Expect to hear more about restrictions lifting on nonessential businesses and daycare centers over the next few days. Gov. Phil Murphy says the state’s expanded coronavirus testing is providing a clearer picture of where we’re headed in lockdown. It comes as the United States surpassed 100,000 deaths related to the virus. New Jersey accounts for roughly 11% of that fatality rate.
Thursday health officials reported 11,401 total deaths with 66 announced overnight. Statewide there’s now 157,815 confirmed cases, with 1,261 new positive tests were announced Thursday. The daily positivity rate, or the percentage of residents that test positive on a single day, was 6% for tests taken Sunday, May 24. That means progress continues.
But the administration says it’s keeping a close eye on hospitalization rates. For the second straight day there’s been an uptick in patients needing medical help with 2,797 residents hospitalized statewide. That includes 365 newly-hospitalized patients. The governor says it’s not entirely unexpected given a lag in reporting over the holiday weekend, but it’s an indication that the outbreak is still far from over. It’s also why the state says any reopening efforts will include specifics on the number of people allowed to gather and strict requests to keep up with face coverings.