Total COVID-19 cases inch closer to 300K as state confirms 4,320 new infections

The cumulative total cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey are inching closer to 300,000.
Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Twitter Thursday 4,320 new positive cases of the virus for a total of 293,744 cases since the pandemic began. Murphy also confirmed 34 additional deaths for a statewide death toll of 14,877.
“The second wave is here. We MUST flatten this curve together. Wear a mask. Social distance. Wash your hands,” Murphy wrote.
The rate of transmission did fall for the first time in 11 days, down slightly to 1.42. Hospitalizations have risen for 20 straight days. There are currently 2,471 COVID-19 patients in hospitals around New Jersey. There are 456 patients in intensive care and 216 on ventilators.
Bergen County had the most number of cases Thursday at 459 positives.