HUDSON COUNTY, NJ — The coronavirus continues to take a grim toll on Hudson County, impacting local businesses and schools in the region, according to updated state data.
The state Department of Health's most recent "COVID-19 Activity Level Report," which is issued weekly, says Hudson County is still in the “red zone” for coronavirus cases.
Hudson County reported 52,976 cases since the beginning of the pandemic as of Friday, an increase of 1,855 over the previous week. The new death toll was 1,644, up from 1,614 last week, an increase of 30.
The “red zone” means the daily new COVID-19 virus case rate, per 100,000 people, rose to "very high" in all 21 counties. That means they exceed 25 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day average.
The latest reports say the overall coronavirus activity level also rose from "moderate," or “yellow,” to "high," or “orange,” in recent weeks in all 21 New Jersey counties.
With the rise to a "high" level, state officials said, school districts in those counties may have to take more serious steps — such as quarantining or even shutting down schools — if a child shows the symptoms of COVID-19.
"When it is high risk, there are some recommendations that we make together with local school boards," said Edward Lifshitz, medical director for the state Department of Health.
Indeed, a number of school districts have shifted to remote instruction as the numbers have risen.
The overall coronavirus risk rose to "high" in each of the counties because:
The new daily case rate in each of the counties rose to 10 or more per 100,000 people.
The percent of COVID-19-like illnesses rose above 5.52 in each of the counties.
The percent of positive cases rose above 10.01.
Hudson County opened a vaccination center last month and created a new vaccination website this month. Read more here.
Here are statewide coronavirus resources:
NJ COVID-19 Information Hub: https://covid19.nj.gov/
General COVID-19 questions: 2-1-1
NJ COVID-19 hotline: (800) 222-1222
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