NJ reports 3,998 new COVID-19 cases, 15 patients died in hospitals in second wave


New Jersey reported 3,998 new coronovirus cases and 15 additional deaths on Sunday, while the hospital rose for the 23rd consecutive day as the epidemic continues to surround the state just days before Thanksgiving celebrations.

“As we approach the holidays, we protect ourselves and our loved ones. Wear a mask Social distance. Avoid big gatherings, ” Gov. Phil Murphy said on Twitter In announcing daily numbers.

The update comes as COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations in the United States continue to increase, and lines at test sites have increased dramatically.

Murphy did not announce new restrictions on Sunday to deal with the second wave of the epidemic, but will host his regular coronavirus media briefing on Monday in Trenton. The governor signed an executive order extending the public health emergency, which was first announced on 9 March. This is the ninth time the emergency order has been renewed.

Last week, Murphy warned that the outbreak of cases and deaths would be “disproportionately worse” over the next few months as more people stay inside due to cold weather and gather for the holidays. The increasing number of cases of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic – the last major global outbreak to hit the US – also came in the spring before reunification, with retaliation in the fall.

New Jersey has now announced 306,007 out of more than 5.6 million total positive tests since the outbreak began in March.

As many as 16,761 coronavirus deaths occurred in 9 million inhabitants, including 14,949 There are confirmed fatalities and 1,812 potential.

As of Saturday night, there were 2,568 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases in 71 hospitals in New Jersey. This is much less than the 8,000 hospitalized in April, but the highest since May 28. Hospitals have tripled in the last one month.

Officers urge residents to wear masks, practice social disturbances, wash hands and limit gatherings as much as possible this holiday season. Family and social events have become major disseminators of the virus since the beginning of autumn.

However, hope is on the horizon as officials announced on Friday that New Jersey could receive 160,000 doses of Pfizer coronavirus virus by Christmas if the company wins emergency use approval from the federal government.

And if Modern’s vaccine follows a similar path, it could mean a total of 460,000 vaccine doses in the state at the beginning of January, while a wider rollout for the general population could come by April or May.

Nevertheless, leading numbers of health officials continue to trend in the wrong direction to track the epidemic.

In 2,568 patients in hospitals, 466 were in intensive or critical care and 237 in Were on ventilator. Despite 297 discharges on Saturday, it was the 23rd day of hospitalization.

An average of 45,000 tests are conducted in the state this month, and that number does not include recently deployed rapid trials. Murphy reminded residents that more than 400 test sites are available throughout the state.

The latest statewide rate of transmission decreased to 1.35. Any number above 1 means the outbreak continues to expand. New Jersey has been above that mark since early September.

Of the 21 counties led by Bergen (403), Hudson (360) and Essex (340) counties, 21 reported at least 100 new cases on Sunday.

The state did not announce when 15 new deaths occurred.

To fight the spread, Murphy has ordered the closure of indoor bars and restaurants in New Jersey at 10 pm daily and canceled interstate games up to high school level. Indoor gatherings are now limited to 10 people, below 25, and from Monday, outdoor gatherings will be limited to 150 below 500.

Thus, Murphy stopped short of ordering another statewide lockout, like he did in the spring, but he has insisted that he is considering all options.

COUNTY-BY-COUNTY NUMBERS (sorted by newest)

  • Bergen County: 31,851 positive tests (403 new), 1,855 confirmed deaths (246 possible)
  • Hudson County: 29,116 positive tests (360 new), 1,399 confirmed deaths (158 possible)
  • Essex County: 32,778 positive tests (340 new), 1,972 confirmed deaths (230 potential)
  • Camden County: 16,862 positive tests (325 new), 608 confirmed deaths (56 possible)
  • Middlesex County: 27,987 positive tests (315 new), 1,273 confirmed deaths (203 possible)
  • Burlington County: 11,996 positive tests (299 new), 491 confirmed deaths (41 possible)
  • Monmouth County: 18,624 positive tests (288 new), 796 confirmed deaths (92 possible)
  • Union County: 26,043 positive tests (280 new), 1,249 confirmed deaths (171 possible)
  • Passaic County: 27,065 positive tests (262 new), 1,155 confirmed deaths (144 possible)
  • Ocean County: 20,087 positive tests (207 new), 1,031 confirmed deaths (67 possible)
  • Mercer County: 12,450 positive tests (194 new), 615 confirmed deaths (36 possible)
  • Morris County: 12,252 positive tests (165 new), 707 confirmed deaths (147 possible)
  • Gloucester County: 8,066 positive tests (117 new), 259 confirmed deaths (7 possible)
  • Atlantic County: 7,257 positive tests (96 new), 265 confirmed deaths (13 possible)
  • Somerset County: 8,333 positive tests (81 new), 532 confirmed deaths (75 possible)
  • Hunteron County: 2,236 positive tests (52 new), 76 confirmed deaths (54 possible)
  • Warren County: 2,259 positive tests (43 new), 160 confirmed deaths (13 possible)
  • Cumberland County: 4,733 positive tests (42 new), 162 confirmed deaths (8 possible)
  • Sussex County: 2,315 positive tests (41 new), 162 confirmed deaths (36 possible)
  • Salem County: 1,476 positive tests (20 new), 86 confirmed deaths (5 possible)
  • Cape May County: 1,524 positive tests (9 new), 96 confirmed deaths (10 possible)

As of Saturday night, there were 2,568 patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases in 71 hospitals in New Jersey. He is 16 more than the night before.

Of those, 466 were in critical or intensive care (14 before night), including 237 on ventilators (four more).

According to the state’s online dashboard, 313 coronavirus patients were admitted and 297 discharged on Saturday.

According to the New Jersey Hospital Association, 71 acute care hospitals in New Jersey are two-thirds full. The age of the patient is reduced, the short hospital stay has stopped, and the hospitals have become better at treating the virus.

New Jersey’s latest transmission rate of 1.35 is below 1.38 reported on Saturday.

A transmission rate of 1.35 means that on average every 100 infected people will spread the virus to 135 other people. Any number above 1 means every newly infected person, on average, is spreading the virus to at least one other person.

But 135 is far less than the rate above 5 recorded at the end of March because the extent of the outbreak was still in focus and testing was rare.

Although hundreds of school districts have declared coronovirus cases and dozens of New Jersey schools have temporarily closed since the start of the school year, state health officials said 56 schools have reported COVID-19 outbreaks Is confirmed.

The state’s dashboard shows 239 cases in those 56 schools, but those numbers only include confirmation of school admission. Students or staff are believed to have been infected outside of school, or cases that are not involved in school outbreaks cannot be confirmed.

Murphy has ordered the schools to be closed statewide, saying the number is better than expected.

Broken by age, people aged 30 to 49 make up the largest percentage of New Jersey residents who have caught the virus (31.6%), followed by 50-64 (24.6%), 18-29 (18.5%) 65 –79 (11.7%), 80 and older (7.0%), 5–17 (5.4%), and 0–4 (1.1%).

On average, the virus has been more deadly to older residents, especially those with pre-existing conditions. Nearly half of the state’s COVID-19 deaths occurred in residents 80 and older (47.1%), followed by 65–79 (32.2%), 50–64 (16%), 30–49 (4.3%). ), Occurred between 18–29. (0.4%), 5–17 (0%) and 0–4 (0.02%).

At least 7,274 deaths of the state’s COVID-19 have occurred among residents and staff members at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. This number has been increasing at a steady rate in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, at least 17,500 more people have died in New Jersey than would be expected this year, state mortality data show, which suggests that the epidemic has caused state totals, according to an analysis released by NJ Advance Media Has claimed more than life.

According to an ongoing rally by Johns Hopkins University, as of Sunday morning, there have been more than 58.3 million positive COVID-19 tests worldwide. More than 1.38 million people have died from coronovirus related complications.

The United States has the highest number of positive tests in the world, with 12.1 million and the most deaths exceeding 255,000.

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