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State Republican Chairman Doug Steinhardt. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Steinhardt: Murphy must say how he’ll address COVID spikes

State’s daily case counts took an upward leap over the last week

By Nikita Biryukov, October 15 2020 10:48 am

Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt called on Gov. Phil Murphy to release his plan to deal with the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the state.

“COVID hit New Jersey hard the first time around and Governor Murphy’s policies were so bad that they are under DOJ investigation,” Steinhardt says. “Many New Jersey families have a loved one in a nursing home or long-term care facility. As COVID spikes again, we need transparency from the Murphy Administration and a plan that proves he won’t be sentencing our senior population to certain infection.”

The Department of Justice’s probe is extremely limited in scope, targeting a fraction of the long-term care centers in a handful of states run by Democratic governors. Democrats have charged the probe is a political stunt, while Republicans in the state have used its existence as a political bludgeon.

New Jersey’s daily COVID-19 case count has grown sharply since the start of October. On Oct. 8, the state reported 1,301 new virus cases, the most announced in a single day since late May. Counting that, the state has reported more than 900 new cases four times in the last seven days.

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