TRENTON, NJ - Hundreds of COVID-19 positive patients are leaving hospitals every day and the pace of new positive cases across the state is slowing, Governor Phil Murphy said at his daily press briefing Saturday.

Both of these statistics, he declared, are early signs that “we are beginning to beat the virus back.”

“If we all continue face covering, social distancing, and staying at home we will win this war.”

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Even with the positive trends that Murphy added showed "the curve is flattening," 7,618 New Jersey residents remain hospitalized, 1,746 of them in critical or intensive care and 1,650 on ventilators, he said.

Murphy would also provide updates including that an additional 3,599 New Jersey residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and 251 “blessed souls” have been lost since Friday’s briefing. Included in the deceased, Murphy noted, were former Jersey City City Council member Viola Richardson, Monmouth County businessman John McCarthy, and Millburn’s Martin “Marty” Fox whom Murphy called a “passionate crusader for social justice.”

Even with the positive trends that Murphy added showed "the curve is flattening," 7,618 New Jersey residents remain hospitalized, 1,746 of them in critical or intensive care and 1,650 on ventilators, he said.

Murphy would also provide updates including that an additional 3,599 New Jersey residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and 251 “blessed souls” have been lost since Friday’s briefing. Included in the deceased, Murphy noted, were former Jersey City City Council member Viola Richardson, Monmouth County businessman John McCarthy, and Millburn’s Martin “Marty” Fox whom Murphy called a “passionate crusader for social justice.”

According to Middlesex County officials, 5,094 Middlesex County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, including 356 New Brunswick residents.