NJ announces extension of state of emergency as daily COVID-19 cases are at highest since May

Gov. Phil Murphy
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Saturday morning that he signed an executive order extending the state's public health emergency for another 30 days -- the announcement came as he said the state was reporting the highest daily number of new positive COVID-19 cases since May.

"Today’s new COVID-19 case count marks our highest daily figure since May," Murphy, who is self-quarantining through Sunday after two top aides tested positive for COVID-19, said in a statement. "As we face a steep increase in cases, it could not be more important to ensure we have access to all available resources. Keeping New Jerseyans safe is our highest priority, today and every day. We are again extending the Public Health Emergency in order to do exactly that."

About 30 minutes before announcing the extension of the public health emergency, Murphy tweeted out the ominous numbers: "URGENT UPDATE: We're reporting 1,994 new positive cases of #COVID19, pushing our cumulative total to 227,339," "We haven’t seen daily case numbers this high since May. We’re still in the midst of a pandemic and need everyone to take this seriously."

He added, "Sadly, we are reporting eight new confirmed #COVID19 deaths for a total of 14,492 lives lost."

He reminded the state's residents, "Again, I urge every New Jerseyan to stay vigilant. This virus has not gone away simply because we are tired of it."