New Jersey continues to experience the Omicron tsunami Gov. Phil Murphy warned of; on Monday, he reported that the state is recording more cases day-to-day than at any point in the past 22 months.
“More than 6,000 people in the hospital right now have COVID. It’s the highest number since April of 2020,” said Murphy, adding that over the past week alone, both the ICU and ventilator numbers are up significantly, roughly doubling since Christmas.
The percentage of infections among individuals who have at least completed their primary vaccination courses has been creeping up over the past several weeks – but the unvaccinated are still the ones testing positive by a rate of more than two-to-one.
Murphy also said that the roughly 195,000 cases from the past week are likely an undercount that does not capture many at-home test results.
Even more concerning, is a report of an additional 29 deaths — with more recorded deaths now than at any point in the past year — bringing the cumulative total of deaths to 26,625.
“While most children appear not to get sick enough to be hospitalized the number of pediatric patients in our hospitalized with confirmed covid is currently at the highest level since the pandemic began,” Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said. Two children in New Jersey have died as a result of COVID; pver 1000 children in the U.S. have succumbed to COVID.
In New Jersey, more than 90 percent of the children who are currently hospitalized with COVID have not received a single shot,” she said.
“For those too young to be vaccinated, it’s really important that they are surrounded by people who are vaccinated,” added Persichilli.
Murphy shared that 168,000 more New Jerseyans did receive booster shots over the past week.