NEW JERSEY — Cutting off indoor dining and mandating that all non-essential businesses close their doors at 8 p.m. are part of the measures that will begin in Newark on Tue., Oct. 27, after the largest city in New Jersey confirmed more cases Sunday (101 total) than all other Essex County towns combined.

Since June 30, the city has reported at least 2,207 coronavirus cases and 42 deaths. 

Gov. Phil Murphy, during his COVID-19 press conference Mon., Oct. 26, said steps taken in Newark were similar to those in Ocean County and Lakewood in particular. The former was reporting more than 100 cases a day but is currently hovering closer to the 60s.

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That was possible, Murphy said, through concerted contact tracing efforts, more testing, stricter enforcement and partnerships with community leaders.   

“And that's a similar playbook, different community, obviously, different dimensions, but a similar playbook that we're working on with the mayor and his team in Newark,” Murphy said. “We've got a great partnership with Newark, and this is no exception…it won't be the last hot spot. I fear that we'll be...using that exact same playbook [elsewhere].”

According to the state dashboard, there were 133 new cases in Essex County as of Monday for a total of 23,931, as well as 1,911 confirmed deaths and 230 "probable" deaths. 

Mayor Ras Barak said Monday that beauty salons, nail salons, and barbershops will be allowed to open through appointment only. As for gyms and health clubs, they will be forced to close for half an hour each hour to sanitize. 

“This is not the first time COVID-19 has threatened our city and its residents at this magnitude and once again, we will meet this challenge with determination and guided by data,” Baraka said in a statement. “We are Newark strong and can get through this together. We did it once before, and we can do it again.”

The City of Newark said it expects to determine next steps after Nov. 10.

The state as a whole confirmed 1,223 new cases today (229,684 total) and seven new deaths (14,503 total confirmed and 1,789 still awaiting further confirmation).


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