'The numbers are surging': 5 NJ counties report 110 or more new COVID-19 cases

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TRENTON, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- New Jersey’s COVID-19 numbers continued to “surge” on Sunday, with five counties reporting 110 or more new cases, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday.

New Jersey reported 1,223 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, including 133 in Essex County, 126 in Union County, 118 in Bergen County, 111 in Middlesex County and 110 in Passaic County, Murphy said at a news briefing.

As of Sunday night, 948 people in the state were hospitalized with confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases, 178 of whom were in intensive care units and 75 of whom were on ventilators, he said.

The state also reported seven new COVID-19 fatalities, bringing its death toll to 14,503.

“Everywhere you look, it is screaming out that this is surging right now, folks,” Murphy said, calling the latest figures “sobering.”

“There’s no mandate that we can drop on your right now that we think meaningfully changes these numbers,” he added. “It is the acts of all of us as individuals, particularly in private spaces, private homes, where we can crack the back of this.”

The governor, who has been self-quarantining since two of his aides tested positive for COVID-19 last week, said he tested negative again on Monday morning.

Monday’s test was the fourth test he has taken since Oct. 19 that has come back negative, he noted. His wife, First Lady Tammy Murphy, also tested negative for COVID-19 on Monday morning, he said.