N.J. smashes daily record with 9,711 confirmed COVID-19 cases — and actual number is likely higher

State says 2,100 are hospitalized — with 207 of those patients on ventilators

The state of New Jersey announced Wednesday another 9,711 confirmed COVID-19 cases, by far the most positive tests announced for a single day since the pandemic started in March of 2020.

Here’s the scary part: The actual number of cases is much higher.

The state is reporting another 2,579 probable cases — and anyone who tried to get a test this week knows how challenging that was and still is. It’s safe to assume that many who have COVID-19 were not able to get a test to confirm.

The huge spike did a number of things numerically:

The 9,711 total lifted the state’s seven-day average for new confirmed positives to 6,925 — a number that represents a 315% increase from a month ago and would have been the single-day record on its own.

The state also reported there were 2,100 patients hospitalized with COVID — the highest total since there were 2,109 on April 19.

Of those 2,100 patients, 207 were on ventilators — which is the most since 226 were on ventilators May 1.

The state also reported 28 more confirmed deaths, bringing the total to date to 25,888 — which doesn’t include 2,842 fatalities that are believed to have been caused by the pandemic.