NJ COVID-19 numbers down as state may have recorded its youngest death

Governor Phil Murphy holds a coronavirus briefing
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“We are reporting the death of a 7-month-old baby who, after death, tested positive for COVID-19,” Persichelli told reporters. “However, we do not know the primary cause of this death at this point in time.”

This death is not in the official toll, which now stands at just under 14,000 statewide, almost 1,700 of whom are from the seven South Jersey counties. South Jersey has reported almost 26,000 positive cases, part of the 183,327 cases across New Jersey since March 4.

Meanwhile, there’s progress to report on bringing the number of new infections under better control.

The Garden State’s rate of transmission jumped to just under 1.5 last weekend, prompting Murphy to lower indoor event capacity limits from 100 to 25. Now, the rate is down to 1.32.

“This is still too high as it’s over one and it means that this virus continues to spread too quickly and too widely across our state,” he said. “We need to get this number back below one.”

The number of new cases in New Jersey has also been trending lower over the last few days. Tuesday saw little over half the almost 700 reported Friday. Daily reports of new fatalities have been in the teens or lower.