BY THE NUMBERS: Positive Cases Statewide Reach 13,316, while Monmouth Drops from Fourth to Sixth among Counties with Most Virus-Carrying Residents
WASHINGTON, DC — Residents of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut have been asked to put the brakes on nonessential travel for the next two weeks, under a domestic travel advisory issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The March 29 request came after President Donald Trump proposed that certain “hot spots" of the region be placed under a quarantine to help squelch the community spread of positive COVID-19 cases. Instead, he asked the CDC to issue a "strong" travel advisory, in consultation with the governors of all three states who have full discretion over how it is implemented.
In response, N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy said the CDC's travel advisory does not change the rules put in place for the past week and that his “stay at home” order remains in effect, with social distancing still the key to stopping the spread of the coronavirus.
“For New Jerseyans, our lives shouldn’t change. If you don’t have to be out, we need you to stay in,” he said in a Facebook post.
The CDC advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including trucking, public health, financial services and food supply.
Although there was no regular press briefing on Sunday, the following updated COVID-19 counts were released:
- A total of 13,386 residents have tested positive for the coronavirus — an increase of 2,316 over the previous day's total. New Jersey is only outdistanced by New York., which has nearly 60,000 such cases, as the leading state in terms of positive cases — a reflection of increased testing.
- The number of tests given stands at 35,602, with 22,216 yielding negative results vs 13,386 positive results.
- In Monmouth County, another 89 positive cases were confirmed, lifting its total to 870, but dropping it from the fourth to sixth in having the highest countywide total of such cases.
- COVID-19 related complications attributed to 21 more deaths, placing the statewide death toll at 161.
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