COVID-19 hospitalizations in New Jersey drop to a five-month low. As of Saturday night there were 450 patients being treated for confirmed or suspected cases of the virus across the state’s 71 hospitals. That’s the lowest number of patients since the state began publicly tracking that data in April. Health officials reporting on Sunday 329 new cases of COVID-19 and four new deaths, pushing the number of confirmed fatalities from the virus to 14,073. A cause for concern is that the state’s rate of transmission crept higher for the second consecutive day — to 0.99, just below the key benchmark of 1 that indicates whether the outbreak is shrinking or expanding.