New Jersey reports record numbers in new COVID-19 cases as millions of residents prepare for Thanksgiving.

A Saturday tweet from government Phil Murphy announced 4,679 new positive cases across the state with 34 new deaths. New Jersey’s total cumulative cases since the pandemic began in March are 302,039 with 14,934 deaths.

In North Jersey, the counties of Bergen and Essex are among the counties with the highest spikes.

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Murphy’s update comes on the heels of the new Thanksgiving guidelines issued by the state as COVID cases and admissions go towards a “brutal” several weeks ahead, the governor said Thursday.

Government officials have advised residents to only hold Thanksgiving parties with members of their households. As of Nov. 17, indoor gatherings were limited to 10 people, and as of Monday, outdoor gatherings are limited to 150 people, officials said this week. Exceptions remain for wedding ceremonies, funerals, memorial series, religious activities, political activities, and venues.

Travel guides are still in effect in 46 states and U.S. jurisdictions, a directive that requires all persons traveling into New Jersey from those states to be quarantined for 14 days after leaving that state.

However, those traveling regionally between New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware are exempt from the quarantine requirement.

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After a mild summer that saw COVID-19 cases and positivity flatten, New Jersey is quietly catching up with states across the Midwest and the Sun Belt that have reported increases in recent months.

The state positivity rate among those tested is currently 10.88% with nearly 2,200 confirmed COVID patients in hospitals, figures Murphy called “unacceptable” on Wednesday. The positivity rate in New Jersey never peaked 4% during the summer.

As many as 45,000 New Jersey residents are tested for COVID-19 each day, according to Murphy. The number of people seeking hospitalization has recently increased by 100 to 150 a day to 2,505, according to the state.

New Jersey, however, remains in the middle of the package among the 50 states in terms of new cases. The state has seen 43.3 cases per. 100,000 inhabitants over the past seven days, according to the CDC’s website. North Dakota is experiencing the worst increase of 162.9 per capita. 100,000.

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The U.S. surpassed 255,000 COVID deaths this week, and increasing numbers of cases have prompted several restrictions around the country. New York City on Wednesday closed schools for personal learning after hitting a 3% positive threshold over seven days.

Murphy has so far opted for a more surgical approach to controlling second-wave propagation. He ordered restaurants and bars to close indoor service at. 22.00, banned seating at the bar and canceled travel sports for children and teenagers.

The governor has not said whether he will follow New York City’s leadership in closing schools, saying there have been 56 coronavirus school transmissions out of more than 3,000 school buildings. He has left graduation decisions to the school district superintendent, but has the power to order them closed again.

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