New Jersey's Governor reports coronavirus cases tied to travel to Myrtle Beach
Tourists walk along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk (Nick Papantonis/WPDE)

New Jersey's Gov. Phil Murphy said positive coronavirus cases there are tied to people traveling to Myrtle Beach.

Gov. Murphy told Andrea Mitchell that on Meet the Press on Sunday, July 5.

Murphy said they're seeing a spike in cases in people coming back from places like "Myrtle Beach, as well as in Florida and other hot spots."

On July 5, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced the total number of confirmed cases reached 44,717, probable cases to 130, confirmed deaths to 813, and 7 probable deaths.

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He then pushed the idea of a mask mandate and said, "We went through hell. We cannot afford to go through hell again," according to the interview.

"To me, it says we need a national strategy, we are only as strong as our weakest link," he said. "Masking has to be at the core of that."

Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Horry County have all recently enacted mask ordinances requiring them in public. Florence's ordinance goes into effect Monday.

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Conway and Atlantic Beach will discuss the possible mask rules Monday.

How did day one of the mask mandate go in Myrtle Beach? July 3, 2020. (WPDE).

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