TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy reviewed the newest number of presumptive positive cases of novel coronavirus and deaths at his Thursday press conference, where announced that beaches and lakes will be opened in time for Memorial Day weekend.

There are 1,216 new cases with 244 new deaths. There are a total of 142,704 positive cases and 9,946 deaths statewide. 

According to Murphy, Hudson County now leads the state with most positive cases with 17,134, followed by Bergen County with 17,080, Essex (15,824), Passaic (14,887), Union (14,835), with 802 under investigation.  There are a total of 1,423 deaths in Bergen County, while Essex County continues to lead the state with 1,496.

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As of 10 p.m. Wednesday, there were 3,958 people hospitalized with COVID-19 or under investigation, with 1,157 patients in ICU or critical care, and 898 patients on ventilators. There were 366 patient discharges, and 171 new hospital admissions.

Murphy noted that new hospitalizations are down nearly two-third and total hospitalizations down by roughly half since the peak

Bergen County Executive James Tedesco did not release municipal numbers on Thursday.  

 

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