Montclair Sees Increase in New COVID-19 Cases, New Jersey Sees Spikes From ‘Hot Spots’

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Montclair reported six new COVID-19 cases in the period from June 29 to July 5. On Monday June 29, total COVID-19 cases in Montclair were at 445. By Sunday, July 5, the Township reported a new total of 451 cases. This is the largest weekly increase in reported cases in recent weeks; the township held a second day of testing for residents only last week, which may also be factor.

There have been 52 deaths as a result of COVID-19 in Montclair.

On Monday, Gov. Murphy announced that New Jersey’s rate of transmission – the rate at which COVID-19 spreads from one person to another – exceeds 1.0 for the first time in 10 weeks. He added that for every new case of COVID-19 we’re seeing, that case is leading to at least one other new case.

Murphy spoke on NBC News’ Meet the Press, discussing the recent spike in COVID-19 cases around the country, and in New Jersey from people returning from hot spots such as Myrtle Beach South Carolina and Florida. He stressed the need for a national “mask requirement.”

Essex County released its numbers yesterday by town (town numbers will be different, as the county bases its daily numbers on information reported and classified by the state.)

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  1. Thanks for keeping us informed about the status of COVID-19 in this area. Of course, as some people resume some normal activities, we’re all afraid that cases will rise!

    That said, 6 new cases in 7 days is not actually a rise in the rate of new cases. We’ve had about 1 new case per day for at least the last month, so this is simply the same rate, not something new.

    As of June 7, for example, Montclair was reporting 426 cumulative cases. If we were at 451 on July 5, that’s 26 new cases in 28 days – about 1 per day.

    The rise in the rate of transmission is more concerning. But the headline you’ve provided is misleading. I think it’s particularly important to report the news accurately in an era where the news can be so dangerous and where COVID-19 remains such a dire threat!

  2. benmorss,

    You need to learn how to read between the lines. At worst, the headline was premature. Personally, I think it was right on if you have a healthy cynicism on what the State of NJ reports and their consistent time lag.

    Regardless, Montclair’s numbers have made no sense. I think we should just stop reporting meaningless counts. Ask yourself what is the purpose of what the Township is reporting? In the aggregate, do they mean anything to anyone?

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