As the rest of the country continues seeing a surge in the number of new coronavirus cases, it appears New Jersey is still staying the course and is on track to contain the spread. Monday Gov. Phil Murphy is allowing what have been deemed high-risk sports to resume. That means contact drills, practices and competitions can begin for football, cheerleading, rugby and wrestling among others. All sports must be held outdoors with health and safety protocols. The state will also release guidance later this week allowing for parents to choose all-remote learning for their children this fall.
Health officials announced another 177 new positive test results bringing the statewide cumulative total to 176,963. Those numbers may be affected by a lag in weekend reporting. There were nine new coronavirus-related deaths for a total of 15,715 confirmed and probable fatalities. The rate of spread also dropped over the weekend to 0.9. Murphy says that number needs to stay below 1.0 to keep infections at bay.