CDC UPDATES/ INFORMATION
INCREASE IN YOUNG ADULTS
During August 2–September 5, 2020, weekly COVID-19 cases among persons aged 18–22 years increased 55% nationally. Increases were greatest in the Northeast (144%) and Midwest (123%). Increases in cases were not solely attributable to increased testing.
Young adults, including those enrolled in colleges and universities, should take precautions, including mask wearing, social distancing, and hand hygiene, and follow local, state, and federal guidance for minimizing the spread of COVID-19.
ELDERLY & UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS
Although coronavirus (COVID-2019) is new, experts know that older adults and those with underlying medical conditions are being more severely affected. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), those who are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill include: older adults, people who have serious chronic medical conditions such as, heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease.
NEW YORK (WABC) Oct 29th
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, appearing in public for the first time since hastily leaving an event at Camden County Community College in Blackwood last Wednesday after learning he had close contact with an administration official who tested positive, said Friday that the state topped 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 for the first time since May.
Murphy, who subsequently tested negative at least four times, announced 2,089 more positive cases. New Jersey reported 2,494 cases on May 6 and now has 13 straight days of more than 1,000 new positive tests.
“On the sobering side, 2,089 positive cases of COVID in New Jersey today, seven fatalities, again, over 1,000 people in our hospitals,” he said. “We are still in the fight. Let there be no doubt about it. Let’s get back to why we are here today.”
Connecticut hits a new high
CONNECTICUT (WABC) Oct 29th — Connecticut’s positivity rate has reached 6.1%, the highest since June, and Governor Lamont warned the state is looking at a second wave.
“This 6.1 may be a harbinger of things to come. It’s going to get worse before it gets better,” Governor Lamont said.
30 towns in the state are now on “red alert” (11 were added today), including Stamford, Norwalk, Bridgeport and Danbury and restrictions for arriving travelers, such as mandatory testing or quarantine. Red alert towns can choose to roll back to phase 2.
Every indicator we’re monitoring suggests we’re at the beginning of a second wave,” said Stamford Mayor David Martin. “Unfortunately, this means we must change our behavior immediately. This second wave is no longer speculative or a possibility, it is happening right now. There is no feasible way to get our community and economy close to normal if everyone is getting sick. I am reluctant to make this decision because I know how it will impact our businesses and community, but the City of Stamford must rollback to Phase 2 as soon as possible.”
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New York, New Jersey Join Contact-Tracing App (4:40 p.m. NY)
New York and New Jersey joined Pennsylvania and Delaware in a phone app that traces whether they were in contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus.