NEW JERSEY — Governor Phil Murphy and State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli announced on Fri., July 10, at least 367 more people have contracted COVID-19 statewide (at least 174,628 total) and 1,978 more deaths (31 confirmed and 1,947 probable) for an aggregate total of 13,532.
In a series of welcome signs, Murphy shared that the rate of transmission fell to below 1.0 (currently 0.98) and the number of patients on ventilators dropped to 94 — below 100 for the first time in months. In addition, as of Thursday there were 904 people hospitalized and 162 in intensive or critical care. The daily positivity rate was 2.23% as of July 6.
“In the past couple of days…the rate of transmission has dipped. Thank God, let's keep it there below 1. It is currently at 0.98 This is a good sign, just two days ago it was 1.1, meaning a rising rate of spread,” said Murphy. “Again, daily positivity and the rate of transmission or RT are the two most meaningful measurements we have of the spread of this virus across our state.”
Continuing to provide opportunities for testing — although Murphy cautioned against it today due to Tropical Storm Fay - the state has partnered with Essex County, Montclair Township and Interfaith Urgent Care to offer free COVID-19 and anti-body testing on Monday and Tuesday.
Testing will be available at the Wally Choice Community Center, 49 Maple Avenue in Montclair, from noon to 7 p.m. To pre-register visit montclairnjusa.org.
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