Government Phil Murphy said New Jersey was “in a very dangerous place” on Friday when it announced that coronavirus transmission rates were faster than when hospitalizations were at its peak in April and that the figure was expected to rise.
The state transmission rate, or Rt, is at 1.35, above the key reference point of 1. The last time it was so high was April 7, 115 days. The governor attributed the increase in the number of social parties and other events where people do not follow the rules of masks or social distances.
“Look, the numbers sound alarms that we take very seriously. We may still be among the leaders with a low number of cases and a daily rate of positivity, but we are in a very dangerous place. The alarms will go away, “Murphy said during his regular COVID-19 briefing in Trenton.
“The only way to silence these alarms and return to the process of progress is for everyone to take them seriously. We will not exceed it. Everyone who walks around, refuses to wear a mask or organizes a home party, directly contributes to these increases, “he said. “It has to stop and now it has to end.”
Murphy added: “I am not voting for any concrete steps [Friday], but consider it a warning. We will no longer tolerate these diabolical, unhealthy attitudes. “
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The peak in Rt means that each new case leads to more than one additional infection and the virus spreads. During the toughest parts of coronavirus blockages in New Jersey, the transfer rate was less than a week, but rippled above and below 1 in July as more steps were taken to reopen it.
Positive cases in New Jersey have dropped significantly in recent weeks, before an increase earlier this week, pushing the state back to new positive tests, where New Jersey was about a month ago.
Murphy announced that there were another 10 deaths and 699 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Since March, there have been 181,660 cases and 15,798 deaths, including 13,923 laboratory-confirmed deaths and 1,875 probable deaths.
Although hospitalizations fell below 700 patients on Thursday night, 695 people were hospitalized, 113 of whom were in intensive or critical care, 45 of whom were on ventilators.
At the same time, there are 34 states except Columbia County and Puerto Rico, where people who visit state gardens or return home are asked to quarantine for 14 days.
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