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N.J. reports 40 COVID deaths, 3,474 positive tests as hospitalizations continue to decline – NJ.com

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Apr 18, 2021

New Jersey health officials on Saturday reported another 3,474 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and an additional 40 confirmed deaths as hospitalizations continued to fall.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the latest figures on social media.

The seven-day average for new positive tests is 3,135, down 4.5% from a week ago and is about the same as a month ago.

There were 2,095 people hospitalized across the state as of Friday night. The number of people being treated has ticked down for nearly a week.

More than 1 in 3 adults in the state — 2,428,796 — are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while 3,745,150 have received at least one dose as of Saturday morning, according to the state. Vaccine eligibility expands on Monday to anyone 16 or older who lives, works or studies in New Jersey.

Daily PCR cases

Daily PCR cases as of 4/16/21.

The state’s rate of transmission on Friday held at 0.91 from the previous day and is down slightly from 0.92 on Thursday. It has dropped steadily from 1.07 on April 5. 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 855,759 confirmed coronavirus cases out of more than 12.9 million PCR tests since the state reported its first case on March 4, 2020. There have also been 119,945 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 million people has reported 25,134 people have died from complications related to COVID-19 — including 22,542 confirmed deaths and 2,592 fatalities considered probable.

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VACCINATIONS BY COUNTY

  • ATLANTIC COUNTY – 187,762 doses administered
  • BERGEN COUNTY – 657,649 doses administered
  • BURLINGTON COUNTY – 309,959 doses administered
  • CAMDEN COUNTY – 345,973 doses administered
  • CAPE MAY COUNTY – 75,927 doses administered
  • CUMBERLAND COUNTY – 81,269 doses administered
  • ESSEX COUNTY – 453,940 doses administered
  • GLOUCESTER COUNTY – 208,105 doses administered
  • HUDSON COUNTY – 357,243 doses administered
  • HUNTERDON COUNTY – 85,043 doses administered
  • MERCER COUNTY – 234,819 doses administered
  • MIDDLESEX COUNTY – 512,123 doses administered
  • MONMOUTH COUNTY – 434,006 doses administered
  • MORRIS COUNTY – 409,385 doses administered
  • OCEAN COUNTY – 351,419 doses administered
  • PASSAIC COUNTY – 273,271 doses administered
  • SALEM COUNTY – 36,651 doses administered
  • SOMERSET COUNTY – 239,997 doses administered
  • SUSSEX COUNTY – 91,366 doses administered
  • UNION COUNTY – 319,297 doses administered
  • WARREN COUNTY – 59,628 doses administered
  • UNKNOWN COUNTY – 21,015 doses administered
  • OUT OF STATE – 143,461 doses administered

HOSPITALIZATIONS

Hospitalizations as of 4/16/21

Hospitalizations as of 4/16/21

There were 2,095 patients hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases across New Jersey’s 71 hospitals as of Friday night — 90 fewer than the previous night.

That included 446 in critical or intensive care (10 fewer than the night before), with 247 on ventilators (six fewer).

There were also 299 COVID-19 patients discharged Thursday.

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 245 in-school coronavirus outbreaks, which have resulted in 1,094 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 recently 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 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 (22.9%), 18-29 (19.8%), 65-79 (10.4%), 5-17 (9.4%), 80 and older (4.6%) 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 (46.87%), followed by those 65-79 (32.89%), 50-64 (15.78%), 30-49 (4.05%), 18-29 (0.39%), 5-17 (0%) and 0-4 (0.03%).

At least 7,989 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 225 facilities, resulting in 3,676 active cases among residents and 4,366 among staffers. Those numbers have been slowing as vaccinations continue at the facilities.

GLOBAL NUMBERS

As of Saturday, there have been more than 140 million positive COVID-19 tests across the world, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. More than 3 million people have died from coronavirus-related complications.

The U.S. has reported the most cases, at more than 31.56 million, and the most deaths, at more than 566,200.

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Matt Arco may be reached at marco@njadvancemedia.com.

 

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