By CBS3 Staff

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — The COVID-19 omicron variant is spreading rapidly across the country and in the Philadelphia region. For the second day in a row, New Jersey reported a record number of new COVID cases.

Health officials say there were more than 15,000 confirmed cases in one day. That shattered Wednesday’s record by almost 6,000 cases.

More than 2,200 patients are currently hospitalized, which is less than previous surges in 2021 and last year.