COVID Cases Jump But Lower Than Last Year

By: Paige Britt, Follow South Jersey Intern

SOUTH JERSEY – At the start of the new year, the daily average of COVID-19 cases in New Jersey ranged from 2,000 to over 3,000. This jump in cases was expected from officials in N.J., as there was a rise in cases the year prior. Now three months into the winter season, the numbers are lower than in 2022. 

The chief of infectious disease at Morristown Medical Center Dr. Jason Kessler commented on the rise of cases during the winter months. 

“We can be somewhat reassured that severity of illness remains substantially diminished in comparison to the early waves of the pandemic,” said Dr. Kessler. 

In the month of February, the daily average of COVID-19 cases in New Jersey has stayed below 2,000. In South Jersey, the daily average of cases is around 232. This number includes 37 cases in Gloucester County, 52 in Burlington County, 12 in Cape May County, 62 in Camden County, 19 in Cumberland County, 43 in Atlantic County, and 7 in Salem County. 

In New Jersey 90.7% of citizens have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 75.9% of people are fully vaccinated. To ensure that vaccines are accessible, there will be a total of 8 vaccination events during the month of March. Two will be held in Gloucester County, 3 in Camden County, 1 in Cumberland County, and 2 in Atlantic County.

In addition to vaccination events, there is also a South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund to aid those who live in the South Jersey area. The goal is to provide somewhere for individuals and organizations to pool resources to help local towns, counties, and the South Jersey region as a whole. The Response Fund supports local non-profit agencies that help those in need. 

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