New Jersey sees rise in coronavirus transmission rate

Mike DeNardo
July 06, 2020 - 3:16 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) Gov. Phil Murphy said New Jersey will not be easing coronavirus restrictions anytime soon as the virus transmission rate is on the rise again.

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For the first time in 10 weeks, a key coronavirus metric the rate of transmission is above one in New Jersey. After hitting a low of 0.7 on June 15, it's up to 1.03 now. Murphy said that means every new case is leading to at least one more new case.

"This means an increasing rate of spread statewide. This is an early warning sign that, quite frankly, we need to do more,” Murphy said. 

One thing he's considering is following Pennsylvania's lead in requiring a mask for anyone who leaves the house.

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"We're looking at outside masking as we speak,” he said. 

At his coronavirus briefing, Murphy said the state knew there could be an increase in cases after moving into Stage Two of reopening, but he didn't count on flare ups in the rest of the country.

"We knew we were taking some amount of risk reopening. But there's a further element of risk associated with hotspots that we weren't planning on a month ago,” Murphy said. 

So, Murphy said, it's likely the state will not be letting up on more restrictions anytime soon.

Twenty more people have died from the virus, putting New Jersey's total death toll at 13,373. With 216 new cases, the total of coronavirus cases in the state since March 4 is 173,611 cases.