#New #Jersey on #Tuesday reported 3,675 new cases of the coronavirus and another 127 additional deaths, bringing the number of confirmed deaths in #December to 1,646 — the most of any month since #May.
“Stay vigilant. #Avoid large gatherings. #Social distance. #Mask up,” #Gov. #Phil #Murphy said in a tweet.
The statewide rate of transmission of the virus, meanwhile, dropped back down slightly to 0.95 after increasing #Monday to 0.96. #It was at 0.95 for two consecutive days prior to #Monday. #Before #Saturday, the rate dropped for 12 straight days to 0.95, the lowest it’s been since #Sept. 2.
#But deaths have climbed during the month of #December.
There were three days — including #Tuesday — when more than 100 confirmed COVID-19 deaths were reported in a single day. #More people reported having died than in #June when 1,560 deaths were announced by state health officials. There were 4,566 deaths reported in #May.
The state of 9 million residents has reported 18,777 deaths — 16,832 confirmed and 1,945 probable fatalities from complications related to the virus.
#Nearly 70,000 people in the state received a vaccine for the coronavirus as of #Monday, according to #Department of #Health #Commissioner #Judy #Persichilli.
The first people to get the doses are health care workers — of which there are about 650,000 in the state — are members and staff of long-term care facilities.
#Persichilli gave the update #Monday hours after a 103-year-old woman became the first resident of a #New #Jersey nursing home to be given a vaccine for the virus. #She was the first of more than 83,000 residents who will get the vaccine through the beginning of #February.
#Murphy has said he hopes 70% of the state will receive a vaccine.
#But before that can happen the governor continues to warn about the rising number of new cases.
#Tuesday marked the first time in three days the state reported more than 3,000 new positive tests. There were 2,329 reported on #Sunday and 2,745 on #Monday.
#Tuesday also marked a third straight day of an increase in the number of people hospitalized throughout the state’s 71 hospitals. There were 3,765 people being treated as of #Monday evening, which are the most up-to-date figures.
#That’s about 100 fewer than on #Dec. 22, when the hospitalization number hit a more than seven-month high.
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The 3,765 patients hospitalized in #New #Jersey with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases as of #Monday night. #It was 81 more than the previous night.
#That included 723 in critical or intensive care (eight more than the previous night), with 473 on ventilators (32 fewer than the previous evening).
There were 288 COVID patients discharged from hospitals #Monday, according to the state’s coronavirus dashboard.
The state last week reported seven new confirmed in-school outbreaks in #New #Jersey, which resulted in 31 new cases.
There have now been 105 confirmed in-school outbreaks across the state, resulting in 459 cases among students and staff members across 98 schools.
#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. #Though the numbers keep rising every week, #Murphy has said the school outbreak statistics remain below what state officials were expecting when schools reopened for in-person classes.
The extensive rules for schools, which include social distancing guidelines for classrooms and strict mask requirements, have made schools among the safest places in the state, he said. The governor said of the 250,563 cases reported overall statewide since the school year began, only 2/10ths of 1% are “traced to activity within our schools.”
#Broken down by age, those 30 to 49 years old make up the largest percentage of #New #Jersey residents who have caught the virus (31.4%), followed by those 50-64 (23.9%), 18-29 (19%), 65-79 (11.2%), 80 and older (5.8%), 5-17 (6.9%), and 0-4 (1.4%).
#On average, the virus has been more deadly for older residents, especially those with pre-existing conditions. #Nearly half the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents 80 and older (47.51%), followed by those 65-79 (32%), 50-64 (15.85%), 30-49 (4.25%), 18-29 (0.37%), 5-17 (0%) and 0-4 (0.02%).
#As of #Tuesday morning, there were more than 81.4 million positive COVID-19 tests across the world, according to a running tally by #Johns #Hopkins #University. #More than 1.77 million people have died from coronavirus-related complications.
The U.S. has reported the most cases, at more than 19.3 million, and the most deaths, at more than 335,000.
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