TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey hit a new milestone in its number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, surpassing 175,000 positive tests since the state’s outbreak began in March.
The state reported an additional 349 new cases on Sunday, bringing the total to 175,298, according to Gov. Phil Murphy. An additional 16 people died of the virus, for a total of 13,594 lives lost.
While grim, the new numbers pale in comparison to New Jersey’s peak outbreak, when new daily cases were in the thousands, as well as to current outbreaks in other states.
New Jersey officials and residents have worked over the last several months to dramatically slow the spread of the virus via a strict stay-at-home order and mandates on masks and social distancing.
The stay-home order has since been lifted as the state continues with a phased reopening plan.
While states like New Jersey and New York continue to make slow but steady progress in fighting back the virus, other states across the country are seeing record case numbers.
Florida on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases in any one state since the beginning of the pandemic.
According to state Department of Health statistics released Sunday, 15,299 people tested positive, for a total of 269,811 cases.
California had the previous record of daily positive cases — 11,694, four days ago.
New York had 11,571 on April 15.
Throughout May and into June, Florida reopened much of its economy with some restrictions.