'Gasoline on the fire': Murphy warns restarting NJ too quickly could backfire

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April 12, 2020 - 3:54 pm

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy said Sunday there are models that suggest the state’s coronavirus crisis is reaching its peak, but others indicate the worst impact may still be weeks away.

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    Murphy told CNN that health care recovery must occur before economic recovery takes place, and he’s concerned that reopening and relaxing social distancing too early could backfire.

    “And I fear, if we open up too early, and we have not sufficiently made that health recovery and cracked the back of this virus, that we could be pouring gasoline on the fire, even inadvertently,” Murphy said.

    The governor said his administration devoted significant attention this weekend to planning about how to keep people safe once restrictions begin to be lifted.

    Murphy told CBS that he supports a regional approach to reopening and that he has been having “discussions with our neighboring states on the whole question of testing, contact tracing, what are the rules of the road going to be for things like bars and restaurants.”

    Murphy said New Jersey is “fighting to stay ahead” regarding bed capacity, ventilator supply, personal protective equipment and health care workers.

    More than 2,100 people with COVID-19 have died in New Jersey, and more than 58,000 have tested positive.

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