A new coronavirus tracker prepared by Rutgers University-Camden researcher Sarah Allred suggests the curve of coronavirus-related deaths in New Jersey has started to flatten.
While the data doesn’t suggest New Jersey is anywhere close to being out of the woods — far from it — the speed with which new deaths are announced is starting to slow, suggesting Gov. Phil Murphy’s “stay-at-home” order is having its intended effect.
“I should also caution that we are smoothing data over several days,” Allred said in an interview. “We also will need a couple more days to see if this is really a trend.”
Murphy said late last week that New Jersey is about a week behind New York in experiencing a surge of coronavirus-related hospitalizations. Over the weekend, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that recent declines in the rate of hospitalizations and deaths related to Covid-19 indicated the pandemic may be nearing its apex.
As of Sunday, at least 37,505 New Jersey residents had tested positive for the virus and 917 people have died.
Hospitals throughout the state’s northern counties have already been hit hard with a wave of incoming patients.
The strain being placed on New Jersey’s health system has been accompanied by persistent shortages in personal protective equipment, beds, ventilators, health care workers and financial resources to meet the needs of the surge.
On Sunday night, President Donald Trump announced New Jersey would soon receive another 500 ventilators from the federal stockpile.
State officials had asked for 2,500 ventilators from the federal stockpile in recent weeks. The 500 additional machines Trump announced will bring the total sent to New Jersey to 1,350.
“We wish Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo and all of the people in New York, great, and New Jersey. You governors are doing a great job. He’s doing a great job in New Jersey,” Trump said during a press briefing Sunday evening.