The coronavirus pandemic broke out in New Jersey a few days ago. Officials revealed on Thursday that Garden State has received more than 10,000 new cases since Monday, and a frightening 12% of test results have been positive.
Governor Phil Murphy also reported on Twitter that since the first wave of pandemic began to subside in June, the hospitalization rate in Garden State has reached an unprecedented level, with more than 1,800 patients in the hospital, including 360 intensive care patients.
Murphy said on Twitter: “We have to go back to the mentality of crushing the curve all spring.”
He added: “Unless everyone in New Jersey recognizes their responsibility in this fight, we will not succeed.”
The governor finalized the message to wear a mask at a press conference late Thursday, where he hinted that other restrictions might be taken at the dinner table to control the epidemic.
“Do you know what’s uncomfortable? When you die,” Murphy was asked at a point in the press conference about the residents complaining about the uncomfortability of mandatory facial masks.
State health officials attributed part of the recent surge in cases to private gatherings, linking only five outbreaks to Halloween parties.
However, New Jersey’s contact tracing program has only recently provided very little information to the public, which means that the full picture of what caused the state’s recent outbreak is still obscured.
Murphy had promised to release more tracking data next week because he said that further restrictions may be needed to bring the surge in cases under control.
“Everything is on the table,” Murphy said of limiting indoor gatherings to 10 people. Other states, including New York, have imposed similar restrictions in an attempt to suppress a potential second wave without the need for another lockdown.
However, Murphy added that any new restrictions may not affect the school.
In New York, there is growing concern that the second wave in the Garden State may spread to the Hudson River and into the five boroughs of Gotham. As the weather turns cooler, more and more people are holding parties inside, and COVID-19 cases in these two states are also increasing.
Governor Andrew Cuomo cited the spiraling numbers in New Jersey as he placed most of neighboring Staten Island under the “yellow zone” coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday.