State: New Jersey sees highest number of new COVID-19 cases since end of April
Gov. Phil Murphy called Tuesday’s state COVID-19 data “devastating” after New Jersey saw the highest number of new positive cases of the virus since April 27.
State health officials reported 3,877 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, up from more than 1,800 on Monday. The state also reported an additional 21 deaths, bringing the state death toll from COVID-19 to 14,661.
The rate of transmission rose slightly to 1.25.
Hospitalization rates are also climbing, according to officials, with 1,645 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized. There are 327 patients in intensive care. Both numbers are the highest since early June. There are 98 COVID-19 patients on ventilators.
Essex County saw the most number of cases on Tuesday, with 675 – three times what it was on Monday.
The governor has previously said that New Jersey is in the middle of the second wave of the coronavirus. On Monday, Murphy implemented new restrictions on restaurants, banning indoor dining between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.