NJ Named New CDC Coronavirus Hot Zone

By Charles Elmo

Sports Writer

Recent data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies New Jersey as a new COVID-19 hot zone, according to the Patch. 

The data shows only Michigan surpasses us in infection rates, yet this new hot zone status will most likely ‘curtail’ re-openings across NJ, the Patch continued. 

According to the data, NJ is reporting a COVID-19 infection rate of 300.7 cases per 100,000 population over the past seven days. 

Gov. Phil Murphy says that NJ’s “still too high” case rate will prevent a full reopening in the Garden State from taking place, the source continues. 

He believes the spread of the COVID-19 variants is what has kept the state’s cases so high. 

Murphy has suggested that the trend could prevent more re-openings or capacity expansions in the coming weeks, the Patch reported. 

“I’ll bet you we’re not going to be turning our back on face coverings by Memorial Day, indoors at least. I don’t see that,” Murphy told the Patch. 

As the spring semester winds down, FDU students remaining in the tri-state area are looking forward to enjoying a ‘normal’ summer come May. 

However, all that could hinge on what decisions are made over the next couple of weeks. 

COVID-19 Numbers

Between yesterday and today, there was an increase of 2,476 positive cases in New Jersey, with 247 cases from Bergen County. 

Tues. 4/13/2021Mon. 4/12/2021
New Jersey956,000953,000
Bergen County96,41196,164

*Numbers according to Google Statistics

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Art by Charles Elmo