HUDSON COUNTY, NJ — The coronavirus continues to take a grim toll on Hudson County, impacting local businesses and schools in the region, according to updated state data.
Hudson County reported 47,326 cases on Friday, an increase of 2,821 and 6.3 percent over the previous week’s 44,505 cases.
There were also 1,576 deaths, up from 1,539 the previous week.
The rise is reflected in the state Department of Health’s most recent “COVID-19 Activity Level Report,” which is issued weekly. The most recent report, released Thursday, says Hudson County is in the “red zone” for coronavirus cases.
The “red zone” means the daily new COVID-19 virus case rate, per 100,000 people, rose to “very high” in all 21 counties. That means they exceeded 25 cases per 1,000 people over a seven-day average.
The latest report say the overall coronavirus activity level also rose from “moderate” or “yellow” to “high,” or “orange,” in recent weeks in all 21 New Jersey counties.
With the rise to a “high” level, state officials said, school districts in those counties may have to take more serious steps — such as quarantining or even shutting down schools — if a child shows the symptoms of COVID-19.
“When it is high risk, there are some recommendations that we make together with local school boards,” said Edward Lifshitz, medical director for the state Department of Health.
Indeed, a number of school districts have shifted to remote instruction as the numbers have risen.
The overall coronavirus risk rose to “high” in each of the counties because:
Hudson County opened a vaccination center last month and created a new vaccination website this month. Read more here.
New Jersey had its highest new case total ever from Wednesday to Thursday, and a daily death toll of 123 people. More than 17,000 across the state have passed away from the virus.
This was the first time New Jersey topped 100 fatalities for three days in a row, since May. Gov. Phil Murphy said 3,488 people are hospitalized with the virus statewide, 668 on ICU, 469 on ventilators.
He also said 459 coronavirus patients were admitted to hospitals and 449 discharged.
As of Friday, 365,000 Americans had died of the virus. (You can see which states had the highest death toll in the past week on this CDC map.)
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