COVID-19 case counts are growing, but NJ officials say there’s no evidence of second wave

By KYW Newsradio 1060

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The rate of coronavirus transmission in New Jersey is the highest it’s been since early August. But state health authorities are not seeing this as the beginning of a second wave.

On the day New Jersey’s total coronavirus case count topped 200,000, the rate of transmission held at 1.12. That means each infected person is spreading the virus to at least one additional person.

It hasn’t been that high since Aug. 7.

Ed Lifshitz, the director of the state Health Department’s communicable disease service, said there’s no indication that this is pointing to a second wave.

“Certainly any increase in numbers catches our attention and rightly increases our response to that area. But right now I would not say that it’s a wave,” he said.

Gov. Phil Murphy, at his regular coronavirus briefing, also ripped Republican leaders for their desire to quickly replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“The rank hypocrisy of those like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is showing,” Murphy said.

McConnell refused to hold a hearing on President Obama’s nominee eight months before the 2016 election.

And the state Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli also warned of pandemic fatigue, saying people feeling weary, sad, irritable or burned out should do things like making sure they get enough sleep, eat better and unplug from social media.