TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy at his daily press conference on Tuesday announced an additional 2,887 positive tests results in New Jersey, which pushes the statewide total to just under 14,000.
As of Monday night, there were 6,476 patients hospitalized for COVID-19, relatively unchanged from Sunday night and down roughly by about 1,000 from a week ago. Field medical stations reported 60 patients. There were 1,809 patients in either critical or intensive care, a number that is virtually unchanged and down significantly from last week. Ventilator use continues to trend downward to 1,262 currently in use, and may that continue to go down.
There were 488 new hospitalizations, and the trend line continues to point in the right direction.
"But by the way, folks, 488 people," Gov. Murphy said. "I want to open this place up as much as the next guy, but that's a lot of folks going into hospitals still in this state."
Meanwhile, hospitals reported 419 total discharges. Of note, Hackensack University Medical Center discharged its 1,000th COVID-19 alive patient on Tuesday.
"That's an incredible milestone: 1,000 discharges of folks who have left HUMC alive ,and God willing, most of them are on the road to recovery," the governor said.
However, the governor tempered these milestones with some somber news.
"While we are seeing clear progress in some of these metrics, there is one number which always gives us enormous pause. Sadly, with the heaviest of hearts, we must report 402 additional fatalities, meaning that we now have lost a total of 6,442 residents to COVID-19 related complications," Gov. Murphy said. "God bless each and every one of them."
New Positive COVID-19 Cases (by County):
Atlantic: 868 • Bergen: 15,251 • Burlington: 2,543 • Camden: 3,285 • Cape May: 299 • Cumberland: 659 • Essex: 13,190 • Gloucester: 1,179 • Hudson: 14,309 • Hunterdon: 573 • Mercer: 3,605 • Middlesex: 11,102 • Monmouth: 5,826 • Morris: 5,128 • Ocean: 6,151 • Passaic: 11,755 • Salem: 219 • Somerset: 3,278 • Sussex: 882 • Union: 12,188 • Warren: 848 • Under Investigation: 718.
COVID-19 Deaths (by County):
Atlantic: 35 • Bergen: 1,002 • Burlington: 106 • Camden: 124 • Cape May: 20 • Cumberland: 10 • Essex: 1,090 • Gloucester: 38 • Hudson: 722 • Hunterdon: 24 • Mercer: 212 • Middlesex: 515 • Monmouth: 305 • Morris: 377 • Ocean: 342 • Passaic: 475 • Salem: 8 • Somerset: 242 • Sussex: 97 • Union: 627 • Warren: 71
At the Commissioner of Health Judith Persichilli spoke about the effects the virus has had on the public's physical health and mental wellbeing.
"The impact to mental health and wellbeing is also concerning," Persichilli said. "A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 56% of American adults report that worry or stress related to the Coronavirus outbreak has caused them to experience at least one negative effect on their mental health. These problems include sleeping or eating, increased alcohol use, or worsening chronic conditions."
"Essential workers, such as healthcare workers and first responders who are on the frontlines, experience unbelievable traumas every day. This puts them at greater risk for mental health and emotional challenges," Persichilli added.
"To all of the frontline workers, know that you are our heroes and as difficult as this situation is, you are saving far more lives than we have lost. For everyone who is struggling right now, there are places to turn for help and support," she said.
Two resources include the mental health hotline 866-202-4357. You can also text 741741 and enter the message NJ to reach the crisis text line.
"This is a difficult time, but you are not alone. Please reach out for help," Persichilli added. "Take time to reach out to your loved ones. Check in with one another. We will get through this together. As the Governor reminds us, we are in social solidarity."
To watch the entire press conference, click here.