Gov. Phil Murphy said on Friday that New Jersey “stood in a very dangerous place” when announcing that the transmission rate of the coronavirus was higher than it was when hospitalizations were at its peak in April and that the figure should increase.
The state transmission rate, or Rt, sits at 1.35, above the key benchmark of 1. The last time it was this high was on April 7, ago. 115 days. The governor attributed the increase to an increase in indoor parties and other events where people violate the rules of masking or social distancing.
“Look, the numbers are setting off alarm bells that we take very seriously. We may still be among the leaders in terms of numbers and daily positivity rates, but we find ourselves in a very dangerous place. The alarms are going off, ”Murphy said during his regular COVID-19 briefing in Trenton.
“The only way to silence these alarms and get back to the advancement process is for everyone to take them seriously. We haven’t gone beyond that. Anyone who walks around refusing to wear a mask or throws a house party is a direct contributor to these increases, ”he said. “It must stop and it must stop now.”
Murphy added: “I am not announcing any specific action [Friday], but take it as a formal notice. We will no longer tolerate these nonchalant and nonchalant attitudes.
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The peak in Rt means that each new case leads to more than one additional infection and the virus is spreading. The transmission rate was below 1 for weeks during the strictest parts of New Jersey’s coronavirus lockdowns, but fluctuated above and below 1 in July as further reopening stages occurred .
New Jersey’s positive cases had plummeted in recent weeks before a surge earlier this week, which pushed the state back to new positive tests where New Jersey was about a month ago.
Murphy announced on Friday that there had been 10 additional deaths and 699 new positive cases of COVID-19. There have been 181,660 cases since March and 15,798 deaths, including 13,923 laboratory-confirmed deaths and 1,875 probable deaths.
Although hospitalizations fell below 700 patients on Thursday evening, 695 people were hospitalized, including 113 people in intensive or critical care, including 45 on ventilators.
At the same time, there are 34 states, in addition to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, where people visiting the Garden State or returning home are asked to be quarantined for 14 days.
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