PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield administration reported 1,108 positive COVID-19 coronavirus cases as of Tuesday, with 1,324 self-quarantined. The number of deaths has not changed, and stands at 22.
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp will hold another Facebook Live session on Wednesday, April 22, at 6 p.m. to share updates on services for those in need, and answer your questions.
Questions can be submitted in advance by emailing email@example.com, as well as on the live chat.
On last week's live chat, the mayor said a testing site is coming to town, and noted the creation of a COVID-19 relief fund.
Gov. Phil Murphy and his team relayed at Tuesday's press conference that there are 3,643 new positive COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, bringing the total to 92,387. There are 379 new reported deaths, the highest loss in a single day. Other points of note:
- 167,323 total tests reported, with 74,884 positives, or 44.8%, and 92,439 total negatives.
- 7,594 have been hospitalized, with 1,930 requiring critical or intensive care; of those critical care cases, 1,501 are on ventilators (48.22% capacity).
- 630 patients have been discharged.
- Union County has a total of 10,289 positive test results, with 427 deaths.
"We know we need to significantly increase our testing capacity, I said this, I think yesterday, by at least roughly double, if not more, to know we have what we will need to trap and contain future outbreaks," Murphy said.
On Thursday, April 16, Gov. Murphy said schools will remain closed at least through Friday, May 15.
Today, he stated, "We are not going to open our schools back up until we our convinced by the science and medical professionals that doing so would be safe for students, for staff, and, by the way, for their families."
He added that when it comes to reopening schools,"We will not hesitate to require additional protection, things like requiring face coverings, or certain configurations of classrooms if we believe, that by doing so, we will make our schools even safer."
Murphy also encouraged people to watch the Jersey 4 Jersey concert on Wednesday, April 22, that will feature a star-studded lineup including Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Halsey, and more. The artists will perform from their homes, and proceeds will benefit the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund. To learn how you can watch, and to donate, visit https://njprf.org/.
One reporter asked Gov. Murphy if he will sign an Executive Order to extend the deadline for property taxes from May 1 to June 1. "Nothing new on property taxes," Murphy responded.
Another reporter asked, "Are you still working on opening hospitals in Woodbury and Plainfield?"
Judy Persichilli, the State Health Commissioner, said Woodbury is on reserve and is ready to go in a moment's notice.
Persichilli mentioned, "We are also bringing up Salem [Medical Center]. The Army Corps and, I believe, the National Guard are at Salem today. And Salem will bring up a number of beds that we will be using for higher acuity med-surge patients."
Community Healthcare Associates acquired the Salem County hospital in early 2019, with plans "to reposition, modernize and expand the acute care facility," according to Real Estate NJ.
But Plainfield's Muhlenberg Hospital was not addressed by Gov. Murphy's team. CHA, through affiliate Muhlenberg Urban Renewal, LLC, purchased the Queen City hospital in June 2018, with plans "for the redevelopment of a 186,000 sf medical arts complex, and a luxury residential apartment building comprised of 120 units."
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