NJ Takes COVID New Milestone As School Outbreaks Rise
As the COVID epidemic shows signs of decline in New Jersey, the state has taken another milestone: 1 million positive tests.
More than one million New Jersey residents have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus using the PCR testing method since the start of the outbreak, according to the state’s COVID Dashboard.
The state also recorded 37 other deaths attributed to COVID, bringing the total to 24,593.
However, the number of new positive tests is dropping, and the state’s transmission rate has fallen below 1.0 for the first time in more than a month. An r / t less than 1.0 indicates that the epidemic is contracting, not spreading.
At the same time, the number of outbreaks in New Jersey schools has seen a sharp increase. The state reports a 60% increase in the number of outbreaks in less than a week. From 23 last week, to 39 this week.
The number of students and staff in New Jersey schools linked to these outbreaks has more than doubled, to 219.
With Governor Phil Murphy ordering all students to return to full-time classroom education, a growing number of schools have been forced to return to distance education due to a high number of positive COVID tests.
Still, Murphy says New Jersey is doing better than other states, and he credits his mandate as a mask for keeping the number of outbreaks relatively low. The governor cited two CDC studies that claim schools without a masking policy were 3 1/2 times more likely to experience a COVID outbreak.
“We take no pleasure in requiring masks,” says Murphy, “But these studies show that the benefits of masking as part of a layered approach to security are indisputable.”
School outbreaks by county (https://covid19.nj.gov/)
- 5 outbreaks in Atlantic County; with 16 linked cases
- 3 outbreak in Bergen County; with 15 linked cases
- 0 homes in Burlington County
- 2 homes in Camden County; with 6 linked cases
- 1 outbreak in Cape May County; with 3 linked cases
- 2 outbreaks in Cumberland County; with 12 linked cases
- 4 outbreaks in Essex County; with 16 linked cases
- 1 outbreak in Gloucester County; with 7 linked cases
- 2 homes in Hudson County; with 9 linked cases
- 1 outbreak in Hunterdon County; with 3 related cases
- 6 homes in Mercer County; with 30 linked cases
- 5 homes in Monmouth County; with 23 linked cases
- 2 outbreaks in Morris County; with 8 linked cases
- 0 homes in Middlesex County
- 0 homes in Ocean County
- 1 outbreak in Passaic County; with 50 linked cases
- 0 homes in Salem County
- 2 outbreaks in Somerset County; with 14 linked cases
- 1 outbreak in Sussex County; with 4 linked cases
- 1 outbreak in Union County; with 3 related cases
- 0 homes in Warren County
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