TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy updated the latest presumptive positive cases of novel coronavirus as reported during his press conference with officials on Friday afternoon.
State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli reported there were 1,982 new cases with 27 new deaths. Statewide, there are 8,825 positive cases and 108 deaths in total as of Friday, per the health commissioner.
"Our goal is to slow this increase," said Persichilli. "Please follow social distancing guidelines. This is what you can do, this is your contribution to actually saving lives."
Earlier in the week, Murphy announced the creation of three "field hospitals" to help address the increase in cases. They will be set up in the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison, and the Atlantic City Convention Center. During Friday's press conference, he announced that members of the New Jersey State Police and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were unloading 250 beds at the Meadowlands site. New Jersey State Police Colonel Pat Callahan said he expects the Meadowlands "to be open next Friday, barring any issues."
According to Persichilli, the Meadowlands site will be "a general hospital, won't be COVID only." The Edison site will be COVID only "because it will have full negative pressure."
(Ed. Note: Negative room pressure is an isolation technique used in hospitals and medical centers to prevent cross-contamination from room to room.]
Bergen County had 265 new cases and 7 new deaths. The county has a total of 1,505 positive cases, which continues to be the largest number in the state.
(Editor's Note: Bergen County did not issue an updated list of cases per town Friday night.)
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