NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported that the number of new COVID-19 cases again approached 4,000 in New Jersey on Saturday. 

The governor posted on Twitter that there were 3,924 new positive cases, raising the state's cumulative total to 330,275 cases. He also reported 24 new confirmed deaths, bringing loss of life to 15,136 due to the coronavirus in New Jersey. On Friday, the numbers were even higher. 4,100 new positive cases, raising the state's number to 326,473 cumulative total cases. On Friday, there were 19 new confirmed deaths, which increased the state's total loss of life to 15,113 total deaths.

"These numbers are alarming," Murphy tweeted.

Several news outlets, including CBS-2, NBC-4, and, reported on Saturday that NJ State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli is now in isolation after a member of her staff tested positive for the coronavirus.