The number of statewide confirmed positive cases is now 150,399, with 1,670 new positive tests added overnight. The coronavirus has killed 10,747 New Jersey residents as state leaders announced another 168 deaths Wednesday.
Additionally, 3,405 residents are being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals. While the number remains high, Murphy says it’s down more than half since the peak roughly four weeks ago. Patients needing ventilators or critical care have significantly dropped and 282 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours. Still, another 261 entered hospitals needing COVID-19 care.
There was also a slight spike in the daily positivity rate, up from 12% to 18%. But state health officials say it’s not an indication cases are rebounding. They do, however, want more data and will continue moving toward the goal of testing 20,000 people per day by the end of the month. On Wednesday, they got a step closer, announcing a new partnership between Walmart and Quest Diagnostics.