Fauci says NJ is in good position to avoid a second wave of coronavirus

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The nation’s top infectious disease expert said New Jersey has made enough progress to weather a possible second wave of the coronavirus.

During a Facebook Live session with Gov. Phil Murphy Thursday, Dr. Anthony Fauci said because New Jersey clamped down on coronavirus restrictions early in the pandemic, the state is in a good position heading into the fall and winter.

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases praised New Jersey’s early response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The good news and the thing that makes me very pleased and encouraged about New Jersey is that, notwithstanding that you got hit pretty badly, right now if you continue to carefully and prudently open the economy, you can get through the fall and the winter,” Fauci said.

He said unlike other parts of the nation, New Jersey’s restrictions have led to a relatively low baseline of community COVID-19 spread.

“There are some areas that have a high baseline already. They’re going to have a real problem when they go into the winter,” Fauci said. “You are starting off from a good point.”

Murphy has said he’s considering expanding indoor dining from 25% to 50% capacity if there’s a sustained period without spikes in COVID-19 cases.