It all started one year ago today: The state’s first case of COVID-19 was officially confirmed when a 32 year-old Fort Lee man tested positive for the coronavirus. He was a canary in a coal mine, and no one was prepared for what would come.
One year later, there has been a total of 712,585 confirmed cases in New Jersey and the virus has killed 23,491 residents and counting. New Jersey, an early epicenter of this global pandemic, still has the highest coronavirus death rate per capita in the country.
At the peak of the outbreak in mid-April, roughly 8,123 patients were hospitalized with the coronavirus. Today, progress is building, but the picture remains uncertain with 1,900 residents hospitalized.