Just as the campaign for Congress gets set to sprint to the Nov. 8 finish line, one North Jersey lawmaker will be sidelined due to COVID.
The office of Rep. Mikie Sherrill announced on Sept. 30 that the congresswoman has tested positive for the coronavirus. The announcement comes as House members return to their districts for midterm elections. Sherrill is facing a challenge from former Passaic County Prosecutor Paul DeGroot on the Republican line in the 11th Congressional District in one of the key races that could determine control of the House.
“This morning, I tested positive for COVID-19 and am experiencing mild symptoms,” said Sherrill in a press statement. “I am thankful for having received both my COVID-19 vaccine and being current on my boosters for the additional protection they provide. I encourage everyone to get vaccinated and get your booster shot this Fall.”
Sherrill’s positive test comes roughly two weeks after President Joe Biden said during an interview with 60 Minutes that “The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with Covid. We’re still doing a lot of work on it. But the pandemic is over.”
Two of the state’s front facing pandemic voices would not go as far as the President did but agreed that New Jersey and the nation are in a better place than a year ago.
Phil and Judy Reunite
New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli offered the new Covid booster could bring about a more definitive end to the pandemic.
“We’re certainly going in the right direction…I really want people to get that new vaccine. If we can get enough people vaccinated with the bivalent vaccine, I think it will be over,” Persichilli said this week after the ceremony to name the health department’s building after her. “I still keep a very close eye on cases, and I’m still concerned that severe disease and hospitalizations and deaths are too high to say it’s over over.”
Murphy added that the state continues to transition where it doesn’t take a overwhelming toll on day-to-day life. “That’s sort of the world I think we’re in,” he said. “There are still 900-something people still in the hospital, folks are still dying, but this is on that road from pandemic to endemic.”
New daily PCR cases: 1,945; Probable Cases: 647
Total Cases: 2,740,904 (2,324,741 PCR cases, 416,163 probable cases)
New Confirmed Deaths: 6 (3 probable deaths, 34,744 total deaths)
Rate of Transmission: 1.14, downs from 1.16 from the day before
Percent Positivity: 14.0% as of Sept. 25; by region, the rate was 14.4% in the North,13.3% in the Central region and 14.0% in the South
Bergen County: 227 New Cases, 74 Probable Cases, 3,229 deaths, 336 probable deaths
Essex County: 170 New Cases, 48 Probable Cases, 3,361 deaths, 312 probable deaths
Hudson County: 157 New Cases, 35 Probable Cases, 2,567 total deaths, 221 probable deaths
Morris County: 74 New Cases, 37 Probable Cases, 1,312 deaths, 306 probable deaths
Passaic County: 135 New Cases, 28 Probable Cases, 2,189 deaths, 205 probable deaths
Sussex County: 32 New Cases, 9 Probable Cases, 409 deaths, 97 probable deaths
Warren County: 19 New Cases, 7 Probable Cases, 325 deaths, 29 probable deaths
Hospitalizations: 888 (294 North; 367 Central; and 227 South)
Patients in intensive care units: 118
Patients on ventilators: 34
Patients discharged: 180
The state dashboard showed 68 of 71 hospitals in the state reporting
Long-term Care Facilities
Facilities currently reporting one case: 362 (3,220 overall)
Current number of residents: 7,476 (57,993 overall)
Current number of staffers: 6,945 (46,196 overall)
Number of Deaths: 9,714 overall (8,792 reported by facilities, 139 staff deaths)
Total number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in New Jersey: 14,797,974 (14,276,817 in-state, plus an additional 521,157 administered out-of-state)
Fully Vaccinated: 7,068,647 (6,855,654 in state and another 212,993 out of state). By county, 743,271 in Bergen County, 616,326 in Essex, 547,966 in Hudson, 397,337 in Morris, 370,476 in Passaic, 94,924 in Sussex, and 62,784 in Warren.
Booster Shots: 4,290,933 (2,372,575 Pfizer, 1,844,353 Moderna and 74,005 Johnson & Johnson)
Ignorant criminal psychopaths
The vaxxes are a total failure and have hurt and killed thousands of people
There is no reason for any otherwise healthy person to ever have gotten any one of these shots because covid is not dangerous to most people and the vax doesnt stop infection , spread and transmission
Murphy and perschilli should be arrested and charged with crimes against humanity