The public health emergency in New Jersey has been extended another month, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday. However, he stressed it’s not because the coronavirus pandemic has worsened.
The governor explained that the overall hospitalization numbers and deaths continue to tick downward across the state, but the concern continues to be at long-term care facilities, which are still dealing with many of the same issues that have plagued them since the outbreak first started.
Murphy said the extension of the emergency declaration does not mean the restarting of the economy will be delayed, though no hard date for when business can open has been announced.
“I want to make it absolutely clear that this action does no mean that we are seeing anything in the data which would pause our path forward,” Murphy said. “And it shouldn’t be interpreted by anyone to mean we are going to be tightening any of the restrictions currently in place. This insures that we will continue on our current war footing for the coming month.
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