Murphy Urges New Jersey Residents To Stop Hosting Indoor Parties

Gov. Phil Murphy
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By WCBS Newsradio 880
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TRENTON (WCBS 880) — Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday urged New Jersey residents to adhere to coronavirus guidelines and stop hosting indoor house parties after the state has seen an increase in cases.

The governor stressed that indoor house parties has been the cause of a significant rise in cases and noted New Jersey was “back to where we were roughly a month ago.”

At least 50 cases were linked to a teen house party that was held in Middletown last week, Murphy said. Meanwhile, at least three dozen lifeguards in the state had tested positive after attending a party on Long Beach Island. 

“Over the past four days, we’ve reported roughly 2,000 new positive coronavirus test results,” he said. “We’re now back to where we were roughly a month ago in the daily number of new cases.”

New Jersey health officials are now on edge, watching the after-effects of a 700-person party that police spent five hours breaking up in Whispering Hill over the weekend.

“We’ve all had our routines turned upside down for the past four months, and we want to blow off some steam with friends, but indoor house parties spread coronavirus more efficiently,” Murphy stressed.