Covid-19 State News

Almost 65,000 COVID cases in NJ, 7 hospitals hit capacity

NEW JERSEY — Seven New Jersey hospitals are diverting patients to other facilities because their critical care beds are full, while almost every nursing home in the state has now been infected, New Jersey’s health commissioner said Monday.

Out of 375 total long-term care facilities in New Jersey, 324 now have at least one confirmed case of COVID-19.

Newark’s Mayor has introduced “be still Monday’s” in an effort to further clamp down on the spread.

“We want you to be still on Monday,” said Mayor Ras Baraka. “Stay in the house.”

Baraka’s request goes one step further than the state’s order, asking even essential businesses to close on Mondays.

Over the weekend, Newark police issued 85 summonses and shut down seven businesses that were not abiding by the state’s stay-at-home order.

Monday, governors several stated formed a joint board to regionally reopen for business when the crisis subsides, but that date looks to be weeks away.

“While the the curve is undeniably now flattening,” Gov. Phil Murphy said. “These cases are still rising.”

New Jersey reported 3,219 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, for a statewide total of 64,584. The death toll is now 2,443.

Hospitalizations did not hit the surge of 14,400 predicted by the state over the weekend, instead they remained in the 7,000-8,000 range. However, out-of-state ambulances brought in to help did go out on hundreds of 911 calls.

On Easter Sunday, two young police officers lost their lives to coronavirus, including Paterson Police officer Francesco Scorpo, 34, a husband and father of two boys, ages 4 and 6-months. Bedminster Patrol Sgt. AlTerek Patterson, 38, also died of COVID-19.

Governor Murphy also announced the death of New Jersey Transit bus driver Philip Dover.

Dover joined the ranks in 1996.

Murphy also signed a new executive order prohibiting the shut off of any internet and phone service for non-payment during this emergency.

“Our kids need internet access for remote learning,” he said. “This is no time for anyone to have their connection to the world severed.”

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