Nearly 400 New COVID Cases In NJ, Murphy Extends Health Emergency

Adam Warner
August 01, 2020 - 4:39 pm

    TRENTON (WCBS 880) – A day after Gov. Phil Murphy warned New Jersey was in a “very dangerous place,” the governor reported nearly 400 new coronavirus cases and extended the state’s public health emergency for another 30 days.

    Murphy said Saturday there were 393 new cases and 11 more deaths in the state.

    That brings the total number of cases to 182,029 and the death toll to 13,955, not including 1,875 probable deaths.

    New Jersey averaged about 550 cases per day this past week compared to 350 per day in late June, according to NorthJersey.com. The state reported 699 new cases on Friday alone.

    Murphy extended the state’s public health emergency another 30 days Saturday. The move, which was expected, extends the governor’s coronavirus-related executive orders, including bans on indoor activities at restaurants and entertainment businesses.

    On Friday, Murphy said that New Jersey will lower its size limits for gatherings if its COVID-19 transmission rate keeps rising, warning the state was “standing in a very dangerous place.”

    New Jersey’s rate of transmission has increased to 1.35 and its spot positivity rate currently stands at 2.15 percent, Murphy said. Those numbers are “setting off alarms that we are taking very seriously,” he said.

    “Everyone who walks around refusing to wear a mask, or who hosts an indoor house party, or who overstuffs a boat is directly contributing to these increases. This has to stop, and it has to stop now,” he said.