New Jersey To Slow Further Reopening Amid Concern Over COVID-19 Cases, Variants

New Jersey currently has the highest case rate per 100,000 in the country. Source: CDC

New Jersey is leading the nation and not in a good way.

The state, as of Monday, had a 7-day average of 314 cases per 100,000, higher than any other state in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“My guess is, we won’t be opening up further capacity for some time now because of … the caseload,” Murphy told CNN Monday.

During his COVID-19 briefing Monday afternoon, Murphy, when asked about the trends in the numbers, said he wouldn’t describe it as a wave, but more of a “plateauing.”

Murphy mentioned a balance of concern over variants spreading the virus with the positives of warmer weather and vaccinations both helping to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“Even though we opened up indoor capacities and gathering limits indoors and outdoors, we did it fairly modestly,” Murphy said. “We are desperately asking folks to still wear face coverings, especially obviously when they’re indoors or they’re outdoors with others.”

“The statewide rate of transmission is 1.09,” he added. “There is no magic wand we can wave to stop the spread of COVID. Only you can stop the spread of this virus. We still have to work together.”

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, expressed concern Monday at a White House briefing, stating that the US could see “another avoidable surge” if people don’t take the necessary precautions — wearing masks, social distancing and avoiding crowds.

New Jersey’s COVID-19 Dashboard tracks the different variants in the state.

New COVID-19 cases are being driven by new variants. The CDC is monitoring five variants of concern (VOC) — variants whose mutations can cause the virus to act differently (spreads more easily, cause more severe disease or change effectiveness of current vaccines).

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