N.J. reports 17 new COVID deaths, 2,298 new cases as US tops 88M positive tests - world cultures

N.J. reports 17 new COVID deaths, 2,298 new cases as US tops 88M positive tests

New Jersey on Wednesday reported another 2,298 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 17 additional deaths as the United States has now topped 88 million positive tests.

The statewide positivity rate for tests conducted Friday, the most recent day with available data, was 12.48%. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers positivity rates above 10% to be “high.” However, the positivity rate is substantially lower than its peak of 40.83% on Jan. 1 during the height of omicron.

New Jersey’s rate of transmission was 1.04 on Wednesday. A transmission rate below 1 is an indication that the outbreak is declining, as each new case is leading to less than one additional new case. When the transmission rate is 1, that means cases have leveled off at the current numbers and anything above 1 means it’s spreading.

There were 885 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases reported across the state’s 71 hospitals as of Tuesday night. Despite the recent rise in cases, hospitalizations remain significantly lower than when they peaked at 6,089 on Jan. 10 during the omicron wave.

The CDC now lists four New Jersey counties as having “high” transmission rates — Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May and Monmouth. The CDC recommends that people in high-risk areas wear a mask indoors in public and on public transportation and stay up to date on vaccinations.

There are 13 counties listed in the medium-risk category: Bergen, Camden, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset and Union. Masks are not recommended in the medium-risk and low-risk regions.

Cumberland, Hunterdon, Sussex and Warren are each listed as low risk.


New Jersey has reported 2,142,182 total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the more than two years since the state reported its first known case March 4, 2020.

The Garden State has also recorded about 363,510 positive antigen or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases. And there are numerous cases that have likely never been counted, including at-home positive tests that are not included in the state’s numbers.

The state of 9.2 million residents has reported 34,083 COVID-19 deaths — 30,995 confirmed fatalities and 3,088 probable ones.

New Jersey has the seventh-most coronavirus deaths per capita in the US — behind Mississippi, Arizona, Alabama, West Virginia, Tennessee and Oklahoma — as of the latest data reported Monday. Last summer, the state had the most deaths per capita in the nation.


More than 6.94 million people who live, work or study in New Jersey have received the initial course of vaccinations and more than 7.8 million have received a first dose since vaccinations began here on Dec. 15, 2020.

Over 4 million people in the state eligible for boosters have received one. That number may rise after the Food and Drug Administration approved booster shots for healthy children between the ages of 5 and 11. US regulators authorized the booster for kids hoping an extra vaccine dose will enhance their protection as infections continue to spread.


At least 9,302 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and staff members at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, to state data.

Of the active outbreaks at 342 facilities, there are 4,520 current cases among residents and 4,465 cases among staff, as of the latest data.


As of Wednesday, there have been more than 551 million COVID-19 cases reported across the globe, according to Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus database, and more than 6.3 million people have died because of the virus.

The US has reported the most COVID cases (more than 88 million) and deaths (at least 1,018,376) of any nation.

There have been more than 11.7 billion vaccine doses administered globally.

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Jackie Roman may be reached at [email protected].

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