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Virus transmission rate ticks up as New Jersey outbreaks reported

Gov. Phil Murphy
Posted at 3:06 PM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 22:36:48-04

The rate of transmission —the average number of people infected by each infectious person— of COVID-19 in New Jersey has exceeded 1.0 for the first time in a month and a half, Gov. Phil Murphy said.

The Democratic governor said Monday in his daily press conference that there were several outbreaks across the state that officials found to be directly tied to travel to other hotspots.

Gov. Murphy said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the “most recent and most prevalent” example was a wedding in Myrtle Beach from which New Jersey residents returned with the virus, but “we’ve got other cases that we’re running down.”

New Jersey Transit on Monday resumed full rail and light rail service after a break because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Also back Monday were youth day camps, in-person summer school and school graduation ceremonies, capped at 500 people and required to be outside.