CORONAVIRUS IN NJ: 1,453 new cases; 59 new fatalities bring death toll to 9,310

Maya Rajamani
May 11, 2020 - 1:35 pm

    TRENTON, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday reported 1,453 new COVID-19 cases and 59 new fatalities, bringing the state's death toll to 9,310.

    A total of 139,945 New Jersey residents have now tested positive for COVID-19, Murphy said. The governor also asked the federal government to help New Jersey and other hard-hit states avoid a "financial disaster."

    “A fiscal disaster is not months away — hard decisions will be on our doorstep in just a few weeks,” Murphy tweeted. “Time is of the essence, and Congress needs to act NOW.” 

    “No one has asked for a bailout,” he added. “We’re asking for the ability to prevent this public health emergency from turning into a second Great Depression.” 

    A total of 4,195 people in the state are currently hospitalized with the virus — a number that has been trending downward, Murphy said. The state saw 179 new hospitalizations on Sunday; 227 patients were discharged that day, he said. 

    Of the patients who are currently hospitalized, 1,255 are in critical or intensive care. Ventilator use is below 1,000 for the second straight day, Murphy said, noting that 970 patients are currently on ventilators.

    The rate of COVID-19 spread also continues to slow, but the number of positive cases and deaths connected to long-term care facilities “continues to grow,” he said. 

    “We’re continuing to work hard to mitigate these numbers,” he added.