CORONAVIRUS IN NJ: Gov. Murphy confirms 9 deaths, 318 new cases overnight, statewide total now 742

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March 19, 2020 - 9:56 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) --  On Thursday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy reported four additional coronavirus-related fatalities in the state, bringing the death total to nine. Murphy announced that there were 318 more positive cases with a total 742.

The governor said that because the state has been performing "aggressive testing" the number of cases is expected to increase.

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Murphy also announced that beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday, all personal care businesses that don't comply with social distancing will close: Nail salons, barbershops, hair salons, social clubs, etc.

He said most of the coronavirus cases were in northern New Jersey, near New York City and said, "Our message is unmistakably, 'stay home.'"

A drive-through testing site is opening Friday at Bergen County Community College in Paramus. It will have the capacity to test 2,500 people per week, 1010 WINS' Samantha Liebman reported.

Murphy said another one is planned for the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.

Bergen County is the epicenter in the state with 114 cases, Liebman reported.

Murphy said he is looking to reopening closed hospitals and nursing homes to make more beds for patients. He also said they may turn dorms into makeshift hospitals.

Murphy also said he is unsure when the USNS Comfort will arrive and that it was unclear if New Jersey residents would be going on the ship. "It's still to be decided," Murphy said.

He did reassure New Jersey residents that they would get through this.

"We're going to get through this, he said. "If everyone does their part, we're going to get through it."

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