NJ reports 4,095 COVID cases, 98 deaths; hospitalizations at 6-week low

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – New Jersey reported another another 4,000 coronavirus cases and and nearly 100 more deaths Thursday as hospitalizations reportedly dropped to their lowest level in six weeks.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the 4,095 new cases in a tweet. He said the confirmed case total in the state was now 580,688.

The largest share of new cases, 459, were reported in Bergen County. Middlesex County recorded 415 new cases and Hudson County reported 352.

Hospitalizations in the state declined by 152 patients to 3,395—the lowest number since Dec. 6, according to NJ.com. There were 626 patients in intensive care and 427 on ventilators.

The state also reported another 98 deaths, bringing the state’s confirmed death toll to 18,639, not including 2,121 probable deaths.

Earlier this week, state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said that cases and mortalities were increasing even as hospitalizations stayed “pretty stable.”

“I think it’s still affecting older individuals,” Persichilli said. “Almost 60% of our deaths are older individuals, so it may be that it’s more transmissible, more asymptomatic. It’s over 50% now are asymptomatic transmissions. Asymptomatic transmitters are perhaps affecting older, vulnerable adults, and that’s who is ending up in the hospitals, and the mortality is significant.”