An increase in positive cases is not an indicator that our social distancing methods are not working, rather that the availability of testing is increasing. Non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as social distancing, are necessary public health methods to reduce a sharp increase in cases in an effort to “flatten the curve” to reduce the overwhelming burden on our healthcare system.
The below two charts were presented by Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli at Monday’s Daily Press Briefing. These charts were created using a tool, called CHIME, or COVID-19 Hospital Impact Model for Epidemics which computes the theoretical number of people infected with a contagious virus in a population over time to predict outcomes. These illustrations are a good reminder of why aggressive social distancing practices are so important.
True social distancing is staying at home as much as possible. If you have to go out for a necessary reason, maintain a minimum of 6 feet from others and limit your time in public places. There should be no reason - other than assisting a neighbor with obtaining medical care/medicine and food/groceries - that you should be over at someone else’s home. No one should be getting together to hang out during this time.
We will get through this, but we all have to play a part in it. Please stay virtually connected with your family, friends, and neighbors. If you want us to check-in with an individual, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name, telephone number, e-mail, and home address of the resident. If you sense that a resident needs immediate medical and/or emergency care, please contact 911.