New Jersey To Fly Flags At Half-Staff To Honor COVID-19 Victims

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April 03, 2020 - 4:47 pm

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TRENTON (WCBS 880) — The number of coronavirus cases in New Jersey soared towards 30,000 on Friday with over 110 new deaths reported.

Gov. Phil Murphy said the state was a total of 29,895 cases, up by 4,372 from Thursday. He also noted there were a total of 646 fatalities.

To honor the victims of the virus, Gov. Murphy has ordered all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff indefinitely.

“This virus has affected every corner of our state, and as we continue to work to break the back of this pandemic, we recognize those who have been lost to this terrible illness and all those affected by it. Many families cannot hold funerals for their loved ones at this time. By doing this, we remind them that their losses are not forgotten,” the governor said.

Calling the coronavirus “one of the greatest tragedies to ever hit our state,” Murphy stressed that New Jersey is a “week-ish behind New York” in terms of the apex of cases.

Murphy notes that the hospital system is already becoming overwhelmed and they are working rapidly to open new field hospitals. The first one is expected to open Monday at the Meadowlands Convention Center.

The governor stopped short of advising New Jerseyans to wear a face covering when they are in public, as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio advised on Thursday.

Citing a new study that shows asymptomatic people have been unknowingly spreading the disease, the mayor told all New York City residents to wear a scarf, bandanna or article of clothing over their nose and mouth when in public.

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New Jersey Gov. Murphy said wearing a mask is “not a replacement for flattening the curve” and stressed that “we have to avoid using up these precious supplies.”

“Social distancing is both our best offense but also our best defense,” the governor said.

He said New Jersey residents should continue to stay at home and practice safe respiratory hygiene with frequent hand washing.

“We need 100% compliance,” Murphy said. “Behave as though you got it. Behave as through you tested positive.”

"This is a war," said Murphy, stressing the importance to keep a safe distance. "Wars like this are not won in one day, one month or not even a few months."

North Jersey has been the hardest-hit area in the state and has the most deaths and most cases.

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