30-year-old man shot and killed in Trenton, cops investigating

30-year-old man shot and killed in Trenton, cops investigating. Police are investigating the shooting death of a 30-year-old Mercer County man, who was found dead in Trenton early Sunday morning, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office said. Daquan Basnight of Ewing was found dead on the 800 block of Stuyvesant Avenue shortly after the ShotSpotter gunshot system detected multiple rounds fired there around 12:20 a.m. Sunday morning, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson Casey DeBlasio confirmed to NJ Advance Media.

The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department are investigating the shooting as a homicide. No arrests have been made yet and the investigation is still ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office to contact Detective Shawn Bruton at 609-989-6406.

New Jersy reports 883 more COVID cases, 5 deaths. Transmission rate slips again.

Health officials in New Jersey on Sunday reported 883 more newly confirmed coronavirus cases and five additional deaths as the state’s rate of transmission declined slightly for a fourth consecutive day.

New Jersey’s seven-day average for newly confirmed positive tests increased to 883, up 32% from a week ago and 299% from a month ago. The seven-day average of 873 remains the highest since May 13, when cases began a steady decline.

A total of 1,009 cases were reported on Saturday.

There were 484 patients in the state’s 71 hospitals with COVID-19 or a suspected case as of Saturday night, down from 501 a day earlier. Of those hospitalized, 41 were on ventilators, up from 29 on Friday, and 113 were receiving intensive care.

New Jersey’s statewide transmission rate dropped for the fourth straight day, from 1.46 to 1.43, but remained near the highest number since the first few weeks of the pandemic in spring 2020. Any number over 1 indicates that each new case is leading to more than one additional case and shows the state’s outbreak is expanding.

New Jersey has now reported in nearly 17 months 23,888 confirmed deaths, with an additional 2,719 considered probable. That’s the most coronavirus deaths per capita in the U.S..

However, the state has among the nation’s highest vaccination rates and is reporting daily hospitalization and death numbers well below the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. Though fully vaccinated people can still catch the virus, officials stress vaccines are highly effective at preventing hospitalizations and death, even against the delta variant.

At least 5,303,447 people who live, work or study in New Jersey have been fully vaccinated, according to state data. That includes 164,252 New Jersey residents who were inoculated at out-of-state sites.

About 70% of the eligible population is vaccinated in New Jersey, ranking seventh in country, according to data from the CDC. But inoculations have slowed in recent months, and about 4 million people in the state remain unvaccinated, including children under the age of 12, who are not yet eligible. The vaccinations are on top of any natural immunity people may have because they caught COVID-19 and survived.

Sunday is the deadline for some universities in New Jersey that are requiring students to submit vaccination records.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that people in 10 New Jersey counties wear masks in public indoor settings, whether the gym, the grocery store or a restaurant. Those counties are: Atlantic, Burlington, Bergen, Essex, Gloucester Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Passaic and Union.

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its updated mask guidance on Tuesday, eight of New Jersey’s 21 counties had a COVID-19 transmission level labeled “high” or “substantial.”

Gloucester County and Passaic County now also have transmission levels in which the CDC recommends wearing masks during any indoor group activity — even for those who are vaccinated.

The two counties joined Atlantic, Burlington, Bergen, Essex, Middlesex, Ocean and Union in having coronavirus transmission rates that the CDC considers “substantial.”

That’s one step below that of Monmouth County, which remains the only county in New Jersey with a “high” transmission rate.

The CDC has recommended that people in counties in the top two categories wear masks in public indoor settings, whether the gym, the grocery store or a restaurant.

With the added two counties, nearly half of New Jersey counties are now under masking recommendations. That’s still well behind the national rate of 69% of all U.S. counties, which includes 52% of all counties being classified as high community transmission areas.

The categories, according to the CDC, are based on a combination of new cases per 100,000 people and the COVID-19 test positivity rate over the previous seven days.

Monmouth County has the highest rate of new COVID-19 cases in the state over the last seven days at 117.7 per 100,000 people, well ahead of the next-highest Ocean County (77.2).

On Thursday, New Jersey announced 1,017 new coronavirus cases. That’s the first time the number topped 1,000 in more than two and a half months.

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