TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy at his COVID press briefing on Wednesday, Sept. 16, reported the latest coronavirus figures and unveiled an updated list of states and territories from which travelers to New Jersey are being advised to observe a 14-day self-quarantine period.
The updated list now includes Puerto Rico, while California, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, and Ohio have been removed from the list, bringing the total to 30 states and territories. The travel advisory applies to any person arriving from a state or territory with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.
The states and territories that meet the criteria stated above are: Alabama; Alaska; Arkansas; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Guam; Iowa; Idaho; Indiana; Illinois; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Missouri; Mississippi; Montana; North Carolina; North Dakota; Nebraska; Oklahoma; Puerto Rico; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Virginia; Wisconsin; and West Virginia.
Latest COVID Numbers
Gov. Murphy reported an additional 447 positive test results for a combined total of 197,792 since New Jersey's first case was confirmed on March 4.
"It was the second day in a row over 400. We haven't had a 400 day in a few and now we've had two in a row," he said. "The positivity rate for all tests recorded on Sept. 12 was 2.06%. Statewide rate of transmission is flat over the past several days at 1.06."
The governor also announced 462 patients in New Jersey hospitals (226 COVID-19 positive patients and 236 Persons Under Investigation). Of these patients, 100 were in intensive care, and 38 people are on ventilators.
"Sadly, we must report nine additional COVID-19 deaths, bringing our statewide total of confirmed deaths to 14,263. Of the deaths we’re reporting today, seven are from the past four days," Murphy reported.
Murphy also expressed frustration that on Monday in Seaside Heights "extreme knucklehead behavior was on display with hundreds of crowded, unmasked young people."
The governor said hundreds of young people (nearly 1,000 by some counts) crowded around a corner in the Jersey Shore town, largely unmasked, definitely not social distancing.
"It's exactly the type of situation we cannot have. It was irresponsible from top to bottom in every respect," Murphy said. "These so-called influencers need to be taken to task, and New Jersey was just the latest stop on their tour of willful negligence for public health in a pandemic.
"These knuckleheads are not welcome in New Jersey, Murphy said. "I urge anyone who was in this crowd to go get tested for COVID-19."