On Tuesday, New Jersey reported a total of 341,910 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. This is an increase of 4,606, or 1.4%, over the total the state reported the previous day.
The rate of transmission, 1.1, was down from 1.11 the previous day. (When the state first started tracking the transmission rate, on Aug. 9, it was 1.03.)
Lab-confirmed deaths attributed to the virus increased by 90 to 15,254. This is the highest increase in daily mortalities since June 13. Deaths are not always reported as confirmed on the same day in which they occur. Including 1,829 probable deaths, the total number believed to have died due to COVID-19 is now 17,083. Almost 5% of all known cases in New Jerseyans have resulted in lab-confirmed deaths.
The number hospitalized on Nov. 30 was 3,129, in increase of 72 from the previous day. The number of patients in intensive care was 601 and the number on ventilators was 359.
The rate of New Jerseyans who have tested positive for the virus is now over 38 in 1,000. Essex County has seen the most cases, 35,788, while Bergen County has 35,327. Essex County also continues to have the greatest number of deaths, 2,005 lab-confirmed and another 233 suspected to be due to the virus. Among large municipalities, Elizabeth (Union County) has risen to over 93 cases per 1,000 people. Paterson (Passaic County) has 90 cases per 1,000 people and Lakewood (Ocean County) has 66 cases per 1,000 people.New COVID-19 cases over the past week. Click on a county for more details, including total cases and deaths, one-day changes and cases per 1,000 residents. Scroll down to county data in tabular form. Source: NJ Spotlight analysis of NJ Department of Health data.
Long-term care facilities have been especially hard-hit and their cases comprise a significant portion of all cases. Data for individual facilities was updated Monday. Cases among long-term care residents alone make up almost 8% of all cases in the state; including staff, nearly 13% of all cases derive from these settings. Deaths attributed to long-term care residents and staff account for over 43% of lab-confirmed and probable deaths in the state.
The U.S. Department of Labor reported that about 11,400 New Jerseyans filed for unemployment in the week ending Nov. 21, the smallest number of new claims since the start of the pandemic. More than 1.8 million New Jerseyans have filed for unemployment since the start of the pandemic in early March, with a total of $19.3 billion in state and federal benefits paid.
Demographic data shows the virus is hitting some age groups, races and ethnicities harder than others, while there is little difference between the sexes. NJ Spotlight updates this every Tuesday.
The number of people infected worldwide since the outbreak of the disease late last year is 63.6 million, and the number infected has surpassed 13.6 million in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus COVID-19 global tracker. The number of deaths in the United States is over 269,000. While state health officials are not reporting data about recoveries in the general population, Johns Hopkins’ tracker shows 43,771 New Jerseyans as recovered, which would represent nearly 13% of cases.
Once a month, NJ Spotlight updates the map that tracks the change in cases since the start of the pandemic. To see the growth in cases, click on the arrow in the green box beneath the map.