MONTCLAIR, N.J. (CBSNewYork) COVID-19 cases in New Jersey are rising at an alarming rate.

On Sunday, Gov. Phil Murphy said there were more than 4,500 new cases and that the state has not seen numbers like that since the start of the pandemic, CBS2’s Cory James reported.

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Tighter restrictions are now in effect in the Garden State, requiring bars and restaurant owners to stop indoor service by 10 p.m. in an effort to slow the spread.

On the heels of that move, the state is now looking at 4,540 new cases, up from Friday’s record-breaking increase.

Hospitalizations are also on the rise.

So far, state officials are reporting 18 new deaths, but the number of people who are dying remains well below where they were in the spring.

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Some in the community are on edge, while others are trying to remain calm.

“Nervous, worried, hoping that they’re going to going to come up with some kind of safe treatment or safe vaccine as soon as they can,” said Jennifer Prezant of Ho-Ho-Kus.

“I’m not worried because I wear a mask, and I pay attention to washing my hands and doing all of that stuff,” added Bruce Tyler of Montclair.

Gov. Murphy took to Twitter to address the alarming situation, imploring residents to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Murphy also said residents must redouble their efforts and crush the curve like they did last spring.


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