Echoing the views of governors across the country, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) told CNBC, “We are just asking people to do the right thing” as the coronavirus pandemic infects more people than ever before, hospitalized and kills.
“We have the holidays ahead of us and we ask people not to lose their vigilance, to stay strong,” Murphy said in an interview on Thursday evening “The news with Shepard Smith.” “This virus is literally dying for us to let go of our guard. We have to do everything we can to push that back.”
Today the CDC urged Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving Day and advised people to limit gatherings to those within the same household. Democratic and Republican governors from seven states wrote a statement in the Washington Post that prompted Americans to stay home for Thanksgiving. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz was one of the authors and he asked residents to “Break“about social activities such as personal eating, exercise and fitness for the next four weeks.
California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a “limited” Order stay at home and curfew in most of the state. The orders come as Los Angeles County reported an all-time high of 5,000 new Covid-19 cases. Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced “two week break“This will take effect from November 30th until at least December 13th.
In New Jersey more than 2,400 people are hospitalized with coronavirus, most since June. The positivity rate is 9.4%. Governor Murphy told host Shepard Smith that his state has limited indoor gatherings to 10 people and outdoor gatherings to 150 people. New Jersey also stopped indoor bar and restaurant service at 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.
“We have increased our compliance, but there is no compliance enforcement, no law enforcement that can get into everyone’s living room,” Murphy said.
Governor Murphy said he believed the new vaccine developments were real, safe and effective, but noted that the Garden State will have its own process for approving a Covid-19 vaccine.
“We’re going to put our good housekeeping stamp on it. If we don’t, it means we don’t think it’s safe or workable,” Murphy said. “I have to tell you now, I firmly believe in it.”