COVID-19 Update: Cases have been rising in Hopewell Valley and throughout New Jersey. CDC has moved 10 Counties to “High” on their COVID-19 Community Level index – meaning that enough people are actively transmitting the virus that your chances of being exposed while out-and-about are high.
The CDC framework takes into account much more than cases; hospitalizations are also rising. Unfortunately, influenza activity is also high: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/statistics/flu-stats/index.shtml. Masks are strongly recommended when visiting public indoor settings and especially for anyone at-risk of severe illness when exposed to a respiratory virus.
Case trends for the Township are available here: https://www.hopewelltwp.org/657/Hopewell-Township-Case-Trends. Because of the currently high levels of population immunity from both vaccination and previous infections, the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19 is greatly reduced for most people. At the same time, we know that some members of our community, such as our oldest residents, those who are immunocompromised, and people with disabilities, are at higher risk for serious outcomes and face challenging decisions navigating a world with COVID-19.