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March 23, 2020: NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams

As expected, the number of positive COVID-19 cases shot up over the weekend. On Monday the number of cases stands at 2,844 with 27 fatalities, according to the state Department of Health. The outbreak is now in all 21 counties.

Gov. Phil Murphy over the weekend toughened his social distancing requirements with a mandated stay-at-home order. That means no gatherings of any kind, adding that you should only be leaving your home for essential needs — food or medicine — or if you’ve been deemed an essential worker.

The governor said Monday that it’s a relatively short-term sacrifice for a better long-term outcome.