New Jersey reports new cases, deaths as hospitalizations hit six-month high



NEW JERSEY (Eagle News) — In a report released by, New Jersey on Wednesday reported 4,063 new coronavirus cases — the fourth time in five days with more than 4,000 new positive tests — and 27 additional confirmed deaths on Wednesday as hospitalizations hit a six-month high.

New Jersey now averages nearly 40,000 tests a day compared to about 8,000 a day in early April. The state reported a recent record number of new tests with 57,000 on Nov. 9.

The spike in new cases has also led to a steady rise in people seeking treatment in New Jersey’s hospitals.Hospitalizations have more than tripled since last month and are the highest since late May, though still far short of the more than 8,000 patients in mid-April.

Several hospitals in the state have recently gone on divert status and temporarily stopped accepting new patients due to volume. New Jersey Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli confirmed last week they hit capacity in part because of the influx of COVID-19 patients.

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(Eagle News Service)