COVID-19 ventilator use drops below 100 for 1st time in 'many weeks': Murphy

Maya Rajamani
July 10, 2020 - 1:29 pm

    TRENTON, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- The number of COVID-19 patients on ventilators in New Jersey hospitals dropped below 100 for the first time in weeks, marking a “milestone” for the state, Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday. 

    A total of 904 New Jerseyans were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Thursday, 94 of whom were on ventilators, Murphy said during his coronavirus briefing on Friday. 

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    “That’s the first time below 100 in many, many weeks,” he said. “This is definitely a milestone for us. Let’s keep it that way.” 

    Thirty-one people died of COVID-19 on Thursday, and 367 people tested positive, bringing the state’s case total to 174,628 and its death toll to 13,532, Murphy said. 

    The state’s positivity rate currently stands at 0.98 percent, he added. The spot positivity rate for tests from July 6, meanwhile, was 2.23 percent. 

    “Just because our hospital metrics and comparison to our peer states continue to move in the right direction does not mean that we can become complacent,” he said.

    Murphy urged residents to get tested for COVID-19, but warned them not to venture out to testing sites until the stormy weather the state is currently experiencing has subsided. 

    The Wally Choice Community Center in Montclair will be offering free COVID-19 and antibody testing next Monday and Tuesday, he noted.