TRENTON, NJ — As of this weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy 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,” said Murphy. “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.”

The new executive order extends all executive orders issued under the governor’s authority according to 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: number one, 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," said Murphy. "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."

The governor said Dr. Fauci was confident that a vaccine would be available in the next quarter but warned that a vaccine will not mean that things will go back to the way they were prior to the pandemic

"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."

Local and Statewide COVID-19 Numbers

According to the Livingston Health Department, which is considered the most accurate source for local COVID-19 data, the cumulative total of cases among Livingston residents was 546 as of Monday morning, and the total number of deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus remained at 72.

Statewide on Sunday, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) reported 712 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 203,548 in New Jersey. There were also three new deaths confirmed on Sunday for a total of 14,315 lives lost to the novel coronavirus. 

The governor most recently reported an overall positivity rate of 2.2 percent, which is among the lowest in the nation. New Jersey’s rate of transmission was at the 1.15 prior to the weekend, which is just above the target rate of 1.0 or lower.

The NJDOH also reported 405 patients in New Jersey hospitals with 75 patients in intensive care and 32 ventilators in use.

According to Murphy, the State New Jersey has 1,873 tracers on the ground statewide and announced a large increase in the number of people who took the call from contact tracers. He continued to press for statewide cooperation with the tracers.

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

In Essex County on Sunday, the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases increased to 21,018—indicating an increase of 30 total cases over the previous day. 

The county reminds residents that the number of infected individuals in any municipality is “likely to be much greater than indicated,” as reported data only includes persons who have been tested and whose lab results have been reported in the state’s data system.

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