Murphy Says New Jersey Is Trying To Stay Ahead Of Coronavirus

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February 27, 2020 - 8:55 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — As the global coronavirus outbreak worsens, Gov. Phil Murphy says New Jersey is prepared for the worst, but hopes for the best.

In an interview with WCBS 880 on Thursday morning, Murphy told Wayne Cabot and Paul Murnane that there are currently no confirmed or suspected cases in New Jersey, and no one in the state is being monitored for the virus.

"A couple of weeks ago we had some folks out of a cruise ship that docked in Bayonne, we had a person who had come in who had traveled into the area in China in Wuhan in the Hubei Province who we had kept under observation, but the clock, in terms of observation, the 14-day clock went out," Murphy said. "Those folks passed without any incident and they've all left the state of New Jersey."

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting a coronavirus case in California that could be the first in the country that has no known connection to travel abroad or another known case, Murphy said they're doing everything they can to try to stay ahead of the virus.

A task force established a few weeks ago held its most recent meeting on Wednesday to discuss ways to tackle and prevent the virus from spreading to New Jersey.

"We've got to make sure we've got all the eventualities mapped out. You know, where do we send someone who's symptomatic? Where do we send folks who are asymptomatic but under observation? Are they New Jersey residents? Are they out of staters?" Murphy said. "We are again as best we can trying to get ourselves prepared and stay out ahead of it and hope that it passes but we can't assume that."

With the outbreak spreading beyond China into Italy, South Korea and Iran, Murphy said the state's main focus is on ports and Newark Liberty International Airport, which the governor notes is one of 11 so called "funneling airports" in America.

Murphy says the most important steps residents can take is: wash your hands with soap aggressively, cough into your arm not your hand, and stay home from school and work if you got a fever you don't feel well stay home from school stay home from work.

Residents can also get more information by calling the state's hotline at 1-800-222-1222 any time of the day or by visiting nj.gov/health.