In NJ, COVID-19 cases continue to rise in wrong direction

By KYW Newsradio 1060

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Daily coronavirus case totals have nearly doubled in New Jersey since last month, and health officials are getting more worried with the holiday season fast approaching.

Officials would love to pinpoint this spike to a particular part of the state or reason, but New Jersey Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said they can't.

"While we have seen hotspots in Ocean County and at our universities, overall, we are more seeing widespread cases throughout the state and not any single event or reopening step,” she explained.

But with the weather cooling off, Persichilli said indoor, private gatherings are becoming a bigger problem. And that likely won't change with the holiday season right around the corner.

"The trajectory of the next few months will be determined by all of us now and in the coming weeks. Our behavior will be critical in shaping how our holidays will be celebrated,” she said.

But officials aren't ready to call this a "new wave" just yet — Gov. Phil Murphy said he isn't sure we're done with the first wave yet.

"Until Sept. 15, our cases were in the high 300s each day. Then they climbed to 500 to 600 daily. Now daily reports of cases have doubled since last month,” Persichilli said.