COVID-19 cases climb in NJ, partly due to indoor gatherings, says governor

By KYW Newsradio 1060

SOUTH JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — COVID-19 case counts are continuing to rise in New Jersey, which Gov. Phil Murphy partly blames on indoor gatherings.

New Jersey reported 973 new coronavirus cases in the last day — the third day in a row the state has topped 900 new daily infections.

More than 730 people are hospitalized. It’s the first time since the beginning of August that New Jersey had more than 700 people in hospitals being treated for COVID-19.

At his regular briefing, Murphy said key virus metrics have been rising across the state.

“There may be hotspots here or there, but we’re dealing with a statewide reality right now,” he said.

Murphy said the current challenge isn’t necessarily large public gatherings, but get-togethers inside people’s homes.

“One thing that we must be careful of are indoor gatherings, which are increasingly becoming the starting points for outbreaks,” he added. He advises residents to plan ahead for smaller Thanksgiving gatherings next month.

New Jersey’s case counts have risen to the point that the state currently would qualify for quarantine under its own travel advisory.

“We’re not going to spend a lot of time complaining about whether or not we’re on somebody’s other list,” Murphy said. “We’re going to spend all of our time working to get our numbers down.”

Murphy also signed an order extending the moratorium on internet disconnections through Nov. 15, and a moratorium on water, electric and gas shutoffs through March 15, 2021.