New Jersey has seen increases in daily positive cases, and in transmission and positivity rates, which officials attribute to an increase in house parties, and residents not wearing masks.
Over the past four days, over 2,000 New Jerseyans have tested positive for COVID-19, some of whom can be traced to large indoor and outdoor gatherings.
Gov. Phil Murphy pleaded with party hosts to be responsible when hosting gatherings, after a graduation party in Middletown is suspected of contributing to a local increase in cases, and after police in Jackson broke up a 700-person party over the weekend.
After advising last month that schools should be prepared to open in some capacity this fall, the New Jersey Department of Education issued guidance today, July 24, allowing parents to select full-time remote learning for their children in the 2020-2021 school year.
“This is a slap in the face of every governor across the country, Republican and Democrat, who have shouldered the burden of this pandemic,” Murphy said.