Governor Phil Murphy said in a briefing that currently, 3.748 cases have tested positive for COVID-19. These numbers bring the total number of state cases to 51.027
Since yesterday, the state reported an additional 198 deaths bringing the statewide death total from the virus to 1,700.
“We know that this number is the worst of all to report to you,” Murphy said. “These aren’t numbers, by the way, these are people.”
There are 7,363 people hospitalized with the coronavirus as of Thursday, including 1,523 in intensive care and 1,551 on ventilators.
Murphy insisted that residents must stay home and practice social distancing.
“We must continue to practice social distancing. This is no time to panic, but it is equally no time for business as usual. This is a fight for our lives. It is a fight for the heart and soul and for the future of our state. We need you to stay at home. We need you to wear a face covering.”
He addressed the parks question and pointed out the gatherings.“We did this because of congregations,” Murphy said. “We didn’t take this lightly, but based on the facts as we saw them.”
The impact of the coronavirus on the state can be perceived in the sending of Wawa of a 53-foot refrigerated truck to store bodies of people who died of COVID-19 in New Jersey, to help to keep up with the rising death toll.
The Governor said that Wawa sent the truck to “help take the pressure off our morgues and funeral homes in protecting the bodies of those we have lost.” “Their help is invaluable,” Murphy continued. “We’re so thankful.”