Gov. Phil Murphy extended his emergency report in New Jersey on Sunday as new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise
The governor’s executive order extended the state of emergency by another 30 days. For the ninth time, he extended the public health emergency on March 9, giving him the strength to fight the spread of COVID-19 through enforcement action.
“The state has experienced significant flashes in the percentage of new cases reported in all counties, demonstrating the need for many of the state̵
Restoring public health, he said, would “ensure that the state can respond quickly and take all appropriate action if the percentage of new COVID-19 cases reported in New Jersey, the number of people admitted to hospitals for COVID-19 , or the rate of reproduction of COVID-19 infections in New Jersey continues to increase. “
Murphy did not announce new steps or restrictions on Sunday to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and existing enforcement orders, such as those restricting public gatherings or requiring the wearing of masks, remain in place.
He last extended the public health emergency for 30 days on October 24. At that time, there were more than 225,000 confirmed cases of the virus.
New Jersey reported 3,998 new cases of coronavirus and 15 deaths on Sunday. The country is experiencing an influx of cases after the pandemic plateau in the summer.
More than 306,000 people have tested positive since mid-March, and 16,761 have died.
“Despite the hope that is on the horizon, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over,” Murphy said in a statement.
About 130,000 doses of Pfizer’s new coronavirus vaccine could be sent to New Jersey by Christmas, and up to 460,000 doses of the vaccine could be available by January if Moderna’s version is approved by U.S. emergency regulators, government officials said. in Friday.
“We continue to use all available resources and we will need the ability to do so as we fight this virus in the second wave that has engulfed our nation and our country,” Murphy said.
He initially declared a public health emergency on March 9, five days after the coronavirus was first discovered in the garden, and extended it in April, May, June, July, twice in August and in September and October.
NJ Advance Media staff writer Brent Johnson contributed to this report.
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