TRENTON, NJ – The total deaths in New Jersey from the coronavirus outbreak reached 537, Gov. Phil Murphy reported during his daily press conference this afternoon, in addition to highlighting some individuals who have succumbed to COVID-19.

Murphy reported 182 newly confirmed COVID-19 complication-related deaths.

There were 3,489 new positive tests in the state with total now of 25,590 positive cases.

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“This is a working war, we’re trying to stay ahead of it,” Murphy said.

New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli  relayed the county-by-county numbers of newly reported deaths:

  • Bergen- 45
  • Essex - 30
  • Middlesex- 21
  • Hudson -15
  • Morris - 15
  • Ocean -15
  • Monmouth-14
  • Passaic-7
  • Union - 5
  • Burlington - 3
  • Camden - 3
  • Somerset - 2
  • Atlantic-1
  • Murcer-1 
  • Sussex-1

She relayed the following facts about those who died:

  • 59% male
  • 41% female
  • 47% over 80 years old
  • 35% had an underlying condition

Murphy mentioned three of the recent coronavirus-related deaths, although he wished out loud he could highlight them all.

  •  Kim King Smith, an EKG technician at University Hospital in Newark, a night-shift nurse for 13 years;
  • Veteran Hudson County Sheriff Bernard Wadell, a law enforcement officer for 28 years; and
  • Montclair’s own” Adam Schlesinger, an award-winning musician and songwriter, and founding member of the Fountains of Wayne with the Route 3 iconic storefront.

Murphy said 41.1% of those who tested with respiratory symptoms tested positive. “Approximately six out of 10 were negative, but they were still sick,” he said. “So they need to take care of themselves.”

For the results listed above, it took seven to 12 days to receive results, and that was a “generous” timeline, Murphy said. Delays, which at this point is 20,000 tests, were attributed to high volume, both at state and private labs.

Persichilli noted the county-by-county breakdown of newly positive cases, plus 1,675 for which they are still gathering details:

  • Atlantic -9
  • Bergen - 300;
  • Burlington - 39
  •  Camden - 56
  • Cape May - 12
  •  Cumberland - 4
  • Essex - 205
  • Glouster -19
  • Hudson - 220
  • Hunterdon -14
  • Mercer -47
  • Middlesex - 223
  • Monmouth - 118
  • Morris - 90
  • Ocean - 97
  • Passaic - 128
  • Salem - 3
  • Somerset - 47
  • Sussex - 16
  • Union - 152
  • Warren - 15

Persichilli said 110 of the long-term care facilities in the state have at least one COVID-19 positive case.

Murphy said there has been 206,000 new claims for unemployment in the last week, and a total of 362,000 claims for unemployment in the last two weeks.

“We’re very cognizant of the delays in system,” Murphy said, “but you won’t lose one penny of your benefits.”