New Jersey reported another 5,095 coronavirus cases and 51 confirmed COVID-19 deaths on Christmas Day, and the statewide transmission rate was further below the key benchmark1.
Governor Phil Murphy urged residents to keep gatherings small during Christmas and New Year celebrations, and only immediate family members to avoid a surge after the holidays.
“When we celebrate the holidays, please stay safe. Social distancing. Cover up,”
The state reported another 80 deaths on Thursday.
The statewide transmission rate dropped for the 12th consecutive day, from 0.96 to 0.95. This is the lowest level since September 2.
A number greater than 1 means that every person who has COVID-19 spread the disease to more than one person, and reducing the ratio to less than 1 is considered the key to curbing the pandemic.
As of Thursday night, the number of confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases hospitalized throughout the state has dropped to 3,669 patients. This is much lower than the more than 8,000 patients at the peak of the first wave in April. Since December 8, the number of hospitalized people has exceeded 3,500.
The number of COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit increased from 749 to 753, and the number of ventilators remained at 524.
On Friday, the 7-day average number of new cases each day increased to 4,597. This is a decrease of 4% compared to a week ago, but an increase of 12% compared to a month ago.
Officials said that the largest proportion (more than 60%) of the recent new cases was the result of spreading in private places and came from the whole state.
Since the outbreak in March, New Jersey has reported 454,902 of more than 7.46 million inspections. These totals do not include quick tests.
The state’s 9 million residents have reported 18,595 deaths, of which 16,650 have been confirmed and 1,945 have died from complications related to the virus.
The state reported on Wednesday that seven new school outbreaks were confirmed in New Jersey, resulting in 31 new cases.
Currently, there are 105 confirmed outbreaks in schools across the state, causing 459 cases among students and staff in 98 schools.
These figures do not include students or staff who are believed to have been infected outside the school, or cases that cannot be confirmed as an outbreak in the school. Although the number is increasing every week, Murphy said that school outbreak statistics are still lower than state officials expected when the school reopened.
He said the school’s extensive regulations, including social evacuation guidelines for classrooms and strict mask requirements, make the school one of the safest places in the state. The governor said that since the beginning of the school year, a total of 250,563 cases have been reported across the state, and only 2/10 of 1% “can be traced to our school’s activities”.
Breaking down by age, New Jersey residents between the ages of 30 and 49 have the highest rate of infection (31.5%), followed by 50-64 (24%), 18-29 (19%), 65-year-olds- 79 (11.2%), 80 years and older (5.9%), 5-17 (6.7%) and 0-4 (1.4%).
On average, this virus is more lethal to older residents, especially those who already have the disease. Nearly half of COVID-19 deaths in the state occurred among residents 80 years and older (46.9%), followed by 65-79 (32.6%), 50-64 (15.9%), 30-49 (4.1%), 18 Residents aged -29 (0.4%), 5-17 (0%) and 0-4 (0.02%).
A statistics conducted by Johns Hopkins University showed that as of Thursday morning, there were more than 79.4 million positive COVID-19 tests worldwide. More than 1.74 million people died from coronavirus-related complications.
The United States has reported the most cases at over 18.6 million and the number of deaths at over 329,100.
COUNTY-BY-COUNTY NUMBERS (sorted by the latest number)
- Middlesex County: 42,584 positive tests (511 new cases), 1,415 confirmed deaths (213 possible)
- Bergen County: 45,064 positive tests (448 new), 2016 confirmed deaths (260 possible)
- Essex County: 45,459 positive tests (443 new tests), 2,121 confirmed deaths (242 possible)
- Monmouth County: 29,887 positive tests (443 new findings), 905 confirmed deaths (possibly 100)
- Hudson County: 41,759 positive tests (442 new cases), 1,514 confirmed deaths (163 possible)
- Dayang County: 30,455 positive tests (375 new tests), 1,229 confirmed deaths (75 possible)
- Passage County: 38,839 positive tests (373 new cases), 1,277 confirmed deaths (149 possible deaths)
- Camden County: 27,150 positive tests (299 new cases), 722 confirmed deaths (58 possible cases)
- Lianhe County: 35,396 positive tests (291 new cases), 1,353 confirmed deaths (possibly 174)
- Burlington County: 19,517 positive tests (245 new cases), 561 confirmed deaths (45 possible)
- Morris County: 19,205 positive tests (225 new cases), 770 confirmed deaths (possibly 175)
- Atlantic County: 11,395 positive tests (170 new cases), 337 confirmed deaths (18 possible)
- Gloucester County: 13,314 positive tests (151 new cases), 349 confirmed deaths (10 possible)
- Mercer County: 18,030 positive tests (139 new cases), 671 confirmed deaths (37 possible)
- Cumberland County: 7,353 positive tests (134 new cases), 203 confirmed deaths (9 possible)
- Somerset County: 1,030 positive tests (132 new tests), 570 confirmed deaths (87 possible)
- Warren County: 3,689 positive tests (64 new tests), 168 confirmed deaths (possibly 13)
- Sussex County: 4,095 positive tests (55 new tests), 168 confirmed deaths (43 possible)
- Hunterdon County: 3,533 positive tests (44 new tests), 82 confirmed deaths (54 possible)
- Salem County: 2,557 positive tests (37 new cases), 102 confirmed deaths (5 possible)
- Cape May County: 2,238 positive tests (16 new tests), 117 confirmed deaths (15 possible)
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