New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said he would not rule out another lockdown as COVID-19 case numbers spike in the state.
“We’re not there yet, but all options are on the table,” Murphy told Yahoo Finance in an interview published Friday.
“If we have to shut the whole place down we will. We were one of the first, if not the first state to do that in March. I just hope we can avoid it again this time,” he said.
The governor warned this week about surging hospitalization rates in the state.
“We’re reporting 2,089 new positive cases, pushing our cumulative total to 236,523,” he tweeted Friday, citing the state health department.
Daily case numbers have not surpassed 2,000 since early May, the governor noted.
#COVID19 UPDATE: We’re reporting 2,089 new positive cases, pushing our cumulative total to 236,523.
We haven’t seen daily case numbers in the 2000s since early May.
Everyone needs to take this seriously. Wear a mask. Social distance. Wash your hands. pic.twitter.com/ab6sbBvHjo
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) October 30, 2020
New Jersey has became the first state to mandate safety protocols to protect workers from the virus, with a new executive order taking effect on Nov. 5.
The order will require employers in the public and private sector to conduct daily health examinations on workers, such as screenings for visual symptoms of COVID-19 and temperature checks.
“We can’t wait any longer,” Murphy told Yahoo Finance. “We’re doing it now, frankly, because the federal government should be doing it, and they haven’t done it.”
Murphy said Friday that seven people have died from complications due to the virus within the past 15 days.