NEW JERSEY -  Governor Murphy at his press conference reported that in over the past 24 hours 3649 new positive tests are counted for New Jersey. The total number has now spiked to 22,255.

Deaths are mounting with 91 New Jersey residents dying from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. Total deaths are now 355. "We have lost at least 355 people of valor up and down our state” stated Governor Murphy, "We have to continue practicing social distancing. Stay at home before it hits home’.

PNC Bank Arts Center Testing site is CLOSED Thursday.

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A surge of cases in the state, which comprises 9 million residents, that was expected in the second week of April has already started, said State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli.

“Community spread is here in New Jersey and here to stay for a while," she said.

Of the overall 355 cases: 51 percent are male, 42 percent are female, 47 percent are over the age of 80, 39 percent documented pre-existing conditions, and 24 percent were associated with long-term care facilities (including two deaths).

As of this week, the Garden State has some 32 testing sites with more coming online every day. Murphy noted that with an additional 350 ventilators released from the national stockpile last night, the state now has a total of 850 additional ventilators — and working to acquire more. 

New Jersey has extended the state tax deadline to July 15 due to the ongoing, "hardships, financial strain and disruptions for many New Jerseyans and New Jersey businesses."

The state fiscal year has also been extended to Sept. 30 — allowing state officials and legislature, "to focus fully on leading New Jersey out of this crisis, and to allow for a robust, comprehensive, and well-informed budget process later in the year. "

Anyone interested in volunteering, as the state seeks to extend its medical personnel, can visit covid19.nj.gov/volunteer.

Businesses experiencing hardship due to closures are encouraged to visit cv.business.nj.gov to apply for the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. The site will open Friday at 9 a.m.