New Jersey Reopening as Covid-19 Metrics DropMay 11, 2021 8:14 am
While it would be a mistake to suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic is over, it is fair to say that we are turning a corner on COVID-19 in New Jersey. As more and more people get vaccinated, Governor Phil Murphy will continue an accelerated opening of the state. Some businesses are expected to be opened as early as Monday May 10th. The reopening order has been great news for businesses and customers in New Jersey and signal a return to a semblance of normalcy.
Vaccinations have been one of the keys to an early reopening. The state has been very proactive in its vaccination program and is on target to reach its goal of 4.7 million vaccinations by the end of June. It also has plans to continue its vaccine program to continue to drive down transmission rates.
However, since vaccines are currently only approved for people 16 and above, and even the highly anticipated approval of vaccines for teens 12 to 15 will still miss a huge segment of the population, the reopenings are being handled cautiously.
For example, while the state is opening up sleepover camps for the summer, attendance will be based on a rigorous testing model. Campers and staff who are not vaccinated must be tested within 72 hours of starting camp and then tested again during the first 3 to 6 days of their session. Campers have to quarantine prior to going to camp, as well.
The Governor also suggested that New Jersey would be adopting CDC guidelines for outdoor masks. These new guidelines suggest that people who are two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or their single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can safely gather in small groups outside. He is also increasing indoor capacity for businesses.
Because COVID-19 guidelines should be based on science and data, these new orders could be subject to change if the trend reverses. This could be the case as summer travel means more people from New Jersey getting exposed to people from states with higher infection or transmission rates. However, for now the news is promising.
CJ Urgent Care is prepared to help you as New Jersey transitions to the new normal. Whether you are looking for a vaccine, need testing, or need treatment for a COVID-19 infection, we are happy to be part of your healthcare team.
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This post was written by CJ Urgent Care of NJ