The latest state statistics say Hudson County is in the COVID “red zone,” and that is not good. The virus is having a negative effect on children’s ability to attend school in person, on the local economy, especially small businesses throughout the county, and on families, as deaths related to the COVID pandemic continue to grow.
According to the New Jersey Health Department’s latest statistics released on Friday, Hudson County has seen 1,496 confirmed deaths, plus 39,076 positive coronavirus test results since the beginning of the pandemic.
The “COVID-19 Activity Level Report” is released weekly. The figures revealed two days ago represent a significant jump from the previous Friday: 32 confirmed deaths and over 3,000 new, positive test results. Seven days ago the statistics were 1,464 confirmed deaths and 36,348 total, positive cases. Any way you slice it, the numbers don’t lie. The virus is not going away until the distribution of the recently approved, FDA emergency vaccine is wide spread, and that isn’t going to happen for several months.
In the meantime, Hudson County is opening a vaccination center in Kearny this week for essential healthcare workers, funeral directors and laboratory workers.
The County’s “red zone” designation means that new COVID cases on a daily basis total a rate per 100,000, has risen to “very high.” More than 25 per 1,000 people. As I stated, not good.
Overall, more than 300,000 Americans have died due to the coronavirus. In New Jersey, the figure exceeds more than 16,000.
The vaccine could not have come soon enough. Now it’s just a matter of getting the vaccine to the general public.
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