New Jersey on Saturday reported 20 more deaths from COVID-19 and 2,559 confirmed positive tests as President Joe Biden’s administration will end its coronavirus testing authorization for international travel next week.
The Biden administration will lift authorization for international travelers coming into the United States on Sunday.
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on Sunday, June 12, not all travelers, including US citizens, will have to show a negative coronavirus test before boarding an international flight to the United States, according to USA Today.
According to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the current rule requires all air passengers to undergo a negative coronavirus test one day before boarding any flight bound for the United States.
The CDC has determined that, based on current science, the requirement is no longer necessary.
The seven-day average for confirmed cases in New Jersey was 2,693 on Saturday, down 7% from last week, but still up 11% from last month.
The statewide positivity rate for tests taken on Monday, the most recent day for which data is available, was 9.02%. The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers positivity rates greater than 10% “high.”
Saturday’s statewide transmission rate was 0.89. A transmission rate of less than 1 is an indication that the outbreak is declining as each new case leads to less than one additional new case.
Cases, transmission rates, and hospitalizations have stabilized in recent weeks.
As of Friday night, 812 patients with confirmed or suspected cases were reported at 70 of the state’s 71 hospitals. One hospital did not report data. Hospitalizations are still much lower than when they peaked at 6,089 on Jan. 10 during the Omicron wave.
Of those hospitalized, 86 were in intensive care and 31 were on ventilators. According to state data, at least 152 people were discharged in the 24-hour period ending Friday.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now lists 11 New Jersey counties with “high” transmission rates — Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Sussex and Warren.
Those in high-risk areas are advised to wear a mask indoors in public places and on public transportation and to stay up to date on vaccinations, according to the CDC.
Ten counties fall into the medium risk category: Bergen, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Passaic, Salem, Somerset and Union. It is not recommended to use the masks in the middle and low areas.
sum of numbers
New Jersey has reported a total of 2,087,428 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among more than 17.8 million PCR tests performed in the more than two years since the state reported its first known case on March 4, 2020.
The Garden State has also recorded about 347,875 positive antigen or rapid tests, which are probable cases. And there are many cases that likely haven’t been counted, including positive at-home tests that aren’t included in the state’s numbers.
The state of 9.2 million has reported 33,851 deaths from COVID-19 – 30,775 confirmed deaths and 3,076 probable deaths.
New Jersey has the eighth number of coronavirus deaths per capita in the United States — after Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, West Virginia, Tennessee and Arkansas — as of the most recent data reported on Wednesday. Last summer, the state recorded the highest number of deaths per capita in the country.
The latest numbers come on the heels of a major study that revealed that even a mild case of COVID-19 can significantly affect the brain. Long COVID — the term commonly used to describe symptoms caused by a virus long after a person has not tested positive — has been found to affect between 10% and 30% of those infected, regardless of whether they have a mild or severe case.
In New Jersey, that would mean that nearly 600,000 of the more than 2 million who have tested positive for COVID since the beginning of the pandemic either have or have had COVID for a long time.
More than 6.91 million of the 8.46 million eligible people living, working or studying in New Jersey have received their initial course of vaccinations and more than 7.8 million first doses since vaccinations began here on December 15, 2020.
More than 3.88 million people in the state who qualify for the booster have received one. This number may rise after the US Food and Drug Administration approved booster injections for healthy children ages 5 to 11. US regulators have authorized boosters for children in the hope that an additional dose of the vaccine will increase their protection as the infection continues to spread.
School and long-term care numbers
For the week ending May 29, data was reported for 53.9% of schools, and a further 7,409 cases of COVID-19 were reported among staff (2,046) and students (5363) across New Jersey schools.
Since the start of the school year, there have been 140,385 students and 42,433 school staff members who have contracted COVID-19 in New Jersey, even though the state has had no more than two-thirds of school districts submit data in any given week.
The state provides total student and staff cases separately from those considered in-school transmission, which is defined narrowly as three or more cases linked through contact tracing.
New Jersey has reported 957 outbreaks within the school, including 6,916 cases among students and staff. That includes 33 new outbreaks in the latest weekly report ending May 31. The state reported 48 outbreaks inside schools in the previous week.
According to state data, at least 9,142 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and employees of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
There were active outbreaks at 369 facilities, resulting in 4,240 current cases among residents and 3,955 cases among staff, according to the latest data.
As of Saturday, more than 534 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University, and more than 6.3 million people have died from the virus.
The United States has reported the most cases (more than 85.4 million) and deaths (at least 1,011,165) from any country.
More than 11.66 billion doses of vaccine have been administered globally.
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