Nearly 2,500 new COVID-19 cases reported in NJ; additional states added to travel advisory list

More states have been added to New Jersey’s travel advisory list as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise around the state.
Health officials said Wednesday that 2,472 new positive coronavirus cases were confirmed – the highest number of new cases New Jersey has seen in the last six months. But the rate of transmission has ticked down slightly to 1.27. Health officials also announced nine additional deaths related to the virus. The state death toll now stands at 14,591.
There are currently 1,213 COVID-19 patients who are hospitalized around the state – the highest amount since mid-June. There are 238 COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit, with 80 patients on ventilators.
Essex County saw most of the newest cases on Monday with 356 new cases. Union County was second with 238 new cases.
And as cases of the virus rise around the state and the country, Gov. Phil Murphy has added two additional states to the travel advisory list – California and Massachusetts. There are now 443 states and territories on this list. Anyone traveling from these areas to New Jersey is being asked to quarantine for two weeks.