Another day of protests across New Jersey and the United States as demonstrators call for an end to police brutality and a national reckoning with race relations following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Most of New Jersey’s rallies have been peaceful — a nod to the police reform work that’s happened here in recent years. Still, the state’s top law enforcement officer says we have a long way to go.
The state is sharing new coronavirus data as we move toward the target of Stage Two of reopening on June 15. It’s a gauge of how fast the virus spread across New Jersey through each infected person. It’s called the RT, or rate of reproduction. Data shows one person was infecting more than five others at the time Murphy issued the state’s stay-at-home order March 21. Today it’s less than a 1:1 ratio. Health leaders say it’ll need to stay there to reach phase three in our recovery.
Monday the state received 708 new positive test results for a statewide total of 161,545. Health officials say 51 more residents died due to the virus and the death toll now stands at 11,770. Hospitalization rates and daily spot positivity percentages continue to curve downward.