MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Governor Murphy gave some encouraging news on Monday as the Rate of Transmission, a key measure of infection growth, has gone down from 1.4 to 1.32. This reduction is just a moment in time and the governor has enacted more constraints on the state prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.

He also started the meeting with congratulations to John Kerry. "This has nothing to do with what we are going to talk about today but I just reviewed the national security appointments President-Elect Biden has made...and I want to give a particular shout out to my old boss John Kerry who is going to be the first person to be Special Presidential Envoy for Climate on the National Security Council, So, hats off to Secretary Kerry and the rest of the team."

The governor extended the State of Emergency for another 30 days. He also reported 3,592 new positive cases bringing the total to 309,588. "Across our hospitals yesterday a total 2,693 patients were being treated - while 247 patients were discharged and that's a good thing, another 333 COVID positive patients were admitted." said Murphy.

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11 additional COVID-19 deaths were reported on Monday. Total deaths are now 14,960. The rate of positivity recently was reported to be 8.65%. New positive tests rose above 4,000 for the first time as the number of tests conducted has skyrocketed due to increased availability since the beginning of the pandemic.

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