TRENTON, NJ – If New Jersey wasn’t New Jersey, the state would now be on Governor Phil Murphy’s huge list of states that require a mandatory 14-day quarantine if traveled to. So, here’s the science. Murphy who has bragged for months about New Jersey is a leader in the fight against COVID-19 now finds himself and his state with a rise in COVID-19 outbreaks and hospitalizations over the past few weeks.
In August, just 49 people were in intensive care statewide with the virus. Now, 178 people are in ICU. Ventilator use is also rising once again, nearly doubling since the summer, according to Murphy’s daily figures.
According to Governor Phil Murphy, there are two ways a state can get on his 37 states (and one territory) 14-day travel quarantine list. First, the 14-day quarantine travel advisory applies to travel from certain “impacted states” identified as those that have an average daily number of new cases higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day period or have a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day period.
On October 3rd, Phil Murphy’s home state of Massachusetts added New Jersey to its travel quarantine list.
“There are states right now that restrict travel from folks from New Jersey,” Murphy said. “I’ve got a fair amount of relatives still in Massachusetts, they restrict travel from New Jersey.”
Murphy warned New Jersey residents not to travel.
“It’s frankly, the conclusion I draw is don’t travel,” the governor added. “Don’t travel unless you have to, particularly right now. And we’re going to do everything we can. We’re not going to spend a lot of time complaining about whether or not we’re on somebody’s other list. We’re going to spend all our time working to get our numbers down. I jumped to that one ahead.”
Now that New Jersey meets all the criteria that would put the state on its own quarantine list, Murphy said he doesn’t intend to move the goalposts
“We’re already on other states’ lists. Our job is to not complain about being on those lists but to do everything we can to break the back of the numbers and get it into shape and that’s what we’ll continue to focus on,” Murphy said. “And secondly, I think there’s a big flashing sign here. This is not a good time to travel. Travel only if you have to.”