NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey has recorded its highest daily COVID-19 case totals, 4,540, since the pandemic began in early March. Governor Phil Murphy reported via a tweet Sunday. The number brings New Jersey's cumulative total to 279,274. An additional 18 new confirmed deaths, were also reported, bringing the total to 4,765 attributed to COVID-19.
 
"These numbers are ALARMING and continue to rise," Murphy's tweet read. "Take this seriously. Wear a mask. Social distance. Stay safe."

Sunday's total new positive cases eclipsed the previous record, set just the day before (Saturday, Nov. 14) when 4,395 were reported. There were 26 new confirmed deaths on Saturday. During the peak days of the pandemic in March and April, the daily fatality numbers were in the hundreds.

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"A second wave of #COVID19 is now here. As we begin the holiday season, plan accordingly and keep social distancing and safety in mind," Murphy tweeted. "We MUST redouble our efforts and crush the curve like we did last spring. Our lives literally depend on it."

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