Murphy blames teens hosting parties for NJ COVID-19 spike

Posted at 6:05 PM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 18:05:47-04

TRENTON, N.J. — With young people driving New Jersey coronavirus cases higher, will the state be added to its own quarantine list?

New Jersey's increasing number of coronavirus cases has landed the state back where it was a month ago. The backtracking means New Jersey could be eligible for its own quarantine list, if things worsen. What does that mean for New York?

"I don't know how you could quarantine New Jersey," said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. "You'd have to blockade roads and we're not talking about blockading."

In recent days, the New Jersey has been reporting over 400 new cases per day. Thursday's results were lower at only 261 new cases. The state would need to hit about 888 new cases per day on average for seven days to qualify for its own quarantine list.

Wednesday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy stated that teens and young people throwing house parties are to blame.

In Middletown, 50 new coronavirus cases among residents aged 14 to 19 have been traced back to a series of house parties.

On Long Beach Island, three dozen lifeguards who partied together have tested positive.

At Rutgers University, the football season is now in jeopardy after a number of players contracted coronavirus.

And in Jackson, a massive house party drew 700 people. The entire Jackson police force plus neighboring towns and state police broke it up. It is unknown how many cases this could lead to, but the 22 and 23-year-old organizers were issued summonses for violating the Governor's executive order.

"When there are hundreds of people crammed into a house, where the air conditioning system is simply blowing the air around and where people are not wearing face coverings, you have also invited coronavirus to your party," said Murphy.