CORONAVIRUS IN NJ: 3,144 new cases bring total to 126,744; death toll rises by 137 to 7,871

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May 03, 2020 - 1:12 pm

    NEWARK (1010 WINS) – Gov. Phil Murphy said Sunday that the number of coronavirus cases in New Jersey had topped 125,000 as the state reported 137 more deaths.

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    Murphy said there were 3,144 new cases of the virus reported since Saturday, bringing the state’s total to 126,744.

    The 137 new deaths brought the state's death toll to 7,871.

    The governor said 5,317 were currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

    At least 1,623 of those hospitalized were in intensive care, while 1,198 of them were on ventilators.

    Murphy said Saturday that dozens of hospitals in New Jersey that have been treating coronavirus patients will be getting a large cash infusion from the federal government, which is providing billions of dollars to hospitals hardest hit by the pandemic.

    The federal Department of Health and Human Services says 53 of the hardest hit hospitals are in the Garden State and will share a total of $1.7 billion in federal funding. The amount is the second largest given to any state, exceeded only by the amount going to health providers in New York.

    The federal department said it is distributing $10 billion to 395 hospitals around the country that provided inpatient care for 100 or more COVID-19 patients through April 10 and will distribute an additional $2 billion to these hospitals “based on their Medicare and Medicaid disproportionate share and uncompensated care payments.”

    Murphy said he was “incredibly satisfied” by the cash infusion, which he said would help the state’s health care systems stay on sound financial footing.

    “Many of our hospitals have taken quite simply a financial beating over the past two months, in addition to the general beating they’ve taken as all of their resources have been focused on getting their staffs everything they need to be protected and everything COVID19 patients need to beat this virus,” he said.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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