While the spread of the coronavirus this week was lower in one of New Jersey’s problem areas, the state as a whole still saw an increase.
On the positive side, Ocean County made progress in pushing back against the virus after adding an eye-popping 20.8 new cases per 10,000 residents last week. While the county again led the state for the week of Sept. 30-Oct. 7, it sat at 14.7 new cases per 10,000 people, a drop of 29% from last week.
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It’s one of five counties that saw a week-over-week decline in cases, joining Cumberland (down 52%), Gloucester (down 43%), Sussex (down 16%) and Passaic (down 2.5%).
Cumberland also saw the state’s smallest spread overall at just 1.4 new cases per 10,000 residents.
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On the other hand, the news is still concerning for the state as a whole. New Jersey added 5.2 cases of COVID-19 per 10,000 people this week, a 7% increase over the week prior. As part of that increase, three counties — Cape May, Hunterdon and Warren — saw more than twice as many new cases this week as compared to last.
The increase for New Jersey comes as new cases nationwide also ticked up from 9.1 to 9.5 per 10,000, just under a 4% increase.
The state announced 881 new cases on Friday, one day after the highest total since May at 1,301. According to State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli, officials are “anticipating a second wave” that could “become a surge” if residents don’t continue to wear masks, socially distance and wash hands.
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Nick Devlin is a reporter on the data & investigations team. He can be reached at [email protected].