While neither new executive orders nor legislative actions were unveiled at today’s COVID-19 press conference, Gov. Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli announced another 2,625 positive COVID-19 test results, for a statewide cumulative total of 71,030.
Murphy added, “As we see the daily number of overall positive test results rise, we should also keep in mind that every day, there are hundreds if not thousands of residents who had received a prior, positive test result, who have now likely defeated the virus – and may it stay that way.”
There are 8,270 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in New Jersey overall, with 1,980 in critical care and 1,705 patients on ventilators; 709 patients were discharged from hospitals yesterday, leaders said.
There were 351 new fatalities reported today, although Gov. Murphy explained, in effect, that before such figures are released, a cause of death first must be determined; some of the deaths reported yesterday and today actually occurred over the Easter weekend.
A total of 3,156 COVID-19 fatalities have thus far occurred in New Jersey.
Separately, the field hospitals at the Meadowlands Exposition Center and Edison Exposition Center are open and caring for relatively small numbers of patients, with the Atlantic City Convention Center field hospital slated to open next week.
Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said, “These field stations, along with the brick-and-mortar hospitals that we are bringing up [in capacity], will provide more than 1,600 additional beds in our state. These beds – in addition to the work that all our hospitals have done to increase their capacity – will help us handle the surge that we are in, in the north (northern New Jersey), and [are] expecting throughout New Jersey.”
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