus transmission, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency is recommending that all people in high transmission counties wear masks for indoor public settings regardless of vaccination status.

More than 6.26 million people who live, work or study in New Jersey — a state of about 9.2 million residents — have now been fully vaccinated and more than 7 million have received a first dose. More than 1.5 million people have received third doses or boosters.

New Jersey has now reported 28,526 deaths, including 25,696 confirmed deaths and 2,830 probable deaths — in the nearly 21 months since the pandemic began here. The probable deaths, which are revised weekly, increased Monday by three fatalities.

The state has the third-most coronavirus deaths per capita in the U.S., behind Mississippi and Alabama.

New Jersey has reported 1,116,217 total confirmed cases out of 16.2 million PCR tests conducted since the state’s first case was announced on March 4, 2020. The state has also reported 173,325 positive antigen or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases.

At least 8,715 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 state data. There were active outbreaks at 141 facilities, resulting in 645 current cases among residents and 637 among staffers as of Monday.

This week, New Jersey reported 31 new in-school coronavirus outbreaks across the state. There have been a total 248 in-school outbreaks across the state among students and staff this academic year, leading to 1,345 cases. Only Burlington County has not reported any in-school outbreaks this year.

In-school outbreaks, which are reported weekly by the state, are defined as three or more cases that are determined through contact tracing to have been transmitted among staff or students while at school. They do not include total cases among staff and students, a number the state began providing last week for the first time.

There have been a total of 25,781 cases among students and 5,701 among staff since the start of the academic year through Nov. 28. That includes cases from roughly 65% of the state’s schools that have provided data to the state. For the week ending Nov. 28, those 2,248 schools reported 3,024 new student cases and 858 staff cases.

As of Thursday, there have been more than 268 million COVID-19 cases reported across the world, according to Johns Hopkins University, with more than 5.28 million people having died due to the virus. The U.S. has reported the most cases (more than 49.5 million) and deaths (more than 793,200) of any nation.

There have been more than 8.31 billion vaccine doses administered globally.

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