This is our daily update of breaking COVID-19 news for Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020. Previous daily updates can be found here, and up-to-date statistics are here.

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Here's the latest:

2:30 p.m. New Jersey on Tuesday reported 1,832 new coronavirus cases, the 17th day in a row in which infections in the state have surpassed 1,000.

In another concerning benchmark, the number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 climbed to 1,133, the highest it has been since early July.

Governor Phil Murphy announced the latest numbers on Twitter.

Last week, Murphy acknowledged that New Jersey is being hit by a second coronavirus wave. But the worst could still be months away. On Monday, New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said her preliminary models show that the resurgence could peak in the first quarter of next year, according to NJ.com.

“We try to do some predictions, but it’s really very preliminary," Persichilli cautioned during a press briefing. "I wouldn’t go to the bank with it. We’re going to be vigilant from now through March.”

Murphy has said that "all options are on the table" when it comes to battling the latest spread, but he has yet to announce any new statewide restrictions.

Last Tuesday, the state's largest city, Newark, imposed a nightly curfew on most nonessential businesses, including restaurants. Shortly afterwards, Paterson and Hoboken announced similar curfews.

CDC Says It's Okay To Vote If You're Sick With COVID-19

Election inspectors Beatrice Antwi, right, and, D. Jones, look over a manual at a polling place on Election Day, in the Bronx.

Election inspectors Beatrice Antwi, right, and, D. Jones, look over a manual at a polling place on Election Day, in the Bronx.

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Election inspectors Beatrice Antwi, right, and, D. Jones, look over a manual at a polling place on Election Day, in the Bronx.
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12:00 p.m. Americans who are sick or quarantining from COVID-19 can still go to the polls and exercise their right to vote, according to new guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Sunday, the CDC published coronavirus safety guidelines for voters on its website which included advice for infected individuals. "Voters have the right to vote, regardless of whether they are sick or in quarantine," the CDC said.

The advisory said voters who are sick or in quarantine should let poll workers know about their status. Aside from that, they should also follow general precautions like wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, and washing their hands or using hand sanitizer before and after voting.

News of the CDC's guidance on voting perplexed and outraged some on Twitter. The country's leading public health agency has come under criticism for its handling of the coronavirus crisis, although the Trump administration has been faulted for meddling with its policies.

Apart from voting, the CDC states that people who are sick or quarantining can still perform essential errands as long as they wear masks and minimize their interactions with other people.

MA & CT Issue New Statewide Restrictions To Battle "Wildfire" Virus Surges

Voters last month wait to turn in their ballots after voting inside Fenway Park in Boston.

Voters last month wait to turn in their ballots after voting inside Fenway Park in Boston.

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Voters last month wait to turn in their ballots after voting inside Fenway Park in Boston.
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Massachusetts and Connecticut are set to undergo new statewide restrictions, including curfew orders, beginning this Friday as the two states scramble to battle a second coronavirus wave.

The news represents a bad sign for New York: while the state's positive testing levels have remained one of the lowest in the country at less than 2%, the virus is now spreading at an accelerated rate through much of the Northeast.

Massachusetts's Republican Governor Charlie Baker on Monday announced a series of new restrictions that included a new stay-at-home order instructing residents to stay home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. except for essential errands. Indoor gatherings are now limited to no more than 10 people and outdoor gatherings to no more than 25.

Baker also issued an executive order requiring nonessential businesses to close each night at 9:30 p.m. although restaurants and bars can continue take-out service. The order also applies to movie theaters, casinos, gyms and pools. The governor also issued a statewide face mask mandate for all those above the age of 5.

New virus cases in Massachusetts have topped 1,000 for more than a week. According to a tally by the New York Times, new daily cases in the state have increased by 92 percent over the past two weeks.

The Boston Herald on Saturday reported that last week 121 of the state’s cities and towns — more than a third of the 351 total Massachusetts municipalities — were in the so-called high-risk “red zone.”

Boston's COVID-19 testing positivity rate is nearly 8%, double that of a month ago.

“7.8 % is a wildfire," Dr. Todd Ellerin, director of infectious diseases at South Shore Health, told the Boston Herald. "We’re getting close to an inferno.”

The city's school system recently suspended in-person learning due to the uptick in positivity rates.

In Connecticut, Democratic Governor Ned Lamont on Monday announced restrictions targeting restaurants, reducing their capacity from 75% to 50% and ordering them to close their dining areas by 9:30 p.m. Restaurant patrons will be limited to no more than eight per table.

In addition, Lamont also ordered all outdoor social events to return to 50 people after having raised capacity to 150 people. Indoor events at restaurants and banquet halls are now limited to 25 people. They had been set at 100 as part of the state's phase 3 reopening.

Lamont, who said he consulted Massachusetts and Rhode Island in coming up with the new measures, has called the rollback "phase 2.1."

After soaring to 6% last week, the state on Monday reported a 3.4% test positivity rate.

"Maybe we thought a few weeks ago that we could target our response town-by-town and keep these flare-ups from becoming wildfires," Lamont said. "I think we're finding, and looking around at our neighbors around the country that right now, what we find are flare-ups on a municipal basis are becoming more like community spread."