Wherever you look, the coronavirus numbers in New Jersey go only one way.
The week of Nov. 12 18-18 marked the third straight week in which each county in New Jersey experienced an increase in new cases of coronavirus during the week before.
It was just a few months ago that the addition of five or six cases per. 10,000 inhabitants was enough to land a county at the top of the state. This week, no county had fewer than 1
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By and large, New Jersey added 29.3 cases per year. 10,000 inhabitants. A figure that was once a simple fraction of the United States as a whole is almost captured. There were 33.5 cases per 10,000 inhabitants nationally during the week.
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The county with the most new cases this week was Passaic County with 45.5 new cases per year. 10,000. Camden, Union, Mercer and Essex rounded out the top five, but that is not to say that the other 16 counties do not have their hands full.
Eleven counties saw a 50% or more increase in total cases during the week before. Cases in Salem County increased by 127% and Cape May County was just over 100% growth.
New Jersey, now fully in the midst of the second wave of the epidemic, reported 3,635 new cases Friday, while hospitalizations rose for the 21st day in a row.
Government Phil Murphy and state health officials, however, gave a glimmer of hope on Friday: About 130,000 doses of Pfizer’s new coronavirus vaccine could be on their way to Garden State in January, with the highest priority going to health professionals and the most vulnerable.
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Nick Devlin is a reporter on the data and investigation team. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.