For the first time since those difficult first days of the pandemic, New Jersey did not report any newly confirmed deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday.
Not since last year’s St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2020, has the state released a daily update with zero confirmed deaths from COVID, according to NJ.com.
Eleven days ago, in the June 25 update, New Jersey hospitals reported no deaths in the previous 24-hour period, the first time since July 30, 2020.
However, not all hospital deaths are sure to be confirmed to be COVID-related, and lagging laboratory confirmations can skew the true number of daily deaths.
The state dashboard reported six hospital deaths in the past 24 hours going back to Monday.
There were just under 200 new cases of COVID in the state reported on Tuesday, 145 confirmed and 54 probable. The transmission rate is 0.95, indicating a decline in the spread, and 263 people remain hospitalized statewide.
According to the dashboard, 5,054,750 people who live, work or study in New Jersey have been fully immunized.
More than 26,000 New Jerseyans have likely died from COVID-19 since March 2020, 23,774 confirmed and 2,703 probable.