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New Jersey on Thursday reported another 1,511 COVID-19 cases and 23 confirmed deaths as the statewide transmission rate fell again and remains well below the key benchmark indicating if the outbreak is expanding.

The state’s seven-day average for confirmed positive tests increased to 1,263 after hitting a two-month low a day earlier. That’s still down 7% from a week ago and 33% from a month ago.

The state’s transmission rate dropped to 0.87 from to 0.89 on Wednesday and 0.91 the day before. Any transmission rate below 1 indicates that each infected person is passing the virus to less than one other person and the outbreak is no longer expanding.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday announced a new executive order requiring workers employed under new state government contracts to get vaccinated against the virus or face weekly testing. The state already requires that of direct state employees.

There were 872 people hospitalized with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases across New Jersey’s 71 hospitals as of Wednesday night, according to state data. That’s eight fewer than the night before.

There were 93 patients discharged in the 24 hours leading up to Wednesday night.

Of those hospitalized,

214

were in intensive care (six more than the previous night), with 115 of them on ventilators (eight fewer).

The statewide positivity rate for tests conducted Saturday, the most recent day available, was 5.02%. Positivity rates tend to be higher on weekends when fewer tests are conducted. The positivity rate for Friday was 3.89%.

The delta variant now represents 100% of all cases circulating, state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said Monday.

Though numbers are improving, officials have warned that weather keeps getting colder and the holiday season is approaching, which will force more people to gather indoors and likely cause another bump in the numbers.

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Nearly 6 million people who live, work or study in New Jersey — a state of about 9.2 million residents — have now been fully vaccinated. Murphy said last week that more than 75% of those eligible in the state have been fully vaccinated.

Nearly 6.79 million people in the state have received at least one dose, and more than 345,900 people have received third doses or boosters.

Officials said Monday there have now been 36,616 breakthrough COVID-19 cases among those fully vaccinated in the state. Of those, only 794 people have been hospitalized and 215 have died.

From the week of Sept. 27 to Oct 2, there were 2,352 breakthrough cases out of 10,632 total positive test. Of those breakthrough cases, 17 led to hospitalizations and two people died in that span.

Through the first several weeks of the school year, districts in New Jersey have reported at least 126 in-school outbreaks, for a total of 658 cases as of Tuesday. That’s an increase of 30 outbreaks and 137 total cases from last week.

In-school outbreaks are defined as three or more cases that are determined through contact tracing to have been transmitted between staff or students while at school. They do not include total cases among staff and students.

“While we take every case with the utmost seriousness, these numbers are well within the range that we had anticipated,” Murphy has said. “We came into this school year with eyes wide open, and we have worked with districts and school leaders, educators, and other stakeholders, to ensure a layered approach to safety.”

New Jersey, an early epicenter of the pandemic, has now reported 27,805 total COVID-19 deaths in more than 19 months — 24,995 confirmed and 2,810 considered probable, according to the state dashboard. That’s the second-most coronavirus deaths per capita in the U.S. The probable deaths, which are revised weekly, increased by seven on Monday.

The state has reported 1,031,246 total confirmed cases out of the more than 15.8 million PCR tests conducted since it announced its first case March 4, 2020. The state has also reported 154,617 positive antigen or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases.

At least 8,601 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and staff members at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to state data. There are active outbreaks at 164 facilities, resulting in 725 current cases among residents and 628 among staffers.

As of Thursday, there have been more than 242.1 million positive COVID-19 cases reported across the globe, according to Johns Hopkins University, with more than 4.92 million people having died due to the virus. The U.S. has reported the most cases (more than 45.2 million) and deaths (more than 731,200) of any nation.

There have been more than 6.71 billion vaccine doses administered globally.

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