For the second consecutive week, the statistics tell it all. The state of New Jersey is not out of the woods in terms of eliminating the coronavirus. A year into this dreadful pandemic, and we are far from being free and clear. The number of COVID cases rose for the second week in a row in counties across the Garden State.
As more and more residents get vaccinated in New Jersey, whether it be the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, people have to remain vigilant. Continue to wear masks, maintain social distance and do not think, “well, I got vaccinated, I can do what I want.” Not so.
The numbers don’t lie. As Governor Phil Murphy continues to open up our state, slowly bringing it back to some semblance of normalcy, we all have to remain realistic. And smart.
Of New Jersey’s 21 counties, 17 added more cases of COVID-19 during the week of March 18-24 than the previous week. There were 25.9 new cases per 10,000 residents than the previous week. That’s a 6% jump. That’s reality. We are still in this pandemic. Yes, we are much better off than we were 8 to 12 months ago, but by no means should anyone think this is over and decide they can do whatever they’d like.
As for Hudson County, it saw the fourth worst increase in the number of cases per 10,000 residents of the state’s 21 counties, at 31.4, trailing only Monmouth at 33.9, followed by Sussex and Warren Counties.
Bottom line…we all need to continue to use common sense. Get vaccinated and be smart.
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