There’s a sigh of relief Monday for health officials after a weekend of record positive COVID-19 test results.
Gov. Phil Murphy reported 3,573 new infections, putting the nine-month total at 371,838 cases. The state health department reported 17 new confirmed deaths for 17,386 total COVID-19 fatalities. Monday the outdoor gathering limit dropped from 150 to 25 people except for religious and political activities. Officials are hoping that keeps this slight downward tick heading in the right direction. The governor pointed out that one key to fighting the pandemic is contact tracing, but he says non-cooperation has become a huge issue.