NJ surpasses 1M cases since start of COVID pandemic: Murphy

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TRENTON, N.J. (WCBS 880) — New Jersey on Tuesday surpassed 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases since the first positive test was recorded in the state nearly 19 months ago.

According to Gov. Phil Murphy, the state recorded another 1,857 positive cases on Tuesday, with 37 more confirmed deaths.

Overall, the state has recorded 1,000,067 total positive PCR tests, the governor said.

According to a report from NJ.com, New Jersey’s coronavirus transmission rate dropped below 1 for the first time in two weeks, as well, the report added. It was at 1.01 on Monday.

Gov. Murphy notes that 1,067 patients were hospitalized with the virus on Monday night, with 224 in intensive care and 118 on ventilators.

Still, the governor stressed that vaccination numbers continue to climb in the state.

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A total of 112,627,031 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in New Jersey as of Tuesday morning, Murphy said on Twitter.

The number equated to over 5.8 million New Jersey residents, employees and students being fully vaccinated against the virus.

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