New Jersey absorbed 3,088 more positive COVID-19 tests, pushing the statewide total 47,437. Since yesterday, the state processed 275 more lost lives due to COVID-19 complications, bringing the statewide total 1,504, according to Governor Phil Murphy.
“It is still increasing,” Murphy said. “The curve is going up. Over 1,500 lost lives, and sadly that number will continue to rise.”
Jerry Lynch, founder of the Belmar St. Patrick’s Day Parade, died at the age of 91, Murphy said during his briefing today.
“He leaves a large family, headed by his wife Francis,” Murphy said.
Richard E Barber, past president of the New Brunswick chapter of the NAACP and a member of the Lincoln Gardens congregation in Somerset, also died.
“Communities of color are paying a higher price,” said the governor.
Murphy blessed members of the Jewish faith.
“The story of passover is a story of strength… and ultimately deliverance,” said the governor. “May you all be safe and healthy. Stay home and stay away from each other.”
Murphy arrived for the briefing at the War Memorial wearing a mask, which he removed when he began to speak.
“We will get there, assuming all 9 million of us do our jobs, we will get there together,” he said. “Not without casualty, not without mistake, and not tomorrow or next week.”