NJ reports 1,989 COVID cases, 13 deaths as colder weather arrives

NJ reports 1,989 COVID cases, 13 deaths as colder weather arrives

New Jersey health officials reported another 1,989 cases of COVID-19 and 13 confirmed deaths on Thursday as colder weather hits the state ahead of the holidays.

The statewide transmission rate fell to 0.88 on Thursday from 0.91 the day before. A transmission rate of less than 1 indicates that the epidemic is in decline, since each new case results in less than one additional case.

A transmission rate of 1 means the number of cases has stabilized, while anything above 1 indicates the epidemic is expanding.

New Jersey’s seven-day average for confirmed positive tests is 1,411, down 1% from a week ago and up 8% from a month ago.

The CDC now considers all but one county in New Jersey to have “average” community transmission. Mercer County is designated “low” risk, while the other counties are considered “medium” risk.

There were 1,046 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases reported across the state’s 71 hospitals as of Wednesday evening. Of those hospitalized, 126 are in intensive care and 43 are on ventilators.

The statewide positivity rate for tests taken Saturday, the most recent day for which data is available, was 9.9%.

The CDC considers positivity rates above 10% “high.” New Jersey’s statewide positivity rate is significantly lower than its peak of 40.83% on January 1 at the height of the omicron variant.


New Jersey has reported more than 2.38 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 since announcing its first known case on March 4, 2020.

The Garden State also recorded 437,803 positive antigens or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases. There are also many cases that were likely never counted, including positive home tests that are not included in state figures.

The state of 9.2 million people has reported 35,030 deaths from COVID-19 – 31,914 confirmed deaths and 3,116 probable deaths.

New Jersey has the 10th highest number of coronavirus deaths per capita in the United States – behind Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, New Mexico, Tennessee and Michigan – as of Thursday.


More than 7.1 million people who work, live or study in New Jersey have achieved full vaccine status. Nearly 8 million people have received a first dose since vaccinations began in the state on December 15, 2020.

More than 4.3 million people in the state eligible for boosters have received one.


At least 9,813 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have occurred among residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to the most recent data from the State.

Of active outbreaks at 349 facilities, there are 8,211 current cases among residents and 5,756 cases among staff, according to the latest data.


There are more than 636.8 million reported cases of COVID-19 worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Database.

More than 6.6 million people have died from the virus, the data shows. The United States has reported the highest number of cumulative cases (more than 98 million) and deaths (at least 1.07 million) of any country.

More than 12.8 billion doses of vaccines have been administered worldwide.

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