Coronavirus cases increased in 17 of N.J.’s 21 counties this week. See how yours fared.


The picture of the coronavirus, both nationwide and in New Jersey, got no rosier this week.

The Garden State added 6.9 new cases of COVID-19 per 10,000 residents for the week of October 8-14, a 34% increase over last week. Contributing to that hike was the fact that 17 of the state’s 21 counties added more cases this week than last.

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It’s a microcosm of the path the virus appears to be taking across the country. There were 11.1 new cases per 10,000 people in the U.S., a 17% rise week over week.

Ocean County was again the state’s biggest hotspot this week, adding 17.6 cases per 10,000, a 19% rise from last week. The county had curtailed its rate slightly after eclipsing 20 cases per 10,000 two weeks ago.

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While no other county was above 10, three counties — Monmouth, Atlantic and Passaic — had rates over eight, and four others — Camden, Gloucester, Union and Essex — eclipsed seven.

That’s a stark change from mid-September, when the state as a whole added 2.6 cases per 10,000 people, and Gloucester County led the state at 6.1. This week, 10 counties were above that mark.

Seven counties had a new case load 50% or more greater than last week’s, led by Cumberland County. After adding 1.4 cases per 10,000 last week, the county leapt to 3.7 — an increase of 159%.

The four counties where the new case rate dropped were Sussex, Hunterdon, Salem and Cape May. Cape May saw an especially steep decline, dropping by 87% from last week.

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Nick Devlin is a reporter on the data & investigations team. He can be reached at

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