New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday declared a state of emergency to “contain the spread of COVID-19.”
Eleven people in the Garden State have tested positive for coronavirus, though officials say they expect more cases.
“We are acting based on the facts on the ground and by the latest medical science,” Murphy said in a video statement on his Twitter account.
“We have been ahead of the curve in terms of our whole-of-government preparations and this declaration will help keep is there,” he added.
Murphy’s executive order means that “state agencies and departments to utilize state resources to assist affected communities responding to and recovering from COVID-19 cases,” his office said in a statement.
It will also prohibit price gouging and will “expedite the delivery of goods and services necessary for coronavirus preparedness and response efforts.”
Such declarations speed up access to resources for state agencies.
Murphy’s action comes two days after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency.
At least nine states have declared public health emergencies over the outbreak.
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