TRENTON, NJ- At today's press conference, Governor Murphy updated the list of states from which travelers to New Jersey, or from where New Jersey residents are returning, are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. The new states include California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee. They join states already on the list including Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.
State officials have said that the quarantine request is voluntary but that compliance is expected. According to the state Department of Health, states were put on the quarantine list had to have positive testing rates higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average.
Murphy said there were 461 new cases bringing the state's total to 171,667. New Jersey is third in the nation for total cases behind New York and California.
The state's rate of transmission ticked up slightly to 0.88 but remains below 1 meaning every infected person is transmitting the disease to less than one person. Murphy says this statistic is vitally important to keep below 1 as it is a sign that the disease is not spreading.
Hospitalizations for the virus were at 992, the third day in a row it was under 1,000. Of those hospitalized, 211 were in critical care and 174 were on ventilators. The governor said these statistics continue to trend downward albeit more slowly.
He reported 47 new fatalities for a statewide total of 15,035.