For the second straight day New Jersey is shattering all records of new confirmed coronavirus cases, higher than the peak this spring, more than 5,600 reported by the Department of Health. The 9 month total is at more than 356,000. Although testing was being done on a much smaller scale in April and May the numbers are still enough to put the state on track for our highest 7 day of the outbreak. 48 new confirmed deaths were announced, more than 17,000 total fatalities. Nationally, the US is not on any better footing.
President-Elect Joe Biden said publicly he plans to ask all Americans to wear a mask for the first 100 days of his administration to reduce the spread of COVID. Meanwhile, the state is preparing for the first round of vaccines to be delivered. Governor Murphy expects them to be shipped within 24 hours of the government’s emergency approval. Today he signed an executive order to make the vaccination process easier to track, changing the state Immunization Information system from an opt-in to an opt-out program for any resident who wants the vaccine. But it doesn’t force anyone into being inoculated.