TRENTON, NJ -- On the same day that Governor Phil Murphy announced that New Jersey has surpassed 100,000 cases of COVID-19, he stressed, as he has in previous briefings, that the “curve is still flat.”
Several key statistics are also moving in the right direction, New Jersey Commissioner of Health Judith Persichilli added, including a 17 percent decrease from the high water mark of 8,293 hospitalized patients and a nearly 13 percent decrease in the number of intensive care patients on ventilators.
Still, Murphy said, some counties have "slid backwards," at least as it relates to the rate at which COVID-19 positive cases are doubling. Because of this reality, he said, “we cannot ease up one bit” on social distancing or stay at home restrictions.
The beginning of the daily briefing was delayed by about 10 minutes, a result, Murphy said of a video call with the White House during which New Jersey’s chief executive said that he once again brought up the need for additional dollars for an eventual recovery, a topic that comes up on every call because when it comes to money, “we are running out of it.” That call, Murphy also said, was preceded by a “productive” conversation with US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin.
“It was the beginning of a meeting of minds to make sure we get what’s rightfully ours,” Murphy said, referring to assurances received initially versus actual guidance as to how stimulus funding from the CARES Act can be used.
Asked again about any timeline for beginning to lift restrictions, Murphy responded that “when the facts suggest we should proceed, we will proceed.”
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