We’re getting a clearer picture of the surge in new COVID-19 cases across the country and it doesn’t bode well for New Jersey. Nearly half of all new infections nationwide are linked to just five states, New Jersey being one. According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The health department today reporting another 3500 new positive tests and 45 more deaths. Hospitalizations are also up again, to the highest number of patients since mid-February.
The White House today says the B117 or UK variant is now the most prevalent form of COVID-19 in the US. The state’s outbreak models show a peak in both cases and hospitalizations by April 18th for both best and moderate case scenarios, though they caution social behaviors can swing that pendulum either direction. Given all that, there is mounting pressure on the government to distribute more supply to states like ours with rising cases.