As the national focus shifts to the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, which is yet to be reported in the United States, New Jersey is reporting an increase in hospitalizations for cases of the Delta strain.
Figures given by Governor Phil Murphy reflect a nearly 20% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations statewide two weeks in a row. That number increased 22% between November 15 and 22, and 18% between November 22 and 29.
“We are still registering over a thousand new confirmed cases in one day and our hospitalizations have increased dramatically in recent weeks,” Murphy said Monday. “Our numbers continue to be driven by the delta variant.”
The upward shift has not brought about any immediate change in hospital policy, especially with regard to elective surgeries. Murphy called the cut in such surgeries “draconian” and said there was no indication that the state would have to take that step anytime soon.