COVID in Essex County: numbers, tests and trends this week – Archyde

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — While COVID hospitalizations have been falling across the state since last week, patients have been in New Jersey are on ventilators at about the same rate.

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On Friday, January 21, the state’s 71 hospitals reported that they were being treated 4.826 COVID-positive patients, fewer than 5,835 and 5,621 reported the last two Fridays. Of the patients currently in hospitals, 511 receive breathing assistance from a ventilator. Last week’s numbers were 524 and 419.

Essex County Totals and Trends

Essex County as of Friday January 21 was the COVID death toll 3.058, plus 73 from the previous week.

The total hospitalizations in Essex County since the pandemic began is now a cumulative 11,097, meaning an additional 186 people have been hospitalized with COVID in the county since last Friday. (The total number at that time was cumulatively 10,911).

In New Jersey starting Friday three hospital emergency departments are in “diversion status” due to either patient traffic or staff illness, down from four late last week.

While pharmacies, government clinics, doctor’s offices, the state and Essex County have all offered spots for a free test or vaccine, demand has increased since the New Year.

But there are new ways to get or find a test. The state has opened a new statewide testing center in East Orange.

New government websiteNew Jersey health officials have launched a website for people to search for COVID-19 testing facilities near them or across the state. Users are advised to verify hour accuracy and eligibility by calling the website before heading out. Go to the site here.

Tests are available to everyone in New Jersey; Insurance is not required.

Additionally, the New Jersey Department of Health and Vault Medical Services have partnered to offer a home COVID-19 saliva testing kit available to any New Jerseyer who believes they need a test. Due to demand, however, the tests expired on a few days. Learn more here. To order the set, click here.

According to the government website:

“The kit will be shipped via UPS with next day delivery. Once received, you will be connected via Zoom to a Vault health professional who will walk you through the test and answer your questions. When finished, the test can be returned in a prepaid package via UPS next day shipping. You will receive your test results 24 to 48 hours after your sample arrives at the lab. You will not be charged for the test and you will not be asked for your credit card information.”

State Says: For a list of free public testing locations in New Jersey by county, see, with additional websites to be added.
– NJDOH (@NJDeptofHealth) December 21, 2021

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