Murphy worried NJ is seeing another surge in COVID-19 cases

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) In New Jersey, the governor is sounding the alarm as viral transmission rates continue to rise. The rules of the roads could be tightened, again, if things don’t quickly change.

By some metrics, the state is performing relatively well. Notably, Thursday was the first day since March that no one died from the virus in a hospital.

On others, though, not so much.

The rate of transmission is at 1.35, and positive cases are up about 200 a day compared to just a month ago.

Put that together, and Gov. Phil Murphy said at his regular COVID briefing in Trenton Friday, “We are standing in a very dangerous place. The alarms are going off. The only way to silence these alarms and get back to the process of moving forward is for everyone to take them seriously. Not just most of you, but all of you.”

The governor was not shy in pointing the finger of blame for the change. While travel in and out of the state is an issue, he said residents who don’t comply with social distancing or mask-wearing are also adding to the problem.

“Everyone who walks around refusing to wear a mask, or who hosts an indoor house party, or who overstuffs a boat is directly contributing to these increases. This has to stop and it has to stop now,” he said. 

While not getting specific, Murphy said he’s ready to put the brakes on what’s permitted unless trends change by the end of this weekend. 

“Consider this as being put on notice. We will not tolerate these devil-may-care nonchalant attitudes any longer,” he said. 

The state reported 699 additional cases on Friday, bringing the pandemic total to181,660 cases. Fatalities across New Jersey are now approaching 14,000. 

South Jersey’s seven counties reported a total of 1,685 deaths and a total case count of over 25,000.