NEW JERSEY -- COVID-19 statistics continue to trend in the wrong direction, according to Gov. Phil Murphy.

The governor tweeted on Sunday that the state had 3,998 new positive cases overnight and now has reached 306,007 cumulative positive cases since March when the pandemic first struck

He also reported 15 new confirmed deaths, which brings the statewide loss of life to nearly 14,949 deaths attributed to the coronavirus. According to the state's COVID dashboard, the positivity rate is now up to 1.35, higher than the target rate of 1.0, where it was for much of the summer. 

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"As we approach the holidays, protect yourself and your loved ones," Murphy tweeted. "Wear a mask. Social distance. Avoid large gatherings."

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