TRENTON, NJ - Reflecting a nationwide trend, the number of COVID-19 cases in New Jersey has continued to climb since September.
On Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy, along with State Epidemiologist Christina Tan and state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli announced 1,192 new coronavirus cases overnight in New Jersey (total of 221,205) and four more deaths (total of 14,425 confirmed and 1,789 considered “probable”).
According to Persichilli, the state began to experience a surge in coronavirus in September. At that point, she said, cases climbed from the high 300s to between 500 to 600 daily. Today and as of late, health officials have confirmed as high as 1,000 cases a day - numbers which mirror nationwide trends.
“Overall, we are seeing more widespread cases throughout the state due to community spread and not any single event or reopening step,” Persichilli said.
There were also 16 deaths in hospitals Sunday believed to COVID-related but awaiting confirmation, the governor said.
Five counties in NJ confirmed over 100 coronavirus cases, including 154 in Ocean, 132 in Essex, 109 in Union, 108 in Middlesex and 103 in Bergen. Counties also reporting high caseloads: Monmouth with 84, Camden with 75 and Hudson with 78.
Somerset County confirmed 34 new cases overnight; 149 new cases have been confirmed the past seven days.
"As cooler weather pulls more of us back inside, we must remain extra vigilant," Murphy said, noting that the majority of new cases trace back to private gatherings inside homes rather than the loosening of restrictions on school openings and businesses.
The hospital census is as follows: 758 patients being treated (579 confirmed and 179 “persons under investigation"), 62 people require ventilators and 166 are in intensive/critical care.
“I know we are all tired of COVID-19 and all the precautions necessary to prevent the spread of disease and the restrictions we have endured," Persichilli said. "It is understandable that residents want life to go back to normal. But as we approach the holiday season, now is the time to double down on social distancing, wearing face coverings and good hand hygiene... In the coming weeks, our behavior will be critical in shaping how our holidays will be celebrated,” the health commissioner added.
Murphy said the state continues to consider more indoor re-openings.