Gov. Phil Murphy said New Jersey was “staying in a very dangerous place” on Friday as he announced that the coronavirus transmission rate is higher than it was when hospitals were at its peak in April and that the figure is expected to rise.
The state broadcast rate, or Rt, stands at 1.35, above the main level of 1. The last time it was so high was April 7, 115 days ago. The governor has attributed the increase to an increase in house holidays and other events where people do not follow the rules of masks or social distance.
“Look, the numbers are starting to sound the alarms we take very seriously. We may still be among the leaders to have lower case numbers and daily positivity rates, but we are staying in a very dangerous place. Alarms are ceasing, “Murphy said during his regular COVID-19 conference in Trenton.
“The only way to silence these alarms and get back to the process of moving forward is for everyone to take them seriously. We have not gone through this. “Anyone who walks around refusing to wear a mask, or hosting a house party, contributes directly to these growths,” he said. “It has to stop, and it has to stop now.”
Murphy added: “I am not announcing any specific action [Friday], but consider this as being observed. We will no longer tolerate these diabolical and non-chalant attitudes. “
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The increase in Rt means that each new case is leading to more than one additional infection and the virus is spreading. The transmission rate had been below 1 for weeks on end during the toughest parts of New Jersey coronavirus blockades, but it boiled above and below 1 in July as more reopening steps occurred.
New Jersey positive cases had plummeted in recent weeks before a blow earlier this week, which pushed the state back into new positive tests, where New Jersey was about a month ago.
Murphy reported there were 10 additional deaths and 699 new cases of positive COVID-19 on Friday. There have been 181,660 cases since March and 15,798 deaths, including 13,923 laboratory-confirmed deaths and 1,875 possible deaths.
Although the hospitals dropped below 700 patients on Thursday evening, with 695 people hospitalized, including 113 people in intensive or critical care with 45 of them being in ventilators.
At the same time, there are 34 states, except the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, where people visiting Garden State or returning home are required to quarantine for 14 days.
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