TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy announced another increase in both positive cases of novel coronavirus and deaths at his Saturday afternoon press conference along with and state officials.
There are 4,331 new cases with 200 new deaths. Statewide, there are 34,124 positive cases and 846 deaths in total as of Saturday. The Governor announced Bergen County continues to lead in cases with 5,760, having 607 new cases.
Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli noted that the CDC began recommending the use of cloth face coverings in "community settings to help reduce the spread of COVID-19," but also said it is "not a fail-safe measure to prevent you from getting sick" but it is "not a replacement for social distancing to flatten the curve."
"Everyone can do their part to slow the spread of this virus," she said. "Social distancing is by far our best preventative measure."
Persichilli also said that nine hospitals in northern New Jersey were on Divert status Friday night. Three were on divert for critical care bed capacity; six were on full divert for staffing issues. She said the state would issue a crisis alert for more volunteers.
Healthcare professionals who are able to volunteer can visit the New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub Call to Serve page for more information.
Also read How to Make Your Own Cloth Face Mask
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