Thursday, September 9th
Weekly Newsletter
New Jersey Update
This afternoon Governor Phil Murphy announced an additional 1,733 positive COVID-19 cases, increasing the statewide total to 966,946 confirmed cases. An additional 17 deaths were announced, increasing the statewide total to 24,275. The rate of transmission is 1.02. There are 5,666,812 fully vaccinated NJ residents. Governor Murphy mentioned that booster shots are expected to be administered in NJ in three weeks, pending CDC guidance. It will be recommended for individuals to receive a booster shot 6-8 months after their initial doses. On September 20th, 2.4 million people in NJ could be eligible for a booster shot. Governor Murphy reassured that there is ample supply and a solid delivery mechanism in place to meet the demand for booster shots. The Governor emphasized that most COVID-19 cases in our state are among unvaccinated individuals and encouraged anyone seeking to schedule a vaccine appointment to go to

On Wednesday, Governor Murphy thanked President Joe Biden for coming to see firsthand the destruction as a result of Tropical Storm Ida. Earlier this week President Biden declared that a major disaster exists in the State of NJ and ordered Federal aid to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas impacted by the storm. The counties given disaster declaration are Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic, and Somerset. This declaration is crucial for families affected by the hurricane because it will provide individual families access to federal assistance to begin rebuilding their homes. Families impacted in the aforementioned counties can go to to start their claim for disaster assistance through FEMA. The Governor emphasized that his Administration will continue pushing for more counties to be included under the disaster declaration. For families impacted by the storm in counties not yet included in the declaration, he said to go to to log damages to help NJ make its case for more counties to be included. All flags will be flown at half staff through dusk on Friday in honor of the 27 NJ residents that lost their lives due to flooding during the storm. There are still 4 people missing at this time.
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