by Tim Pearce
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) vented on Monday that residents are generally not working with state officials to trace infections of COVID-19.
Murphy said at a press conference that a large majority of New Jerseyans are not responding to government contact tracers trying to identify all the people who may have come into contact with someone infected by the coronavirus, according to CBS 3 Philly.
“The rate of noncooperation with our contact tracers is now up to a whopping 74% of cases. Quite frankly, this is unacceptable and we need folks to turn that around,” Murphy said. “It is extremely critical for contact tracers to get in touch with the close contacts of those who test positive to help us stop the spread of this virus.”
He implored residents to work with contact tracers in a tweet the same day. The state reported more than 3,500 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.