NJ residents should avoid interstate travel amid 'sobering' COVID-19 case spike: Murphy

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TRENTON. N.J. (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday urged New Jerseyans to avoid non-essential interstate travel, calling the state’s recent COVID-19 statistics “sobering.”

New Jersey reported 1,182 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, marking the fifth day the number of new positive test results has been above 1,000.

At a virtual news briefing Thursday afternoon, Murphy advised residents to “avoid any unnecessary interstate travel, given the recent increases in numbers both here frankly, and in neighboring states, let alone elsewhere in the country.”

“What we’re going through with our numbers is not unique to New Jersey, so if you have to cross state lines... that’s one thing,” he said. “But we urge everyone to otherwise stay in New Jersey, so we can focus on getting our numbers back down.”

“There’s no other way to put this but that the numbers we’re getting day-to-day are sobering,” he added. “They are constant reminders that not only are we not out of the woods, but we also have to find a way to combat our pandemic fatigue and remain vigilant in our practices.”

Murphy reported 18 new COVID-19 fatalities on Thursday, pushing the state’s death toll to 14,474.

Fifteen of the people who died past away within the past week, he noted. The state is also investigating 1,789 probable COVID-19 deaths.

As of Wednesday evening, 852 people in the state were hospitalized with confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases, 187 of whom were in intensive care and 74 of whom were on ventilators, he said.

New Jersey’s schools reported 28 new COVID-19 cases, “stemming from three newly-confirmed instances of in-school transmission,” the governor said.

Gatherings in private homes, he noted, continue to drive the state's COVID-19 statistics upward.

New Jerseyans should avoid gathering inside with anyone outside their immediate families or COVID-19 “bubbles,” he said.

“If you want to get together with your neighbors or broader family members… please try to do it outside,” he added.