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COVID-19 hospitalizations in New Jersey surpass 1,000 for first time since July

COVID-19 hospitalizations in New Jersey surpass 1,000 for first time since July
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New Jersey surpassed 1,000 coronavirus hospitalizations on Wednesday, the first time the state has hit that number since July. 

The New Jersey Department of Health reported 1,010 COVID-19 hospitalizations, 194 patients in intensive care and 80 people on ventilators. The state previously logged 1,028 hospitalizations on July 2, according to Fox 5 New York

The Garden State also reported 1,682 new cases, bringing its cumulative total to 232,997. There were 14 new coronavirus deaths within the past week, bringing this number to 14,531. 

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Over 4.5 million tests have been administered in New Jersey since the pandemic began. 

Despite the increase in cases, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said he hasn’t planned to reinstate coronavirus restrictions on outdoor spaces.  

"We don't have much evidence that those steps are the source of our uptick. The big source as far as we can tell are folks in their private spaces," Murphy said in an interview with Fox 5. 

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The country set a new record for coronavirus cases over a seven-day period on Sunday, averaging 66,954 new cases, beating the previous record of 66,844 set on July 23. As the weather gets colder in the coming months, experts have predicted that coronavirus cases will continue to rise across the country. 

Multiple states have reported record numbers in the past few weeks. 

Wisconsin on Tuesday reported record numbers of single-day COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations and cases. There were 64 new deaths, 220 new hospitalizations and 5,262 new cases since Monday. 

There have been 8.8 million cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. since the pandemic began, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Over 227,000 Americans have died.