The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases surged by almost 4,000 new cases, Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday, the highest increase in nearly seven months.
The increase is the latest trend showing the virus's resurgence.
The average increase over the first seven days of this month reached roughly 2,135, up from about 590 cases a day in early October. The average caseload increase for the first week of September was nearly 340 cases, according to state Health Department figures.
There were 21 more deaths in the state, pushing the overall death toll to 14,661.
"These numbers are devastating. We are still in the midst of a pandemic. Wear a mask. Social distance. Stay safe," Murphy said in a tweet.
The daily caseload hasn't reached nearly 4,000 overnight since April at the height of the outbreak, though testing has increased since then.
The so-called second wave led Murphy this week to announce that indoor dining at bars and restaurants must halt from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning on Thursday.
The governor also said bar seating must be halted, along with interstate indoor school sports. College and professional teams were not covered by the order.
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The Cherry Hill School District said on Monday that it has been notified of three dozen new positive COVID-19 cases in the district.
Superintendent Dr. Joseph Meloche said in a letter to families the news came from the Camden County Department of Health.
The positive cases are in children aged 7 to 18, Meloche said, and include multiple schools in the district.
Meloche said the school district will delay launching the hybrid learning model until Monday, November 30.
Gov. Phil Murphy imposes new COVID-19 restrictions: Everything you should know
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said bars and restaurants must halt indoor dining from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Thursday in an attempt to control a resurgence of the coronavirus.
"We need to change our mindset, we have to shake off the pandemic fatigue that we all feel," Murphy said Monday during a news conference in Trenton.
Takeout and outdoor dining may continue past 10 p.m., Murphy, a Democrat, said. Another change allows restaurants to seat tables closer than 6 feet (2 meters) apart if they erect a barrier. He also said that all indoor interstate athletic events will be prohibited.
CDC says masks protect you, not just those around you, in updated guidance
As the U.S. sees a nationwide spike in coronavirus cases, the Centers for Disease Control released new mask guidance.
The latest update says wearing a face-covering doesn't just protect the people around you, but it also protects the wearer from incoming virus projectiles.
Originally, the CDC pushed the use of face masks to reduce the emission from virus-laden asymptomatic or presymptomatic infected wearers who feel well and may be unaware of their infectiousness to others.
Now, the CDC has added to that guidance, saying masks also reduce inhalation of those droplets by the wearer.
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The Democrat said Monday the act could slow the death toll in the COVID-19 pandemic, which he noted could climb by 200,000 more before a vaccine is widely available.
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