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NJ governor declares state of emergency amid COVID-19 outbreak

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey’s governor declared a state of emergency Monday amid a coronavirus outbreak.

Five more cases of the new coronavirus have been identified, bringing New Jersey’s total to 11.

“Right now, the overall risk to individuals from coronavirus remains low,” Governor Phil Murphy said. “We are taking this step out of an abundance of precaution and prudence to ensure that we are proactive in our response.”

Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver and health Commissioner Judith Persichilli announced details of the new cases in a Monday afternoon news conference. Three are hospitalized while two are isolated at home.

Health officials said they are ramping up efforts to prevent the disease from spreading.

There are currently 14 tests in progress and 24 persons under investigation. Officials said Monday they would begin to hold daily briefings on the virus as it begins to affect more residents.

The news comes the same day Princeton University said it was restricting large gatherings and urging students to take classes online.

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