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NEW JERSEY – Governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy expressed concern on Wednesday as he announced that the state’s coronavirus transmission rate had risen again.
The transmission rate, a key figure for tracking COVID-19, has climbed to 1.15, the highest it has been in Garden State since August 7.
A rate greater than one means that each new case could transmit the virus to at least one other person. The goal is to keep the transmission rate below one, indicating that the spread of the virus is declining.
Murphy said on Wednesday that Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli predicted the increase but the state was monitoring it closely.
The governor also reported 430 new positive COVID tests. This is the eighth time in the past nine days that the state has seen more than 400 new cases.
However, other daily indicators remained promising. New virus-related deaths and hospitalizations have remained relatively stable in recent weeks.
For the sake of prevention, the NJ Health Department is developing an application to monitor exposure to COVID-19.
The app will tell someone if they’ve been potentially exposed and what to do if so. It will also send an alert if you are within six feet of another person for an extended period.
Students at Passaic County Community College, Stockton University and Montclair State University are testing the app, officials said.
Governor Muprhy is about to hold a Facebook Live Chat with Dr Anthony Fauci at 11:15 am Thursday.
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