Murphy Cautions NJ Not to Drop Guard as COVID-19 Death Toll Hits 6,442


Governor Phil Murphy reported an additional 2,887 positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total to 113,856.

He reported the processing of 404 deaths from over the weekend, bringing New Jersey’s COVID-19 deaths to 6,442.

He cautioned about jumping to big conclusions about Monday-Tuesday numbers, describing them as “uneven” coming out of Sunday.

Ventilator use is trending downward, however, as are hospitalizations and individuals in critical care.

He reported 488 new hospitalizations.

“I want to open this place up as much as the next guy, but that’s an awful lot of people going into hospitals,” Murphy said.

New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli reported 6,476 COVID-19 hospitalizations, including 1,809 in critical care.

“Seventy percent (70%) of critical care patients are on ventilators, the lowest number since the beginning of April,” Persichilli said.

The hospitalizations overall are flattening.

“However, central hospitals’ critical care beds were totally full as of last night, and we are seeing increases now in the southern part of the state,” the health commissioner added.

The governor toward the close of his formal remarks today acknowledged the support of the United States Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, whose planes were scheduled to fly over the state this afternoon to salute healthcare workers and first responders.



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