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Gov. Murphy's top aide tests positive for coronavirus

Gov. Phil Murphy
Posted at 4:54 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 16:54:47-04

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy's top aide joined the thousands of residents in New Jersey that have tested positive for the coronavirus.

“The Governor’s Chief Counsel, Matt Platkin, recently tested positive for coronavirus," a spokesperson for Murphy said in a statement. "He is currently asymptomatic and has been in quarantine since last Saturday while continuing to actively work from home. Our office has rigorously followed all recommended protocols.

"The Governor has not undergone a test at this time,” the statement added. Gov. Murphy is a month removed from surgery to remove a kidney tumor.

As of Wednesday, 47,437 people have contracted the coronavirus in New Jersey and 1,504 people have died.