N.J. reports 1,133 COVID cases, 14 deaths; daily positive tests on decline – NJ.com

New Jersey health officials on Tuesday reported another 1,133 COVID-19 cases and 14 confirmed deaths. Daily case rates have been declining since a week ago, when the state reported 2,128 positive tests on Jan. 10.
The state’s seven-day average for confirmed positive tests is 1,748, down 20% from a week ago and down 8% from a month ago.
While positive tests have been rose this winter, New Jersey has not seen a repeat of the surge in cases that followed the holidays last year. The seven-day average for Jan. 17, 2022, was more than 16,000 confirmed positive tests.
The statewide rate of transmission on Tuesday was 1. A transmission rate of 1 means the number of cases have leveled off, while anything above 1 indicates the outbreak is expanding.
The CDC considers 19 counties in the state to have “high” community levels of the coronavirus. Only Hunterdon and Warren counties are considered to have “medium” community levels. Case counts and hospitalization numbers by region determine each county’s community level, according to the CDC.
There were 1,495 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases reported across the state’s 70 hospitals Monday night. Of those hospitalized, 173 are in intensive care and 71 are on ventilators.
The statewide positivity rate for tests conducted Saturday, the most recent day for which data is available, was 15.12%.
The CDC considers positivity rates above 10% to be “high.” New Jersey’s statewide positivity rate is substantially lower than its peak of 40.83% on Jan. 1, 2022, during the height of the omicron variant.
New Jersey has reported more than 2.49 million total confirmed COVID-19 cases since it announced its first known case on March 4, 2020.
The Garden State has also recorded 477,045 positive antigen or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases. There are also numerous cases that were likely never counted, including at-home positive tests that are not included in the state’s numbers.
The state of 9.2 million residents has reported 35,684 COVID-19 deaths — 32,568 confirmed fatalities and 3,116 probable ones.
New Jersey has the 10th-most coronavirus deaths per capita in the U.S. as of Jan. 9.
More than 7.1 million people who work, live or study in New Jersey have reached fully vaccinated status. More than 8 million people have received a first dose since vaccinations began in the state on Dec. 15, 2020.
More than 4.3 million people in the state eligible for boosters have received one.
At least 9,946 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 the most recent state data.
Of the active outbreaks at 444 facilities, there are 11,256 current cases among residents and 7,426 cases among staff, as of the latest data.
There have been more than 667 million COVID-19 cases reported across the globe, according to Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus database.
More than 6.7 million people have died because of the virus, the data shows. The U.S. has reported the most cumulative cases (more than 101 million) and deaths (at least 1.1 million) of any nation.
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Camille Furst may be reached at cfurst@njadvancemedia.com.
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