President Joe Biden firmly stated that the pandemic is over.
President Biden’s comments came during an interview with Scott Pelley on 60 Minutes Sept. 18 at the Detroit Auto Show, the first held in three years, and echoed those of World Health Organization’s last week. Pelley noted the large crowd at the convention center and asked “is the pandemic over?”
“The pandemic is over,” the President responded. “We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lotta work on it… but the pandemic is over.”
Lack of Masks
“If you notice, no one’s wearing masks,” he continued. “Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think it’s changing. And I think this is a perfect example of it.”
Later in the interview, when asked about his below 50% approval ratings and an overwhelming majority of Americans thinking the country is on the wrong track, the President offered that it is a residual effect of the pandemic where a million people died because of COVID.
Aftereffects of Pandemic
“I think you’d agree that the impact on the psyche of the American people as a consequence of the pandemic is profound,” he said. “Think of how that has changed everything. You know, people’s attitudes about themselves, their families, about the state of the nation, about the state of their communities. And so there’s a lot of uncertainty out there, a great deal of uncertainty.”
Biden would go on to observe that the country is “at an inflection point…We’re gonna make decisions, and we’re making decisions now, that are gonna determine what we’re gonna look like the next ten years from now. It’s been a very difficult time. Very difficult.”
The President’s pandemic stance is similar to the comments from two WHO officials who stated the world has never been in a better position to end the coronavirus pandemic as deaths from COVID-19 last week were the lowest since March 2020.
“We are not there yet. But the end is in sight,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters at a virtual press conference Sept. 15.
Dr. Michael Head, senior research fellow in global health at Southampton University, added “It’s probably fair to say most of the world is moving beyond the emergency phase of the pandemic response.”
New daily PCR cases: 351; Probable Cases: 143
Total Cases: 2,712,623 (2,303,507 PCR cases, 409,116 probable cases)
New Confirmed Deaths: 4 (14 probable deaths, 34,679 total deaths)
Rate of Transmission: 1.04, up from 0.97 the day before
Percent Positivity: 11.5% as of Sept. 14; by region, the rate was 11.0% in the North, 12.0% in the Central region and 12.0% in the South
Bergen County: 27 New Cases, 16 Probable Cases, 3,221 deaths, 336 probable deaths
Essex County: 31 New Cases, 5 Probable Cases, 3,347 deaths, 312 probable deaths
Hudson County: 28 New Cases, 1 Probable Cases, 2,557 total deaths, 221 probable deaths
Morris County: 22 New Cases, 6 Probable Cases, 1,308 deaths, 306 probable deaths
Passaic County: 15 New Cases, 5 Probable Cases, 2,185 deaths, 205 probable deaths
Sussex County: 12 New Cases, 1 Probable Case, 408 deaths, 97 probable deaths
Warren County: 5 New Cases, 1 Probable Case, 325 deaths, 29 probable deaths
Hospitalizations: 807 (327 North; 239 Central; and 241 South)
Patients in intensive care units: 104
Patients on ventilators: 36
Patients discharged: 123
The state dashboard showed 70 of 71 hospitals in the state reporting
Long-term Care Facilities
Facilities currently reporting one case: 374 (3,175 overall)
Current number of residents: 7.030 (56,934 overall)
Current number of staffers: 6,866 (45,691 overall)
Number of Deaths: 9,634 overall (8,769 reported by facilities, 139 staff deaths)
Total number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in New Jersey: 14,766,484 (14,244,473 in-state, plus an additional 522,021 administered out-of-state)
Fully Vaccinated: 7,049,024 (6,839,305 in state and another 209,719 out of state). By county, 742,108 in Bergen County, 615,154 in Essex, 546,934 in Hudson, 396,554 in Morris, 369,742 in Passaic, 94,791 in Sussex, and 62,668 in Warren.
Booster Shots: 4,277,749 (2,365,626 Pfizer, 1,838,207 Moderna and 73,916 Johnson & Johnson)