New Jersey’s Day by day COVID-19 Case Quantity Rises Above 2,000 For First Time Since Might – CBS New York
TRENTON, NJ (CBSNewYork) – Governor Phil Murphy says the second wave of coronavirus has arrived in New Jersey.
The colder the weather gets, the more people are moving their gatherings indoors, although state health officials have warned that this is directly related to the rising number of cases.
“My concern is high,” said Murphy.
That’s because New Jersey hasn’t seen daily case numbers exceeding 2,000 since May, but on Friday the governor reported 2,089 new positive cases.
# COVID19 UPDATE: We are reporting 2,089 new positive cases and increasing our cumulative total to 236,523.
We haven’t seen any daily case numbers since early May in the 2000s.
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– Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) October 30, 2020
At Newark University Medical Center, hospital stays for COVID have tripled since early last week. The hospital’s CEO says there are currently 30 patients battling the virus and a growing number of patients are in need of critical care.
The numbers are amazing in the Hackensack Meridian Health System too, says Dr. Daniel Varga.
“We are around 190 years old today. A week ago we were 150 years old. A month ago we were 50 years old, ”Varga told CBS2’s Jessica Layton.
He says many 18- to 40-year-olds get sick, but luckily not as severely as spring, which may be due to lessons from the first wave.
“We give oxygen early on, both normal and high-flow oxygen. That keeps people away from fans, ”said Varga.
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The second wave is associated with private indoor gatherings. The fear is that Halloween parties will lead to more.
As a deterrent, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla is pushing for an ordinance that fines up to $ 1,000 if more than 25 people gather, but it doesn’t pass in time for Halloween.
“This would have given us a real enforcement mechanism for the police department to tackle a very real source of the spread of COVID in our community,” said Bhalla.
Even a small indoor gathering can have ramifications. An animation from the Spanish-language newspaper El País shows how the virus can spread. If there are six people in a room and one person is contaminated, if they don’t wear masks, even if they sit some distance away, all six can become infected because of tiny contagious particles exhaled by an infected person inside the cell air remains suspended.
The risk of infection decreases if the group uses face masks, cuts the length of the gathering in half, and ventilates the space used. However, this does not happen, resulting in thousands of new cases.
Some people may come to a meeting wearing a mask, but then take it off to eat, drink, and chat – much like in a restaurant.
Meg Baker of CBS2 asked the governor if he would reconsider eating in the house.
“The economic pain has been overwhelming, but for health reasons, I think the incremental approach has saved cases and lives. I think we’re there for now. If we take a step back, these restaurants will close which we absolutely don’t want, ”he said.
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But Murphy says if the numbers keep rising, the idea of a nationwide curfew is on the table. Thanksgiving gatherings are his main concern.
“Understand the spectrum of risk. It’s riskier inside than outside, ”said Varga. “Meetings that involve older people are riskier than those that only involve younger people.”
CDC data shows 49 states in an upward trend of new cases.
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In New York this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state has one of the lowest positivity rates in the country, but micro-clusters remain a cause for concern.
Officials are reminding people to wear masks, wash hands, maintain social distance, and answer calls from contact tracers so a full investigation can be completed.
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