As cases of the coronavirus in New Jersey rose 22% this week over last, three counties experienced a more precipitous ascent, jumping more than double over the rate of cases for the week prior.
For the week of Sept. 9-16, Gloucester, Hunterdon and Middlesex counties each saw rises of more than 100% over the prior week.
In Gloucester County, the situation was especially severe. The county added 9.7 cases per 10,000 people, making it the first New Jersey county in weeks to surpass the national average for cases added per 10,000 people.
The U.S. as a whole added 8.1 cases per 10,000 residents this week. Of New Jersey’s 21 counties, 18 have a rate less than half of that.
Hunterdon County, meanwhile, went from 1.1 new cases per 10,000 people to 2.5, while Middlesex leapt from 1.6 the week prior to 3.4.
The other county with a high rate of note was Ocean County at 6.0 cases added per 10,000 this week, a 59% increase over the week before.
Eight counties saw a drop in cases compared to the week prior. Of those, the largest drop came in Sussex County, which went from 1.5 new cases per 10,000 to 0.8, a 45% decline.
New Jersey as a whole added 3.2 cases per 10,000 residents, up from 2.6 the week before.
The state announced 617 new positive tests on Thursday, the first day over 600 since Aug. 13. The rate of transmission now sits at 1.07, a rise after remaining steady for four days and above the benchmark of 1 that determines whether the outbreak is expanding or slowing.
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Nick Devlin is a reporter on the data & investigations team. He can be reached at [email protected].
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