TRENTON, NJ New Jersey’s deaths due to coronavirus now rest at 917, according to numbers released by the state on Sunday, with the positive case count resting at 37,505 as the highly anticipated surge arrives early.
On Saturday, Judith Persichilli, commissioner of the Department of Health, reported that the state’s estimate of when the surge would hit was off one week. In the same breath, she pleaded for anyone with medical training to volunteer to help the struggling hospitals in the northern part of the state, many of which are on divert due to staffing issues.
“We predicted we would see a surge in the mid-second week of April going into May,” she said. “However, we believe that part of that surge is just starting. Last night we had nine hospitals on divert,” she said.
Here’s the breakdown by county:
Bergen County: 6,187 positive cases,189 deaths
Essex County: 4,082 positive cases, 172 deaths
Hudson County: 3,924 positive cases, 87 deaths
Passaic County: 3,227 positive cases, 42 deaths
Union County: 3,216 positive cases, 71 deaths
Middlesex County: 2,950 positive cases, 80 deaths
Monmouth County: 2,354 positive cases, 58 deaths
Ocean County: 2,177 positive cases, 62 deaths
Morris County: 1,800 positive cases, 55 deaths
Somerset County: 833 positive cases, 26 deaths
Mercer County: 654 positive cases, 16 deaths
Camden County: 556 positive cases, 8 deaths
Burlington County: 547 positive cases, 11 deaths
Sussex County: 267 positive cases, 9 deaths
Gloucester County: 248 positive cases, 3 deaths
Warren County: 195 positive cases, 6 deaths
Hunterdon County: 189 positive cases, 2 deaths
Atlantic County: 121 positive cases, 1 death
Cape May County: 77 positive cases, 2 deaths
Cumberland County: 54 positive cases, 2 deaths
Salem County: 26 positive cases, 2 deaths.
On Saturday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that New Jersey would be a recipient of PPE seized by the FBI in a Brooklyn hoarding situation. More than 70,000 N-95 masks, 5,000 gloves and other pieces of equipment are slated to go to the state’s medical workers.
It’s unclear how the equipment will be distributed, but like the rest of the county, New Jersey continues to experience a dire shortage of PPE necessary to protect frontline workers from contracting and spreading the coronavirus.