Gov. Murphy COVID warning: 'Take this seriously’ as numbers remain high

Gov. Phil Murphy is warning all New Jersey residents to use caution and stay safe as COVID-19 numbers remain high around the state.
The governor announced 3,078 new positive cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, along with 15 additional deaths. The rate of transmission has ticked up to 1.27.
Hospitalizations were also markedly higher again on Wednesday, with 1,801 COVID-19 positive patients in the hospital. There are 334 COVID-19 patients in intensive care, 104 of them are on ventilators.
“The numbers are rising. Take this seriously, folks. Wear a mask. Social distance. Stay safe,” Murphy wrote on Twitter.
There is growing concern about Essex County, which continues to see high numbers. There were 360 new cases reported in the county on Wednesday, more than half of Tuesday’s totals.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka has implemented new restrictions in the city, including a curfew in areas of Newark that are seeing more infections.
The governor has also added additional restrictions on indoor dining around New Jersey. Bars and restaurants must stop indoor food and drink service between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. So far there has been no outbreaks of COVID-19 linked to indoor dining.