I really do hate being the “Town Crier” about COVID-19.

But, I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired of watching people get sick and some dying from this dreaded beast of a disease.

Our state and our nation will one day have deep regrets about how politics played such a key and disturbing role during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This never, ever should have become political in nature.

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For the 3rd consecutive day, there has been more than 2,000 cases of COVID-19 in the state of New Jersey.

Here’s a statewide COVID-19 update for today:

New positive cases: 2,043

New deaths: 19

Total number of positive cases: 983,947

Total number of deaths: 24,416

Total vaccine doses administered:11,452,600

Rate of transmission: 1.07

CASES BY COUNTY

Atlantic: 29,015 cases, 683 deaths, 310,725 vaccine doses administered

Cape May: 5,701 cases, 188 deaths, 115,042 vaccine doses administered

Cumberland: 16,689 cases, 419 deaths, 147,422 vaccine doses administered

Ocean: 75,004 cases, 2,091 deaths, 597,712 vaccine doses administered

Figures are for September 18, 2021.

Source: New Jersey Department of Health

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