TRENTON, NJ – During his COVID-19 press briefing Friday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he has extended the public health emergency in New Jersey for an additional 30 days. These declarations, unless extended, expire after 30 days.

“As we enter the Fall season, it is important to continue to take all steps necessary to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19 in our state,” Murphy said. “Maintaining our access to all resources available is critical, and an extension of the public health emergency will allow us to continue making progress against this virus.”

Executive Order No. 186 extends all Executive Orders issued under the Governor’s authority under the Emergency Health Powers Act. It also extends all actions taken by agencies in response to the Public Health Emergency presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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The governor also commented on his live-streamed discussion with Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday.

"My big takeaways were No. 1: we enter the colder season in as about as good a shape as any state. Secondly, we have to stay vigilant, and thirdly, I thought he was really good in walking through the vaccine process and all the checks and balances," Murphy said. "I found it very comforting."

"As I said, we are going to have our own process and our own checks and balances not only on efficacy and equity of distribution," he added. 

The governor said Dr. Fauci was confident we'd have a vaccine in the next quarter but warned that  we can't go back to doing everything we used to do.

"The vaccine is a huge weapon, but it's a weapon in a broader fight," Murphy said. "It's a path forward to get to a better place."

Contact Tracers

The governor said that New Jersey has 1,873 tracers on-the-ground statewide and announced a big increase in the number of people who took the call from contact tracers. He continued to press for cooperation with the tracers.

“Take the call and work with our contact tracers. This about protecting your health. Period.”