New Jersey reported an additional 1,755 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 14 more confirmed deaths on Saturday as the number of patients in hospitals and intensive care units fell slightly.

The Garden State’s seven-day average for newly confirmed positive tests is 1,702, which is 1.34% higher than a week ago and 66.7% higher than last month. The number of newly confirmed positive tests in New Jersey has not risen near the peak of the pandemic. During the second peak in December, more than 6,247 positive cases were reported in just one day.

Even so, all 21 boroughs of New Jersey are listed as having “high” rates of coronavirus transmission, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC recommends people in all 21 counties, regardless of vaccination rates, wear masks for indoor public spaces.

New Jersey’s 71 hospitals were hospitalized for 1,059 patients with COVID-19 or suspected cases on Friday night – 15 fewer than Thursday night. 146 patients were discharged from hospitals on Friday.

Of the hospital patients, 203 were in intensive care (15 fewer than the night before), 105 with ventilators (five fewer). Those numbers have been lower in the past few days after hitting 221 highs on Monday.

New Jersey’s statewide transmission rate dropped again from 1.06 on Friday to 1.05. On Thursday it was 1.07. But any number above 1 indicates that each new case leads to more than one additional case and shows that the state outbreak is spreading.

The positivity rate for tests taken on Sunday, the last available day, was 7.27%.

New Jersey has reported a total of 26,942 COVID-19 deaths in more than 17 months – 24,211 confirmed and 2,731 considered likely, according to the state dashboard. That’s the highest number of coronavirus deaths per capita in the United States

At least 8,473 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths affected residents and employees in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to the state.

New Jersey now reports that more than 5.6 million people who live, work or study in the state are fully vaccinated. More than 6.1 million people have received at least one dose as the state prepares to give third doses and booster shots to fully vaccinated people in the coming months, subject to federal government approval.

No new deaths among fully vaccinated people were reported in the week ending August 15, Governor Phil Murphy said Monday. However, the state total rose from 58 to 68. Of the 1,637 fully vaccinated people who tested positive that week, 98% stayed out of the hospital, he said.

Unvaccinated individuals accounted for approximately 88% of the 13,118 positive test results for that week, Murphy said.

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There are active outbreaks in 143 long-term care facilities, resulting in 515 active cases in residents and 436 in staff. These numbers have continued to rise over the past few weeks.

In total, the state of 9.2 million people has reported a total of 958,943 confirmed cases of more than 15 million PCR tests performed since the first case was announced on March 4, 2020. The state has also reported 141,831 positive antigen tests that are considered likely cases.

As of Saturday, more than 219.9 million positive COVID-19 cases had been reported worldwide, with more than 4.55 million people having died from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University. The US has reported the most cases (more than 39.8 million) and deaths (more than 647,593) than any other nation.

More than 5.42 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.

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