NJ reports 20 COVID deaths, 2,559 cases. Covid testing for international travel is set to end.

New Jersey on Saturday reported 20 more deaths from COVID-19 and 2,559 confirmed positive tests as President Joe Biden’s administration ends the coronavirus testing mandate for international travel next week.

The Biden administration will lift the mandate for international travelers coming to the United States this Sunday.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. ET on Sunday, June 12, all travelers, including U.S. citizens, will no longer be required to present 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 take a negative viral coronavirus test no more than one day before boarding any flight to the United States. .

The CDC has determined that based on current science, the requirement is no longer necessary.

New Jersey’s seven-day average for confirmed cases was 2,693 on Saturday, down 7% from a week ago but still up 11% from a month ago.

The statewide positivity rate for tests taken Monday, the most recent day with data available, was 9.02%. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers positivity rates above 10% “high.”

The statewide transmission rate for Saturday was 0.89. A transmission rate of less than 1 indicates that the epidemic is shrinking, because each new case results in less than one additional new case.

Cases, transmission rates and hospitalizations have stabilized in recent weeks.

There were 812 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases reported at 70 of the state’s 71 hospitals as of Friday evening. One hospital did not report data. Hospitalizations remain significantly lower than they were when they peaked at 6,089 on January 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 released during 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.

People in high-risk areas are recommended to wear a mask indoors in public and on public transportation and to keep up to date with vaccinations, according to the CDC.

Ten counties are in the medium risk category: Bergen, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Passaic, Salem, Somerset and Union. Masks are not recommended in the middle and lower regions.

TOTAL NUMBER

New Jersey has reported 2,087,428 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 out of 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 antigens or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases. And there are many cases that were probably never counted, including positive home tests that aren’t included in state numbers.

The state of 9.2 million people has reported 33,851 deaths from COVID-19 – 30,775 confirmed and 3,076 probable deaths.

New Jersey has the eighth highest number of coronavirus deaths per capita in the United States – behind Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, West Virginia, Tennessee and Arkansas – according to the latest data released Wednesday. Last summer, the state recorded the most deaths per capita in the country.

The latest figures follow a major study which found that even a mild case of COVID-19 can significantly affect the brain. Long COVID – the term commonly used to describe symptoms resulting from the virus long after a person no longer tests positive – has been found to affect between 10% and 30% of those who contract the infection, whether they have a mild or severe case.

In New Jersey, that would mean about 600,000 of the more than 2 million who have tested positive for COVID since the pandemic began have or have had long COVID.

VACCINATION NUMBERS

More than 6.91 million of the 8.46 million eligible people who live, work or study in New Jersey have received the first round of vaccinations and more than 7.8 million have received a first dose since vaccinations began here on December 15, 2020.

More than 3.88 million people in the state eligible for boosters have received one. That number could rise after the FDA approved booster shots for healthy children ages 5 to 11. US regulators have authorized the booster for children hoping an extra dose of the vaccine will boost their protection as infections continue to spread.

SCHOOL AND LONG TERM CARE NUMBERS

For the week ending May 29, with 53.9% of schools reporting data, an additional 7,409 cases of COVID-19 were reported among staff (2,046) and students (5,363) at New York schools. Jersey.

Since the start of the school year, 140,385 students and 42,433 school staff have contracted COVID-19 in New Jersey, although the state has never had more than two-thirds of school districts reporting data. over the course of a week.

The state provides the total number of student and staff cases separately from those considered school transmission, which is narrowly defined as three or more cases linked through contact tracing.

New Jersey has reported 957 total outbreaks in schools, including 6,916 cases among students and staff. This includes 33 new outbreaks in the latest weekly report ending May 31. The state reported 48 school outbreaks the previous week.

At least 9,142 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have occurred among residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to state data.

There have been active outbreaks at 369 facilities, resulting in 4,240 current cases among residents and 3,955 cases among staff, according to the latest data.

GLOBAL FIGURES

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) of any country.

More than 11.66 billion doses of vaccines have been administered worldwide.

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Deion Johnson can be reached at djohnson@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @DeionRJohnson


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