Gov. Phil Murphy says one reason New Jersey is seeing an increase in new positive coronavirus cases could be an uptick in indoor house parties — especially among teens. A party in Middletown is now responsible for more than 50 cases, up from 30 during initial contact tracing. Over the past four days, state health officials reported roughy 2,000 new COVID-19 cases. That’s about where the state was a month ago in the daily count, and it’s why the governor says the state remains paused in reopening plans.
Wednesday the Health Department reported 489 new positive test results, pushing the statewide cumulative total to 180,766. There were 18 new deaths for a total of 15,798 confirmed and probable fatalities. The state’s daily positivity rate is up slightly to 2.42, and the rate of transmission remains above 1.0 at 1.14 for July 28.