On Wednesday, the state reported a total of 162,068 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. That represents a one-day increase of less than 1%. It has now been more than two weeks since the state has had an increase in cases higher than 1%.Switch between map layers using the check box in the upper left corner. Click on a county for more details. Scroll down to find more county data and to see the change in cases by week. Source: NJ Spotlight analysis of NJ Department of Health data.
Deaths attributed to COVID-19 totaled 11,880, an increase of less than 1%. More than 7% of all known cases in New Jerseyans have resulted in death.
The rate of New Jerseyans testing positive for the virus is more than 18 in 1,000. Hudson County has 18,460 cases, the most of any county. Essex continues to have the greatest number of deaths, 1,687. Among large municipalities, the infection rate in Paterson (Passaic County) remains the highest, now surpassing 50 positive cases per 1,000 people.
The number of people hospitalized and in critical care declined, the number on ventilators stayed the same, and discharges outnumbered new admissions.
Long-term care facilities have been especially hard-hit and their cases comprise a significant portion of all cases. The state released updated data for facilities on Wednesday. Cases among long-term care residents alone make up almost 14% of all cases in the state; including staff, close to 21% of all cases derive from these settings. Deaths attributed to long-term care residents and staff account for about 43% of all in the state.
Last Thursday, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that another 33,290 New Jerseyans filed for unemployment in the week ending May 23 as the pandemic continues to devastate New Jersey’s economy. With all but essential businesses shut, the number of people seeking unemployment benefits has skyrocketed. According to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, nearly 1.2 million New Jerseyans who lost their jobs or had their hours reduced due to the pandemic have applied for unemployment benefits.
Every week, NJ Spotlight updates the map that tracks the change in cases week-by-week since the start of the pandemic. To see the growth in cases, click on the arrow in the green box beneath the map.
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 more than 6.4 million, with close to 1.9 million of those in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus COVID-19 global tracker. The number of deaths in the United States has surpassed 107,000, with about 11% of those from New Jersey. While state health officials are not reporting data about recoveries in the general population, Johns Hopkins’ tracker shows 27,008 New Jerseyans as recovered, which would represent close to 17% of cases.