Good Evening Chiefs & Coordinators,
Daily Case Count Increase:
Our daily case reports are rising steadily. On Monday, November 16th, 60 positive cases were reported in Hunterdon County, the highest value in a single day to date. During the previous week our daily case reports ranged from 22 to 42 cases per day. As of yesterday, Hunterdon’s 7-day average was 30.8 cases per day, the highest weekly rate of cases to date, surpassing the highest weekly rate in the spring.
Information is updated daily here: http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/coronavirus.html
Rate of Transmission Increase:
Last week the Rate of Transmission for Hunterdon County jumped from .85 to 1.07. The RT for New Jersey is 1.38.
Hospital Admissions Increase:
In the last 4 weeks, hospital admissions continue to increase related to COVID positive cases in Hunterdon County. This holds true in hospitals in surrounding counties as well. On a call today some hospitals were advising that an unmanageable surge is likely in days, not weeks.
Percent Positivity Increase:
Notably, the percentage of positive COVID test results has risen steadily in the last few weeks, denoting an increase in community-based infections.
In the most recent COVID activity report, Hunterdon’s region is reported in the MODERATE range (along with the entire state). This report can be viewed here https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/statistics/covid/
While this week’s COVID-19 Regional Activity Level is still at “Moderate Risk”, we should anticipate reaching “High Risk” in the next week or two.
Hunterdon County continues to support local first responders and healthcare institutions to fill resource gaps. To date, we have processed 1,071 resource requests for PPE, disinfectant, testing materials and other items. As a reminder, emergency service organizations should report resource requests to their municipal office of emergency management for submission to the County OEM.
New Jersey has released new Executive Orders in the last few weeks, and more are likely to come.
Hunterdon County Emergency Services Training Center
The HCESTC continues to conduct training in accordance with New Jersey Executive Orders and local, state and federal guidance. We have recently suspended students taking and recording temperatures, but we continue to have them and our staff complete a health screening at the beginning of each training session. To date we have completed nearly 2,000 screenings.
Considerations for First Responders
If we can assist you in any fashion, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Brayden Fahey | Coordinator
Office of Emergency Management
Hunterdon County Department of Public Safety