Pandemic fatigue is being blamed for larger social gatherings, less mask wearing and fewer people readily complying with contact tracing. It’s approaching nine months since the first reported positive case of COVID-19 in New Jersey. Since then, public sentiment has ebbed and flowed over the restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the disease and to promote safety.
Studies show that in New Jersey, the percentage of those wearing masks went from 78% in spring to 82% this fall — that ranks Jersey seventh among U.S. states. Senior Correspondent Brenda Flanagan has the story.