New Jersey on Saturday reported another 293 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and an additional eight confirmed deaths, as the virus continues to ebb and the state continues to return to normalcy 15 months after the pandemic began.
Driving down the COVID-19 numbers is the rising count of vaccinated people in the Garden State. More than 4.3 million people who live, work, or study in the state have now been fully vaccinated at New Jersey sites. That includes about 93,000 out-of-state residents who were vaccinated in New Jersey. More than 168,000 New Jerseyans have been vaccinated in other states.
Still, the newly reported cases and deaths build on the staggering toll COVID-19 has taken on New Jersey. The state has now reported 26,273 deaths from complications related to COVID-19 — 23,595 confirmed and 2,678 considered probable. That’s the most deaths per capita among U.S. states.
New Jersey, one of the pandemic’s early hotspots in America, has now reported 888,747 cases out of more than 14.3 million tests since the state announced its first case on March 4, 2020.
The Murphy administration wants to have 70% of New Jersey’s 6.9 million adults vaccinated by the end of this month. About 57% of adult residents have been fully vaccinated so far. Children as young as 12 are eligible for vaccines; so far, more than 260,000 kids between ages 12 and 17 have been vaccinated in the state.
There were 462 COVID-19 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 across New Jersey as of Saturday afternoon. Hospitalizations continue to fall from the peak of the state’s second wave, when 3,873 patients were in hospitals on Dec. 22.
The statewide transmission rate dropped to 0.69 on Saturday. Any number under 1 indicates that each new case is leading to less than one additional case.
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As of early Saturday afternoon, there have been more than 172 million positive COVID-19 cases reported across the world, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 3.7 million people have died from the coronavirus.
The U.S. has reported more cases than any other nation, at more than 33 million, and the most deaths, at more than 597,000.
More than 2 billion vaccine doses have been administered globally.
NJ Advance Media staff writer Brent Johnson contributed to this report.
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