TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted on Friday that the state had an additional 58 deaths among COVID-19 confirmed-positive residents, more than double the total of 27 the day before. The state's total number of COVID-19 deaths has now risen to 13,308 lives lost.

Further, the state had 386 new positive cases of COVID-19, pushing our cumulative total to 172,742

As the Fourth of July holiday weekend began, the governor reminded New Jerseyans to stay vigilant in trying to prevent the spread of the disease: 

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"As you celebrate our nation’s independence this weekend, please remember: use common sense, keep your social distances, wear a face covering and wash your hands frequently," Murphy tweeted.

The governor also announced that he will be a guest on NBC's Meet The Press on Sunday morning to talk about the growing number of COVID-19 cases. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. “Like” us on Facebook and Twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.