On Monday, the state reported a total of 204,107 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. That represents an increase of 559, or 0.3%, over the total the state reported the previous day.
The rate of transmission was 1.12, up a touch from 1.11 the previous day.
Lab-confirmed deaths attributed to the virus increased to 14,316. Deaths are not always reported as confirmed on the same day in which they occur. Including 1,791 probable deaths as of Wednesday, the total number believed to have died due to COVID-19 is now 16,107. Over 7% of all known cases in New Jerseyans have resulted in lab-confirmed deaths.
The number hospitalized on Sept. 27 was 421, a slight increase of four from the previous day. The number of patients in intensive care was 91, up by three, and the number on ventilators dropped to 39, down by eight.
The rate of New Jerseyans testing positive for the virus is about 23 in 1,000. Bergen County, where the state’s first case was diagnosed, continues to have the most cases, with 22,439. Essex continues to have the greatest number of deaths, 1,899 lab-confirmed and another 230 suspected to be due to the virus. Among large municipalities, the infection rate in Paterson (Passaic County) remains the highest, at nearly 52 positive cases per 1,000 people.
Long-term care facilities have been especially hard-hit and their cases comprise a significant portion of all cases. Data for individual facilities were updated Monday. Cases among long-term care residents alone make up 12.3% of all cases in the state; including staff, about 19% of all cases derive from these settings. Deaths attributed to long-term care residents and staff account for 45% of lab-confirmed and probable deaths in the state.
The U.S. Department of Labor reported that nearly 24,000 New Jerseyans filed for unemployment in the week ending Sept. 19, a 25% increase over the prior week. More than 1.6 million New Jerseyans have filed for unemployment since the start of the pandemic in early March, with a total of $15.6 billion in state and federal benefits paid.
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.
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 nearly 33.2 million, and the number infected has surpassed 7.1 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 almost 205,000. While state health officials are not reporting data about recoveries in the general population, Johns Hopkins’ tracker shows 34,650 New Jerseyans as recovered, which would represent nearly 17% of cases.