NEW JERSEY: The daily updates from New Jersey continues. The Governor is beginning to share hopeful news. This is a stark change from a couple of weeks ago.

"Social distancing is beginning to slow the rate at which folks are getting infected" said the Governor. "This is real progress. The curve looks like it is beginning to flatten."

The Governor is live at 1PM at his PRESS CONFERENCE:

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The new updates as of Thursday April 9th are as follows:

Hospitalized residents: 7,363

Residents in Intensive Care: 1,523

Residents on Ventilators: 1,551

Discharged: 471

Dead: 1700

Additional details were shared by the Governor on testing Both BCC and PNC Arts Center testing sites will be closed on Easter Sunday. When they are open, they have 500 tests available. Testing is only done with symptoms. There is a self assessment available at covid19.nj.gov/testing.

Park Closings

Closing state and county parks has been highly controversial. Feedback has been mixed according to Murphy with many people very upset.  He also noted people supporting the initiative.

"It brings me no personal joy" said the Governor. "In the first good weather weekend of spring, the evidence up and down the state was unequivocally enormous amounts of people gathering.

Out of state residents are targeted as violators.  He also stated that first responders are put in harms way. It's "not a life sentence" said the Governor about the closings.

Murphy urges anyone who is out running on streets now that the parks are closed, “be careful.”