TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey currently has 376 COVID-19 hospitalizations – the lowest number we’ve seen since March 24, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, who tweeted out the numbers on Saturday. In contrast, at the peak of the pandemic, the state had 8,013 hospitalizations.

Additionally, Murphy reported 427 new positive cases, pushing the state's cumulative total to 189,236. He also said there were three new confirmed COVID-19 deaths (one on August 19 and two on August 18) for a total of 14,114 lives lost.

"It’s incredible what we’ve achieved by pulling together as one New Jersey family, but we’re not over the finish line yet," Murphy said.

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Despite the downward trending numbers, Murphy has given no indication when he would allow indoor dining, gyms, movie theaters, and other entertainment venues to open.

Jon Bramnick, the Westfield-based Republican minority leader in the NJ Assembly, is calling for the legislature to meet in special session to listen to all parties concerning a safe reopening. 

"This is what an open society is all about. Restaurant owners cannot even get a meeting with the Governor," Bramnick posted on Twitter. "Very sad.They worked years to build their businesses and now totally ignored. This should never ever happen in an open society."

Meanwhile, the governor is preparing for a second wave of COVID.

"I hope there will not be a second wave in New Jersey, but ultimately my decisions aren’t guided by hope. They’re guided by facts, science, and data," Murphy tweeted. "The experts are warning of a second wave. So we're preparing by building a strong PPE stockpile." is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and Twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.

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