Gov. Murphy quarantines as family member tests positive for COVID-19

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Governor Murphy, U.S. Congressman Andy Kim, Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli, and Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph Vicari to Visit Ocean Health Initiative's Frontline Healthcare Worker Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in Toms River on Wednesday December 23, 2020 (MARK R. SULLIVAN/THE OCEAN STAR)

TRENTON — Gov. Phil Murphy’s office announced late Wednesday that he is canceling in-person events and voluntarily quarantining after a family member tested positive for COVID-19.

The governor himself received a coronavirus test earlier on Wednesday which came back negative, Communication Director Mahen Gunaratna said, adding that he “does not qualify as an exposed close contact” with the infected family member, but is quarantining “out of an abundance of caution.”

On Wednesday morning the governor was scheduled to appear on CNBC’s Squawk Box program and appear on Pix 11 shortly afterward, before visiting a community-based vaccination site in Jersey City.

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The governor’s coronavirus briefing, usually held at the Trenton War Memorial and attended by members of the press and streamed on YouTube, was shifted moved to Facebook Live.

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