Every county in the state now has a high or substantial rate of transmission, CBS2’s Christina Fan reported Monday.READ MORE: Walker Scores 19, Knicks Romp To End 15-Game Skid Vs 76ers
In Monmouth County, where COVID transmission is among the state’s highest, face coverings have made a resurgence.
A quarter of businesses in one local strip mall recommend customers mask up. Neighboring towns are following suit.
“Where I work, we just got mandated to put the mask back on,” said Sal Voccia.
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“Going into ShopRite or Stop & Shop, DeMarco’s… I do put it on, because I don’t know who else is in there,” said Susanne Disimone.
All 21 counties now have either a high or substantial rate of transmission. Under CDC guidelines, that means everyone should wear masks indoors – even if vaccinated.READ MORE: Flames Use 4-Goal Outburst In 1st Period To Beat Devils
Many who have received the shot do not agree.
“I don’t really see the need for the masks, potentially,” said Andrew Levitt. “Those who chose not to get the shots, they made that choice. They put themselves at risk and, that’s their risk.”
NEW JERSEY #COVID19 NUMBERS:
➡️884 new positive PCR tests
➡️917,349 total PCR tests
➡️306 new positive antigen tests
➡️132,34 total antigen tests
The positivity rate is 5.18%.
The statewide rate of transmission is currently 1.35. pic.twitter.com/hB2Ua6DSA6
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) August 9, 2021
“We are doing this for one reason, to protect the health of our kids and education communities so we can get back to full-time, in-person instruction,” Murphy said.
Statewide, 13 kids are hospitalized with the coronavirus. Two are in intensive care.
“There are those on one side in this who will preface these numbers with the word ‘only.’ They are essentially perfectly accepting of these numbers,” said Murphy.
With the Delta variant rapidly spreading, and the fact that young children still cannot be vaccinated, the governor is urging people to get the shot and mask up.MORE NEWS: New York Weather: CBS2’s 10/27 Wednesday Morning Forecast
CBS2’s Christina Fan contributed to this report.