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New Jersey health officials on Friday reported another 1,417 cases of COVID-19 and 14 confirmed deaths ahead of a busy travel week leading up to Thanksgiving.

The statewide transmission rate remained at 0.88 for the second day in a row. A transmission rate of less than 1 is an indication that the outbreak is waning, as each new case leads to less than one additional case.

A transmission rate of 1 means the number of cases has leveled off, while anything above 1 indicates the outbreak is expanding.

The update provided on Friday will be the last daily report until Monday. Health Department officials announced this week that the state’s COVID-19 dashboard will no longer be updated on weekends and holidays.

The seven-day average of confirmed positive tests in New Jersey is 1,400, down 1% from a week ago and up 7% from a month ago.

The CDC now considers all but one New Jersey county to have “medium” community transmission. Mercer County is designated as “low” risk.

There were 1,032 patients with confirmed or suspected cases of the coronavirus in the state’s 71 hospitals as of Thursday night. Of those hospitalized, 119 are in intensive care and 47 are on ventilators.

The statewide positivity rate for tests conducted on Saturday, the most recent day for which data is available, was 9.9%.

The CDC considers positivity rates above 10% to be “high.” New Jersey’s statewide positivity rate is substantially lower than its peak of 40.83% on January 1st during the peak of the omicron variant.


New Jersey has reported more than 2.38 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 since announcing its first known case on March 4, 2020.

The Garden State also recorded 438,120 positive antigens or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases. There are also numerous cases that were likely never counted, including positive tests at home that are not included in the state’s numbers.

The state of 9.2 million people has reported 35,044 deaths from COVID-19: 31,928 confirmed deaths and 3,116 probable.

New Jersey has the 10th highest number of coronavirus deaths per capita in the United States, behind Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, New Mexico, Tennessee and Michigan.


More than 7.1 million people who work, live or study in New Jersey have achieved full vaccination status. Nearly 8 million have received a first dose since vaccinations began in the state on December 15, 2020.

More than 4.3 million people in the state eligible for boosters received one.


At least 9,813 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths occurred among residents and staff members of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to the most recent state data.

Of the active outbreaks at 349 facilities, there are 8,211 current cases among residents and 5,756 among staff, according to the latest data.


There are more than 636.8 million reported cases of COVID-19 worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus database.

More than 6.6 million people have died from the virus, according to the data. The United States has reported the most cumulative cases (more than 98 million) and deaths (at least 1.07 million) of any nation.

There were more than 12.8 billion doses of vaccines administered in the world.

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Katie Kausch can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @Katie Kausch.


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