The daily coronavirus caseload is growing with no clear signs of letting up. Tuesday the state reported 4,060 new positive tests. It’s the third time the state has reported more than 3,000 new cases in the last four days. Officials also reported 38 new COVID-19 related deaths — the highest number of new fatalities seen in months. The statewide cumulative total for cases is now 285,519 with 16,618 confirmed and probable fatalities.
Gov. Phil Murphy says the recent outbreak can be attributed to several items, including pandemic fatigue and indoor private gatherings. Some have criticized the alarm over the recent spike and comparisons to the first wave because testing levels are at far greater levels at nearly five times the rate of testing this spring.
Currently there are 2,320 patients admitted in New Jersey hospitals with COVID-19 infections. It’s not as high as the peak hospitalizations in April, which hit about 8,000, but it is the most since the end of May. Both the transmission and positivity rate are also on a steep rise.
As of 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, the governor’s new restrictions went into effect with the goal of slowing community spread by limiting indoor gatherings to 10 people. Outdoor gathering limits will be lowered to 150 starting Monday.