Baraka said that Newark "had more COVID-19 cases than every other city in Essex County combined!"
State officials have been battling a recent spike in coronavirus cases in the state, with the number of COVID-19 cases throughout New Jersey reaching nearly 2,000 for the first time since May on Friday.
The state reported an additional 1,140 new positive cases on Saturday.
In response, Governor Phil Murphy extended the state's public health emergency for an additional 30 days.
So far, over 200,000 Americans have died due to COVID-19 since the pandemic began, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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