CORONAVIRUS IN NJ: Death toll climbs by 323 to 3,840; cases near 80,000

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April 17, 2020 - 1:03 pm

    TRENTON, N.J. (1010 WINS) — Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday that the number of coronavirus deaths in New Jersey had risen to 3,840 as the number of cases neared 80,000.

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    Murphy said there were 3,840 deaths and 78,467 cases in the state.

    That includes 323 new deaths and 3,250 new cases reported since Thursday.

    Murphy said 8,011 people in the state are hospitalized with COVID-19 and 1,961 are requiring critical or intensive care. He said 1,594 ventilators are in use.

    The governor also said the New Jersey Office of Attorney General through the state Division of Consumer Affairs will begin issuing temporary emergency licenses to foreign-licensed physicians.

    "We're now the FIRST state to begin fully tapping the tremendous wealth of international knowledge and experience to help us on our own front lines," Murphy tweeted.

    On Thursday, Murphy said that the state's schools will be closed until at least May 15.

    He had ordered the state’s more than 600 school districts to close last month as part of an effort to halt the spread of the virus.

    Murphy also said that the number of deaths due to the coronavirus climbed by 362 to 3,518. There are more than 75,000 residents with the virus, he said.

    Despite the growing number of positive tests and a surging death toll, Murphy said social distancing efforts “are working.” As evidence, he said that the rate the number of cases doubles has been going up across the state from about every three days to seven days.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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