New Jersey new coronavirus cases surge by nearly 4,000 as indoor dining restrictions loom

Gov. Phil Murphy says New Jersey’s COVID-19 confirmed caseload surged by almost 4,000 new cases, the highest increase in nearly seven months.
Of the new cases, 10 counties in New Jersey saw more than 130. Four counties had more than 350. Essex County was far and away the most with 675.
The increase in the latest trend shows the virus’ resurgence. The average increase over the first seven days of this month reached roughly 2,135; up from about 590 cases a day in early October.
The state health department shows average caseload increases for the first week of September was nearly 340 cases.
The so-called second wave led Murphy this week to announce that indoor dining at bars and restaurants must halt from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning on Thursday.
AP wire services helped contribute to this report.