Police have person of interest in death of man found

Police found a man dead at the intersection of West Blackwell Street and Randolph Avenue in Dover Sunday morning and authorities say they have a person of interest in the investigation. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office said late Sunday they could not divulge additional details of the incident, and did not say how the man is believed to have died, or his identity.–169852029/–169850979/–169852029/–169850979/–169852029/–169850979/–169852029/–169850979/–169852029/–169850979/–169852029/–169850979/–169852029/–169850979/–169852029/–169850979/–169852029/–169850979/–169852029/–169850979/–169852029/–169850979/–169852029/–169850979/–169852029/–169850979/–169852029/–169850979/

“Police have identified a person of interest. The investigation is active and ongoing. No further information will be released at this time in order to protect the integrity of the investigation,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement. There is no perceived threat to the public at this time.”

The office said Dover police officers found the man when responding to a 7:40 a.m. report of a man down on a sidewalk at the intersection. They arrived to find the man was dead.

Anyone with information about the man’s death can call the prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200 or the Dover police at 973-366-2200.

New Jersey on Sunday reported another 1,564 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 5 more confirmed deaths as hospitalizations crossed the 1,000 mark again.

The delta variant accounted for 96% of cases in New Jersey based on a sampling of positive tests over the last two weeks of July, according to state data.

All of New Jersey’s 21 counties are now listed as having “high” rates of coronavirus transmission, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC is recommending people in all 21 counties wear masks for indoor public settings regardless of vaccination rates.

There were 1,018 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 or suspected cases across New Jersey’s 71 hospitals on Saturday night — 24 more than the previous night. There were 119 patients discharged.

Of those hospitalized, 204 were in intensive care (seven fewer than the night before), with 104 on ventilators (two more).

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Hospitalizations and deaths in New Jersey have not risen anywhere near the pandemic’s peaks. More than 3,800 patients were hospitalized during the second peak in December. New Jersey’s numbers have not grown as dire as in other states. Officials credit this, in part, to the state’s relatively high vaccination rate.

More than 5.5 million people who live, work or study in New Jersey have now been fully vaccinated in more than seven months since inoculations began, according to state data. About 4 million residents remain unvaccinated.

New Jersey’s statewide transmission rate dropped again Sunday to 1.13, down from 1.15 the previous day, 1.17 on Thursday, 1.19 on Wednesday, 1.21 on Tuesday and 1.23 on Monday. But any number over 1 indicates that each new case is leading to more than one additional case and shows the state’s outbreak is expanding.

An early coronavirus hotspot, New Jersey has now reported 26,849 total COVID-19 deaths in more than 17 months — 24,127 confirmed and 2,722 considered probable, according to the state dashboard. That’s the most coronavirus deaths per capita in the U.S.

In all, the state of 9.2 million residents has reported 948,858 total confirmed cases out of the more than 15 million PCR tests conducted since it announced its first case March 4, 2020. The state has also reported 139,472 positive antigen tests, which are considered probable cases.

Gov. Phil Murphy has said “all options are on the table” to fight the upticks in New Jersey and on Monday said teachers and state workers must show proof of vaccination by Oct. 18 or face regular testing.

Murphy said last week that of New Jersey’s 4,332 positive tests between July 20-26, nearly 18% were so-called breakthrough cases of those who had been fully vaccinated, which is up from previous weeks.

As of Sunday, there have been more than 216 million positive COVID-19 cases reported across the globe, according to Johns Hopkins University, with more than 4.49 million people having died due to the virus. The U.S. has reported the most cases (more than 38.76 million) and deaths (more than 637,200) than any other nation.

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