CORONAVIRUS IN NJ: 177 new deaths, state not 'claiming victory but we are making progress'

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April 20, 2020 - 2:25 pm

    TRENTON, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Monday that the state has an additional 3,528 coronavirus cases and 177 new deaths.

    "We are not by any means claiming victory, but we are making progress," Murphy said. 

    The total number of cases is now 88,806, and the state's death toll is now 4,377. Murphy also said it is too premature to re-open the economy. 

    “Reopening our economy would backfire on us twofold — a large spike in COVID-19 cases and no customers at our stores because people are still fearful for their health and that of their kids and families,” he said. 

    “This is a two-part scenario — securing the public health situation so you can have confidence as… we reopen our economy,” he added. “Right now, that confidence does not exist.” 

    A total of 6,986 state residents are hospitalized with COVID-19, 2,018 of whom are in critical or intensive care, Murphy said. 

    “We are seeing relative stability in the number of patients in critical or intensive care,” he said, adding that the “number of newly hospitalized patients is moving on a downward trend.” 

    “This is one of our most-important positive indicators,” he added. “It means that our health care system is in a better position to get ahead and stay ahead. It means that our social distancing efforts are working.” 

    The number of patients discharged from hospitals “continues to outpace the numbers from intake,” Murphy noted.