Gov. Murphy warns New Jersey: Pandemic is 'nowhere near over'

New Jersey’s COVID-19 caseload is surging to levels not seen even during the height of the spring outbreak.
Gov. Phil Murphy and experts are warning New Jerseyans that things could get worse. Murphy tweeted Thursday that “this pandemic is nowhere near over. We can’t give up the fight now. Mask up. Social distance. Wash your hands."
The state confirmed 4,913 new positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday, along with 64 additional deaths. But the rate of transmission has ticked down for the 15th day in a row. It is now at 1.06.
There are 3,292 COVID-19 patients in New Jersey’s hospitals, with 610 patients in the ICU and 366 on ventilators.
Essex County saw the highest number of new cases on Thursday with 476.
The governor had said Wednesday he’s keeping “all options on the table” when it comes to closing parts of the state’s economy again, as he ordered in the spring. He urged people to be especially vigilant with Christmas coming up.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.