The United States hit a record 4 million reported coronavirus cases Friday. Infections have doubled nationally in just six weeks. It’s a sharp rise that many government leaders had hoped to avoid, but New Jersey’s coronavirus infections continue to fall.
Gov. Phil Murphy reported 488 new positive tests for a statewide cumulative total of 178,345. Officials say the number of new cases is higher because the backlog caused by reporting problems from one of the private labs is getting cleared. There were 36 new deaths reported for a total of 15,765 confirmed and probable deaths. The transmission and spot positivity rates remain steady.
The progress comes as the state is stalled in the second phase of reopening, but it appears to be getting closer for the return to school this fall. State leaders issued guidance to give parents the option to choose all remote learning, even as new CDC guidelines strongly favor in-person instruction.