Tropical Storm Isaias is growing and is forecast to reach hurricane-strength. It has communities across New Jersey under watches and warnings for most of Tuesday. The usual costal communities and well beyond have been warned to prepare as flash flooding and raging rip currents are expected.
COVID-19 is now spreading in New Jersey at a faster rate than it has in more than a month and Gov. Phil Murphy says he’s making changes to reverse the troubling trend. First, in response to a number of large, illegal house parties, the governor is lowering the cap on indoor gatherings from 100 people to 25 people. And, to protect kids going back for in-person schooling, masks will now be required to be worn by all students while they’re inside, with some exceptions for health reasons and special needs students. Until now, it was only a “strong recommendation.”
These changes come as New Jersey’s rate of transmission rises to 1.48. It was only 0.87 one month ago and it’s the main reason behind Murphy’s moves Monday. The state is reporting 264 new positive cases, for a total of 182,614 cases. Officials reported 10 new deaths, for a total of 15,846 confirmed and probable deaths.