Governor Phil Murphy’s office announced on Thursday that he has tested positive for Covid-19, though he is asymptomatic and feeling fine.
Murphy undergoes regular testing for the Covid-19 virus, regardless of how he feels.
The governor’s office said Murphy’s in-person events are being canceled and that he will isolate for the next five days before taking another PCR test to see if the virus is no longer in his system. Additionally, contact tracing has begun to identify and notify anyone who may have been in contact with Murphy.
“The governor has diligently taken precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 and encourages everyone eligible to get vaccinated and boosted, as he has done, to protect themselves and their loved ones from the virus,” Murphy’s communications director Mahen Gunaratna.
Covid infections in New Jersey are up 8% in the past week and 27% from its recent low, according to the NJ Health Department. The CDC says most of these infections are now from the omicron subvariant named BA.2, which is more infectious than omicron, though it isn’t believed to be more dangerous.