New Jersey’s COVID-19 deaths total officially eclipsed 1K, according to Governor Phil Murphy. Among the 86 deaths (bringing the statewide total to 1,003) was Jersey City Councilman Michael Yun, who served the Jersey City Heights section.
The governor reported an additional 3,663 positive test results, bringing the statewide total to 41,090.
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop issued a statement concerning the death of Councilman Yun.
“We are beyond saddened by the passing of Councilman Michael Yun. He was a family man, a great businessman, and a tireless advocate for Jersey City throughout his nearly 3 decades of public service,” Fulop said. “More than that though, he was a great husband, father, and grandfather as he never missed a chance to share how proud he was of his family. This is devastating for all of us here, as Michael was part of our Jersey City family. We will miss him and we will continue to aggressively fight against this pandemic, now in his honor.”
U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) joined Murphy at today’s press briefing at the War Memorial in Trenton.
He praised Murphy for leading the state during this crisis, and directed his ire at President Donald J. Trump.
“If you are not going to open up healthcare enrollment in a crisis then what are you waiting for?” Booker asked.
New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli gave a breakdown of the 86 deaths processed by the state in the last 24 hours.
14 in Essex
11 in Bergen and Passaic
9 in Ocean
7 in Middlesex and Union
5 in Hudson, Morris and Somersset
4 in Monmouth
3 in Mercer
2 in Sussex
1 in Cape May and Warren
Of the 86 who died, 15 resided in a a longterm care facility, Persichill said.