CAMDEN, NJ– In a move that was foreshadowed last week, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy stated Monday he will stop briefly the state in Stage 2 of its restart and recovery plan. The very same day, Camden County's health department is reporting 122 brand-new cases of the unique coronavirus (COVID-19), confirmed in between Saturday and this afternoon.
“I desire us to be able to reopen more businesses, and to get to Stage 3 and beyond,” Murphy said on Twitter in combination with his coronavirus press conference. “We can refrain from doing that unless we keep up with using face coverings, keeping a social distance, and getting tested.”
Phase 2 consisted of minimal resuming of companies and allowances of outdoor events, while Stage 3 would extend what's allowed inside your home. That it's stopped briefly also comes on the heels of the guv mandating that face masks be used when social distancing is not possible.
Of the Garden State's now 175,522 cases (231 more) and 15,560 deaths (22 more), Camden County now represents at least 8,211 cases and 501 fatalities (no additional deaths were reported over the weekend).
“Although our region's COVID-19 numbers remain fairly constant, we need to be extremely mindful as much of the country experiences extensive levels of viral transmission,” said Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli. “Just this weekend, a minimum of 20 states set records for brand-new cases in a single day. We can not afford to lose the months of development that we have made in beating back coronavirus.”
The state's rate of transmission (Rt) is presently.91, dropping from.98 late recently.
“Our Rt is in a great place today,” Murphy said. “But just a week back, it was above 1. And if we change course too soon, it's going to not just going to rise but so will the variety of positive test outcomes. So will the number of hospitalizations, therefore will the variety of homeowners who will die.”
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