CORONAVIRUS IN NJ: 708 new cases, 51 new deaths as state preps for Stage 2 reopenings

Maya Rajamani
June 02, 2020 - 2:30 pm

    TRENTON, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy reported 708 new COVID-19 cases and 51 new deaths on Tuesday — a day after setting a date for the state’s second phase of reopenings. 

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    New Jersey’s COVID-19 death toll now stands at 11,770, Murphy said during his daily briefing on Tuesday. A total of 161,545 state residents have tested positive for the virus. 

    Murphy implored New Jerseyans to keep social distancing and wearing face coverings, noting that the state has “cut the rate of spread by about six times” since March 21, when its stay-at-home order went into effect. 

    “Without these measures in place, it is certain that our healthcare system would have been overwhelmed,” Murphy said. “We’ve saved, undoubtedly, hundreds of thousands of fellow New Jerseyans from contracting COVID.”

    “We’ve saved tens of thousands of lives,” he added. 

    On Monday, Murphy announced the state would soon be moving into Stage 2 of its reopening plan, starting with outdoor dining and non-essential in-person retail on June 15. 

    Salons and barbershops will be allowed to reopen on June 22. Gyms and health clubs will be able to open soon after, Murphy said. 

    As of Tuesday, 2,372 people in the state were hospitalized with COVID-19, 459 of whom were on ventilators, the governor said. 

    On Monday, 151 patients were admitted to hospitals across the state with COVID-19, and 102 patients were discharged. 

    The state is currently tracking 32 cases of MIS-C, or Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children.

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