Day two of Gov. Phil Murphy’s self-imposed quarantine after two senior staffers from his front office tested positive for the coronavirus.
Murphy held a virtual press briefing Thursday, telling reporters the day-to-day coronavirus caseload is sobering. Thursday was the fifth consecutive day with over a thousand new positive coronavirus tests. In total, there have been 224,385 cases in the state. There are 18 new confirmed deaths for the second day in a row — the most since July 29. To date, there have been a total of 16,263 confirmed and probable deaths in New Jersey.
Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli offered more insight into hospitalizations; they’re now double what they were averaging last month, up from roughly 400 in September to about 800 currently. And, the bulk of new cases are shifting back up to the state’s northern counties, where the epicenter of the first wave occurred in the spring.