reports 4 COVID deaths, 244 cases as outbreak continues to slow

New Jersy reports 4 COVID deaths, 244 cases as outbreak continues to slow. New Jersey on Saturday reported another 244 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and an additional four confirmed deaths as vaccinations continue to drive the state’s outbreak to some of its lowest recorded levels.

This marked the eight straight day the state has announced fewer than 300 confirmed positive tests in one day.

It comes as more than 4.36 million people who live, work, or study in New Jersey have now been fully vaccinated at state sites. That includes about 98,100 out-of-state residents who were vaccinated in New Jersey. More than 170,800 New Jersey residents have been vaccinated in other states.

The state’s goal is to have 70% of New Jersey’s 6.9 million adults vaccinated by the end of this month. About 63% of adult residents have been fully vaccinated so far. In addition, more than 337,00 first and second vaccine doses have been administered to kids between ages 12 and 17.

More than 5.13 million people have received at least their first dose at a New Jersey site — about 56% of the state’s 9.2 million residents, according to the state’s numbers.

The state’s seven-day average for new confirmed positive COVID-19 tests is now 203 — down 12% from a week ago and 79% from a month ago.

There were 394 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 or suspected cases across New Jersey as of Friday night — up slightly from the night before, when statewide hospitalizations fell below 400 for the first time in more than eight months and dropped to their lowest point since the state began announcing hospital data in March 2020.

The statewide transmission rate rose to 0.84, from 0.80 the day before. But any number under 1 indicates that each new case is leading to less than one additional case.

The positivity rate for tests administered Sunday, the date with most recent available data, was 0.95% on 31,213 tests. That means fewer than 1% of tests conducted that day came back positive.

New Jersey, an early epicenter of the pandemic, has seen a staggering death toll from the virus. The state of 9.2 million people has now reported 26,327 deaths from complications related to COVID-19 in slightly more than 15 months — 23,642 confirmed and 2,685 considered probable. That’s the most deaths per capita among U.S. states.

In all, the Garden State has reported 889,960 total confirmed cases out of more than 14.38 million tests since it announced its first case March 4, 2020.

The state has also reported 129,396 positive antigen tests during the pandemic. 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.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday visited the N&N Unisex Barbershop in Irvington in hopes of driving up vaccinations among Black residents. The shop is located next to a pop-up vaccination site.

Irvington, which is 86% Black and 10% Hispanic, has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the state: Only 35% of its 55,000 residents have been fully vaccinated, officials said. The city is one of the 10 New Jersey municipalities larger than 100,000 residents with a less than 50% vaccination rate.

“People don’t trust government enough to give government their information or believe that government is doing what they say they’re doing,” Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss said. “The hesitation is real, the fear is real. We just have to keep plugging away,” he said.

Murphy said barbershops can help spread the word.

It’s not just getting a cut, it’s exchanging information, getting caught up on what’s going on,” the governor said. “When you look at the people who are entering the hospital, they are overwhelmingly unvaccinated.”

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There were 394 patients hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases across New Jersey’s hospitals as of Thursday night — six more than the previous night, according to state data.

That included 84 in critical or intensive care (two fewer than the night before), with 47 on ventilators (six fewer).

There were 62 COVID-19 patients discharged Friday.

By comparison, hospitalizations peaked at more than 8,300 patients during the first wave of the pandemic in April 2020 and more than 3,800 during the second wave in December.


New Jersey has reported 281 in-school coronavirus outbreaks, which have resulted in 1,263 cases among students, teachers and school staff this academic year, according to state data.

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 has said his executive order allowing for virtual schooling in New Jersey during the pandemic will not be renewed beyond this academic year, which will officially end the option for virtual learning in the fall.

But the governor said students will likely still be required to wear masks when the next academic year begins — though he since added that could change.


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 (22.4%), 18-29 (19.9%), 65-79 (10%), 5-17 (10.1%), 80 and older (4.4%) and 0-4 (2.1%).

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 (45.5%), followed by those 65-79 (33.7%), 50-64 (16.3%), 30-49 (4.1%), 18-29 (0.4%), 5-17 (0%) and 0-4 (0%).

At least 8,058 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.


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