On Friday, New Jersey reported 584,291 total cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Of those, 3,603 were new cases, an increase of about 0.6% over the total the state reported the previous day.
Additionally, the state reported 66,098 probable cases found through antigen testing. New Jersey began reporting those cases on Jan. 4. Taken together, the number of positive PCR tests and antigen tests equals 650,389 total cases since March 4, 2020.
The rate of transmission was 1.04, dropping from 1.07 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 115 to 18,754. Deaths are not always reported as confirmed on the same day in which they occur. Including 2,121 probable deaths, the total number believed to have died due to COVID-19 is now 20,875. This brings the state’s COVID-19 death rate to 2.3 per 1,000 people, the highest in the nation. About 3.2% of all known cases in New Jerseyans have resulted in lab-confirmed deaths.
The number hospitalized on Jan. 21 was 3,328, a decrease of 90 from the previous day. The number of patients on ventilators rose to 445 and the number in intensive care only dropped to 193.
The rate of New Jerseyans who have tested positive for the virus is now 66 in 1,000. Bergen County is in the top spot for the county with the most cases, 56,563, followed by Essex County with 56,174. Essex County continues to have the greatest number of deaths, 2,243 lab-confirmed and another 260 suspected to be due to the virus.
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 Wednesday. Cases among long-term care residents alone make up more than 5% of all cases in the state; including staff, 9% of all cases derive from these settings. Deaths attributed to long-term care residents and staff account for nearly 38% of lab-confirmed and probable deaths in the state.
According to New Jersey labor officials, the state has paid out some $21 billion in state and federal unemployment benefits due to the pandemic. The state reported that close to 16,800 New Jerseyans filed for unemployment in the week ending Jan. 16, a 23% decrease over the prior week. About 1.95 million New Jerseyans have filed for unemployment since the start of the pandemic in early March 2020.
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 News updates this every Tuesday.
The number of people infected worldwide since the outbreak of the disease in late 2019 is close to 98 million, and the number infected in the United States is nearly 24.8 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus tracker. The number of deaths in the U.S. is almost 413,000. While state health officials are not reporting data about recoveries in the general population, Johns Hopkins’ tracker shows 64,006 New Jerseyans as recovered, which would represent nearly 11% of cases.
Once a month, NJ Spotlight News 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.