Governor Murphy Warns of Covid Comeback in New Jersey

Governor Phil Murphy on Wednesday warned of an uptick in Covid-19 cases across New Jersey and urged residents to “continue to protect themselves and their communities.”

New Jersey on Wednesday 3,384 new positive cases despite massive declines in testing for the virus, as well as 14 deaths resulting from Covid. The state’s seven-day average for confirmed cases is now at 3,025 – up 34% from a week ago and 118% from a month ago.

Hospitalizations have also risen. As of Wednesday, there were 720 Covid patients in New Jersey hospitals – 67 more patients than the day prior, though still well below the record set on January 10th when New Jersey hospitals had 6,089 Covid patients.

Of the 720 hospitalized patients, 74 are in the ICU and 36 are on ventilators – both increases from Tuesday.

“We’re seeing an uptick in COVID-related hospitalizations, with 720 current hospitalizations,” Governor Murphy tweeted. “We urge New Jerseyans to continue to protect themselves and their communities by: getting vaccinated and boosted; getting tested; staying home when getting sick.”

At the same time as Covid cases are going up, testing is going down. According to healthcare professionals, testing has gone down by 70% to 90% worldwide.

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