The extension was announced as the state reported 1,994 new positive cases, the highest number since May.
That brings the overall total to 227,339. On Friday, 874 people were hospitalized, the highest daily number since mid-July.
URGENT UPDATE: We're reporting 1,994 new positive cases of #COVID19, pushing our cumulative total to 227,339.
We haven’t seen daily case numbers this high since May. We’re still in the midst of a pandemic and need everyone to take this seriously.
Wear a mask. Social distance. pic.twitter.com/KkKstQLwtF
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) October 24, 2020
Public health emergencies expire every 30 days unless renewed. The first executive order declaring an emergency in the state was signed March 9. This is the eighth time it has been extended.
The latest extension does not reverse any of the gradual reopening steps the state has taken.
The governor also noted he and his wife once again tested negative for COVID. Murphy began self-quarantining after a senior staffer tested positive earlier this week.
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