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November 12, 2020

New Jersey attorney general in self-quarantine after COVID-19 exposure

Gurbir Grewal initially tested positive for the coronavirus, but a follow-up test came back negative

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New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal will be performing his duties from home after an exposure to COVID-19. He has tested negative and does not have any symptoms.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is self-isolating after coming in contact with a staff member who contracted the coronavirus. 

The exposure occurred Monday in the attorney general's office. 

A rapid COVID-19 test returned a positive result, but Grewal tested negative for the virus after receiving a PCR test, his communications director Steven Barnes said in a statement. PCR tests are considered more accurate. 

Grewal, who is asymptomatic, will be working from home in the meantime. The New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety is informing anyone who may have come into contact with Grewal. 

"Throughout the pandemic the Attorney General's office and the Department of Law and Public Safety have taken seriously the dangers of COVID-19," Barnes said. "The Attorney General urges members of the public to continue to follow public health guidelines to keep themselves and others safe."

Gov. Phil Murphy posted a message to Twitter saying that he first lady Tammy Murphy, are keeping Grewal in their prayers.

The Murphys were forced to self-quarantine in late October after coming in contact with a pair of staff members who had contracted COVID-19. Neither of them tested positive for the virus.

The recent COVID-19 case within Grewal’s office comes as coronavirus cases continue to spike across New Jersey.

The state has recorded 6,955 additional COVID-19 infections over the past two days, bringing the statewide total to 263,495 since the pandemic began in March. 

Murphy called the recent uptick in cases "devastating" and urged residents to "take this seriously."

New Jersey has implemented tougher restrictions on indoor dining and banned all out-of-state travel for youth sports. Restaurants and bars must stop indoor service by no later than 10 p.m. every night.

There have been 14,676 deaths due to COVID-19 in New Jersey.

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