The state is settling in for what’s poised to be a tough pandemic winter. Today we’ve hit another milestone no one wanted to reach, the highest number of new positive tests in a single day, more than 4,900. That’s 600 more cases than the state’s record made back on April 3rd when the pandemic’s first wave was raging. It comes as the director of the CDC said publicly this week the next few months might be “the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation.” Not mincing words there. Dr. Robert Redfield predicted deaths in the US caused by COVID-19 could double by February.
The statewide cumulative total is just under 351,000 with 64 new confirmed deaths, a slight decline from yesterday, and more than 17,000 total fatalities. Hospitalizations are still climbing with more than 3,200 patients as of today. That’s the fifth day in a row that rate is up.
A glimmer of hope though, some New Jersey hospitals will start receiving the first batch of coronavirus vaccines by mid-month.