COVID-19 cases spiking

COVID-19 cases are spiking in the country, in New Jersey, in Mercer County, and in the Hopewell Valley. As Governor Murphy wrote on his Facebook page yesterday:

“Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Social distance. Use common sense. These things crushed the curve once and can do it again. But only if we all make that commitment.”

According to the New York Times, on November 6 in one day, there was an increase of 132,797 new cases and 1,223 deaths due to COVID. Also according to the New York Times, the number of cases have reached record levels.

Locally, we have seen the following increases in the past week:

  • HOPEWELL TWP: 137 cases last week; 142 this week – increase of 5 cases
  • PENNINGTON: 26 cases 10/22; 27 cases this week – increase of 1 case
  • HOPEWELL BORO: 7 cases 10/22; 10 cases this week – increase of 3 cases
  • MERCER COUNTY: 9,379 cases; 9774 cases this week – increase of 395 cases
  • NJ: 237,886 cases; 249,380 cases this week – increase of 11,494 cases

This is very different from statistics during the summer when the number of new cases was relatively flat. For instance, the graph below shows what the numbers looked like in July:

This is what the trends look like as of yesterday:

For more graphs and information about COVID-19 in the Hopewell Valley, please click on the COVID-19 link at the top of MercerMe’s home page.

Graphs by Rich Tunkel.

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Amie Rukenstein
Amie Rukenstein is a very curious and enthusiastic resident of Hopewell Township who can never let a question go unanswered. Amie lives in Titusville with her husband, Ron, and numerous pets. She vastly enjoys frequent visits from her college-age children and their friends. In most aspects of her life, including with her new role at MercerMe, Amie is an organizer. With a full-time job and as a member of several non-profit organizations, she finds herself most often with her laptop open and excel and google on the screen. She does, however, leave the computer as often as possible to hike in Washington Crossing Park. Amie and Ron recently purchased what appears to be the oldest structure in Titusville. Known as The Titus Store at the corner of Church and River Drive and abandoned for 20 years, they look forward to restoring the building to its former glory.

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