New Jersey COVID-19 transmission rate continues to decline; hospitalizations remain above 600

New Jersey’s COVID-19 rate of transmission declined for the seventh day in a row, but hospitalizations from the virus remain higher than state health officials would like.
Gov. Phil Murphy did not hold a coronavirus briefing on Monday but released the latest figures on his Twitter account. The state reported 478 new COVID-19 cases, along with one additional death.
The rate of transmission now sits at 1.16.
Hospitalizations are above 600, with the state reporting 662 patients in the hospital because of the virus. There are currently 163 people in the intensive care unit and 52 people on ventilators.
Ocean County continues to sit at the top of the list of infections, with 89 new cases reported on Monday.
Monmouth County is also an area of concern for the state, with 37 new cases reported on Monday.
At least 166 Monmouth University students are under a 10-day quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19. University President Patrick Leah blamed most of the recent cases on a super-spreader event held off-campus two weeks ago. The president also revelated that another 206 students have been deemed “high risk” through contact tracing. They are being required to quarantine as well.