N.J. reports 1,339 COVID cases, 15 deaths. Positive tests edge higher. – NJ.com

New Jersey health officials on Monday reported another 1,339 COVID-19 cases and 15 confirmed deaths as positive tests continue to edge higher following the holidays.
The state’s seven-day average for confirmed positive tests is 2,184, up 8% from a week ago and up 22% from a month ago. New Jersey’s coronavirus dashboard, which is no longer updated on weekends, shows 2,608 positive tests on Saturday and 1,836 on Sunday.
While positive tests have been higher this month, New Jersey has not seen a repeat of the surge in cases that followed the holidays last winter. The seven-day average for Jan. 9, 2022, was more than 27,000 confirmed positive tests.
The statewide rate of transmission on Monday was 1.09. 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 all 21 counties in the state to have “high” community levels of the coronavirus. Case counts and hospitalization numbers by region determine each county’s community level, according to the CDC.
There were 1,534 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases reported across 69 of the state’s 70 hospitals Sunday night. Of those hospitalized, 159 are in intensive care and 70 are on ventilators.
The statewide positivity rate for tests conducted Dec. 30, the most recent day for which data is available, was 16.36%.
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 2.48 million total confirmed COVID-19 cases since it announced its first known case on March 4, 2020.
The Garden State has also recorded 472,467 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 35,604 COVID-19 deaths — 32,488 confirmed fatalities and 3,116 probable ones.
New Jersey has the 10th-most coronavirus deaths per capita in the U.S. as of Monday.
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 9,938 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 413 facilities, there are 10,291 current cases among residents and 6,902 cases among staff, as of the latest data.
There have been more than 664 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 1.09 million) of any nation.
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