Coronavirus cases in New Jersey, which just a week ago fell to their lowest level since the start of the pandemic, are on the rise again, partly fueled by outbreaks among young people along the Jersey coast.
In the last seven days in New Jersey, an average of 416 cases per day were recorded, which is 28 percent more than the average two weeks earlier, according to a database maintained by The New York Times.
Growth worries elected leaders and public health officials, who say young people who enjoy summer parties do not take enough precautions.
According to the state health commissioner, the participant, which involved dozens of rescuers from Long Beach Island, is associated with 35 cases of the virus. A home party in Middletown, New Jersey, was charged with 65 new cases; The 52 infected people ranged in age from 15 to 19, Governor Philip D. Murphy said. A prom in Westfield, New Jersey, to the north, led to 17 cases.
“I just want to ask parents and children again,” Mr Murphy said Monday. “Don’t gather inside. Please don’t do that. If you’re going to gather, go outside. Wear a face covering. Don’t stay away from each other.”
The head of the State Police said that the parties may be involved in the continued closure of bars and restaurants in the restaurant, which creates an irregularity of the “underground situation”.
Perhaps the most striking example of this apparent thirst for revelry in the summer, a home evening in Jackson, New Jersey, about 65 miles south of Manhattan, drew more than 700 people on Sunday night, forcing police to issue tickets to the three organizers. More than 100 cars were parked on the street, and police took more than five hours to clear the scene.
Just a week ago, New Jersey recorded the lowest average daily average number of coronavirus cases – 224 – since their number peaked in the state in early April.
The milestone came even as the beaches of Jersey Shore were in full swing, Atlantic City casinos were opened, and cities across the state were lined with streets to create lively bazaars on the street.
Mr Murphy’s aides tweeted the achievement on Twitter, noting that New Jersey was the only state in the country to achieve a two-week decline in new cases of the virus.
On Thursday, it was New York’s turn to the crow. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo noted that New York had reached new lows in the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 or on ventilators. In New York, the positive test score was 1.09 percent – less than half of 2.42 percent in New Jersey on Wednesday.
Mr Cuomo said he had no plans to ban New Jersey residents from coming to New York.
“I don’t know how you could quarantine New Jersey,” Mr Cuomo said. “They don’t fly to New York. You will have to block the roads, and we are not talking about a blockade. “
Mr Murphy’s office officials said Thursday that despite the situation, New Jersey remains among the six states with the fewest new daily infections per 100,000 residents. Some increase in the last week may also be due to delays in test results, which they say are sometimes delivered in large batches, covering the number of daily cases.
For example, on Wednesday, the state reported 489 new cases of the virus; on Thursday there were 261 of them.
However, the governor did not leave a word about the alarming trend, which had the potential to undermine the months of conscientious efforts to reduce the spread of the virus, which was associated with 15,809 deaths in the state.
“Over the past four months, we have crushed the curve,” he warned on Wednesday. “But people, it’s sober.”
He added: “We have returned – plus or minus – to where we were a month ago in the daily number of new cases. We can not go back. We can not afford to go back.”
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Perry N. Halkit, an epidemiologist and dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health, agreed with the delay in test results, which obscured the daily data report.
But he said the trend of seven days is alarming.
“It’s time to say, ‘The figures are bad,'” Mr Halkit said. “People just gather without thinking.”
He added: “It’s almost like we have to pause again right now before it’s too late.”
The danger of the virus came close to his lawn: the number of Rutgers University players infected with the virus rose to 15 on Wednesday, said Health Commissioner Judith M. Persicilli. The college announced on Saturday that it had suspended personal team activities and quarantined all players.
Mr Halkitis said he was concerned about opening schools in just over a month for personal study.
“What supports me at night is the schools,” he said. “It’s absolutely an ‘uh-oh’ moment.”
George Helmy, the governor’s office, said they take every increase in the virus seriously and will continue to monitor any changes in the spread of the virus.
Mr Murphy said his goal was to try to open all schools to at least some personal training, although final decisions are made by individual districts.
“New Jersey has the best public education in the country, and the governor believes that personal learning for our children is important for their academic progress, social and mental well-being and development,” Mr Champy said on Thursday.
“Public health announces all our decisions, and we continue to evaluate and re-evaluate our data as we approach the first day of school.”
Amanda Rosa contributed to the reporting.