Mayor Shanley COVID-19 Update July 27, 2020
Please ignore any grammatical errors tonight as I am doing this from my cell phone at my son’s baseball game under the lights at Memorial Field.
NJ remains on the right path but there were warning signs since my last report on Friday that we need to keep an eye on. NJ had 446 new positives today that brings NJ to 179,812 positives from 178,345 positives on Friday. NJ hospitalizations are down again today from 800 on Friday to 695 today. They decreased in the North from 344 on Friday to 322 today, decreased in the Central from 235 Friday To 205 today and decreased in the South from 221 on Friday to 168 today. Patients on ventilators deceased to 1.7% today. Patients in critical care decreased from 138 on Friday to 128 today. These are the good signs.
A warning sign is that the Rate of Transmission (ROT) increased over 1 this weekend to 1.09. Another warning sign is young people at the Jersey shore are starting to spread the virus at shore parties and risk bringing this virus to their grandparents, some of whom may have a compromised immune system.
There are other positives though. The positive test rate for tests on 7-23-20 was 1.7% which is one of the lowest positive test rates in the United States. NJ is also now 44th out of the 50 states in new positive cases and 24th in patients in hospitals. NJ at one point was with NY at the top of these rankings.
We have to remember this virus is still active throughout the country and exists in NJ. We must remain vigilant in stopping the spread of the virus as those with compromised immune systems are at serious risk if we spread it and infect them. Keep doing what you are doing to be socially distant from others not in your household, wear face covering when out and frequently wash your hands. We have had a lot of practice at this over the last 4 months and are into our fifth month. Don’t let your guard down.
Tomorrow night I will get the updated Wyckoff numbers and will report them after the County sends them to me. Lets pray they show no new positives.
We can do this as a Wyckoff family and keep all Wyckoffians alive and well. Remain Wyckoff Strong!
Have great night!
Tim Shanley, Wyckoff Mayor