New Jersey on Sunday reported another 1,048 coronavirus cases and an additional 19 deaths, as the rate of transmission dropped to its lowest level in a year.

The rate of transmission dipped to .46, down from .54 on Saturday and the lowest it has been in a year since hitting .60 last May. Any number under 1 indicates the outbreak is slowing and each new case is leading to less than one additional case.

The drop in transmission rate comes as more than 7 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the Garden state.

There were 3,081,748 people fully vaccinated in New Jersey as of Sunday afternoon — roughly 44% of the state’s 6.9 million adults. The state’s goal is to have 70% of the state’s eligible population — about 4.7 million people — vaccinated by the end of June.

More than 4.2 million people — about 61% of adults — have received at least one vaccine dose. State officials have expressed confidence about reaching the 70% goal but have said they will need to be proactive about encouraging people to get their shots because demand has started to subside.

Statewide hospitalizations stayed below 1,600 after dropping below the mark for the first time since November on Thursday night.

As the numbers continue to trend positively, Murphy previously hinted he will have more information Monday on further easing restrictions and ramping up vaccinations. Murphy made the comments hours before he received the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine in Atlantic City.

New Jersey announced Thursday that all six of its coronavirus vaccine mega-sites will offer walk-in vaccinations without an appointment from now on.

There were 1,474 coronavirus patients hospitalized across New Jersey’s 71 hospitals as of Saturday night. That’s the lowest number since Nov. 8.

The latest statewide positivity rate for tests conducted on Tuesday, the most recent day available, was 5.07%.

New Jersey has now reported 875,277 confirmed coronavirus cases out of more than 13.5 million PCR tests in the nearly 14 months since the state reported its first case on March 4, 2020.

There have also been 124,733 positive antigen tests during the outbreak. Those cases are considered probable, and health officials have warned that positive antigen tests could overlap with the confirmed PCR tests because they are sometimes given in tandem.

The state of 9.2 million people has reported 25,600 residents have died from complications related to COVID-19 — including 22,975 confirmed deaths and 2,625 fatalities considered probable.

New Jersey has the most coronavirus deaths per capita among American states.

On Thursday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that all of the city will “fully reopen” from COVID-19 restrictions by July 1. And on Friday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said dining in the city can increase to 75% on May 7, the same level as the rest of the state.

Murphy has so far resisted releasing a broad timeline for New Jersey and has announced incremental steps instead. He announced Monday that outdoor gathering limits in the state will increase from 200 to 500 people starting on May 10, in time for college and high school graduations. Plus, private catered events such as weddings and proms will go from 35% to 50% of a venue’s capacity with a maximum of 250 people, up from 150.

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There were 1,474 patients hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases as of Saturday night — 108 fewer than the previous night, according to state data.

That included 321 in critical or intensive care (1 fewer), with 226 on ventilators (19 more).

There were 228 COVID-19 patients discharged Friday.

By comparison, hospitalizations peaked at more than 8,300 patients during the first wave of the pandemic in April and more than 3,800 during the second wave in December.


New Jersey has reported 263 in-school coronavirus outbreaks, which have resulted in 1,157 cases among students, teachers and school staff this academic year, according to state data.

The state defines school outbreaks as cases where contact tracers determined two or more students or school staff caught or transmitted COVID-19 in the classroom or during academic activities at school. Those numbers do not include students or staff believed to have been infected outside school or cases that can’t be confirmed as in-school outbreaks.

There are about 1.4 million public school students and teachers across the state, though teaching methods amid the outbreak have varied, with some schools teaching in-person, some using a hybrid format and others remaining all-remote.

Murphy has said New Jersey’s schools are expected to return to full in-person classes for the next school year.


Broken down by age, those 30 to 49 years old make up the largest percentage of New Jersey residents who have caught the virus (30.9%), followed by those 50-64 (22.5%), 18-29 (19.9%), 65-79 (10.1%), 5-17 (9.9%), 80 and older (4.4%) and 0-4 (2%).

On average, the virus has been more deadly for older residents, especially those with preexisting conditions. Nearly half the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents 80 and older (46.41%), followed by those 65-79 (32.98%), 50-64 (16.1%), 30-49 (4.1%), 18-29 (0.38%), 5-17 (0%) and 0-4 (0.02%).

At least 8,027 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 220 facilities, resulting in 2,436 active cases among residents and 3,275 among staffers. Those numbers have slowed as vaccinations continue at the facilities.


As of early Saturday afternoon, there have been more than 152.3 million positive COVID-19 tests across the globe, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. More than 3.19 million people have died from coronavirus-related complications.

The U.S. has reported the most cases, at more than 32.4 million, and the most deaths, at more than 576,800.

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