New Jersey ‘Close’ to New Restrictions Due to Rising COVID-19 Cases; Montclair Numbers Up

Gov. Phil Murphy says New Jersey is getting “close” to putting new restrictions in place due to COVID-19 cases continuing to rise.

“How close are we to doing something?” Murphy said Thursday. “Close. So bear with us. We will clearly be taking action.”

Murphy’s statement comes after New Jersey reported 2,104 new positive COVID-19 test results Thursday; since Monday, the state has recorded 6,408 additional cases.

New Jersey also reported 12 additional COVID-19 deaths, bringing the statewide total to 14,603.

“Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Social distance. Use common sense,” Murphy said. “These things crushed the curve once and can do it again. But only if we all make that commitment.”

Murphy also cautioned residents about Thanksgiving plans.

“With Thanksgiving just three weeks away, I encourage everyone to follow CDC guidelines and plan for a smaller dinner with your immediate household family only,” he said. “We do not want anyone’s Thanksgiving to lead to more cases of COVID-19.”

New Jersey’s rising cases mirror what’s happening around the country as coronavirus cases spike. The United States recorded another new record high Thursday – 116,707 new cases reported.

In Montclair, the township reported 38 new cases in the last seven days. Twelve of those cases were reported on Wednesday, but the township says there was no connection found among the November 4 new cases.

During the month of October 2020, Montclair saw 95 new cases (22 considered “probable”), 2 hospitalizations and no new deaths. None of these cases were attributed to long term care facilities.

Back in August, Montclair had 26 reported cases.

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