TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy has once again signed an executive order to extend New Jersey’s public health emergency, citing a steep increase in coronavirus cases in recent days. The extension was announced Saturday as the state’s 7-day rolling average of daily new cases rose from around 770 cases on Oct. 9 to almost 1,090 cases on Oct. 23. There are more than 227,000 cases total in the state. On Friday, 874 people were hospitalized, the highest daily number since mid-July. More than 16,000 people have died of the virus in New Jersey. Public health emergencies expire every 30 days unless renewed. The latest extension will not reverse any of the gradual reopening steps the state has taken.
I’ve extended the public health emergency in New Jersey for an additional 30 days.
With the alarming rise in cases we have seen today (our highest count since May), it could not be more important to ensure we have access to all available resources to keep New Jerseyans safe. pic.twitter.com/oO06MMLyHJ
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) October 24, 2020