Edited by: TJV.com
The number of those testing positive for Covid-19 has increased in New Jersey and that uptick has many concerned that the spread of this virus will affect many others.
The state reported 760 new positive cases Saturday, pushing the cumulative total to 202,850, Governor Phil Murphy said in a tweet.
Saturday’s total followed two days of increases: 612 new cases reported Friday and 588 on Thursday.
State officials have said that the increase in Covid cases are prevalent in five counties in the Garden state including Ocean County. Gov Murphy said that within Ocean County, there have been increases in positive cases in the township of Lakewood, which he said was “clearly our hotspots right now.”
According to a report on NJ.com, Murphy said during his latest coronavirus briefing in Trenton, “It’s fair to say we got a few counties that are rising to a level of concern. Folks, this is clear evidence we are not out of the woods.”
Lakewood is the home to thousands of Orthodox Jews. The rise in cases is the most that the state has seen in a week.
NJ.com also reported that New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said that in addition to the escalation of Covid cases in Ocean County there has been “an uptick in cases” in Bergen, Gloucester, Middlesex, and Monmouth counties.
Those five counties have recorded more than 1,000 of the state’s 2,500 new COVID-19 cases since Monday, according to the NJ.com report.
In particular, Persichilli said, Ocean has reported 439 positive cases in that time, followed by Monmouth with 248, Middlesex with 220, and Gloucester with 130.
NJ.com reported that Perischilli said Ocean has averaged about 100 to 150 new cases a day recently. Of that number, she said, at least half or more have come from Lakewood.
“The positivity rate in Lakewood is also increasing, which is a concern,” Persichilli added.
“Every religion in this state has a right to practice and worship,” Murphy said. “I don’t want a speck of anybody in this state, ‘Hey, see, it’s because of them’ or whatever. We’re working aggressively with faith leaders, with community leaders. But I want everybody to leave any prejudices or biases, to check them at the door. This is about public health, and we’re doing our very best.”