New Jersey secures 2.6 million BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 tests
Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that New Jersey has acquired new COVID-19 testing resources for the state.
The governor announced at his coronavirus briefing that after discussions with the White House, 2.6 million BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 tests have been secured for the state. This would significantly scale up the state’s virus testing.
“This could be a game-changer. When you do the math, it’s just shy of doubling our testing capacity for about 12 weeks,” Murphy said.
The first 170,000 tests will be coming within the next two weeks.
The governor expressed concern with some rising transmission rates of the virus in Ocean County, where 28% of the more than 3,600 COVID cases in the last six days have been reported. State health officials say that 20 contact tracers will be deployed in the county to track where the infections are coming from.
New Jersey reported 561 new positive COVID-19 cases, for a statewide total of 204,107 cases since the outbreak began. One additional death was also reported. The statewide death toll now stands at 14,316 – with an additional 1,791 probable COVID deaths.
The rate of transmission for the state is 1.12%.