Story at a glance

  • New Jersey reported 1,010 hospitalized COVID-19 patients across the state’s 71 hospitals.
  • The state is still well below the peak it saw in April, when thousands of cases and hundreds of deaths were reported each day and more than 8,000 COVID-19 patients were being treated in hospitals.
  • On Wednesday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed an executive order requiring private and public companies to impose health safety standards meant to protect workers against COVID-19.

New Jersey has reported more than 1,000 coronavirus hospitalizations for the first time in nearly four months as many parts of the country are experiencing worsening COVID-19 outbreaks. 

There were 1,010 hospitalized COVID-19 patients across the state’s 71 hospitals as of Wednesday, according to state health department data. A day earlier, 957 people were reported hospitalized with the virus. 

The last time New Jersey reported more than 1,000 hospitalizations was on July 2 with 1,028 hospitalizations. It’s also a significant increase from the 421 reported hospitalizations reported just a month ago. 

The state has confirmed a total of 232,997 cases after 1,682 new infections were reported Wednesday. More than 14,000 people have died in the state since the pandemic began. 

On Wednesday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed an executive order requiring private and public companies to impose health safety standards meant to protect workers against COVID-19. 

The order requires employers to provide masks to workers, conduct daily health checks of workers such as temperature screenings, routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched areas and keep workers at least 6 feet from each other. 

New Jersey is still well below the peak it saw in April, when thousands of cases and hundreds of deaths were reported each day and more than 8,000 COVID-19 patients were being treated in hospitals. 

The current situation in New Jersey comes as the U.S. is seeing an increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths. 

More than 44,000 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the U.S. compared with just more than 29,000 a month ago, according to The COVID Tracking Project. More than 70,000 new cases are being confirmed each day with more than 800 deaths. 

Published on Oct 28, 2020