Positive signs on Friday that the peak of this coronavirus outbreak is behind most of the state as the number of hospitalized patients fell again in the last 24 hours. State health leaders say the rates are moving, over time, in the right direction.
The statewide total of positive coronavirus cases now stands at 121,190 with another 2,651 cases reported Friday. New Jersey’s fatalities reached 7,538 with 311 new deaths. Overall, rates are down 28% from our state high on April 14 with 5,972 patients in hospital care. It’s the first time the number has dipped that low since the Department of Health began publicly tracking the numbers. It also shows North and Central Jersey on a downward bend, with South Jersey peaking upward but leveling off this week.
The Governor has a new mantra, saying, “data determines dates.” He’ll use that as he decides whether to open schools and other parts of the state. Parks and golf courses open Saturday at sunrise. Murphy says he wants everyone to enjoy it, and what he doesn’t want to do is close them again.