Murphy Says NJ ‘Moving Closer’ To Phase 2 As COVID-19 Cases Top 151K

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NEWARK — Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday that New Jersey had reported over 1,000 new coronavirus cases and nearly 100 new deaths over the past day, but the governor said there are “surer signs that we’re moving closer to being able to enter Phase 2 of our economic restart.”

Murphy said cases in the state jumped by 1,304 in 24 hours, bringing the total to 151,472.

The governor said coronavirus deaths rose by 98 to 10,843.

Another 143 people were admitted to hospitals in the state for COVID-19 over the past day.

Total hospitalizations were at 3,208 Thursday, a decrease of nearly 200 from the day before, Murphy said.

Of those hospitalized, 896 were in the ICU and 700 were on ventilators.

Murphy said here have been significant drops in key indicators this month and since the peak in early April:

  • New hospitalizations were down 78 percent since the peak and 50 percent since May 6.
  • Patients in hospitals for COVID-19 were down 59 percent since the peak and 35 percent since May 6.
  • Patients in the ICU with COVID-19 were down 53 percent since the peak and 38 percent since May 6.
  • Patients on ventilators were down 55 percent since the peak and 35 percent since May 6.

“We are carefully watching every indicator that can tell us when it’s OK for more people to get back to work, and as we hit those marks we will continue with a responsible and deliberate restart,” Murphy said, adding that the “progression from the past two weeks have been pretty constant and consistent.”

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