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NJ’s Rising COVID Numbers Cause Concerns In NYC

NJ’s Rising COVID Numbers Cause Concerns In NYC

New Jersey’s coronavirus numbers are heading back into dangerous territory—and setting off alarm bells in New York as well.

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In New Jersey, the coronavirus transmission rate stands at 1.49—its highest mark in months.

On Friday, Gov. Phil Murphy threatened to roll back some reopening measures.

New York’s case numbers are still staying flat, but Denis Nash, an epidemiology professor at the CUNY School of Public Health, wonders how long those numbers can stay that way.

“I hope we don’t have to go on lockdown again, but I think there’s a good chance that we may,” Nash said.

There are still around 300 new cases reported in New York City every day, and Nash is wondering where they’re coming from, given the reality of social distancing, mask wearing, outdoor dining and so many other precautions.

“How is it that these 2,000 New Yorkers are becoming infected every week?” Nash said.

He said the city should be doing more to get the word out.

“My understanding with what’s going on is that we can do a better job at plugging holes in the prevention safety net, so that we can feel better about moving into another phase of reopening,” Nash said.

He thinks the city should be releasing more information about where transmission is taking place and how it’s happening.

Nash said he’s worried about a second wave but that he doesn’t expect one to be worse than the peak in the New York City area earlier this year.

The article was published on wcbs880.radio.com

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