Now 11 weeks into the coronavirus outbreak and data released by state health leaders Thursday shows more positive signs, indicating progress across the state is both constant and consistent. But the situation in long-term care facilities is still fragile. The state announced an additional 40 Veterans Affairs medical staffers will be deployed to help out at non-veteran long-term care facilities. Nursing homes remain the one sector seeing slower improvement than the rest of the state.
For the 15th day in a row, health officials reported fewer than 2,000 new confirmed cases. To date, 151,472 total positive tests have been documented in New Jersey. Since Wednesday, another 98 lives were lost due to COVID-19, bringing the total number of fatalities to 10,843. Nationwide, New Jersey is still second only to New York in the amount of both cases and deaths.
But trends are heading where they need to go. Across the board hospitalization data is way down since the peak of the outbreak. Just the last few weeks alone have shown significant drops in the number of patients hospitalized, including those needing critical care or ventilators. On Wednesday, twice the amount of patients were discharged as those who were newly hospitalized.