Murphy voices concerns as COVID-19 cases rise

Governor Phil Murphy announces extensive social distancing measures to mitigate further spread of COVID-19 on March 16, 2020, in Trenton.
Photo credit Edwin J. Torres/NJ Governor's Office
By KYW Newsradio 1060

“Over the past four months, we have crushed the curve,” Murphy told reporters at his regular virus briefing in Trenton. “But folks, this is sobering. Over the past four days we have reported roughly 2,000 new positive coronavirus test results.”

The governor blamed the increase, for the most part, on crowds of young people gathering indoors and out with little if any regard to rules requiring face masks and social distancing.

“Yes it’s hot. Yes it’s summer. Yes we all want and in many cases need to blow off some steam,” he added. “But this is no time for anyone to be vying for induction into the knucklehead hall of fame.”

New Jersey’s rate of transmission is well over one again, and the percentage of positive cases in South Jersey exceeds the rest of the state.

Three dozen states are now on the list where visitors to New Jersey are told to quarantine for two weeks when they arrive. Murphy is worried that this trend could get out of hand if not controlled soon.

But there is one piece of good news. 

The backlog at Motor Vehicle offices in New Jersey has been cut in half over the last month since officers reopened. Still, drivers in need of MVC services are being asked to conduct their business on line if possible. 

If not, they’re urged to check ahead with offices to see what crowds are like before heading out.