This is our daily update of breaking COVID-19 news for Friday, October 16th, 2020. Previous daily updates can be found here, and up-to-date statistics are here.

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Here's the latest:

In what now appears to be growing outbreaks across the state, New Jersey on Thursday reported more than 900 new coronavirus cases for a third day in a row and a daily positivity rate of 4.35%.

The sustained increase in cases has made New Jersey travelers eligible for 14-day quarantine requirements mandated by many states, including New York and Connecticut.

Massachusetts added New Jersey to its list on October 2nd.

“Frankly, the conclusion I draw is don’t travel, don’t travel unless you have to," said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, during a briefing in Trenton on Thursday. “We’re not going to spend a lot of time complaining about whether or not we’re on somebody’s list. We’re going to spend all our time working to get our numbers down.”

Murphy warned that the number of COVID-19 cases are rising across the state, not just in certain hot spots – and is urging residents to keep taking safety precautions.

“There may be hot spots here or there but we're dealing with a statewide reality right now,” he said.

The number of coronavirus hospitalizations has more than doubled to 733 in the last six weeks.

While the surge in cases was initially attributed to spikes in Ocean County and particularly in Lakewood, state officials said there are now signs of increasing community spread across all regions.

For the third day in a row, the state reported nearly 1,000 new cases, with Ocean, Bergen and Essex counties each reporting more than 100 new infections.

Health officials attribute the increase to several small clusters inside nursing homes, workplaces, schools and indoor gatherings.

Twenty-two outbreaks have also been reported in public schools, with 83 cases among students and staff. That’s out of 3,000 buildings across more than 500 school districts. There are also 150 active outbreaks among the state’s nursing homes.