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Gov. Phil Murphy appears on NBC TODAY on November 12, 2020. (Photo: NBC News/TODAY.)

Murphy ‘very concerned’ about new COVID numbers in N.J.

Governor: ‘Our numbers have gone up dramatically’

By David Wildstein, November 12 2020 9:49 am

Gov. Phil Murphy said today that “everything is going in the wrong direction” as New Jersey continues to fight the spread of a second wave of COVID-19.

“Our numbers have gone up dramatically. whether it’s new cases, hospitalizations, our positivity rate, everything is going in the wrong direction,” Murphy told NBC News/TODAY.  “We paid an enormous toll. Our folks came together and did an extraordinary job, but this second wave is, without question, upon us, which is why we’re taking the steps we’re taking today.”

Murphys alarms come from increase in positive tests and people getting sick.  He cited 3,000 to 3,800 cases per day now, compared to a peak of 4,300 in the spring.

“We’ve got 1,500 people in the hospital. Peak was 8,300,” the governor said.  “Sadly, with the heaviest of hearts, we keep losing people … we’re getting into a neighborhood that is extremely concerning.”

TODAY host Savannah Guthrie asked about a rumor started on Twitter by a Star-Ledger sportswriter that Murphy planned to close schools and go to all virtual learning.

“That’s not the case,” Murphy stated.  “That’s something that could happen, but at the moment, back to school two months in has worked quite well. So far, so good.”

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