TRENTON, NJ – During his COVID-19 press briefing today, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he has extended the public health emergency in New Jersey for an additional 30 days. These declarations, unless extended, expire after 30 days.

“As we enter the Fall season, it is important to continue to take all steps necessary to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19 in our state,” Murphy said. “Maintaining our access to all resources available is critical, and an extension of the public health emergency will allow us to continue making progress against this virus.”

Executive Order No. 186 extends all Executive Orders issued under the Governor’s authority under the Emergency Health Powers Act. It also extends all actions taken by agencies in response to the Public Health Emergency presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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The governor also commented on his live-streamed discussion with Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday.

"My big takeaways were No. 1: we enter the colder season in as about as good a shape as any state. Secondly, we have to stay vigilant, and thirdly, I thought he was really good in walking through the vaccine process and all the checks and balances," Murphy said. "I found it very comforting."

"As I said, we are going to have our own process and our own checks and balances not only on efficacy and equity of distribution," he added. 

The governor said Dr. Fauci was confident we'd have a vaccine in the next quarter but warned that  we can't go back to doing everything we used to do.

"The vaccine is a huge weapon, but it's a weapon in a broader fight," Murphy said. "It's a path forward to get to a better place."

Latest COVID Numbers

The governor reported an overall positivity rate of 2.2%, which is among the best in the nation. New Jersey’s Rate of transmission is at the 1.15 level, which is good but not at the target rate of 1.0 or lower. Additionally, he announced another 612 new positive COVID-19 test results, pushing our statewide cumulative total since March 4 to 202,100. Murphy also reported 405 patients in New Jersey hospitals with 75 patients in intensive care and 32 ventilators in use.

There were seven additional COVID-19 deaths, which raises the statewide total of confirmed deaths to 14,306. The newly reported deaths occurred between Sept. 14 and Sept. 23.

Contact Tracers

The governor said that New Jersey has 1,873 tracers on-the-ground statewide and announced a big increase in the number of people who took the call from contact tracers. He continued to press for cooperation with the tracers.

“Take the call and work with our contact tracers. This about protecting your health. Period.”