TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy released the latest COVID-19 figures from around the state at his Wednesday afternoon press conference. He also took the opportunity to slam U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who is supporting a bill that does not include additional funding for states, such as New Jersey, that have suffered serious economic hardships because of the coronavirus and clarified his Exec Order on the resumption of contact drills and practices for high-risk sports and activities.
In New Jersey, there were 390 new cases reported, with 24 new deaths. Statewide, there are 177,645 positive cases and 13,787 deaths, and 1,920 probable COVID-19 deaths. But Murphy said there continued to be "some noise in these numbers" as there continue to be reporting issues from one of the labs.
According to Murphy, Bergen County has 20,099 positive cases, and followed by Hudson (19,281), Essex (19,173), Passaic Middlesex (17,379), and Passaic (17,196) with 682 under investigation. There are a total of 1,768 deaths in Bergen County, while Essex County, continues to lead the state with 1,842.
As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, Murphy noted there were 873 patients in the hospital being treated for COVID-19, with 423 of those testing positive and 450 persons under investigation. There are 151 patients were in ICU or critical care, and 77 patients on ventilators, according to the governor.
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