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Inside New Jersey’s New “Flare Up”, How Many Positive Cases Actually Came from Myrtle Beach Wedding, Hoboken?

TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy has been talking a lot this week about the COVID-19 flare up and specifically mentioned a “flare-up” from residents visiting a wedding in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  According to the governor on Monday, that flare-up was contained to a single-family and he reported just 13 cases involved in that flare-up and a Jersey City flare-up.

“I don’t know that we know the hotspots, I personally don’t know the hotspots for Hoboken, but according to Mayor Bhalla and his team, 12 of the 13 were from hotspot states,” Murphy said.

As far as the wedding infection, it was limited to just one family with members in Sussex and Morris Counties.

“The outbreaks, I know Sussex County, Judy, was the family related to the wedding in Myrtle Beach,” Murphy added.

As the governor and the state do not release raw data to the media, we can only go by the pre-packaged information coming out of Trenton to see why the positivity rate is increasing.

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One thing we do know, which could shed some light on the increase in daily positivity is that long-term care facilities, the crux of the pandemic in New Jersey have begun regular testing of patients and staff.

TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy has been talking a lot this week about the COVID-19 flare up and specifically mentioned a “flare-up” from residents visiting a wedding in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  According to the governor on Monday, that flare-up was contained to a single-family and he reported just 13 cases involved in that flare-up and a Jersey City flare-up.

“I don’t know that we know the hotspots, I personally don’t know the hotspots for Hoboken, but according to Mayor Bhalla and his team, 12 of the 13 were from hotspot states,” Murphy said.

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As far as the wedding infection, it was limited to just one family with members in Sussex and Morris Counties.

“The outbreaks, I know Sussex County, Judy, was the family related to the wedding in Myrtle Beach,” Murphy added.

As the governor and the state do not release raw data to the media, we can only go by the pre-packaged information coming out of Trenton to see why the positivity rate is increasing.

One thing we do know, which could shed some light on the increase in daily positivity is that long-term care facilities, the crux of the pandemic in New Jersey have begun regular testing of patients and staff.  Judith Persichilli said that every long-term care facility in New Jersey has recently completed 100% baseline testing of residents and workers.

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“We have 100% baseline testing has been completed of residents and staff, and many, I don’t have the number, but many are into retesting,” Persichilli said.  “The recommendation is to retest negatives and retest staff every week.”

These are all key figures the Murphy administration needs to be sharing with residents, because if the bulk of positive tests are still coming from the long term care industry, then that needs to be known.

Somebody is not telling the full story each morning.

 

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