By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
New Jersey state health officials reported an additional 3,026 new confirmed COVID-19 test results today, bringing the state total to 81,420.
Governor Phil Murphy said in a press briefing today that that the death toll has risen to 4070. Murphy said, “In just six weeks, we have lost 4,070 blessed New Jerseyans to COVID-19. That’s more than the CDC statistics show that we have lost over the past three flu seasons in their entirety combined.
“We know that the COVID-19 is more virulent than the flu and one person with COVID-19 can infect many, many more without showing any symptoms. And once someone is exposed, it can take a long time, as much as I believe 14 days to develop this illness.
“The hospitalization rate for COVID-19, as we’ve shown you, is far greater than what it is for the flu. The general hospitalization rate for the flu is about one-tenth of 1% of cases. Already look at the numbers we present here for COVID-19. It’s roughly 10%, I believe. You are therefore 100 more times likely to end up in the hospital, again, based on what we now know.”