TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP)Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Saturday to extend New Jersey’s public health emergency, citing a steep increase in coronavirus cases in recent days.

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.

Overall, more than 16,000 people have died of COVID-19 in New Jersey.

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.

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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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  1. John Novak says:

    5 students are self quarantining themselves at ramapo college
    Isn’t it time to close for. The semester

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