Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie released a video Dec. 16 urging the use of a mask in the fight against the coronavirus.
In the video, Christie states “This message isn’t for everyone. It’s for all those people who refuse to wear a mask.”
The video starts with the former GOP candidate for president in 2016 talking straight into the camera with images later showing his lapel pin of the American flag, a plaque stating “Hon. Christopher J. Christie, 55th Governor of New Jersey, ‘America’s Governor’,” and an outdoor shot of Christie with a mask on.
“You know lying in isolation in ICU for seven days I thought about how wrong I was to remove my mask at the White House,” the former governor continued. “Today, I think about how wrong it is to let mask wearing divide us, especially as we now know you’re twice as likely to get COVID-19 if you don’t wear a mask.”
“Please Wear A Mask”
The video concludes with Christie stating, “Because if you don’t do the right thing, we could all end up on the wrong side of history. Please wear a mask.”
The 30-second spot is a national ad that comes after Christie spent a week battling COVID-19 at Morristown Medical Center in October. Christie was at the White House Rose Garden ceremony announcing the nomination for now Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett—a superspreader event where many guests were seen not wearing masks nor practicing social distancing.
In October, Christie said he was “fortunate” to have recovered from COVID-19 and acknowledge he should have worn a mask while at the White House while in debate preparation with President Donald Trump as well as when he attended the Rose Garden ceremony .
The ad aligns with the public statements the former governor has made since his own bout with the virus.
“I believed that when I entered the White House grounds, that I had entered a safe zone, due to the testing that I and many others underwent every day. I was wrong,” said Christie in a press statement released Oct. 15. “I was wrong to not wear a mask at the Amy Coney Barrett announcement and I was wrong not to wear a mask at my multiple debate prep sessions with the President and the rest of the team.”
“I hope that my experience shows my fellow citizens that you should follow CDC guidelines in public no matter where you are and wear a mask to protect yourself and others.”
The former governor was treated with Remdesivir and the Eli Lilly monoclonal antibody cocktail while in the hospital and has stated he was “confident that all of those factors contributed to my good health.”
Christie thanked doctors and nurses in the intensive care unit at the for their “skillful and compassionate care” he experienced during his seven day stay at the hospital. Christie said his week-long stay days in isolation gave him “time to do a lot of thinking. Having had this virus, I can also assure…it is something to take very seriously.”
He noted in October that the ramifications are “wildly random and potentially deadly. No one should be happy to get the virus and no one should be cavalier about being infected or infecting others. But as a former public official, I believe we have not treated Americans as adults, who understand truth, sacrifice and responsibility, that I know them to be.”
As of Dec. 17, the cumulative number of coronavirus cases in New Jersey reached 419,330 with 4,319 total new cases reported and 77 new deaths, bringing that total to 16,172. The state listed probable deaths at 1,908, bringing the overall total to 18,080.
For North Jersey counties, Bergen had a total of 378 new cases, Essex 348 new cases, Passaic 317 new cases, Hudson 268 new cases, Morris 207 new cases, Warren 52 new cases and Sussex 42 new cases .
State officials noted 53 deaths occurred in the last 24 hours of reporting that have not yet been lab confirmed.
Of the total confirmed deaths in North Jersey, Essex County has the most with 2,081, followed by Bergen at 1,979, Hudson with 1,496, Passaic at 1,239, Morris at 756 and Sussex and Warren counties both with 164.
In regards to probable deaths, Bergen has 256, Essex has 239, Hudson has 161, Morris at 170, Passaic at 146, Sussex has 42 and Warren has 13.
The daily rate of infections from those tested as of Dec. 12 was 13.1%. The state is no longer using serology tests as health officials explained those results show a past presence of the disease as well as a current one.
As for the rate of transmission, it decreased to 1.05 from 1.08 the day before. Officials have continually cited transmission rate and positivity rate as health data they rely on to track how the coronavirus is being contained in New Jersey, guiding them in determining when restrictions have to be tightened or lifted.
Officials reported 3,637 patients were hospitalized; by region, there were 1,645 in the North, 1,199 in the Central and 793 in the South.
Of those hospitalized, 726 are in intensive care units and 488 on ventilators. While 463 patients were discharged, 428 were admitted.
Essex Tops County Count
Essex has the most cumulative cases in the state with 42,666, followed by Bergen at 42,008, Hudson at 38,675, Middlesex at 38,857, Passaic at 36,690, Union at 33,588, Ocean at 27,522, Monmouth at 26,824, Camden at 24,872, Burlington at 17,812, Morris at 17,547, Mercer at 16,897, Gloucester at 12,052, Somerset at 11,222, Atlantic at 10,174, Cumberland at 6,550, Sussex at 3,555, Warren at 3,289, Hunterdon at 3,185, Salem at 2,303 and Cape May at 2,070.
Another 972 cases are still under investigation to determine where the person resides.
In regards to cases related to in-school transmissions, a total of 98 outbreaks involving 428 cases have been reported in 19 of the 21 counties in the Garden State, with 10 new outbreaks involving 40 cases recorded in the last week. For North Jersey, Bergen County has 18 confirmed outbreaks with 86 cases, Passaic County has four confirmed outbreaks with 23 cases, Warren County has four confirmed outbreaks with nine cases, Sussex County has three confirmed outbreaks with seven cases and Hudson County has two confirmed outbreaks with 10 cases.
Long-term Care Facilities
Health officials noted 402 long-term care facilities are currently reporting at least one case of COVID-19, accounting for a total of 9,135 of the cases, broken down between 4,297 residents and 4,838 staff.
Cumulatively, 1,108 long-term care facilities reported a case infecting 28,347 residents and 17,546 staff, for a total of 45,893 cases.
The state’s official death total will now be reported as those that are lab confirmed, sits at 7,425 on Dec. 17. The facilities are reporting to the state 7,111 residents deaths and 124 staff deaths.