New Jersey reports 9 new COVID-19 deaths, 498 new cases

TRENTON, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported nine new COVID-19 deaths and 498 positive test results on Tuesday — a number of new cases he said was “a little higher than we’d like.” 

Seven of the nine people who passed away died this month, bringing New Jersey’s death toll to 14,254, Murphy said at a news conference. The 498 new cases brought the state’s case total to 197,404, he said. 

“That’s a little higher than we’d like,” he said of the new cases. “But we’re also testing a ton of people in New Jersey.” 

As of Monday, 406 people in the state were hospitalized with confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases, 90 of whom were in intensive care and 35 of whom were on ventilators. Twenty-three of the 406 patients were considered “new hospitalizations,” he said.

“It’s been sort of in the 20s or 30s the past few weeks, and that’s more than we’d like,” he said. “We’d like that to be zero, but that’s a very manageable number relative to where we were a few months ago.”

The state’s spot positivity rate currently stands at 1.85 percent, he said. Its rate of transmission is 1.06. “The rate of transmission is still over one, which we’re not wild about,” he said. “But it has flattened and come down a hair.” 

New Jersey on Tuesday also updated the list of states and territories included in its travel advisory, Murphy said.