New Jersey CALI Report Returns to Red, Very High, as Essex County Cases Soar Upwards

Carolyne Volpe Curley / West Essex Now
NJ Department of Health

Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021

Late today, NJ released their latest Covid-19 Activity Level Report (CALI) showing for the first time since Apr. 25, 2020, that the majority of the state is Red Level: Very High.

New Jersey CALI Report

  • The Northeast Region (Bergen, Essex, Hudson) is one of the hardest-hit areas.
  • The Northwest and Central East areas of NJ are also experiencing very high infection rates.
NJ Department of Health

Before today's report, all of New Jersey was in the Orange: High range.

NJ Cases Quickly Escalating
NJ Department of Health

Between today and yesterday, 48,458 new cases were reported.

Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021

  • 20,483 new cases
    6,590 probable cases

Thursday, Dec. 20, 2021

  • 27,975 new cases
    7,387 probable cases

The current Rate of Transmission (RT) is 1.77

NJ Hospitalizations Continue to Increase
NJ Department of Health

At the same time, hospitalizations and severe illnesses due to Covid are also rising.

Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021

  • NJ Hospitals: 3,273
    ICU: 514
    Vents: 261

Thursday, Dec. 20, 2021

  • NJ Hospitals: 3,604
    ICU: 544
    Vents: 267

The highest point during last winter was Dec. 22, 2020: 3,873 hospitalized.

Essex County Cases Soaring

As of Saturday, Dec. 25, Essex County Covid-19 cases continue to climb high above any previously recorded numbers.
Carolyne Volpe Curley

8 Weeks: New ​Cases And Deaths Reported Weekly

Nov. 6 to Dec. 25, 2021

In the past 8 weeks, Essex County has reported:

  • 23,029 new Cases
  • 49 new Deaths

Week Ending Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021
Carolyne Volpe Curley

In just the past week, Essex County reported an unrelenting:

  • 13,155 new cases
  • 10 new deaths

West Essex Now reports on Essex County cases weekly:
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Carolyne Volpe Curley, a Certified New Jersey Press Journalist since 2012, has appeared on nationally televised productions and interviewed by the international press. Volpe Curley publishes West Essex NOW, a hyperlocal news site covering Essex County, NJ. Volpe Curley graduated from Lafayette College in 1986, with a BA in both English and Government, and a minor in Women Studies and Religion.

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