National, local surge in COVID-19 cases cause concern

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NEW JERSEY — As people across the nation celebrated the Fourth of July, many states were seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases.

Now, local officials have warned residents those surges will bring major consequences.

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla issued a warning over the weekend after 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in the town.

The newly confirmed cases are travel-related and were reported in residents under the age 45.

Gov. Phil Murphy recently joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and issued a travel advisory, asking people to self quarantine after coming back from states considered hot spots.

Murphy said contact tracers most recently linked local cases to a wedding in Myrtle Beach.

Other hot spots include Florida and Texas, where some hospitals have already hit full capacity.

Videos of July 4 celebrations across the country show people forgoing masks and social distancing.

There were packed crowds at Orchard Beach in the Bronx and Fire Island on Long Island.

The gatherings have prompted serious concerns from health experts who have said we are in a “dire situation.”

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