Governor Murphy Extends COVID-19 State of Emergency Again

TRENTON, NJ – Once again, Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey has extended the state’s public health emergency through November.

“I’ve extended the public health emergency in New Jersey for an additional 30 days,” Murphy said. “With the alarming rise in cases we have seen today (our highest count since May), it could not be more important to ensure we have access to all available resources to keep New Jerseyans safe.”

On Saturday, Murphy announced 1,994 new positive cases for COVID-19, the state’s highest number since May as a “second wave” begins to grow in the state, experts fear.

“Wear a mask. Social distance. Wash your hands,” Murphy said. “Sadly, we are reporting eight new confirmed COVID-19 deaths.”

Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 191. The Order extends the Public Health Emergency that was declared on March 9, 2020 through Executive Order No. 103, which was previously extended on April 7, May 6, June 4, July 2, August 1, August 27, and September 25. Under the Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency expires after 30 days unless renewed.

“Today’s new COVID-19 case count marks our highest daily figure since May,” said Governor Murphy. “As we face a steep increase in cases, it could not be more important to ensure we have access to all available resources. Keeping New Jerseyans safe is our highest priority, today and every day. We are again extending the Public Health Emergency in order to do exactly that.”

Executive Order No. 191 extends all Executive Orders issued under the Governor’s authority under the Emergency Health Powers Act. It also extends all actions taken by any Executive Branch departments and agencies in response to the Public Health Emergency presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.