CORONAVIRUS IN NJ: Statewide death toll surpasses 3,000; cases top 70,000

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April 15, 2020 - 1:08 pm

    NEWARK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday over 350 more deaths had been reported in the state, bringing the death toll to more than 3,000.

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    Murphy said the 351 new deaths meant 3,156 New Jerseyans had now been lost to the virus.

    The state also reported an additional 2,625 positive test results, bringing the state's total number of cases to 71,030.

    Some 8,270 residents are hospitalized and 1,980 are in critical or intensive care, Murphy said. At least 1,705 ventilators are in use. 

    Murphy said New Jersey continues to be among the most aggressive states in the nation when it comes to testing.

    "We’ve conducted the fourth-most tests among all states. The only states which have conducted more are states with significantly larger populations," the governor said.

    He said the state has also increased hospital capacity statewide by 60 percent; set up three field medical stations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and has set aside beds for New Jerseyans on the USNS Comfort.

    "Nothing – and I do mean nothing – would make us happier to come out of this realizing we overprepared. That’s our new best-case scenario," Murphy said.

    The governor also said the state is working closely with Rutgers University and Middlesex County to roll out a new saliva testing system.

    "It is incredibly gratifying and a source of great pride for all of us to see New Jersey's own flagship university stepping up to help fill the testing gap," Murphy tweeted.

    "Stay home. Stay apart. Keep your face covered," Murphy tweeted. "We will beat this damn virus."

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