On Monday, the state reported a total of 221,205 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. That represents an increase of 1,192, or 0.5%, over the total the state reported the previous day.
The rate of transmission was 1.14, down from 1.15 the previous day.
Lab-confirmed deaths attributed to the virus increased by three to 14,425. Deaths are not always reported as confirmed on the same day in which they occur. Including 1,789 probable deaths as of Wednesday, the total number believed to have died due to COVID-19 is now 16,214. About 6.5% of all known cases in New Jerseyans have resulted in lab-confirmed deaths.
The number hospitalized on Oct. 18 was 758. The number of patients in intensive care was 166, dropping by three, while the number on ventilators was 62, a decrease of five.
The rate of New Jerseyans testing positive for the virus is nearly 25 in 1,000. Bergen County, where the state’s first case was diagnosed, continues to have the most cases, with 23,845. Essex continues to have the greatest number of deaths, 1,904 lab-confirmed and another 230 suspected to be due to the virus. Among large municipalities, the infection rate in Lakewood (Ocean County) has now surpassed Paterson (Passaic County); Lakewood has nearly 56 cases per 1,000 people, while Paterson has about 54 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 not available Monday. Cases among long-term care residents alone make up 11.5% of all cases in the state; including staff, about 18% 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 more than 28,000 New Jerseyans filed for unemployment in the week ending Oct. 10, an increase of close to 20% over the prior week. More than 1.65 million New Jerseyans have filed for unemployment since the start of the pandemic in early March, with a total of $16.5 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 40.2 million, and the number infected has surpassed 8.1 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 nearly 220,000. While state health officials are not reporting data about recoveries in the general population, Johns Hopkins’ tracker shows 35,889 New Jerseyans as recovered, which would represent over 16% of cases.