Coronavirus Curve Beginning To Flatten In NJ As Death Toll Passes 1,000

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April 06, 2020 - 2:55 pm

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TRENTON, N.J. (WCBS 880) — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday shared a message of hope as he announced the number of coronavirus cases in the state was beginning to plateau.

Though the death toll from coronavirus surpasses 1,000 on Monday, Murphy said it appeared that efforts to stop the spread of the virus was “beginning to pay off.”

The governor confirmed a total of 1,003 deaths in the state with a total of 41,090 cases.

“While we are not anywhere close to being out of the woods as of yet, we are clearly on the right path to get there,” the governor said.

Murphy says state officially expect the numbers to continue to rise but stressed that the state has seen a steady decline in the growth of new COVID-19 cases.

“From 24% day over day on March 30, to roughly 12% today,” the governor said of the rate of growth.

Murphy said social distancing guidelines are working and thanked residents for their participation. He emphasized that the efforts needed to continue or else everyone will be at a much greater risk of contracting the virus.

“If we stop with our social distancing and we go to that higher curve … it will mean that our medical personnel and our first responders will be at a greater risk,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said state officials were “turning over every stone” in order to find the necessary equipment that first responders and medical personnel desperately need.

“Our goals from day one have been twofold. One is to flatten that curve and to give our healthcare system to ability to withstand the onslaught; and two, ensure that the equipment (PPE) our frontline responders need gets to where it’s needed most efficiently and before there’s a crisis,” the governor said.

Murphy said that, even if the curve is flattening, New Jersey still has “a least a week until we hit the peak.”

He told residents to continue what they are doing and stay in their homes.

On Monday, the governor also announced he would be signing an executive order to allow retired public employees to return to work – in whichever capacity they can – to help the state throughout the emergency without impacting their pension status.

To clear up space in New Jersey hospitals, President Donald Trump has also allowed the state to have access to some beds aboard the USNS Comfort. The ship is being used to treat non-COVID patients to free up hospital space on land.

The governor ended his press briefing with a message of hope, telling residents: “We are New Jersey, we’re used to doing the impossible.”

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