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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks to the media after inspecting Atlantic County’s newest COVID-19 testing site, located in one of Stockton’s buildings on Chris Guapp Drive in Galloway Township, Wednesday, January 19, 2022 located, has visited. Edward Lea Staff Photographer/Atlantic City Press


Edward Lea, Staff Photographer

TRENTON – New Jersey’s latest figures on the coronavirus pandemic, released Monday, may indicate what many public health officials have been hoping — a peak in the recent omicron surge may have passed.

The number of cases in the Garden State has been falling for about two weeks, Gov. Phil Murphy said at his most recent news conference, an indication that the “Omicron tsunami” is beginning to “retreat.”

The case numbers come from Jan. 18 through Monday, a day when the state reported 4,995 new cases of the virus.

The state’s transmission rate fell again and is now below 1.0, meaning the virus is likely infecting fewer than one other person.

“While we believe we’re on the back of Omicron, we’re not free from it,” Murphy said.

Hospitalizations, one of the Murphy administration’s most-studied numbers, are also declining, the governor said.

Vaccines remain the world’s best tool to fight the virus, but too many are still reluctant to get the vaccine, especially a booster, Murphy said.

As of Monday, New Jersey had only given boosters to 49% of those eligible, leaving officials frustrated.

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“The more we all do our part, the sooner we’ll return to a true and enduring sense of normalcy,” Murphy said.

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