TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey’s daily coronavirus press briefings, which began in March, will now be held three days a week, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday afternoon.
“Unless you hear otherwise, and sadly given the world right now in the state of COVID in the country we may shift courses, but we're going to go to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule beginning today,” Murphy said while announcing the latest case numbers statewide.
Days after Murphy outlined preparations in the Garden State, Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver and Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli led live briefings — which were available to view online — from the New Jersey Regional Operations & Intelligence Center in Ewing.
Soon the governor would host them daily out of the George Washington Ballroom in Trenton.
To date, over 150 have been broadcast with a number of speakers, but typically with Persichilli, State Epidemiologist and Assistant Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health, Christina Tan, and New Jersey State Police Superintendent Col. Pat Callahan.
In addition to five days a week, the start of the pandemic’s impact on New Jersey also spurred conference calls with media members over the weekends.
Murphy noted Monday that his office will continue to release virtual press releases with pertinent information regarding ongoing developments surrounding COVID-19.
His announcement today comes three weeks after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would no longer host his briefings every day — opting instead to hold them based on new information.
"These daily briefings, while fun, take a lot of time, and I’m going to finish the daily briefings on Friday, and then we'll do briefings as necessary, and I’m sure they will often be necessary. But we're going to turn the page on the immediacy of this crisis," Cuomo said at the time.
New Jersey's next COVID-19 press conference has been scheduled for Wednesday at 1 p.m.