Trenton, NJ (CBS) — COVID hospitalizations and deaths in both New Jersey and Delaware have increased since the holidays. In the Garden State, hospitalizations have increased dramatically, with the number quadrupling in the past month.
More than 6,000 people in the hospital have COVID right now. This is the highest number since April 2020.
We are seeing more of our residents hospitalized now than at any time since the end of April 2020.
In the past week alone, the number of both ICUs and ventilators has increased significantly and nearly doubled since Christmas. pic.twitter.com/wpVajgF07T
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) 10 January 2022
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New Jersey also reached another milestone.
“We are recording more deaths tragically than at any point in the past year and remember, we only started our vaccination efforts a year ago,” said Governor Phil Murphy.
Most people hospitalized with COVID have not been vaccinated or received booster shots.
Judy Persicilli said, “While most children do not get sick enough to be hospitalized, our number of hospitalized patients with confirmed COVID is at the highest level since the start of the pandemic.”
The COVID positivity rate in New Jersey has been above 30% since Christmas Day, a number not seen since April 2020 when the pandemic first began.
“My god, the number, the level of people who test positive is through the roof,” Murphy said.
Our hospital system is facing a crisis-level situation. We need all of Delaware in the fight to make sure our hospitals don’t end.
Effective Tuesday, January 11 at 8 a.m.: Masks will be required in indoor public settings.
— Governor John Carney (@JohnCarneyDE) 10 January 2022
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In neighboring Delaware, the COVID surge has led to a new mask mandate that was announced on Monday. Revising the state of emergency in Delaware, Governor John Carney reinstated the requirement for indoor masks in public settings beginning Tuesday, January 11, at 8 a.m.
The new mandate comes with COVID cases, especially hospitalizations reaching new highs.
Wearing a mask will be mandatory for everyone inside any public place in Delaware.
“I think it’s a good idea, I hope most people, I hope everyone follows the mandate,” said resident Donna Braden.
Many Delaware hospitals that are overcapacitated and struggling with staffing shortages have implemented a new crisis standard that allows them to change the way they allocate resources.
“You can expect everyone to do their part and the numbers are low,” said resident Ken Phillips.
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The number of cases being reported from this COVID surge is likely to be low as home test results are not reported to state health departments.